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Nikon B500 vs Ricoh CX2

Portability
68
Imaging
41
Features
50
Overall
44
Nikon Coolpix B500 front
 
Ricoh CX2 front
Portability
93
Imaging
32
Features
35
Overall
33

Nikon B500 vs Ricoh CX2 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
Ricoh CX2
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-300mm (F3.5-5.6) lens
  • 185g - 102 x 58 x 29mm
  • Released August 2009
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Nikon B500 vs Ricoh CX2 Overview

Its time to look much closer at the Nikon B500 vs Ricoh CX2, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by competitors Nikon and Ricoh. There exists a large gap between the image resolutions of the B500 (16MP) and CX2 (9MP) but both cameras offer the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The B500 was unveiled 6 years later than the CX2 and that is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Nikon B500 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Ricoh CX2 being a Compact camera.

Before getting into a thorough comparison, here is a quick introduction of how the B500 scores vs the CX2 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon B500 over the Ricoh CX2

 B500 CX2 
ReleasedFebruary 2016August 2009More recent by 80 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution921k920kClearer display (+1k dot)

Reasons to pick Ricoh CX2 over the Nikon B500

 CX2 B500 
Manual focus Very exact focus

Common features in the Nikon B500 and Ricoh CX2

 B500 CX2 
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch display Missing Touch display

Nikon B500 vs Ricoh CX2 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you need to factor its weight and measurements. The Nikon B500 has physical dimensions of 114mm x 78mm x 95mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7") accompanied by a weight of 541 grams (1.19 lbs) whilst the Ricoh CX2 has proportions of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you choose at that moment. Here is a front view dimensions comparison of the B500 and the CX2.

Nikon B500 vs Ricoh CX2 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the B500 and CX2 is 68 and 93 respectively.

Nikon B500 vs Ricoh CX2 top view buttons comparison

Nikon B500 vs Ricoh CX2 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its hard to visualise the difference between sensor measurements purely by reading specifications. The photograph below will provide you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the B500 and CX2.

To sum up, both of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions but not the same MP. You can expect to see the Nikon B500 to deliver more detail having an extra 7MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop pics a bit more aggressively. The fresher B500 is going to have an advantage with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon B500 vs Ricoh CX2 sensor size comparison

Nikon B500 vs Ricoh CX2 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon B500 vs Ricoh CX2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon B500 Portrait photography advice
Ricoh CX2 Portrait photography advice
37
resolution is good (16MP)
offers face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
25
focusing manually
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
sensor resolution not great (9MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon B500 Street photography advice
Ricoh CX2 Street photography advice
52
tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
more heavy than competition (541 grams)
61
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition (185g)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon B500 Sports photography information
Ricoh CX2 Sports photography information
51
long zoom range (23-900mm 39.1 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
offers tracking focus
better than average battery life (600 shots)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
26
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution not great (9 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon B500 Travel photography details
Ricoh CX2 Travel photography details
59
better than average battery life (600 per charge)
supports bluetooth
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (23mm)
long reach (900mm)
missing Timelapse function
more heavy than competition (541g)
display is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
66
lighter than competition (185 grams)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
long reach (300mm)
sensor resolution not great (9MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon B500 Landscape photography highlights
Ricoh CX2 Landscape photography highlights
45
decently wide (23mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
better than average battery life (600 shots)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
missing Timelapse function
42
focusing manually
rather wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual mode
sensor resolution not great (9 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon B500 Vlogging advice
Ricoh CX2 Vlogging advice
27
decently wide (23mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
display is not selfie friendly
missing microphone jack
more heavy than competition (541 grams)
30
rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition (185 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (640 x 480 resolution)
no mic socket
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Nikon B500 vs Ricoh CX2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon B500 and Ricoh CX2
 Nikon Coolpix B500Ricoh CX2
General Information
Make Nikon Ricoh
Model type Nikon Coolpix B500 Ricoh CX2
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2016-02-23 2009-08-20
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Smooth Imaging Engine IV
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 megapixel 9 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 3456 x 2592
Maximum native ISO 3200 1600
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 23-900mm (39.1x) 28-300mm (10.7x)
Highest aperture f/3.0-6.5 f/3.5-5.6
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 921 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 1 secs 8 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 7.4 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 6.90 m (at Auto ISO) 3.00 m (ISO 400)
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 541g (1.19 lb) 185g (0.41 lb)
Physical dimensions 114 x 78 x 95mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7") 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
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 shots -
Battery type AA -
Battery ID 4 x AA DB-70
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) Yes (2, 10 or Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots One One
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