• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 810.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 350.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon P500 advantages over Nikon L620

  • 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 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More telephoto lens reach
    810 mm vs 350 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    8 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Nikon L620 advantages over Nikon P500

  • Less expensive
    $250 vs $400 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 410 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    34 mm vs 102 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    5 years vs 8 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    237g vs 499g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    18.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 8.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 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
  • 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
  • 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 Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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 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 L620
Fujifilm S4000
  • $127
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Thinner
  • $205
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon L610

Nikon P500
Nikon L610
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $147
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon L620
Nikon L610
  • $127
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $147
  • 1/2.3 inch

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 L620
Olympus SP-820UZ
  • $127
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Canon SX50

Nikon P500
Canon SX50
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Fast startup
  • More dots on screen
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon L620
Canon SX50
  • $127
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon S810c

Nikon P500
Nikon S810c
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $182
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon L620
Nikon S810c
  • $127
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $182
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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