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Nikon B500 vs Olympus SZ-30MR

Portability
68
Imaging
41
Features
50
Overall
44
Nikon Coolpix B500 front
 
Olympus SZ-30MR front
Portability
89
Imaging
39
Features
39
Overall
39

Nikon B500 vs Olympus SZ-30MR Key Specs

Nikon B500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-900mm (F3.0-6.5) lens
  • 541g - 114 x 78 x 95mm
  • Introduced February 2016
Olympus SZ-30MR
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 226g - 106 x 69 x 40mm
  • Released March 2011
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Nikon B500 vs Olympus SZ-30MR Overview

On this page, we will be reviewing the Nikon B500 vs Olympus SZ-30MR, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by rivals Nikon and Olympus. The sensor resolution of the B500 (16MP) and the SZ-30MR (16MP) is pretty similar and both cameras have the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The B500 was manufactured 5 years after the SZ-30MR which is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras have different body design with the Nikon B500 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Olympus SZ-30MR being a Compact camera.

Before getting into a detailed comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the B500 matches up vs the SZ-30MR in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon B500 over the Olympus SZ-30MR

 B500 SZ-30MR 
ReleasedFebruary 2016March 2011Newer by 61 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution921k460kSharper screen (+461k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-30MR over the Nikon B500

 SZ-30MR B500 

Common features in the Nikon B500 and Olympus SZ-30MR

 B500 SZ-30MR 
Manually focus Lack of manual focus
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Nikon B500 vs Olympus SZ-30MR Physical Comparison

If you're looking to travel with your camera frequently, you will need to factor in its weight and size. The Nikon B500 has got external measurements of 114mm x 78mm x 95mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7") having a weight of 541 grams (1.19 lbs) whilst the Olympus SZ-30MR has specifications of 106mm x 69mm x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") with a weight of 226 grams (0.50 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are utilising at that time. Here is a front view overall size comparison of the B500 and the SZ-30MR.

Nikon B500 vs Olympus SZ-30MR size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the B500 and SZ-30MR is 68 and 89 respectively.

Nikon B500 vs Olympus SZ-30MR top view buttons comparison

Nikon B500 vs Olympus SZ-30MR Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's difficult to envision the difference between sensor dimensions only by reading specs. The picture below should give you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the B500 and SZ-30MR.

All in all, each of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions and the identical resolution so you should expect similar quality of pictures however you may want to factor the release date of the products into consideration. The more modern B500 will have an edge in sensor technology.

Nikon B500 vs Olympus SZ-30MR sensor size comparison

Nikon B500 vs Olympus SZ-30MR Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon B500 vs Olympus SZ-30MR Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon B500
Portrait photography with Olympus SZ-30MR
37
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
provides face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
34
good resolution (16 megapixels)
supports face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon B500 Street photography details
Olympus SZ-30MR Street photography details
52
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
more heavy than average in class (541 grams)
60
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition in class (226 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon B500 Sports photography advice
Olympus SZ-30MR Sports photography advice
51
incredible zoom range (23-900mm 39.1 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
good battery power (600 shots)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
41
excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
low frames per second (2.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery (220 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon B500
Travel photography with Olympus SZ-30MR
59
good battery power (600 per charge)
connects via bluetooth
megapixel count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (23mm)
great reach (900mm)
does not have Timelapse function
more heavy than average in class (541g)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
65
lighter than competition in class (226g)
good resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
decently wide (25mm)
great zoom (600mm)
no Time Lapse function
terrible battery (220 per charge)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon B500
Landscape photography with Olympus SZ-30MR
45
rather wide (23mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
good battery power (600 shots)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Timelapse function
41
decently wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
lack of manual exposure
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
terrible battery (220 per charge)
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon B500 Vlogging factors
Olympus SZ-30MR Vlogging factors
27
rather wide (23mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have external microphone support
more heavy than average in class (541 grams)
34
decently wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (226g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
display isn't selfie friendly
no external mic support
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Nikon B500 vs Olympus SZ-30MR Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon B500 and Olympus SZ-30MR
 Nikon Coolpix B500Olympus SZ-30MR
General Information
Make Nikon Olympus
Model Nikon Coolpix B500 Olympus SZ-30MR
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2016-02-23 2011-03-02
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - TruePic III+
Sensor type BSI-CMOS 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 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 23-900mm (39.1x) 25-600mm (24.0x)
Max aperture f/3.0-6.5 f/3.0-6.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 921k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology - TFT Hypercrystal III Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 1 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1700 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 7.4 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.90 m (at Auto ISO) 4.00 m
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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 (30 fps)1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 541g (1.19 pounds) 226g (0.50 pounds)
Physical dimensions 114 x 78 x 95mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7") 106 x 69 x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 600 images 220 images
Type of battery AA Battery Pack
Battery model 4 x AA LI-50B
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
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