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 overview, we are going to take a look at two different camera models that fall into different categories: the first model we are about to review, Nikon Coolpix S7000 is a camera from Ultracompact category. It features CMOS sensor with a resolution of 16.0 MP. The second model we are looking at, Nikon Coolpix B500, falls into a Small Sensor Superzoom category and it is equipped with BSI-CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 16.0 MP.
Without a doubt, these two categories have a few considerable distinctive features. However, it is worth saying that cameras from Compact category create serious competition to models that fall into SuperZoom category. Such an intense competition between these two categories is explained by the significant advantages of cameras from the first category in terms of size and weight. In addition, thanks to the latest enhancement, this type of cameras come with increased focus speeds. This fact makes our comparison overview even more exciting.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Nikon Coolpix S7000 and Nikon Coolpix B500.
Nikon Coolpix S7000 Key Features:
Nikon Coolpix B500 Key Features:
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Continuous Shooting||9.2 fps vs 7.4 fps||1.8 fps faster|
|Weight||165 g vs 541 g||376 g lighter|
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Manual Exposure Mode||Yes vs No||Has Manual Exposure Mode|
|Flash Range||6.9 vs 5.7||1.2 better flash range|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots vs 460k dots||50.1% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||600 shots vs 180 shots||420 more frames with a single charge|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Continuous Shooting||9.2 fps | 7.4 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots | 921k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Viewfinder||No | No||No ViewFinder|
|Raw Support||No | No||Doesn's support RAW format|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP | 16.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|External Flash Shoe||No | No||No Flash Shoe|
|Bracketing||No | No||No AE bracketing|
|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 Nikon Coolpix S7000 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 S7000 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 376g less than the Nikon Coolpix B500. 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 Nikon Coolpix S7000 and Nikon Coolpix B500 any different in terms of sensor type?
Take a look below to find the comparison of Nikon Coolpix S7000 and Nikon Coolpix B500 by the size of their sensors.
Nikon Coolpix S7000 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 Nikon Coolpix S7000 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||Nikon Coolpix S7000||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, Nikon Coolpix S7000 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 Nikon Coolpix S7000 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, Nikon Coolpix S7000 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:
|Nikon Coolpix S7000||Nikon Coolpix B500|
|Model||Coolpix S7000||Coolpix B500|
|Announced||Feb 10, 2015||Feb 23, 2016|
|Body Type||Ultracompact||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 3456||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||1||1|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s||1 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||9.2 fps||7.4 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)||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||165 g||541 g|
|Physical Dimensions||99 x 60 x 27 mm||114 x 78 x 95 mm|
|Battery Life||180 shots||600 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||AA|
|Battery Model||EN-EL19||4 x AA|