Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to provide a detailed evaluation and comparison of two different camera models that fall into the same category - Small Sensor Superzoom. Although these cameras are from the same category, they were introduced by different brands - Canon and Nikon. Although Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Nikon Coolpix B500 cameras that we are going to review here have significant distinctive features, they also have something in common. Thus, the first common trait of both models is sensor. These cameras feature identical 16.0 MP BSI-CMOS sensors.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Nikon Coolpix B500 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Key Features:
Nikon Coolpix B500 Key Features:
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS substituted Canon SX50 HS.
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Raw Support||Yes vs No||Better image quality|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Tilting||Flexible shooting positions|
|Screen Resolution||922k dots vs 921k dots||0.1% higher resolution screen|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Continuous Shooting||7.4 fps vs 6.4 fps||1 fps faster|
|Flash Range||6.9 vs 5.5||1.4 better flash range|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Battery Life||600 shots vs 340 shots||260 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||541 g vs 650 g||109 g lighter|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||922k dots | 921k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP | 16.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Nikon Coolpix B500 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Nikon Coolpix B500 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 109g less than the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Nikon Coolpix B500 any different in terms of sensor type?
In terms of sensor type and resolution, these models are identical. Both Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Nikon Coolpix B500 come equipped with the same BSI-CMOS that has a resolution of 16.0 MP. Thus, if you are wondering, which option to choose, this is not a factor you should be looking at.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Nikon Coolpix B500 by the size of their sensors.
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Nikon Coolpix B500 are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Nikon Coolpix B500 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Canon PowerShot SX60 HS||Nikon Coolpix B500|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Canon PowerShot SX60 HS or Nikon Coolpix B500, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Nikon Coolpix B500 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Canon PowerShot SX60 HS deserves a higher Total Score than the Nikon Coolpix B500. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Canon PowerShot SX60 HS||Nikon Coolpix B500|
|Model||PowerShot SX60 HS||Coolpix B500|
|Announced||Sep 16, 2014||Feb 23, 2016|
|Body Type||SLR-like (bridge)||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4608 x 3072||4608 x 3456|
|Max Native ISO||6,400||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||80|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||0||1|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||9||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||922k dots||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||922k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||15 s||1 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||6.4 fps||7.4 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, slow synchro|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)||1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||650 g||541 g|
|Physical Dimensions||128 x 93 x 114 mm||114 x 78 x 95 mm|
|Battery Life||340 shots||600 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||AA|
|Battery Model||NB-10L||4 x AA|