Nikon B500 vs Pentax ist DL2

Portability
68
Imaging
43
Features
50
Overall
45
Nikon Coolpix B500 front
 
Pentax ist DL2 front
Portability
69
Imaging
46
Features
33
Overall
40

Nikon B500 vs Pentax ist DL2 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
  • Revealed February 2016
Pentax ist DL2
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • Pentax KAF Mount
  • 565g - 125 x 93 x 66mm
  • Introduced January 2006
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Nikon B500 vs Pentax ist DL2 Overview

Lets look a little more in depth at the Nikon B500 versus Pentax ist DL2, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Advanced DSLR by brands Nikon and Pentax. There exists a big gap among the resolutions of the B500 (16MP) and ist DL2 (6MP) and the B500 (1/2.3") and ist DL2 (APS-C) enjoy totally different sensor dimensions.

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The B500 was unveiled 10 years after the ist DL2 which is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Nikon B500 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Pentax ist DL2 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before delving through a detailed comparison, below is a simple view of how the B500 scores versus the ist DL2 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon B500 over the Pentax ist DL2

 B500 ist DL2 
IntroducedFebruary 2016January 2006Newer by 123 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimension3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution921k210kClearer display (+711k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax ist DL2 over the Nikon B500

 ist DL2 B500 
Manual focus Dial exact focus

Common features in the Nikon B500 and Pentax ist DL2

 B500 ist DL2 
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch display No Touch display

Nikon B500 vs Pentax ist DL2 Physical Comparison

If you are going to travel with your camera regularly, you'll need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Nikon B500 has external measurements of 114mm x 78mm x 95mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7") along with a weight of 541 grams (1.19 lbs) while the Pentax ist DL2 has dimensions of 125mm x 93mm x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") with a weight of 565 grams (1.25 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are employing at that moment. Underneath is the front view sizing comparison of the B500 compared to the ist DL2.

Nikon B500 vs Pentax ist DL2 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the B500 and ist DL2 is 68 and 69 respectively.

Nikon B500 vs Pentax ist DL2 top view buttons comparison

Nikon B500 vs Pentax ist DL2 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is difficult to envision the contrast in sensor dimensions merely by researching specifications. The picture underneath may provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the B500 and ist DL2.

Plainly, both cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The B500 using its smaller sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field trickier and the Nikon B500 will result in more detail having an extra 10MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The more recent B500 is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon B500 vs Pentax ist DL2 sensor size comparison

Nikon B500 vs Pentax ist DL2 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon B500 vs Pentax ist DL2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon B500 Portrait photography factors
Pentax ist DL2 Portrait photography factors
39
MP count decent (16MP)
comes with face detection focus
no manual focus
can't use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
51
you can focus manually
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no liveview feature
megapixel count low (6 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Nikon B500 Street photography information
Pentax ist DL2 Street photography information
52
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
more heavy than competition (541g)
61
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
lighter than average in class (565 grams)
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon B500 Sports photography info
Pentax ist DL2 Sports photography info
52
incredible zoom range (23-900mm 39.1 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
better than average battery power (600 CIPA)
no shutter priority
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
39
decent sensor size (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
no liveview feature
continuous shooting slow (3.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (6MP)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon B500 Travel photography info
Pentax ist DL2 Travel photography info
59
better than average battery power (600 shots)
supports bluetooth
MP count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
rather wide (23mm)
great reach (900mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition (541g)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
52
lighter than average in class (565 grams)
flash built-in
does not have Timelapse mode
megapixel count low (6MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon B500 Landscape photography details
Pentax ist DL2 Landscape photography details
46
rather wide (23mm)
screen size is decent (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
better than average battery power (600 shots)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
does not have Timelapse mode
47
you can focus manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
small screen (2.5 inches)
no liveview feature
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (6 megapixels)
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon B500 Vlogging advice
Pentax ist DL2 Vlogging advice
27
rather wide (23mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
does not have external microphone jack
more heavy than competition (541g)
22
lighter than average in class (565 grams)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
low res video ( resolution)
does not have external microphone support
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Nikon B500 vs Pentax ist DL2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon B500 and Pentax ist DL2
 Nikon Coolpix B500Pentax ist DL2
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Pentax
Model Nikon Coolpix B500 Pentax ist DL2
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2016-02-23 2006-01-27
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 6 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 3:2
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 3008 x 2008
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 200
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points - 5
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Pentax KAF
Lens focal range 23-900mm (39.1x) -
Highest aperture f/3.0-6.5 -
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Amount of lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 2.5 inches
Screen resolution 921k dots 210k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical
Viewfinder coverage - 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.57x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 1 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 7.4 frames per sec 3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.90 m (at Auto ISO) -
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
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) -
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 -
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In No
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 541g (1.19 pounds) 565g (1.25 pounds)
Dimensions 114 x 78 x 95mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7") 125 x 93 x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 65
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.9
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.1
DXO Low light score not tested 639
Other
Battery life 600 images -
Battery style AA -
Battery model 4 x AA 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/MMC card
Card slots Single Single
Launch cost $300 -