• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 810.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1440.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon P500 advantages over Nikon B600

  • 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
  • Longer exposure
    8 vs 1 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Nikon B600 advantages over Nikon P500

  • 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 Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • More telephoto lens reach
    1,440 mm vs 810 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 280 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    3 years vs 11 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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

  • 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 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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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 B600
Fujifilm S4000
  • $327
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $205
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life

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 B600
Olympus SP-820UZ
  • $327
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Canon SX520 HS

Nikon P500
Canon SX520 HS
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus
Nikon B600
Canon SX520 HS
  • $327
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus

Compared to Nikon P610

Nikon P500
Nikon P610
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Nikon B600
Nikon P610
  • $327
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Canon SX540 HS

Nikon P500
Canon SX540 HS
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $335
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon B600
Canon SX540 HS
  • $327
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $335
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • NFC
  • Manual focus
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