• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 900.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 960.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon B500 advantages over Canon SX740 HS

  • Less expensive
    $257 vs $399
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon SX740 HS advantages over Nikon B500

  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 96 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    299g vs 541g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 1 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 7.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/3200 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

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
  • 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 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
  • 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 Nikon P530

Nikon B500
Nikon P530
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Manual focus
Canon SX740 HS
Nikon P530
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony H300

Nikon B500
Sony H300
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $198
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
Canon SX740 HS
Sony H300
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $198
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Nikon L840

Nikon B500
Nikon L840
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $209
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure
Canon SX740 HS
Nikon L840
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $209
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Canon SX730 HS

Nikon B500
Canon SX730 HS
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Thinner
Canon SX740 HS
Canon SX730 HS
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Longer video battery life
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • NFC

Compared to Panasonic ZS80

Nikon B500
Panasonic ZS80
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Slower slow-motion
Canon SX740 HS
Panasonic ZS80
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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