The photography world is rich with products, and, speaking as someone who is slowly starting to dip their toes in, it can be a little daunting. The sheer amount of choice you have in terms of camera and price range is very overwhelming and wherever you read, everyone says something different. Although, I’m somewhat of a newbie to the photography world, I do know two things: mirrorless cameras are here to stay, and they are a serious bargain.
Basically, a lot of camera manufacturers are taking their professional level DSLR cameras, most of them over the $2000 mark, and squishing the components into a much smaller, much more compact, mirrorless package. I won’t go into the details of what that means here, but today, Samsung announced the new NX500, an upgrade from the NX300, which essentially has the components of the NX1, a $2800 dollar camera. The NX500 isn’t going to be half the price of the NX1; in fact it’s going to be just over a quarter of the NX1’s price tag at $800 USD.
There are certainly pros and cons of having a mirrorless over a DSLR and vice versa, but with the NX500, you won’t be compromising in the specs department. You’ll be getting the same 28.2 megapixel CMOS sensor from the NX1, with the ability to change lenses, as well as one of those Samsung AMOLED, articulating, touch sensitive viewfinders on the back. You’ll also get around 9 FPS, ISO range of 100-25600, and 205 AF points. The design of the NX500 is in keeping with Samsung’s quirky faux leather trend, and comes in three colors, white, black, and brown. It’s a looker.
Now, I’ve been saving the best for last because the big kicker on the NX500 is that it is 4K recording capable. You will be able to record UHD video, on a mirrorless camera not much bigger than a point and shoot, for less a $1000 dollars. There are other cameras that can shoot in 4K, like the GoPro HERO 4, but none that have pretty much the same capabilities as a full-fledged DSLR or more advanced mirrorless, nor do they look as handsome doing it.
Basically the NX500 is one of the first mirrorless cameras that is bringing 4K recording and a sub $1000 price tag to the market, and that’s pretty special. As we all know, we are seeing 4K technology trickle down into the consumer markets, so expect to see more consumer cameras with this kind of capability. If you can’t wait though, the NX500 looks like a great buy, and since it’s hitting stores in about a month, March, 2015, you have a little time to save up.
Source: Image Resource