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Canon SX70 HS vs Nikon S6500

Portability
63
Imaging
48
Features
67
Overall
55
Canon PowerShot SX70 HS front
 
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44

Canon SX70 HS vs Nikon S6500 Key Specs

Canon SX70 HS
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 21-1365mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 608g - 127 x 91 x 117mm
  • Launched September 2018
Nikon S6500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-300mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 250g - 95 x 58 x 26mm
  • Released January 2013
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Canon SX70 HS vs Nikon S6500 Overview

Below is a in-depth comparison of the Canon SX70 HS and Nikon S6500, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by competitors Canon and Nikon. There exists a large gap between the image resolutions of the SX70 HS (20MP) and S6500 (16MP) but they feature the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The SX70 HS was unveiled 5 years later than the S6500 and that is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras come with different body type with the Canon SX70 HS being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Nikon S6500 being a Compact camera.

Before delving in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the SX70 HS scores versus the S6500 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX70 HS over the Nikon S6500

 SX70 HS S6500 
ReleasedSeptember 2018January 2013More recent by 70 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution922k460kSharper screen (+462k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Canon SX70 HS

 S6500 SX70 HS 

Common features in the Canon SX70 HS and Nikon S6500

 SX70 HS S6500 
Focus manually Very exact focus
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen sizing
Touch screen No Touch screen

Canon SX70 HS vs Nikon S6500 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to lug around your camera, you have to think about its weight and proportions. The Canon SX70 HS has got outside dimensions of 127mm x 91mm x 117mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 4.6") and a weight of 608 grams (1.34 lbs) and the Nikon S6500 has measurements of 95mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

Contrast the Canon SX70 HS and Nikon S6500 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you use at the time. The following is the front view dimensions comparison of the SX70 HS and the S6500.

Canon SX70 HS vs Nikon S6500 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the SX70 HS and S6500 is 63 and 92 respectively.

Canon SX70 HS vs Nikon S6500 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX70 HS vs Nikon S6500 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be hard to envision the difference between sensor measurements simply by reviewing technical specs. The photograph underneath might provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the SX70 HS and S6500.

As you have seen, the 2 cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same megapixels. You can expect the Canon SX70 HS to deliver greater detail having an extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop photographs much more aggressively. The more modern SX70 HS is going to have a benefit in sensor tech.

Canon SX70 HS vs Nikon S6500 sensor size comparison

Canon SX70 HS vs Nikon S6500 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX70 HS vs Nikon S6500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX70 HS Portrait photography features
Nikon S6500 Portrait photography features
55
manual focus
good MP (20MP)
features face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
cannot use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
44
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
offers face detect focus
no external flash support
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon SX70 HS Street photography factors
Nikon S6500 Street photography factors
58
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
very small sensor (1/2.3")
heavier than average (608 grams)
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (250g)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX70 HS Sports photography info
Nikon S6500 Sports photography info
57
great zoom range (21-1365mm 65.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
features tracking autofocus
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
50
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
offers tracking focus
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon SX70 HS
Travel photography with Nikon S6500
64
connects via bluetooth
good MP (20MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
quite wide (21mm)
great reach (1365mm)
heavier than average (608g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
69
lighter than competition in class (250g)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (25mm)
great zoom (300mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
does not offer selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX70 HS Landscape photography features
Nikon S6500 Landscape photography features
58
manual focus
quite wide (21mm)
good sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
exports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
50
has manual focus
rather wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX70 HS Vlogging info
Nikon S6500 Vlogging info
64
quite wide (21mm)
selfie friendly screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does have external mic socket
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
heavier than average (608g)
34
rather wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (250 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
doesn't have mic socket
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Canon SX70 HS vs Nikon S6500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX70 HS and Nikon S6500
 Canon PowerShot SX70 HSNikon Coolpix S6500
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Model Canon PowerShot SX70 HS Nikon Coolpix S6500
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2018-09-20 2013-01-08
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 8 -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5184 x 3888 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 21-1365mm (65.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.4-6.5 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focus range 0cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 922 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology - AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 secs 8 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at Auto ISO) 3.50 m
Flash settings Auto, on, slow sync, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 608g (1.34 lb) 250g (0.55 lb)
Dimensions 127 x 91 x 117mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 4.6") 95 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 325 pictures -
Style of battery Built-in -
Battery model - SLB-10A
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $550 $170