• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 810.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 750.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon P500 advantages over Nikon S9900

  • 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
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.0 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Nikon S9900 advantages over Nikon P500

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 300 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 102 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    2 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    289g vs 499g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • 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 Fujifilm S4000

Nikon P500
Fujifilm S4000
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More dots on screen
  • $205
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon S9900
Fujifilm S4000
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $205
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Fujifilm SL300

Nikon P500
Fujifilm SL300
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More dots on screen
  • $339
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon S9900
Fujifilm SL300
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $339
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Olympus SP-820UZ

Nikon P500
Olympus SP-820UZ
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
Nikon S9900
Olympus SP-820UZ
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon S9700

Nikon P500
Nikon S9700
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon S9900
Nikon S9700
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Newer
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Sony WX500

Nikon P500
Sony WX500
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon S9900
Sony WX500
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Shoots 24p video
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