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Advantages of the Nikon P500

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 3.5 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
481 g vs 590 g
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Around 20% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly faster max shutter speed
1/5000s vs 1/4000s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Size
Smaller
123×92×68 mm vs 116×84×103 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
2.7" vs 4.1"
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More than 30% thinner
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              P500Digital
              K-mPentamirror
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              P5001080p @ 30fps
              K-mNone
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              P5009.7 MP
              K-m10 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              P500920k dots
              K-m230k dots

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