- 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
- Launched February 2016
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Nikon B500 summary
Nikon B500 is Nikon's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally revealed on February of 2016. The camera comes with a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The B500 stands at #52 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & overall #516 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please try out our Smart camera filter to get camera listings based on your customized criteria.
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Nikon B500 family
The Nikon B500 has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can see all past and current models alongside important features.
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Nikon B500 Gallery
You can see the B500 from different angles in the gallery here.
Nikon B500 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of upsides and downsides of the Nikon B500 based on aspects which are often regarded as important in a camera.
Nikon B500 Sensor specifications
The specification of the sensor on the Nikon B500 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can cause cropping.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 80 to 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not supported therefore you have less margin for error.
The picture underneath shows the B500's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The B500 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Nikon B500 dimensions
Nikon B500 is 1.19 lbs (541g or 19.08 oz) & has external dimensions of 114mm x 78mm x 95mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g and the Nikon B500 is more heavy compared with various rivals.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Down below is a shot of the Nikon B500 besides a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its scale.
The top view just below will provide the button arrangement on the B500.
Nikon B500 Lens specifications
The B500 has got a built in lens and a focal range of 23-900mm making it a 39.1 x zoom which is great and would allow you to zoom all the way in.
At the widest 23mm, it features an aperture of f3.0 which is fairly slow and not the best for low light situations and you might struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You might also need to up the ISO resulting in noisy files. At the tele end, 900mm is exceptional zoom and comes at f6.5 making it very sluggish and you might need to set slow shutter speeds.
Nikon B500 Connectivity
The B500 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to send photos and oftentimes change camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.
Some applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external display. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Nikon B500 Video specifications
The highest possible video quality on the Nikon B500 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality gives a great balance for quality vs file sizes but 1080p won't leave you with any room to crop. The camera does not offer a microphone and / or headphone jack which means that you get no control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to take a look at an alternative model if you need better audio for your video clips.
Nikon B500 Weather Sealing
Nikon B500 does not include environment proofing so damp conditions might ruin the camera.
Nikon B500 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon B500 comes with a 3" tilting screen boasting a resolution of 921k dots.
Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The ViewFinder details for Nikon B500 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are very useful for sunny outdoor conditions which might make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.
Nikon B500 Shutter specifications
Nikon B500 has the capability to shoot continuously at 7.4 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.
Nikon B500 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Nikon B500 features only in-built flash without external flash support.
Nikon B500 Autofocusing specifications
Nikon B500 features just Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker and accurate compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detect which can be useful for taking photos of people.
It also comes with Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Nikon B500 lacks manual focus. Manual focus option can be useful for low light situations or you want to have more exact control on depth of field.
Nikon B500 Battery life
The battery life (4 x AA) for the Nikon B500 is fashioned to last for 600 photographs with respect to the CIPA measurements making it higher than average ın comparison with its class. The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the best (600) battery life for this kind of cameras.
Here is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the highest battery life:
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Nikon B500 for varying types of photography
The following chart presents a outline of the Nikon B500 for varying types of photography. To read more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.
Portrait photography with Nikon B500
The Nikon B500 receives a rating of 38 which is subpar, and means the camera is just not acceptable for portrait photos. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW photos together with the option to utilize external lighting.
Nikon B500 Street photography advice
Having a decent points tally of 52, the Nikon B500 is relatively appropriate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Nikon B500 Sports photography features
A average sports photography rating of 52 suggests the Nikon B500 is somewhat appropriate for photographing sports. A camera needs good autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Nikon B500
Size is super crucial in picking a travel camera. Overall, the Nikon B500 gets a reasonable 59 for a travel camera which makes it reasonably suitable to buy for your vacations.
Landscape photography with Nikon B500
When you are looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photography, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon B500 with it's reasonable score of 46 for a landscape camera is reasonably adequate within the current marketplace.
Nikon B500 as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging ought to offer a moving screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Nikon B500 is just not acceptable as a vlog camera as it gets a subpar rating of 27.
Nikon B500 Alternatives
If you want replacements to the B500, below is a collection of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line graph listed below provides you a summary of the B500 vs it's highest scoring competitors suggested previously.
These are various other cameras you may regard as alternatives. To look at a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.