Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras are among the best cameras you can buy. I own an entry-level model. My in-laws own an even bigger one with twice as many buttons. But if you’re like me you probably don’t really know how to use it. That’s really the biggest issue. One could argue that the photographer matters more than the camera, and some cameras are becoming far too complex.
PIX 2015 is a digital photography expo coming to Seattle Center on October 6-7 this week, and Samsung will be there with its #DitchTheDSLR event that offers customers the chance to trade in their DSLR for something simpler.
We are excited to partner with the passionate DPReview photo community and Amazon at PIX, and once again give consumers the opportunity to trade in their old clunky DSLRs for a chance to enjoy Samsung’s new NX500 mirrorless camera with cutting edge imaging and wireless technology. ~
Gary Riding, SVP Mobile Computing, Samsung
Now, I’m not sure I agree with the need for wireless technology and all that jazz. One of my complaints is that DSLRs are too fancy and need to trim down so that average people can still take excellent pictures. But Mr. Riding has the right idea.
The first 300 attendees during the giveaway event will be able to trade in their current DSLR camera for a compact Samsung NX500 digital camera. These still have a swappable lens but do away with the mirror that creates the “reflex” movement inside a normal DSLR — making them much smaller. The review on CNET is pretty good. More from the press release:
Built around the same technology architecture featured in the flagship NX1, including a high resolution 28MP BSI APS-C sensor, 4K and UHD video recording, and Samsung Auto Shot, the NX500 places powerful performance in a portable and convenient size. This award winning camera comes with updated connectivity options via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
I took my DSLR with us on a recent trip to Spain and was satisfied that the pictures were better than the ones I could take with my camera phone. The problem was that I usually needed to fiddle with it and take a couple shots for each scene. It’s also big and heavy. Smaller cameras like the NX500 that still allow you to swap out different lenses seem like a good compromise.
It remains to be seen if I will take advantage of Samsung’s promotion and give up my current DSLR, but I look forward to visiting Seattle Center on Wednesday to learn more about how it works. Remember you’ll need to register for PIX 2015 (free). Also read the complete terms and conditions to see if your camera is eligible.