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Nikon B500 vs Olympus E-450

The Nikon Coolpix B500 and the Olympus E-450 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in January 2016 and March 2009. The B500 is a fixed lens compact, while the E-450 is a DSLR. The cameras are based on a 1/2.3-inch (B500) and a Four Thirds (E-450) sensor. The Nikon has a resolution of 15.9 megapixels, whereas the Olympus provides 10 MP.

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

Headline Specifications
Nikon B500
versus
Olympus E-450
Nikon B500   Olympus E-450
Fixed lens compact camera Digital single lens reflex
22.5-900mm f/3.0-6.5 Four Thirds lenses
15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 10 MP, Four Thirds Sensor
1080/60i Video no Video
ISO 80-6,400 ISO 100-1,600
No viewfinder, LCD framing Optical viewfinder
3.0 LCD, 921k dots 2.7 LCD, 215k dots
Tilting screen (no touchscreen) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
7.4 shutter flaps per second 3.5 shutter flaps per second
600 shots per battery charge500 shots per battery charge
114 x 78 x 95 mm, 541 g 130 x 91 x 53 mm, 440 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Nikon Coolpix B500 and the Olympus E-450? 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

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Nikon B500 and the Olympus E-450. 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 size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The B500 can be obtained in two different colors (black, red), while the E-450 is only available in black.

Size Nikon B500 vs Olympus E-450
Compare B500 versus E-450 top
Comparison B500 or E-450 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Olympus E-450 is notably larger (33 percent) than the Nikon B500. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the B500 nor the E-450 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the B500 has a lens built in, whereas the E-450 is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup. You can compare the optics available for the E-450 and their specifications in the Four Thirds Lens Catalog.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Nikon B500 114 mm 78 mm 95 mm 541 g 600 n Jan 2016 299 i
2.
 
Olympus E-450 130 mm 91 mm 53 mm 440 g 500 n Mar 2009 499 i
3.
 
Nikon B600 122 mm 82 mm 99 mm 500 g 280 n Jan 2019 349 i
4.
 
Nikon A1000 114 mm 72 mm 41 mm 330 g 250 n Jan 2019 429 i
5.
 
Nikon P1000 146 mm 119 mm 181 mm 1415 g 250 n Jul 2018 999 i
6.
 
Nikon W300 112 mm 66 mm 29 mm 231 g 280 Y May 2017 389 i
7.
 
Nikon B700 125 mm 85 mm 107 mm 565 g 350 n Feb 2016 499 i
8.
 
Nikon P900 140 mm 103 mm 137 mm 899 g 360 n Mar 2015 599 i
9.
 
Nikon L840 113 mm 78 mm 96 mm 538 g 590 n Feb 2015 299 i
10.
 
Olympus E-600 130 mm 94 mm 60 mm 535 g 500 n Aug 2009 449 i
11.
 
Olympus E-620 130 mm 94 mm 60 mm 521 g 500 n Feb 2009 699 i
12.
 
Olympus E-420 130 mm 91 mm 53 mm 440 g 500 n Mar 2008 599 i
13.
 
Olympus E-520 136 mm 92 mm 68 mm 535 g 750 n May 2008 699 i
14.
 
Olympus E-410 130 mm 91 mm 53 mm 435 g 500 n Mar 2007 699 i
15.
 
Panasonic FZ80 130 mm 94 mm 119 mm 616 g 330 n Jan 2017 399 i
16.
 
Sony HX80 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 390 n Mar 2016 349 i
17.
 
Sony H200 123 mm 83 mm 87 mm 530 g 240 n Jan 2013 249 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. 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 B500 was launched at a lower price than the E-450, despite having a lens built in. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. 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. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Nikon B500 features a 1/2.3-inch sensor and the Olympus E-450 a Four Thirds sensor. The sensor area in the E-450 is 704 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 5.6 and 2.0. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Nikon B500 and Olympus E-450 sensor measures

Despite having a smaller sensor, the Nikon B500 offers a higher resolution of 15.9 megapixels, compared with 10 MP of the Olympus E-450. This megapixels advantage comes at the cost of a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.33μm versus 4.74μm for the E-450). However, it should be noted that the B500 is much more recent (by 6 years and 9 months) than the E-450, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that make it possible to gather light more efficiently. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the B500 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Nikon B500 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the B500 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 23 x 17.3 inches or 58.5 x 43.9 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 18.4 x 13.8 inches or 46.8 x 35.1 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 15.4 x 11.5 inches or 39 x 29.3 cm. The corresponding values for the Olympus E-450 are 18.2 x 13.7 inches or 46.3 x 34.7 cm for good quality, 14.6 x 10.9 inches or 37.1 x 27.8 cm for very good quality, and 12.2 x 9.1 inches or 30.9 x 23.2 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Nikon Coolpix B500 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 80 to ISO 6400. The corresponding ISO settings for the Olympus E-450 are ISO 100 to ISO 1600 (no boost).

B500 versus E-450 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Nikon B500 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i...... ..
2.
 
Olympus E-450 Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736none21.510.5512 56
3.
 
Nikon B600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p...... ..
4.
 
Nikon A1000 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p...... ..
5.
 
Nikon P1000 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p...... ..
6.
 
Nikon W300 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p...... ..
7.
 
Nikon B700 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p...... ..
8.
 
Nikon P900 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p...... ..
9.
 
Nikon L840 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i...... ..
10.
 
Olympus E-600 Four Thirds 12.2 4032 3024none21.510.3541 55
11.
 
Olympus E-620 Four Thirds 12.2 4032 3024none21.310.3536 55
12.
 
Olympus E-420 Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736none21.510.4527 56
13.
 
Olympus E-520 Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736none21.410.4548 55
14.
 
Olympus E-410 Four Thirds 10.0 3648 2736none21.110.0494 51
15.
 
Panasonic FZ80 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p...... ..
16.
 
Sony HX80 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p...... ..
17.
 
Sony H200 1/2.3 15.2 5184 2930720/30p...... ..

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The B500 indeed provides movie recording capabilities, while the E-450 does not. The highest resolution format that the B500 can use is 1080/60i.

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the E-450 has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the B500 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Nikon B500 and Olympus E-450 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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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
1.
 
Nikon B500none n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
2.
 
Olympus E-450optical n 2.7 215 fixed n 1/4000s 3.5 Y n
3.
 
Nikon B600none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
4.
 
Nikon A10001166 n 3.0 1036 tilting Y 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
5.
 
Nikon P10002359 n 3.2 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
6.
 
Nikon W300none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
7.
 
Nikon B700921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 5.0 Y Y
8.
 
Nikon P900921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
9.
 
Nikon L840none n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
10.
 
Olympus E-600optical n 2.7 230 swivel n 1/4000s 4.0 Y Y
11.
 
Olympus E-620optical n 2.7 230 swivel n 1/4000s 4.0 Y Y
12.
 
Olympus E-420optical n 2.7 215 fixed n 1/4000s 3.5 Y n
13.
 
Olympus E-520optical n 2.7 215 fixed n 1/4000s 3.5 Y Y
14.
 
Olympus E-410optical n 2.5 215 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
15.
 
Panasonic FZ801166 n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
16.
 
Sony HX80638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
17.
 
Sony H200none n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/1500s 0.8 Y Y

The B500 writes its imaging data to SDXC cards, while the E-450 uses Compact Flash or xD Picture cards. The E-450 features dual card slots, which can be very useful in case a memory card fails. In contrast, the B500 only has one slot.

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 Nikon Coolpix B500 and Olympus E-450 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Nikon B500-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
2.
 
Olympus E-450Y-----2.0---
3.
 
Nikon B600-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Nikon A1000-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Nikon P1000YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
6.
 
Nikon W300-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
7.
 
Nikon B700-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
8.
 
Nikon P900-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
9.
 
Nikon L840-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
10.
 
Olympus E-600Y-----2.0---
11.
 
Olympus E-620Y-----2.0---
12.
 
Olympus E-420Y-----2.0---
13.
 
Olympus E-520Y-----2.0---
14.
 
Olympus E-410Y-----2.0---
15.
 
Panasonic FZ80Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
16.
 
Sony HX80-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
17.
 
Sony H200-monomono---2.0---

It is notable that the B500 offers wifi support, while the E-450 does not. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.

Both the B500 and the E-450 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The B500 was replaced by the Nikon B600, while the E-450 does not have a direct successor. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Nikon and Olympus websites.

Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is the Nikon B500 better than the Olympus E-450 or vice versa? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.

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Advantages of the Nikon Coolpix B500:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (15.9 vs 10MP) with a 26% higher linear resolution.
  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Broader imaging potential: Can record not only still images but also 1080/60i movies.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 2.7") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (921k vs 215k dots).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a tilting screen for odd-angle shots in landscape orientation.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (7.4 vs 3.5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Ready to shoot: Comes with a built-in lens, while the E-450 requires a separate lens.
  • More compact: Is smaller (114x78mm vs 130x91mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (600 versus 500) on a single battery charge.
  • Sharper images: Has hand-shake reducing image stabilization built-in.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • More affordable: Was introduced at a lower price, despite coming with a built-in lens.
  • More modern: Reflects 6 years and 9 months of technical progress since the E-450 launch.

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Arguments in favor of the Olympus E-450:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Better image quality: Features bigger pixels on a larger sensor for higher quality imaging.
  • Richer colors: The pixel size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger pixels capture a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger pixels means good image quality even under poor lighting.
  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • More flexible: Makes it possible to change lenses and thus to use specialty optics.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • Greater peace of mind: Features a second card slot as a backup in case of memory card failure.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in March 2009).

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the B500 is the clear winner of the match-up (16 : 10 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. 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.

B500 16:10 E-450

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Nikon B500 and the Olympus E-450 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera and Best DSLR Camera listings 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 incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the B500 or the E-450 perform in practice. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). 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.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Nikon B500..+..4/53.5/5 Jan 2016 299 i
2.
 
Olympus E-450......4/54/5 Mar 2009 499 i
3.
 
Nikon B600..+..3.5/53/5 Jan 2019 349 i
4.
 
Nikon A1000..+ +..3.5/53/5 Jan 2019 429 i
5.
 
Nikon P1000..+73/1003.5/53.5/5 Jul 2018 999 i
6.
 
Nikon W300..+..4/54/5 May 2017 389 i
7.
 
Nikon B700..+..4/54/5 Feb 2016 499 i
8.
 
Nikon P900....77/1004/54/5 Mar 2015 599 i
9.
 
Nikon L840..+ +..3.5/54/5 Feb 2015 299 i
10.
 
Olympus E-600........4.5/5 Aug 2009 449 i
11.
 
Olympus E-6203/588/10072/1004.5/55/5 Feb 2009 699 i
12.
 
Olympus E-420..85/100+ +4/54.5/5 Mar 2008 599 i
13.
 
Olympus E-520..87/100+ +4.5/54.5/5 May 2008 699 i
14.
 
Olympus E-410..86/100+ +4/54.5/5 Mar 2007 699 i
15.
 
Panasonic FZ80..+ +..4.5/54.5/5 Jan 2017 399 i
16.
 
Sony HX80.......... Mar 2016 349 i
17.
 
Sony H200......3.5/53.5/5 Jan 2013 249 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Nikon B500 vs Olympus E-450

    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 Nikon B500 Olympus E-450
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens 22.5-900mm f/3.0-6.5 Four Thirds lenses
    Launch Date January 2016 March 2009
    Launch Price USD 299 USD 499
    Sensor Specs Nikon B500 Olympus E-450
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor Four Thirds Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 17.3 x 13.0 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 224.9 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 21.6 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 2.0x
    Sensor Resolution 15.9 Megapixels 10 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4608 x 3456 pixels 3648 x 2736 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.33 μm 4.74 μm
    Pixel Density 56.73 MP/cm2 4.44 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60i Video no Video
    ISO Setting 80 - 6,400 ISO 100 - 1,600 ISO
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 56
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 21.5
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 10.5
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 512
    Screen Specs Nikon B500 Olympus E-450
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.46x
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 2.7inch
    LCD Resolution 921k dots 215k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Nikon B500 Olympus E-450
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Phase-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 7.4 shutter flaps/s 3.5 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards CF or XD cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Dual card slots
    Connectivity Specs Nikon B500 Olympus E-450
    External Flash no Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI no HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in no Wifi
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in no NFC
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in no Bluetooth
    Body Specs Nikon B500 Olympus E-450
    Battery Type 4xAA BLS-1
    Battery Life (CIPA)600 shots per charge500 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 114 x 78 x 95 mm
    (4.5 x 3.1 x 3.7 in)
    130 x 91 x 53 mm
    (5.1 x 3.6 x 2.1 in)
    Camera Weight 541 g (19.1 oz) 440 g (15.5 oz)

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