Samsung on Thursday pulled the wraps off its latest mirrorless camera in the NX range – the NX500. This camera, an upgrade to the Samsung NX300, has a 28-megapixel APS-C-size BSI-CMOS sensor with 4K video recording capability. Samsungstates that the NX500 will be available for $799.99 from March 2015 and come bundled with 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens.
The 3-inch Super-AMOLED touchscreen can flip 180-degrees hence enabling users to take selfies at a whopping 28-megapixel resolution. Samsung adds the new DRIMeV imaging processor inside the NX500 and claims that it is much faster than the predecessor. It can shoot UHD (4096×2160 pixels) video and the captured video is compressed in H.265 format. The NX500 can also shoot images in RAW format.
With respect to the connectivity features, the NX500 packs Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC for sharing photos directly with connected smartphones/tablets/computers. Samsung offers HDMI and USB ports for displaying and sharing photos using cables. The NX500 will be offered in three colours – white, black and brown. It features a faux leather finish which is similar to what we’ve seen in some of Samsung’s smartphones. The NX500 has dimensions of 120x64x43mm and weighs 370g. Samsung claims that the battery inside the camera can last 370 shots on single charge.
Talking at the launch Sangmoo Kim, Senior Vice President of IT and Mobile Communication, Samsung Electronics said, “The compact size of the NX500 and its revolutionary shooting and focus speed allows consumers to enjoy superb image quality. We’re redefining what is possible for people who aren’t professional photographers, and offering everyone the ability to capture their signature moments in every shot.”
Notably, the first Tizen-based camera to be launched was the NX300M back in November 2013. We can only speculate at the moment if Samsung will launch a NX500M running Tizen OS, in the near future.