• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 900.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • 20.00mm - 1200.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon B500 advantages over Panasonic FZ80

  • Less expensive
    $257 vs $348
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity

Panasonic FZ80 advantages over Nikon B500

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • More telephoto lens reach
    1,200 mm vs 900 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Newer
    8 months vs 19 months old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    20 mm vs 23 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 7.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/1500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon L830

Nikon B500
Nikon L830
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $244
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
Panasonic FZ80
Nikon L830
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $244
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Fujifilm S1

Nikon B500
Fujifilm S1
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic FZ80
Fujifilm S1
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Samsung WB2200F

Nikon B500
Samsung WB2200F
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $503
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Panasonic FZ80
Samsung WB2200F
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $503
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • NFC

Compared to Samsung WB1100F

Nikon B500
Samsung WB1100F
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $322
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Manual focus
Panasonic FZ80
Samsung WB1100F
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $322
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Nikon L840

Nikon B500
Nikon L840
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Newer
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
Panasonic FZ80
Nikon L840
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
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