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Canon SX740 vs Nikon B600

The Canon PowerShot SX740 HS and the Nikon Coolpix B600 are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in July 2018 and January 2019. Both the SX740 and the B600 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The Canon has a resolution of 20.2 megapixels, whereas the Nikon provides 15.9 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon SX740   Nikon B600
Canon SX740 Nikon B600
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
24-960mm f/3.3-6.9 24-1440mm f/3.3-6.5
20.2 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
4K/30p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-3200 ISO 125-6400
No viewfinder, LCD framing No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0" LCD, 922k dots 3.0" LCD, 921k dots
Tilting screen (no touchscreen) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
10 shutter flaps per second 7.4 shutter flaps per second
265 shots per battery charge280 shots per battery charge
110 x 64 x 40 mm, 299 g 122 x 82 x 99 mm, 500 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS and the Nikon Coolpix B600? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Canon SX740 and the Nikon B600 is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The SX740 can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the B600 is also available in two color-versions, but different ones (black, red).

Size Canon SX740 vs Nikon B600
Compare SX740 versus B600 top
Comparison SX740 or B600 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Nikon B600 is notably larger (42 percent) than the Canon SX740. Moreover, the B600 is substantially heavier (67 percent) than the SX740. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the SX740 nor the B600 are weather-sealed.

Concerning battery life, the SX740 gets 265 shots out of its NB-13L battery, while the B600 can take 280 images on a single charge of its EN-EL12 power pack.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, just select a new right or left comparator from among the camera models in the table. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Canon SX740» 4.3 in 2.5 in 1.6 in 10.5 oz 265 n Jul 2018 399 i i Canon SX740
 
Nikon B600« 4.8 in 3.2 in 3.9 in 17.6 oz 280 n Jan 2019 349 i i Nikon B600
 
Canon SX70« » 5.0 in 3.6 in 4.6 in 21.4 oz 325 n Sep 2018 549 i i Canon SX70
 
Canon SX730« » 4.3 in 2.5 in 1.6 in 10.6 oz 250 n Apr 2017 399- i Canon SX730
 
Canon SX720« » 4.3 in 2.5 in 1.4 in 9.5 oz 250 n Feb 2016 379- i Canon SX720
 
Canon SX710« » 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.4 in 9.5 oz 230 n Jan 2015 349- i Canon SX710
 
Nikon A1000« » 4.5 in 2.8 in 1.6 in 11.6 oz 250 n Jan 2019 429 i i Nikon A1000
 
Nikon P1000« » 5.7 in 4.7 in 7.1 in 49.9 oz 250 n Jul 2018 999 i i Nikon P1000
 
Nikon B500« » 4.5 in 3.1 in 3.7 in 19.1 oz 600 n Jan 2016 299- i Nikon B500
 
Nikon L840« » 4.4 in 3.1 in 3.8 in 19.0 oz 590 n Feb 2015 299- i Nikon L840
 
Panasonic ZS80« » 4.4 in 2.7 in 1.7 in 11.5 oz 380 n Feb 2019 449 i i Panasonic ZS80
 
Panasonic TS7« » 4.6 in 3.0 in 1.5 in 11.3 oz 300 Y May 2018 449 i i Panasonic TS7
 
Panasonic ZS70« » 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.6 in 11.4 oz 380 n Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic ZS70
 
Sony HX99« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.4 in 8.5 oz 370 n Aug 2018 449 i i Sony HX99
 
Sony HX95« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.4 in 8.5 oz 370 n Aug 2018 429 i i Sony HX95
 
Sony WX800« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.4 in 8.2 oz 370 n Oct 2018 399 i i Sony WX800
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The B600 was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 13 percent) than the SX740, which makes it more attractive for photographers on a tight budget. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

 

Sensor comparison

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a 1/2.3-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Canon SX740 and Nikon B600 sensor measures

While the two cameras under review share the same sensor size, the SX740 offers a higher resolution of 20.2 megapixels, compared with 15.9 MP of the B600. This megapixels advantage translates into a 13 percent gain in linear resolution. On the other hand, these sensor specs imply that the SX740 has a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.18μm versus 1.33μm for the B600). Moreover, it should be noted that the B600 is a somewhat more recent model (by 5 months) than the SX740, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that further enhance the light gathering capacity of individual pixels. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Canon SX740 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the SX740 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 25.9 x 19.4 inch or 65.8 x 49.4 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 20.7 x 15.6 inch or 52.7 x 39.5 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 17.3 x 13 inch or 43.9 x 32.9 cm. The corresponding values for the Nikon B600 are 23 x 17.3 inch or 58.5 x 43.9 cm for good quality, 18.4 x 13.8 inch or 46.8 x 35.1 cm for very good quality, and 15.4 x 11.5 inch or 39 x 29.3 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Canon PowerShot SX740 HS has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Nikon Coolpix B600 are ISO 125 to ISO 6400 (no boost).

SX740 versus B600 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Camera
Model
 
Canon SX740» 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p----Canon SX740
 
Nikon B600« 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p----Nikon B600
 
Canon SX70« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p----Canon SX70
 
Canon SX730« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p----Canon SX730
 
Canon SX720« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p----Canon SX720
 
Canon SX710« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p----Canon SX710
 
Nikon A1000« » 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p----Nikon A1000
 
Nikon P1000« » 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p----Nikon P1000
 
Nikon B500« » 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i----Nikon B500
 
Nikon L840« » 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i----Nikon L840
 
Panasonic ZS80« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p----Panasonic ZS80
 
Panasonic TS7« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p----Panasonic TS7
 
Panasonic ZS70« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p19.110.610636Panasonic ZS70
 
Sony HX99« » 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p----Sony HX99
 
Sony HX95« » 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p----Sony HX95
 
Sony WX800« » 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p----Sony WX800

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, but the SX740 provides a higher video resolution than the B600. It can shoot video footage at 4K/30p, while the Nikon is limited to 1080/30p.

 

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The SX740 and the B600 are similar in the sense that neither of the two has a viewfinder. The images are, thus, framed using live view on the rear LCD. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Canon SX740, the Nikon B600, and comparable cameras.

Core Features
  Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
('000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
Camera
Model
 
Canon SX740»- n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 10.0 Y Y Canon SX740
 
Nikon B600«- n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y Nikon B600
 
Canon SX70« »2360 n 3.0 922 swivel n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Canon SX70
 
Canon SX730« »- n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y Canon SX730
 
Canon SX720« »- n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y Canon SX720
 
Canon SX710« »- n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 6.0 Y Y Canon SX710
 
Nikon A1000« »1166 n 3.0 1036 tilting Y 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y Nikon A1000
 
Nikon P1000« »2359 n 3.2 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y Nikon P1000
 
Nikon B500« »- n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y Nikon B500
 
Nikon L840« »- n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y Nikon L840
 
Panasonic ZS80« »2330 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic ZS80
 
Panasonic TS7« »1170 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/1300s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic TS7
 
Panasonic ZS70« »1166 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic ZS70
 
Sony HX99« »638 n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX99
 
Sony HX95« »638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX95
 
Sony WX800« »- n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony WX800
The SX740 has an articulated LCD that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in snapping selfies. In contrast, the B600 does not have a selfie-screen.

Both the SX740 and the B600 have zoom lenses built in. The SX740 has a 24-960mm f/3.3-6.9 optic and the B600 offers a 24-1440mm f/3.3-6.5 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the Canon and Nikon provide the same view at the wide-angle end, but the Nikon has more tele-photo reach at the long end. Both cameras offer the same maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the SX740 and the B600 write their files to SDXC cards. Both cameras can use UHS-I cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s.

 

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS and Nikon Coolpix B600 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

Input-Output Connections
  Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Type
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
Camera
Model
 
Canon SX740»-stereomono--micro2.0YYYCanon SX740
 
Nikon B600«-stereomono--micro2.0Y-YNikon B600
 
Canon SX70« »-stereomonoY-micro2.0Y-YCanon SX70
 
Canon SX730« »-stereomono--micro2.0YYYCanon SX730
 
Canon SX720« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon SX720
 
Canon SX710« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon SX710
 
Nikon A1000« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y-YNikon A1000
 
Nikon P1000« »YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-YNikon P1000
 
Nikon B500« »-stereomono--micro2.0YYYNikon B500
 
Nikon L840« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Nikon L840
 
Panasonic ZS80« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y-YPanasonic ZS80
 
Panasonic TS7« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic TS7
 
Panasonic ZS70« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic ZS70
 
Sony HX99« »-stereomono--micro2.0YYYSony HX99
 
Sony HX95« »-stereomono--micro2.0YYYSony HX95
 
Sony WX800« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony WX800

Both the SX740 and the B600 are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The SX740 replaced the earlier Canon SX730 HS, while the B600 followed on from the Nikon B500. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon and Nikon websites.


Review summary

So how do things add up? Which of the two cameras – the Canon SX740 or the Nikon B600 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.

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Arguments in favor of the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (20.2 vs 15.9MP) with a 13% higher linear resolution.
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/30p vs 1080/30p).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a tilting screen for odd-angle shots in landscape orientation.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (10 vs 7.4 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More compact: Is smaller (110x64mm vs 122x82mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 201g or 40 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in July 2018).

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Reasons to prefer the Nikon Coolpix B600:

  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/3200s) to freeze action.
  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.
  • More affordable: Was released into a lower priced segment (13 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Was introduced somewhat (5 months) more recently.

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the SX740 is the clear winner of the match-up (9 : 4 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

SX740 09:04 B600

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon SX740 and the Nikon B600 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the SX740 or the B600. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, and photographyblog). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

Review Scores
  Camera
Model
cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Canon SX740»+-4/5-4/5 Jul 2018 399 i i Canon SX740
 
Nikon B600«+-3.5/5-3/5 Jan 2019 349 i i Nikon B600
 
Canon SX70« »--3.5/5-3.5/5 Sep 2018 549 i i Canon SX70
 
Canon SX730« »+-4/5-4/5 Apr 2017 399- i Canon SX730
 
Canon SX720« »+-4/5-4.5/5 Feb 2016 379- i Canon SX720
 
Canon SX710« »+-4/5-3.5/5 Jan 2015 349- i Canon SX710
 
Nikon A1000« »--3.5/5-3/5 Jan 2019 429 i i Nikon A1000
 
Nikon P1000« »+73/1003.5/54.5/53.5/5 Jul 2018 999 i i Nikon P1000
 
Nikon B500« »+-4/5-3.5/5 Jan 2016 299- i Nikon B500
 
Nikon L840« »+ +-3.5/5-4/5 Feb 2015 299- i Nikon L840
 
Panasonic ZS80« »--4.5/5-- Feb 2019 449 i i Panasonic ZS80
 
Panasonic TS7« »+---3.5/5 May 2018 449 i i Panasonic TS7
 
Panasonic ZS70« »+ +-4/5-4/5 Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic ZS70
 
Sony HX99« »--4/5-4.5/5 Aug 2018 449 i i Sony HX99
 
Sony HX95« »----- Aug 2018 429 i i Sony HX95
 
Sony WX800« »----- Oct 2018 399 i i Sony WX800
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (-) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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    Specifications: Canon SX740 vs Nikon B600

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon SX740 Nikon B600
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 24-960mm f/3.3-6.9 24-1440mm f/3.3-6.5
    Launch Date July 2018 January 2019
    Launch Price USD 399 USD 349
    Sensor Specs Canon SX740 Nikon B600
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 20.2 Megapixels 15.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5184 x 3888 pixels 4608 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.18 μm 1.33 μm
    Pixel Density 71.80 MP/cm2 56.73 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100-3200 ISO 125-6400 ISO
    Screen Specs Canon SX740 Nikon B600
    Viewfinder Type No viewfinder No viewfinder
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0 inch 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 922k dots 921k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Canon SX740 Nikon B600
    Autofocus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 10 shutter flaps/s 7.4 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Canon SX740 Nikon B600
    External Flash no Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in no NFC
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Canon SX740 Nikon B600
    Battery Type NB-13L EN-EL12
    Battery Life (CIPA)265 shots per charge280 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 110 x 64 x 40 mm
    (4.3 x 2.5 x 1.6 in)
    122 x 82 x 99 mm
    (4.8 x 3.2 x 3.9 in)
    Camera Weight 299 g (10.5 oz) 500 g (17.6 oz)

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