• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 900.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 2000.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon B500 advantages over Nikon P950

  • Less expensive
    $297 vs $797
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Thinner
    96 mm vs 149 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    541g vs 1005g
    Lighter weight

Nikon P950 advantages over Nikon B500

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • More telephoto lens reach
    2,000 mm vs 900 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    15 months vs 5 years 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
  • Longer exposure
    5 vs 1 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • 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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Compared to Samsung WB1100F

Nikon B500
Samsung WB1100F
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Manual focus
Nikon P950
Samsung WB1100F
  • $797
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Nikon P530

Nikon B500
Nikon P530
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Manual focus
Nikon P950
Nikon P530
  • $797
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Nikon L840

Nikon B500
Nikon L840
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $209
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure
Nikon P950
Nikon L840
  • $797
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $209
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Nikon P900

Nikon B500
Nikon P900
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $597
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Nikon P950
Nikon P900
  • $797
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • RAW file ability
  • $597
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Nikon P1000

Nikon B500
Nikon P1000
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
  • $1046
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Nikon P950
Nikon P1000
  • $797
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
  • $1046
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer exposure
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