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Canon SX740 HS vs Nikon S6500

Portability
88
Imaging
48
Features
63
Overall
54
Canon PowerShot SX740 HS front
 
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44

Canon SX740 HS vs Nikon S6500 Key Specs

Canon SX740 HS
(Full Review)
  • 21MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-960mm (F3.3-6.9) lens
  • 299g - 110 x 64 x 40mm
  • Launched July 2018
  • Previous Model is Canon SX730 HS
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
  • Introduced January 2013
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Canon SX740 HS vs Nikon S6500 Overview

Below is a extended comparison of the Canon SX740 HS and Nikon S6500, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by competitors Canon and Nikon. There exists a noticeable gap among the sensor resolutions of the SX740 HS (21MP) and S6500 (16MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The SX740 HS was brought out 5 years later than the S6500 and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a short overview of how the SX740 HS scores against the S6500 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX740 HS over the Nikon S6500

 SX740 HS S6500 
IntroducedJuly 2018January 2013More recent by 68 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution922k460kCrisper screen (+462k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Canon SX740 HS

 S6500 SX740 HS 

Common features in the Canon SX740 HS and Nikon S6500

 SX740 HS S6500 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size
Touch screen Neither offers Touch screen

Canon SX740 HS vs Nikon S6500 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to lug around your camera often, you should consider its weight and size. The Canon SX740 HS offers external dimensions of 110mm x 64mm x 40mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.6") having a weight of 299 grams (0.66 lbs) whilst the Nikon S6500 has specifications of 95mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you select at the time. Underneath is the front view measurements comparison of the SX740 HS versus the S6500.

Canon SX740 HS vs Nikon S6500 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the SX740 HS and S6500 is 88 and 92 respectively.

Canon SX740 HS vs Nikon S6500 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX740 HS vs Nikon S6500 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be difficult to see the difference in sensor measurements just by researching specifications. The photograph underneath should offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the SX740 HS and S6500.

Plainly, both cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same megapixels. You can expect the Canon SX740 HS to provide you with extra detail having its extra 5MP. Higher resolution will allow you to crop photographs a little more aggressively. The younger SX740 HS will have an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Canon SX740 HS vs Nikon S6500 sensor size comparison

Canon SX740 HS vs Nikon S6500 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX740 HS vs Nikon S6500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon SX740 HS
Portrait photography with Nikon S6500
48
has manual focus
megapixel count good (21MP)
features face detection autofocus
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
44
has manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
features face detect focusing
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon SX740 HS as a Street photography camera
Nikon S6500 as a Street photography camera
69
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (299g)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
62
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (250g)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX740 HS Sports photography information
Nikon S6500 Sports photography information
52
long zoom range (24-960mm 40.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (21 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
low battery life (265 shots)
no phase detect autofocus
50
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
features tracking focus
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX740 HS Travel photography details
Nikon S6500 Travel photography details
75
lighter than average in class (299 grams)
has bluetooth
megapixel count good (21 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
quite wide (24mm)
long zoom (960mm)
low battery life (265 CIPA)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
69
lighter than average (250g)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
built-in flash
really wide (25mm)
great zoom (300mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX740 HS Landscape photography details
Nikon S6500 Landscape photography details
53
has manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (21 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
low battery life (265 CIPA)
50
has manual focus
really wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX740 HS Vlogging details
Nikon S6500 Vlogging details
74
quite wide (24mm)
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
lighter than average in class (299 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have external mic jack
34
really wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average (250 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of mic support
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Canon SX740 HS vs Nikon S6500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX740 HS and Nikon S6500
 Canon PowerShot SX740 HSNikon Coolpix S6500
General Information
Make Canon Nikon
Model Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Nikon Coolpix S6500
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2018-07-31 2013-01-08
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip 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 area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 21 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5184 x 3888 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-960mm (40.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Max aperture f/3.3-6.9 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 922k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology - AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15 seconds 8 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/3200 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.00 m 3.50 m
Flash settings Auto, on, slow synchro, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, 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 support
Headphone support
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 299g (0.66 lb) 250g (0.55 lb)
Dimensions 110 x 64 x 40mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.6") 95 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 265 photos -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model - SLB-10A
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom self-timer) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Price at launch $400 $170