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Nikon B500 vs Sony H200

The Nikon Coolpix B500 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in January 2016 and January 2013. Both the B500 and the H200 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The Nikon has a resolution of 15.9 megapixels, whereas the Sony provides 15.2 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 Sony H200
Nikon B500 Sony H200
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
22.5-900mm f/3.0-6.5 24-633mm f/3.1-5.9
15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 15.2 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
1080/60i Video 720/30p Video
ISO 80-6,400 ISO 100-3,200
No viewfinder, LCD framing No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0 LCD, 921k dots 3.0 LCD, 460k dots
Tilting screen (no touchscreen) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
7.4 shutter flaps per second 0.8 shutter flaps per second
600 shots per battery charge240 shots per battery charge
114 x 78 x 95 mm, 541 g 123 x 83 x 87 mm, 530 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Nikon Coolpix B500 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200? 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 Sony H200. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The B500 can be obtained in two different colors (black, red), while the H200 is only available in black.

Size Nikon B500 vs Sony H200
Compare B500 versus H200 top
Comparison B500 or H200 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Sony H200 is notably larger (15 percent) than the Nikon B500. However, the H200 is slightly lighter (2 percent) than the B500. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the B500 nor the H200 are weather-sealed.

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 299i
2.
 
Sony H200 123 mm 83 mm 87 mm 530 g 240 n Jan 2013 249 i
3.
 
Canon SX520 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 441 g 210 n Jul 2014 399i
4.
 
Nikon B600 122 mm 82 mm 99 mm 500 g 280 n Jan 2019 349 i
5.
 
Nikon A1000 114 mm 72 mm 41 mm 330 g 250 n Jan 2019 429 i
6.
 
Nikon P1000 146 mm 119 mm 181 mm 1415 g 250 n Jul 2018 999 i
7.
 
Nikon W300 112 mm 66 mm 29 mm 231 g 280 Y May 2017 389 i
8.
 
Nikon B700 125 mm 85 mm 107 mm 565 g 350 n Feb 2016 499 i
9.
 
Nikon P900 140 mm 103 mm 137 mm 899 g 360 n Mar 2015 599i
10.
 
Nikon L840 113 mm 78 mm 96 mm 538 g 590 n Feb 2015 299i
11.
 
Panasonic FZ80 130 mm 94 mm 119 mm 616 g 330 n Jan 2017 399 i
12.
 
Sony HX80 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 390 n Mar 2016 349 i
13.
 
Sony H400 130 mm 95 mm 122 mm 628 g 300 n Feb 2014 319 i
14.
 
Sony H300 128 mm 89 mm 92 mm 590 g 350 n Feb 2014 219 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The H200 was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 17 percent) than the B500, 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. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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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. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels 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.

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.

Nikon B500 and Sony H200 sensor measures

While the two cameras under review share the same sensor size, the B500 offers a slightly higher resolution of 15.9 megapixels, compared with 15.2 MP of the H200. This megapixels advantage translates into a 11 percent gain in linear resolution. On the other hand, these sensor specs imply that the B500 has a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.33μm versus 1.36μm for the H200). In this context, it should be noted, however, that the B500 is much more recent (by 3 years) than the H200, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that compensate for the smaller pixel size. 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 Nikon Coolpix B500 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 80 to ISO 6400. The corresponding ISO settings for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200 are ISO 100 to ISO 3200 (no boost).

B500 versus H200 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. 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.

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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.
 
Sony H200 1/2.3 15.2 5184 2930720/30p........
3.
 
Canon SX520 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
4.
 
Nikon B600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
5.
 
Nikon A1000 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
6.
 
Nikon P1000 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
7.
 
Nikon W300 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
8.
 
Nikon B700 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
9.
 
Nikon P900 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
10.
 
Nikon L840 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i........
11.
 
Panasonic FZ80 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
12.
 
Sony HX80 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p........
13.
 
Sony H400 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p........
14.
 
Sony H300 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p........

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, but the B500 provides a higher video resolution than the H200. It can shoot video footage at 1080/60i, while the Sony is limited to 720/30p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. The B500 and the H200 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 adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Nikon B500 and Sony H200 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.
 
Sony H200none n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/1500s 0.8 Y Y
3.
 
Canon SX520none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 1.6 Y Y
4.
 
Nikon B600none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
5.
 
Nikon A10001166 n 3.0 1036 tilting Y 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
6.
 
Nikon P10002359 n 3.2 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
7.
 
Nikon W300none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
8.
 
Nikon B700921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 5.0 Y Y
9.
 
Nikon P900921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
10.
 
Nikon L840none n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
11.
 
Panasonic FZ801166 n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
12.
 
Sony HX80638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
13.
 
Sony H400210 n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/2000s 0.7 Y Y
14.
 
Sony H300none n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/1500s 0.8 Y Y

Both the B500 and the H200 have zoom lenses built in. The B500 has a 22.5-900mm f/3.0-6.5 optic and the H200 offers a 24-633mm f/3.1-5.9 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the Nikon provides a wider angle of view at the short end, as well as more tele-photo reach at the long end than the Sony. The B500 offers the faster maximum aperture.

The B500 writes its imaging data to SDXC cards, while the H200 uses SDXC or Memory Stick PRO Duo cards.

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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 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200 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.
 
Sony H200-monomono---2.0---
3.
 
Canon SX520-stereomono--mini2.0---
4.
 
Nikon B600-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Nikon A1000-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
6.
 
Nikon P1000YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
7.
 
Nikon W300-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
8.
 
Nikon B700-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
9.
 
Nikon P900-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
10.
 
Nikon L840-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
11.
 
Panasonic FZ80Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
12.
 
Sony HX80-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
13.
 
Sony H400-monomono--micro2.0Y--
14.
 
Sony H300-monomono--micro2.0Y--

It is notable that the B500 offers wifi support, while the H200 does not. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.

The H200 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Sony. In contrast, the B500 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the B500 was succeeded by the Nikon B600. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Nikon and Sony websites.

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Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is the Nikon B500 better than the Sony H200 or vice versa? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.

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Arguments in favor of the Nikon Coolpix B500:

  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (1080/60i vs 720/30p).
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (921k vs 460k dots).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a tilting screen for odd-angle shots in landscape orientation.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/1500s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (7.4 vs 0.8 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/3.0 vs f/3.1).
  • Wider view: Has a wider-angle lens that facilitates landscape or interior shots.
  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.
  • More compact: Is smaller (114x78mm vs 123x83mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (600 versus 240) on a single battery charge.
  • 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 modern: Reflects 3 years of technical progress since the H200 launch.

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Advantages of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200:

  • More affordable: Was released into a lower priced segment (17 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in January 2013).

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the B500 is the clear winner of the match-up (14 : 2 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 sports photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a street photog, and a person interested in family portraits has distinct needs from a landscape shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

B500 14:02 H200

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Nikon B500 and the Sony H200 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 says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the B500 and the H200 in practical situations. 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 299i
2.
 
Sony H200......3.5/53.5/5 Jan 2013 249 i
3.
 
Canon SX520..+..3.5/53.5/5 Jul 2014 399i
4.
 
Nikon B600..+..3.5/53/5 Jan 2019 349 i
5.
 
Nikon A1000..+ +..3.5/53/5 Jan 2019 429 i
6.
 
Nikon P1000..+73/1003.5/53.5/5 Jul 2018 999 i
7.
 
Nikon W300..+..4/54/5 May 2017 389 i
8.
 
Nikon B700..+..4/54/5 Feb 2016 499 i
9.
 
Nikon P900....77/1004/54/5 Mar 2015 599i
10.
 
Nikon L840..+ +..3.5/54/5 Feb 2015 299i
11.
 
Panasonic FZ80..+ +..4.5/54.5/5 Jan 2017 399 i
12.
 
Sony HX80.......... Mar 2016 349 i
13.
 
Sony H400..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2014 319 i
14.
 
Sony H300..+..4.5/54/5 Feb 2014 219 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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Did this review help to inform your camera decision process? In case you are interested in seeing how other cameras pair up, just make a corresponding selection in the search boxes below. There is also a set of direct links to comparison reviews that other users of the CAM-parator app explored.

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    Specifications: Nikon B500 vs Sony H200

    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 Sony H200
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 22.5-900mm f/3.0-6.5 24-633mm f/3.1-5.9
    Launch Date January 2016 January 2013
    Launch Price USD 299 USD 249
    Sensor Specs Nikon B500 Sony H200
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS CCD
    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 15.9 Megapixels 15.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4608 x 3456 pixels 5184 x 2930 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.33 μm 1.36 μm
    Pixel Density 56.73 MP/cm2 54.10 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60i Video 720/30p Video
    ISO Setting 80 - 6,400 ISO 100 - 3,200 ISO
    Screen Specs Nikon B500 Sony H200
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Magnification
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 921k dots 460k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Nikon B500 Sony H200
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 7.4 shutter flaps/s 0.8 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards MS or SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Nikon B500 Sony H200
    External Flash no Hotshoe no 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 Sony H200
    Battery Type 4xAA 4xAA
    Battery Life (CIPA)600 shots per charge240 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 114 x 78 x 95 mm
    (4.5 x 3.1 x 3.7 in)
    123 x 83 x 87 mm
    (4.8 x 3.3 x 3.4 in)
    Camera Weight 541 g (19.1 oz) 530 g (18.7 oz)

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