• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 900.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Olympus SH-2 advantages over Nikon B500

  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • 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
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 96 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    271g vs 541g
    Lighter weight
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.5 fps vs 7.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    16 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Nikon B500 advantages over Olympus SH-2

  • 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
  • More telephoto lens reach
    900 mm vs 600 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Newer
    18 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition

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

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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 Olympus SH-50

Olympus SH-2
Olympus SH-50
  • $499
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • RAW file ability
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
Nikon B500
Olympus SH-50
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Samsung WB1100F

Olympus SH-2
Samsung WB1100F
  • $499
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Thinner
  • $353
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon B500
Samsung WB1100F
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $353
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Manual focus

Compared to Canon SX700 HS

Olympus SH-2
Canon SX700 HS
  • $499
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $344
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • NFC
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon B500
Canon SX700 HS
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $344
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Manual focus

Compared to Nikon L840

Olympus SH-2
Nikon L840
  • $499
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Touchscreen
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • NFC
Nikon B500
Nikon L840
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Newer
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Panasonic ZS60

Olympus SH-2
Panasonic ZS60
  • $499
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $474
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon B500
Panasonic ZS60
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $474
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Slower slow-motion
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