• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 28.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 42.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Samsung NX500 advantages over Sony A7R III

  • Less expensive
    $799 vs $2798
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 73 mm
    Thinner

Sony A7R III advantages over Samsung NX500

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • 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
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.51 vs 3.63 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,523 vs 1,379 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 650 vs 370 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    3 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    42.4 vs 28.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.9 fps vs 8.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    82 vs 38 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    30 vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 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
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

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.

  • Fantastic image quality; Improved dynamic range over its predecessor; Very good high ISO performance; Much improved real-world AF performance; Class-leading burst rates, even with RAW; Improved 5-axis in-body image stabilization; Better 4K video quality; 1080/120fps video; Dual card slots; Significantly better battery life.

  • Expensive; Menus still confusing; UHS-II support only on one card slot; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash; Buffer clearing still slow despite UHS-II support.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Samsung NX500
Samsung NX3000
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Sony A7R III
Samsung NX3000
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony A7R II

Samsung NX500
Sony A7R II
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Sony A7R III
Sony A7R II
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • High resolution composite
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony A6300

Samsung NX500
Sony A6300
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A7R III
Sony A6300
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony A6500

Samsung NX500
Sony A6500
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $1349
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A7R III
Sony A6500
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1349
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony A7R IV

Samsung NX500
Sony A7R IV
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Sony A7R III
Sony A7R IV
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Newer
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