Samsung NX500 PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Samsung NX500? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Samsung makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the NX500 offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Samsung NX500 below.
In any case, the NX500 is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This mirrorless interchangeable lens camera was officially introduced on February 5th, 2015, which means that, as of today, the camera is 2903 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued, but there has not been a direct replacement model for the NX500 from Samsung.
Samsung's user manual for the NX500
The camera's user manual is 222 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the NX500 is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Samsung NX500 manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Samsung's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Samsung NX500 manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Samsung NX500
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your NX500 by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Samsung NX500 is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Samsung NX500 FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the NX500.
What technology is the imaging sensor in the NX500 based on?
The camera features a BSI-CMOS (Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Samsung equipped the NX500 with the DRIMe Vs image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the NX500?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600.
Does the camera have a selfie-friendly screen?
Yes, the LCD-screen of the NX500 is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Samsung NX500?
Samsung does not publish a shutter rating for the NX500. Yet, shutters in comparable cameras from other manufacturers are said to be good for at least 100 000 actuations. It should be noted, though, that this number represents a Mean Time before Failure. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust an expected shutter life of 100 000 shots over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.
Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences?
No, the Samsung NX500 has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.
Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Samsung NX500?
The NX500 offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.
Does the Samsung NX500 feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?
The NX500's flash sync speed is 1/200 sec.
Does the Samsung NX500 support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?
Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-I cards (data transfer speed of up to 104 MB/s).
Which battery does the NX500 use?
The camera gets its power from the BP1130, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Samsung NX500.
|Camera Model||Samsung NX500|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless system camera|
|Camera Lens||Samsung NX mount lenses|
|Launch Date||February 2015|
|Launch Price||USD 799|
|Sensor Format||APS-C Sensor|
|Sensor Size||23.5 x 15.7 mm|
|Sensor Area||369 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||28.3 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||28 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||6 480 x 4 320 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||3.63 μm|
|Pixel Density||7.59 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||no AA filter|
|Movie Capability||4K/30p Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 25 600 ISO|
|ISO Boost||100 - 51 200 ISO|
|Image Processor||DRIMe Vs|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||87|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||24.8|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||13.9|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||1379|
|Viewfinder Type||No viewfinder|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||1036k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Tilting screen|
|V-logging Friendliness||Front-flip possible|
|Focus System||On-Sensor Phase-detect|
|Manual Focusing Aid||Focus Peaking|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/6000s|
|Continuous Shooting||9 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||Intervalometer Built-in|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||UHS-I|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||micro HDMI|
|Wifi Support||Wifi built-in|
|Near-Field Communication||NFC built-in|
|Bluetooth Support||Bluetooth built-in|
|Battery Type||BP1130 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||370 shots per charge|
|In-Camera Charging||USB charging|
120 x 64 x 43 mm
(4.7 x 2.5 x 1.7 in)
|Camera Weight||287 g (10.1 oz)|
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