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Nikon B500 vs Nikon L610

Portability
68
Imaging
41
Features
50
Overall
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Nikon Coolpix B500 front
 
Nikon Coolpix L610 front
Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
33
Overall
37

Nikon B500 vs Nikon L610 Key Specs

Nikon B500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-900mm (F3.0-6.5) lens
  • 541g - 114 x 78 x 95mm
  • Released February 2016
Nikon L610
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-350mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 240g - 108 x 69 x 34mm
  • Introduced August 2012
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Nikon B500 vs Nikon L610 Overview

In this write-up, we are contrasting the Nikon B500 versus Nikon L610, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and both of them are built by Nikon. The image resolution of the B500 (16MP) and the L610 (16MP) is fairly similar and they possess the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The B500 was announced 3 years later than the L610 and that is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Nikon B500 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Nikon L610 being a Compact camera.

Before diving in to a detailed comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the B500 matches up versus the L610 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon B500 over the Nikon L610

 B500 L610 
IntroducedFebruary 2016August 2012Fresher by 44 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution921k460kCrisper display (+461k dot)

Reasons to pick Nikon L610 over the Nikon B500

 L610 B500 

Common features in the Nikon B500 and Nikon L610

 B500 L610 
Manually focus No manual focusing
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurements
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch display Neither includes Touch display

Nikon B500 vs Nikon L610 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry your camera frequently, you're going to have to factor its weight and volume. The Nikon B500 features outside measurements of 114mm x 78mm x 95mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7") and a weight of 541 grams (1.19 lbs) while the Nikon L610 has sizing of 108mm x 69mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have chosen at that time. Here is the front view size comparison of the B500 vs the L610.

Nikon B500 vs Nikon L610 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the B500 and L610 is 68 and 90 respectively.

Nikon B500 vs Nikon L610 top view buttons comparison

Nikon B500 vs Nikon L610 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's tough to see the gap between sensor sizing purely by reviewing technical specs. The graphic here might provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the B500 and L610.

As you can tell, both of these cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the same MP and you can expect similar quality of photos but you would want to factor the launch date of the products into consideration. The younger B500 will have an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon B500 vs Nikon L610 sensor size comparison

Nikon B500 vs Nikon L610 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon B500 vs Nikon L610 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon B500 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon L610 as a Portrait photography camera
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decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
comes with face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
cannot use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
30
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
lack of manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon B500 as a Street photography camera
Nikon L610 as a Street photography camera
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screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Optical)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
more heavy than competition in class (541g)
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (240g)
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon B500 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon L610 as a Sports photography camera
51
excellent zoom range (23-900mm 39.1 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
comes with tracking focus
better than average battery (600 per charge)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
45
incredible zoom range (25-350mm 14.0 x zoom)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
not so great battery power (120 CIPA)
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon B500 Travel photography info
Nikon L610 Travel photography info
59
better than average battery (600 shots)
has bluetooth
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
really wide (23mm)
long zoom (900mm)
does not have Timelapse function
more heavy than competition in class (541g)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.0)
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lighter than average in class (240g)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
long reach (350mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
not so great battery power (120 CIPA)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon B500 Landscape photography details
Nikon L610 Landscape photography details
45
really wide (23mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
better than average battery (600 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Timelapse function
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really wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
no manual control
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
not so great battery power (120 CIPA)
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon B500
Vlogging with Nikon L610
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really wide (23mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
does not have microphone port
more heavy than competition in class (541 grams)
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really wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average in class (240 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
missing mic port
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Nikon B500 vs Nikon L610 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon B500 and Nikon L610
 Nikon Coolpix B500Nikon Coolpix L610
General Information
Make Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix B500 Nikon Coolpix L610
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2016-02-23 2012-08-09
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 -
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 23-900mm (39.1x) 25-350mm (14.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.0-6.5 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 921k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology - TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 1 secs 4 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/6000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 7.4 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 6.90 m (at Auto ISO) -
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 1920 x 1080
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 541 grams (1.19 lb) 240 grams (0.53 lb)
Dimensions 114 x 78 x 95mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7") 108 x 69 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 600 photographs 120 photographs
Battery form AA AA
Battery ID 4 x AA 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) -
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Launch cost $300 $150