After Canon, Sony, Tamron and Sigma launched new firmwares for their Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2, Sony Alpha a6000, Tamron and Sigma lenses, respectively, the turn has come for Samsung. Firmware update, Version 1.10, has been issued for the mirrorless Samsung NX500, which was introduced in February.
Thanks to the new firmware, the Samsung NX500 will get substantial improvements concerning its autofocus and video mode. As far as the AF mode is concerned, the NX500 will perform even better in low-light conditions and in backlit and spot light, with face detection, as well as when recording videos. Moreover, the new Zone AF mode has been added, while there will now be five AF area sizes at one's disposal. As for the face detection, the area of the sensor performing this function has been enlarged as well.
When it comes to the video capabilities of this interchangeable-lens camera, Samsung introduced the new Pro mode, which not only increased the bit rate for 4K video up to 70 Mbps, but also lengthened the maximum recording time to 25 minutes. From now on, the NX500 will read out a larger area of the sensor, which will result in improving the 1080/60p video quality, according to the statements from the company. The new firmware will also bring more precise 4K still image capture (now with embedded EXIF data), and allow users to adjust the sensitivity of the manual focus ring while recording video.
The firmware update, Version 1.10, for Samsung NX500 is available on the official website of the Samsung corporation, and it can be downloaded via Wi-Fi on the camera or by means of Samsung's iLauncher software.