The Nikon Coolpix S500 is mostly gets compared to travel zooms and compacts. The Nikon Coolpix S500's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the 620 UZ) and Sony (such as the Cybershot W510)

Competitor classes

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon S500 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.1), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift) and is slightly lighter (165 g vs 435 g).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 25 mm), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), takes slightly lower resolution photos (7.1 MP vs 9.7 MP) and is older (february 2007 vs january 2012).

Olympus 620 UZ

Olympus SP-620 UZ
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the 620 UZ (vs the S500)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the 620 UZ (vs the S500)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the 620 UZ and S500

  • None found

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, compared to compact competitors the Nikon S500 has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 26 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 2.7"), takes slightly lower resolution photos (7.1 MP vs 9.7 MP), is older (february 2007 vs february 2011) and is slightly heavier (165 g vs 119 g).

Sony Cybershot W510

Sony Cybershot DSC-W510
4 years newer
$112

Significant advantages of the W510 (vs the S500)

  • Much better wide angle: 26 mm vs 35 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"
  • Lighter: 119 g vs 165 g

Significant disadvantages of the W510 (vs the S500)

  • None found

common strengths of the W510 and S500

  • Wide aperture: f/2.7 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Super compact (96×54×20 mm) vs Ultra compact (88×51×22 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    2. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens