• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 28.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 819,200

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Differences

Samsung NX500 advantages over Pentax KP

  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 75 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More pixels
    28.2 vs 24.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.8 fps vs 7.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.5 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Pentax KP advantages over Samsung NX500

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    3 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.09 vs 0.20 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs None
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    10 vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/24000 vs 1/6000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    819200 vs 51200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality with high-resolution files; Excellent high ISO performance with RAW files; Very good dynamic range; Fast AF performance; Compact design with good build quality; Better ergonomics than predecessor; 4K video recording.

  • High ISO noise reduction too strong; AF struggles in low-light; Buffer depth is shallow with RAW files; No option for EVF; No built-in flash (external one included); 4K Video is cropped with narrower FOV.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A6000

Samsung NX500
Sony A6000
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Pentax KP
Sony A6000
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Samsung NX500
Samsung NX3000
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $639
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Pentax KP
Samsung NX3000
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $639
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony A6300

Samsung NX500
Sony A6300
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $818
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Pentax KP
Sony A6300
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $818
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Nikon D5600

Samsung NX500
Nikon D5600
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Pentax KP
Nikon D5600
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon T7i

Samsung NX500
Canon T7i
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
Pentax KP
Canon T7i
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
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