• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 28.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 849.7mm2
  • 61.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Samsung NX500 advantages over Sony A7R IV

  • Less expensive
    $799 vs $2998*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 77 mm
    Thinner
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.5 fps vs 7.2 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Sony A7R IV 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
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,344 vs 1,379 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 670 vs 370 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    15 months vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    61.0 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
    10.0 fps vs 8.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    70 vs 38 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    32 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.

  • Outstanding image quality; Excellent high ISOs; Fast AF performance with Eye-AF tracking; 10fps bursts at full-resolution; Improved ergonomics; Dual UHS-II card slots; Higher-res EVF.

  • Expensive; No 4Kp60; Buffer clearing could be faster; Menus are still frustrating; Touchscreen underutilized; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A6000

Samsung NX500
Sony A6000
  • $1197
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Sony A7R IV
Sony A6000
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Samsung NX500
Samsung NX3000
  • $1197
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Sony A7R IV
Samsung NX3000
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Thinner

Compared to Sony A6300

Samsung NX500
Sony A6300
  • $1197
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A7R IV
Sony A6300
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Canon R5

Samsung NX500
Canon R5
  • $1197
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $3999
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
Sony A7R IV
Canon R5
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • High resolution composite
  • $3999
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon Z7 II

Samsung NX500
Nikon Z7 II
  • $1197
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • NFC
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A7R IV
Nikon Z7 II
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • High resolution composite
  • NFC
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Top deck display
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