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Samsung NX500 vs Sony W530

Portability
87
Imaging
68
Features
80
Overall
72
Samsung NX500 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W530 front
Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
21
Overall
30

Samsung NX500 vs Sony W530 Key Specs

Samsung NX500
(Full Review)
  • 28MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Expand to 51200)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 287g - 120 x 64 x 43mm
  • Revealed February 2015
  • Older Model is Samsung NX300
Sony W530
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-104mm (F2.7-5.7) lens
  • 113g - 93 x 53 x 19mm
  • Released January 2011
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Samsung NX500 vs Sony W530 Overview

Following is a thorough assessment of the Samsung NX500 versus Sony W530, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Ultracompact by manufacturers Samsung and Sony. There exists a sizable gap between the sensor resolutions of the NX500 (28MP) and W530 (14MP) and the NX500 (APS-C) and W530 (1/2.3") feature totally different sensor sizing.

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The NX500 was unveiled 4 years after the W530 which is quite a significant difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Samsung NX500 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony W530 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before we go through a more detailed comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the NX500 grades vs the W530 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Samsung NX500 over the Sony W530

 NX500 W530 
ReleasedFebruary 2015January 2011More modern by 50 months
Manually focus Very exact focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1036k230kClearer display (+806k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony W530 over the Samsung NX500

 W530 NX500 

Common features in the Samsung NX500 and Sony W530

 NX500 W530 
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Samsung NX500 vs Sony W530 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to carry around your camera regularly, you are going to need to factor its weight and volume. The Samsung NX500 enjoys outside measurements of 120mm x 64mm x 43mm (4.7" x 2.5" x 1.7") accompanied by a weight of 287 grams (0.63 lbs) whilst the Sony W530 has sizing of 93mm x 53mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") with a weight of 113 grams (0.25 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you use at that time. Here is the front view dimensions comparison of the NX500 and the W530.

Samsung NX500 vs Sony W530 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the NX500 and W530 is 87 and 96 respectively.

Samsung NX500 vs Sony W530 top view buttons comparison

Samsung NX500 vs Sony W530 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very tough to see the contrast between sensor sizes merely by reading through a spec sheet. The picture underneath will help offer you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the NX500 and W530.

As you can see, each of the cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The NX500 using its larger sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field less difficult and the Samsung NX500 will give extra detail having an extra 14MP. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop images much more aggressively. The more modern NX500 is going to have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Samsung NX500 vs Sony W530 sensor size comparison

Samsung NX500 vs Sony W530 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung NX500 vs Sony W530 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung NX500 Portrait photography highlights
Sony W530 Portrait photography highlights
80
you can focus manually
high MP (28 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detect focusing
saves RAW files
28
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Samsung NX500 Street photography factors
Sony W530 Street photography factors
81
tilting screen
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
features focus by touch
above average ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
48
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Samsung NX500 as a Sports photography camera
Sony W530 as a Sports photography camera
75
great max shutter speed (1/6,000 seconds)
high MP (28MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
supports phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
26
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
low fps (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Samsung NX500
Travel photography with Sony W530
78
supports bluetooth
features focus by touch
high MP (28 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
65
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
pretty wide (26mm)
no Time Lapse recording
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung NX500 Landscape photography features
Sony W530 Landscape photography features
80
you can focus manually
change lenses (Samsung NX mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
high MP (28MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
does not have anti-alias filter
above average ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
33
pretty wide (26mm)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung NX500 Vlogging information
Sony W530 Vlogging information
34
touchscreen enabled
offers face detect focusing
great video quality (4096 x 2160 pixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
lack of mic socket
26
pretty wide (26mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
low quality video (640 x 480 resolution)
no external mic jack
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Samsung NX500 vs Sony W530 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung NX500 and Sony W530
 Samsung NX500Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W530
General Information
Make Samsung Sony
Model type Samsung NX500 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W530
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Ultracompact
Revealed 2015-02-06 2011-01-06
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by DRIMe 5 BIONZ
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.7mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 369.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 28 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 6480 x 4320 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 25600 3200
Max boosted ISO 51200 -
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 209 9
Lens
Lens support Samsung NX fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 26-104mm (4.0x)
Max aperture - f/2.7-5.7
Macro focusing range - 5cm
Number of lenses 32 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 2.7"
Screen resolution 1,036k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology - Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 2 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/6000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting speed 9.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 3.50 m
Flash options Smart flash, auto, auto w/redeye reduction, fill flash, fill w/redeye reduction, 1st-curtain, 2nd-curtain, off Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p), 4096 x 2160 (24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 4096x2160 640x480
Video data format H.265 Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 287 grams (0.63 lbs) 113 grams (0.25 lbs)
Dimensions 120 x 64 x 43mm (4.7" x 2.5" x 1.7") 93 x 53 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 87 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 24.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.9 not tested
DXO Low light rating 1379 not tested
Other
Battery life 370 photos -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID BP1130 NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2 - 30 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Launch price $800 $269