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Samsung NX500 Epiphany — Why Not Settle For An APS-C Sensor?

by Anura Guruge


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“DPReview” side-by-side camera comparison. It is DIFFICULT to ignore sensor size.


As with the Fuji X-T2 the Samsung NX1 was another camera I lusted after for months and then, at the last minute, shied away because of technical (as opposed to financial) considerations.

I will also readily admit that my requirements, fancies and demands tend to change, sometimes within days — and have over my 2 year saga for a set of long-term cameras. Maybe I will never have a set of cameras I keep for that long. C’est la vie.

Anywho … I think I had dismissed the Samsung NX500 BECAUSE it did not have a viewfinder.

That requirement has changed in the last month! Since I have had the Nikon P900 I have rarely used the viewfinder. So I now know that I can live with just a good LCD.

So the Samsung NX500 is back in the fray.

It has phase-detect AF and I really want phase-detect. And it is an APS-C.

And what I am looking for is a compact.

Still not sure what my eventual BIG camera will be.


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If The Samsung NX500 Is Indeed Discontinued Then $798 Is Still Too Much For It.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access ‘B&H’ product page for the Samsung NX500.


Rumors have been around since September 2015 that Samsung’s camera division, despite the critically acclaimed Samsung NX1, was on the skids and that Samsung was looking for a buyer.

On Tuesday morning a number of camera rumor Websites were reporting that mega-distributor “B&H” had the Samsung NX500 marked as discontinued. I checked Cameta Camera and BuyDig.com. Neither of them have the NX500.

The NX500 is still listed on Amazon, by Samsung for one, at $797.99 with a 16-50mm kit lens. IF Samsung is discontinuing this camera, the baby brother of the much more expensive NX1, this is still too expensive. I have never considered the NX500 because it does not have a viewfinder — electronic or optical. And I wouldn’t get a camera at this price bracket without a viewfinder.

If it is indeed discounted the price will probably drop, quite quickly, by another $200. When it gets close to $500 it would be tempting to revisit it since it does have one heck of an impressive 28.2 MP APS-C sensor (though I keep on hearing that all the current Samsungs have autofocus issues).


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by Anura Guruge

Amazon Has Some AMAZING ‘Black Friday’ Camera Deals!

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These discounts are REAL. BuyDig.com right now, and I bought my last two cameras (in the last few months) from BuyDig, has the above Nikon D3200 at $446. They have a refurbished at $360.

They have a Samsung NX1 with 16-50mm lens for $1,298. That is $400 off.

From what I can see BuyDig is matching the Olympus prices on Amazon.

IF you are in the market for a camera check these deals.

I really DON’T need another new camera right now — or at least that is what I keep on telling myself right now. I REALLY am going to try and wait for the Fuji X-T2. The X-T2 really appears to be a great match for me. Now … if I see a X-T1 cheap. Deanna will give me HECK but I don’t think she will divorce me over a camera. She knows that if cameras are my ONLY WEAKNESS in my old age, given my track record, that she is doing fine.

$1,399! Hmmmm. $300 off.


Sony RX10 II — Way Overpriced At The Final Reckoning!

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Push comes to shove, the Sony RX10 II
is NOT cost justifiable.

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Click to access the very useful ‘snapsort.com’ comparison of the Sony DSC-RX10 II vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000.


In the end I did NOT need the above head-to-head comparison by ‘snapsort.com‘ to tell me that the RX1o II was NOT worth the money — BUT it was the final straw.

When the Sony RX10 II was announced in June 2015 I drooled over it for three months. I genuinely thought, till well into August, that the RX10 II would be my next camera — when I treated myself to a new camera in September, for my birthday, as I have been doing yearly of late. I researched the RX10 II for months. I really wanted to convince myself that this was THE right camera for me. Then right at the last minute I decided that I did not want to go down from an APS-C sensor to a 1″ sensor. That is when I went with the Sony a77 mk II. I loved the Sony a77 mk II — once I got used to it. On Sunday, September 20, 2015, at the NH Highland Games, in Loon, it was taking some awesome pictures. I could see that just on the LCD display. It was all that I wanted from a camera. I felt vindicated. I had made the right choice. It just happened that it was THE 989 images that I took that day at Loon that I lost — off the card. But, fortunately I had downloaded the images before they went ‘poof’.

I could NOT live with the a77 mk II after that ‘lost image‘ episode. So I returned the entire kit and started again looking at cameras.

Given the TON of research I had done over the Summer it made sense to go back to what had been my short-list cameras — bar the Pentax K-3. The Pentax no longer had any appeal. I want to be mirrorless — or at least get away from a MOVING mirror. So I want back to the Samsung NX1 and Sony RX10 II. Samsung NX1, on second look, proved not to have the right glass at the right price. Plus there are still questions about its AF even with the firmware at 1.4.

I then went back to the RX10 II willing to compromise down to a 1″. But then I realized that IF you discount 4K video — and video in general only has tertiary appeal to me — then the RX10 II is WAY overpriced given that its optical zoom only goes up to 200mm. Yes, it is fixed aperture, at f2.8, across all its range but a camera with 200mm range should not cost $1,200+. In the end, weighing the ‘competition’, I came to the conclusion that the RX10 II should be in the low $900 range. So, I am NOT going to get a Sony RX10 II — and remember that I BOUGHT SNE shares because I was so enamored by the RX10 II. That is how the cookie sometimes crumbles. So here we have the paradox of a Sony shareholder eschewing a flagship Sony product because it is too expensive! 


Samsung NX1: Lens Choices And AF Concerns Makes Me Shy Away.

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samsungglass1After I made the gut wrenching decision that I was going to DITCH the Sony a77 Mk II, after it lost the 989 images, I again spent hours checking out the Samsung NX1. I have lusted after the NX1 ever since its announcement. I kind of avoided it after the LCD screen problem we encountered with the Samsung WB350FI got Deanna for Christmas 2014.

But now I went back and had another very careful look. It is one heck of a camera. And I know that the firmware is now at 1.4. But people are still ‘talking’ about AF issues and Auto Focus is of paramount interest to me because of my dodgy (and worsening) eyesight. Though I use manual focus quite often I prefer to start off with AF. So if AF is a weakness in the NX1 — especially when taking stills — then that is a major strike against this camera. I actually checked, online, quite a few images taken with NX1s, at full size. Many did NOT impress me.

And then there is a ‘price-for-value’ equation. From what I can see there aren’t too many good lens options for the NX1 when it comes to the focal range I am after, i.e., 18 to 300 mm. Yes, you can get them, but the ‘price is not right’, and many of the lenses DO NOT have the image quality that I seek.

 I could be wrong but I am not impressed at ALL with the stock Samsung 16-50mm lens for the NX1. It appears to be a very soft lens and I seek crisp lenses. Ditto for this 50-200. I saw some terrible shots taken with it. And between these two lenses I am at $1,756. But for that price I would LIKE to get up to 300 mm (as opposed to 200 mm) and have better image quality.

I have a feeling, and I could be wrong, that there could be a NX2 by March 2016. So I am going to WAIT. Does that make sense?


Sony a77 Mk II Camera: I Have Decided To DITCH IT Altogether & Get A Different Camera, Maybe Samsung NX1!

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I am crushed and rattled. I loved this camera. It took amazing pictures. I invested SO MUCH time into this. I have never, in the last 15 years, spent as much time reading about and trying to master a product! BUT, I can’t live with a camera that will arbitrarily lose 989 pictures. [Read this post.] That will be too stressful. Always wondering, if not worried, that the pictures you are taking could disappear. I just can’t believe that Sony would let something like this happen.

Now all of my investment in the Sony a77 mk II is down-the-drain. I am actually going to see IF I have grounds to SUE Sony. Maybe even go to small claims. Cameta Camera is being excellent. FIRST they agreed to send me a new camera. Today they agreed that I can send the WHOLE kit back and that they will give me a full refund. I will still lose money. I have to pay the UPS for sending the 2nd box back. Cameta paid for the first. I have extra batteries, screen protector and 2 books for the a77 Mk II. Plus all my time, and that is what irks me the most (though to be fair I learnt a LOT about the technology of contemporary cameras). And do NOT forget I am a Sony shareholder.

I just left a 1-star review at Amazon. They might not publish it!

Now back to the drawing board. Tempted to try the Sony RX10 II which I toyed with to begin with. But maybe the Samsung NX1. Maybe this WAS all for the better. I had a feeling that the NX1 was in my destiny. But I am also going to check Fujifilm and Olympus. Yikes. Not funny.

It is official. I hate Sony. Heads up. Beaware. Very aware. Sony could ruin your life.