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Nikon B500 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G

Portability
68
Imaging
41
Features
50
Overall
44
Nikon Coolpix B500 front
 
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G front
Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
44
Overall
41

Nikon B500 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G 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
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 4.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-481mm (F) lens
  • 305g - 129 x 71 x 19mm
  • Announced August 2012
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Nikon B500 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Overview

Let's examine more closely at the Nikon B500 and Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by rivals Nikon and Samsung. The sensor resolution of the B500 (16MP) and the Galaxy Camera 3G (16MP) is pretty well matched and they possess the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The B500 was introduced 3 years later than the Galaxy Camera 3G and that is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Nikon B500 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G being a Compact camera.

Before getting straight into a detailed comparison, below is a brief summary of how the B500 scores against the Galaxy Camera 3G with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon B500 over the Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G

 B500 Galaxy Camera 3G 
AnnouncedFebruary 2016August 2012Fresher by 43 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution921k0kClearer screen (+921k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G over the Nikon B500

 Galaxy Camera 3G B500 
Screen sizing4.8"3"Bigger screen (+1.8")
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon B500 and Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G

 B500 Galaxy Camera 3G 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Nikon B500 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry your camera, you should think about its weight and dimensions. The Nikon B500 has got outside 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 Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G has dimensions of 129mm x 71mm x 19mm (5.1" x 2.8" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 305 grams (0.67 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you have attached at that moment. The following is the front view sizing comparison of the B500 vs the Galaxy Camera 3G.

Nikon B500 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the B500 and Galaxy Camera 3G is 68 and 90 respectively.

Nikon B500 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G top view buttons comparison

Nikon B500 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very difficult to imagine the difference between sensor sizing merely by reading through specifications. The photograph below may give you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the B500 and Galaxy Camera 3G.

Plainly, both cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the exact same resolution so you can expect similar quality of photographs but you should always consider the launch date of the products into consideration. The fresher B500 should have a benefit with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon B500 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G sensor size comparison

Nikon B500 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon B500 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon B500 Portrait photography factors
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Portrait photography factors
37
MP count good (16 megapixels)
offers face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
30
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon B500
Street photography with Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
52
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
heavier than competition in class (541g)
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (305g)
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon B500 Sports photography features
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Sports photography features
51
incredible zoom range (23-900mm 39.1 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
great battery power (600 CIPA)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
45
excellent zoom range (23-481mm 20.9 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon B500
Travel photography with Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
59
great battery power (600 CIPA)
connects via bluetooth
MP count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
relatively wide (23mm)
long zoom (900mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (541 grams)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
72
lighter than others in class (305 grams)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
fairly wide (23mm)
very long zoom (481mm)
great maximum aperture (f)
missing Timelapse mode
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon B500 Landscape photography features
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Landscape photography features
45
relatively wide (23mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
great battery power (600 CIPA)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
47
fairly wide (23mm)
great maximum aperture (f)
screen larger than average (4.8 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no manual mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon B500 Vlogging factors
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Vlogging factors
27
relatively wide (23mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
doesn't have external mic support
heavier than competition in class (541g)
37
fairly wide (23mm)
great maximum aperture (f)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others in class (305g)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
missing external microphone support
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Nikon B500 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon B500 and Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
 Nikon Coolpix B500Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Samsung
Model Nikon Coolpix B500 Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2016-02-23 2012-08-29
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - 1.4GHz Quad-Core
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 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 -
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 -
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 23-900mm (39.1x) 23-481mm (20.9x)
Maximal aperture f/3.0-6.5 -
Macro focus range 1cm -
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 4.8 inch
Resolution of display 921 thousand dots 0 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech - 308 ppi, HD Super Clear Touch Display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 1s -
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s -
Continuous shooting rate 7.4fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6.90 m (at Auto ISO) no built-in flash
Flash settings - no built-in flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported 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 data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) none
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 541g (1.19 lb) 305g (0.67 lb)
Dimensions 114 x 78 x 95mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7") 129 x 71 x 19mm (5.1" x 2.8" x 0.7")
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 photos -
Form of battery AA -
Battery model 4 x AA -
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) -
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC micro SD/micro SDHC/micro SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Retail pricing $300 $606