• 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 26.00mm - 624.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 900.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Pentax X70 advantages over Nikon B500

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Lighter weight
    411g vs 541g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    4 vs 1 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.0 fps vs 7.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon B500 advantages over Pentax X70

  • 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
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • More telephoto lens reach
    900 mm vs 624 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Newer
    5 years vs 12 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    23 mm vs 26 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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

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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The Competition

Compared to Olympus SP-590UZ

Pentax X70
Olympus SP-590UZ
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Faster shutter
  • $450
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Longer exposure
Nikon B500
Olympus SP-590UZ
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $450
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon P90

Pentax X70
Nikon P90
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • Faster shutter
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer exposure
Nikon B500
Nikon P90
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Pentax X90

Pentax X70
Pentax X90
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • HDMI out
Nikon B500
Pentax X90
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Nikon P530

Pentax X70
Nikon P530
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon B500
Nikon P530
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Manual focus

Compared to Nikon L840

Pentax X70
Nikon L840
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Lighter weight
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon B500
Nikon L840
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $229
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure
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