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Nikon B500 vs Samsung WB850F

Portability
68
Imaging
41
Features
50
Overall
44
Nikon Coolpix B500 front
 
Samsung WB850F front
Portability
91
Imaging
39
Features
51
Overall
43

Nikon B500 vs Samsung WB850F 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
Samsung WB850F
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-483mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 250g - 109 x 62 x 25mm
  • Revealed January 2012
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Nikon B500 vs Samsung WB850F Overview

Lets examine more closely at the Nikon B500 and Samsung WB850F, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by brands Nikon and Samsung. The sensor resolution of the B500 (16MP) and the WB850F (16MP) is fairly similar and they come with the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The B500 was brought out 4 years after the WB850F which is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Nikon B500 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Samsung WB850F being a Compact camera.

Before delving through a step-by-step comparison, below is a short summary of how the B500 matches up vs the WB850F in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon B500 over the Samsung WB850F

 B500 WB850F 
RevealedFebruary 2016January 2012Newer by 51 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution921k614kClearer display (+307k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung WB850F over the Nikon B500

 WB850F B500 
Focus manually Very accurate focusing

Common features in the Nikon B500 and Samsung WB850F

 B500 WB850F 
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display dimensions
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display Missing Touch friendly display

Nikon B500 vs Samsung WB850F Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to travel with your camera regularly, you'll need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Nikon B500 features outer dimensions of 114mm x 78mm x 95mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7") along with a weight of 541 grams (1.19 lbs) whilst the Samsung WB850F has dimensions of 109mm x 62mm x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0") with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you have during that time. Here is the front view scale comparison of the B500 vs the WB850F.

Nikon B500 vs Samsung WB850F size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the B500 and WB850F is 68 and 91 respectively.

Nikon B500 vs Samsung WB850F top view buttons comparison

Nikon B500 vs Samsung WB850F Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very difficult to see the contrast between sensor dimensions just by reviewing specs. The picture underneath might provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the B500 and WB850F.

As you can plainly see, both cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the exact same MP therefore you can expect similar quality of photos however you need to consider the launch date of the products into consideration. The newer B500 will have an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon B500 vs Samsung WB850F sensor size comparison

Nikon B500 vs Samsung WB850F Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon B500 vs Samsung WB850F Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon B500 as a Portrait photography camera
Samsung WB850F as a Portrait photography camera
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good megapixels (16 megapixels)
features face detect autofocus
no manual focus
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
43
manual focus
decent MP (16MP)
features face detection focusing
external flash not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon B500 Street photography factors
Samsung WB850F Street photography factors
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screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Optical)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
heavier than others in class (541g)
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (250 grams)
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon B500 as a Sports photography camera
Samsung WB850F as a Sports photography camera
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great zoom range (23-900mm 39.1 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
features tracking focus
better than average battery life (600 CIPA)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
52
incredible zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
features tracking autofocus
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon B500 Travel photography factors
Samsung WB850F Travel photography factors
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better than average battery life (600 CIPA)
supports bluetooth
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
quite wide (23mm)
great reach (900mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
heavier than others in class (541g)
does not have selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.0)
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lighter than competition (250g)
decent MP (16MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (23mm)
very long reach (483mm)
no Time Lapse mode
does not feature selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon B500 Landscape photography factors
Samsung WB850F Landscape photography factors
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quite wide (23mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
better than average battery life (600 shots)
no manual focus
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
does not have Time Lapse function
49
manual focus
reasonably wide (23mm)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon B500
Vlogging with Samsung WB850F
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quite wide (23mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
does not have selfie friendly display
does not have mic port
heavier than others in class (541g)
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reasonably wide (23mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (250g)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
no external mic jack
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Nikon B500 vs Samsung WB850F Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon B500 and Samsung WB850F
 Nikon Coolpix B500Samsung WB850F
General Information
Brand Nikon Samsung
Model type Nikon Coolpix B500 Samsung WB850F
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2016-02-23 2012-01-09
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 area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 23-900mm (39.1x) 23-483mm (21.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.0-6.5 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 921k dot 614k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology - AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 1s 8s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed 7.4fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 6.90 m (at Auto ISO) 3.50 m
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
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 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 541g (1.19 lb) 250g (0.55 lb)
Dimensions 114 x 78 x 95mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7") 109 x 62 x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 pictures -
Style of battery AA -
Battery ID 4 x AA SLB-10A
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
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