Upgrading from NX300 to NX500?

Discussion in 'Samsung NX Forum' started by dave6376, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. dave6376

    dave6376 SC Regular

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    Aug 23, 2012
    Perth, Scotland
    I have an NX300 which I like very much and my question is simply whether the NX500 is enough of an advance to justify changing. Ideally I'd like an NX1 but financially it's out of the question. Apart from the lack of an EVF, a non-issue for anyone who uses the NX300, the main criticisms of the NX500 seem to relate to its video capabilities. Since I'm a photographer and not a videographer that doesn't bother me at all. Otherwise it looks as if the NX500 gives you most of what the NX1 offers for about half the money. Any thoughts or comments?
     
  2. Brian style

    Brian style SC Regular

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    Jan 3, 2014
    For me, the biggest reason to upgrade is the speed of functioning. The NX300 is very slow in almost every way, from turning it on, to writing to the card, etc. It is just a painfully slow operating camera. Slow enough that it is annoying especially after I put my NX1, or any other camera down, because you get used to a camera operating quickly. Let's not forget that the 500 also has dual control wheels :)
    The NX500 is better is every way.
     
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  3. dave6376

    dave6376 SC Regular

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    Aug 23, 2012
    Perth, Scotland
    Thanks for your help. I can't say I find the NX300 slow but I suppose it's a case of what you're used to.
     
  4. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Compared to the NX300, I like the sound of the second control dial, the AF system, and the new rear screen of the NX500.
     
  5. qhs232

    qhs232 SC Regular

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    Oct 6, 2013
    Metro Detroit
    Gary
    I had and sold the NX300, which I regretted. I am very happy with the NX500 and consider it to be a nice upgrade to the NX300.
    I like the ergonomics better, the rear screen, and as Nic said, the second control dial. I usually use aperture priority and find the NX500 quicker than my Fuji's to access my most used controls. AEL is just a finger slide to the right of the shutter button, the main control dial set to aperture, the second control dial set to exposure comp, and the +/- button, just below the second control wheel, to metering, so I can easily choose multi or spot metering.

    I don't shoot video.
     
  6. dave6376

    dave6376 SC Regular

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    Aug 23, 2012
    Perth, Scotland
    Thanks Luckypenguin and qhs232. It's good to hear from somebody who knows both cameras. I think I will trade up. I just wish I could afford the NX1 !
     
  7. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Gary knows both cameras. I only have first hand knowledge of the NX300 which I'm going to keep using for the foreseeable future.
     
  8. John Brunelle

    John Brunelle New to SC

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    Nov 19, 2015
    Greetings everyone. I hope it's not being rude to post a general question or two but I don't know whom else to ask. Feel free to ignore me. Just bought an NX300 used. Had been using the NX 1000. Two things I've discovered. I use Photoshop Elements to edit my raw shots for my NX1000 but the software does not recognize the NX300 raw format. It doesn't read the files. The files also won't open in Light room. ? ? ? Finally, I noticed that the raw file size taking the same shot at the same settings using both cameras result in very different file sizes. The NX1000 produces files at least 10 megs larger. Shooting in single shot mode, by the way. I'm such an amateur I'll never figure these things out on my own. If anyone can help it would be much appreciated. Thank you.
     
  9. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 SC Top Veteran

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    Feb 6, 2015
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    What version of Elements and Lightroom? If they are not he most recent they probably do not have the updated RAW converter. If that is the case and you don't want to upgrade, you can always downlaod the free Adobe RAW to DNG converter and then process in the programs you have.
     
  10. John Brunelle

    John Brunelle New to SC

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    Nov 19, 2015
    Thank you. I downloaded the latest version of Adobe's DNG converter tonight and it didn't recognize the raw file so I couldn't convert it. I think there is something basic that is wrong or that I am missing. The camera doesn't compress these files or anything strange I suppose? Do you have this camera? Would like to know a user who could share what software they use.
     
  11. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Until the NX300, Samsung didn't apply any compression to the native SRW raw files which resulted in 20 megapixel images being saved to a file size of approx. 40Mb. The NX300 and alter Samsungs apply a degree of lossless compression to reduce file sizes.

    An NX300 raw file can be read natively into Lightroom 4 or later, however Adobe software seems to add a small amount of colour fringing to the SRW files which is completely absent when they are first converted to DNG and then read in to Lightroom.