• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 810.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/3 inch 17.3mm2
  • 13.2 megapixels
  • 30.00mm - 90.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon P500 advantages over Nikon S32

  • Larger sensor
    1/2.3 inch vs 1/3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.15 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 90 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    23 mm vs 30 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    8 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.0 fps vs 4.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    3200 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon S32 advantages over Nikon P500

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Thinner
    40 mm vs 102 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    4 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    175g vs 499g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    11 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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

User reviews

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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 S32
Fujifilm S4000
  • $97
  • 1/3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Thinner
  • $205
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

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 S32
Olympus SP-820UZ
  • $97
  • 1/3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Thinner
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

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 S32
Canon SX50
  • $97
  • 1/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon S31

Nikon P500
Nikon S31
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $89
  • 1/3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Thinner
Nikon S32
Nikon S31
  • $97
  • 1/3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $89
  • 1/3 inch

Compared to Nikon S33

Nikon P500
Nikon S33
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $117
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Thinner
Nikon S32
Nikon S33
  • $97
  • 1/3 inch
  • $117
  • 1/3.1 inch
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