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Nikon S100 vs Nikon S5200

Portability
94
Imaging
39
Features
40
Overall
39
Nikon Coolpix S100 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34

Nikon S100 vs Nikon S5200 Key Specs

Nikon S100
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-4.8) lens
  • 175g - 99 x 65 x 18mm
  • Revealed August 2011
Nikon S5200
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-156mm (F) lens
  • 146g - 98 x 58 x 22mm
  • Released January 2013
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Nikon S100 vs Nikon S5200 Overview

Here is a in depth review of the Nikon S100 vs Nikon S5200, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both are produced by Nikon. The resolution of the S100 (16MP) and the S5200 (16MP) is fairly well matched and both cameras offer the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The S100 was announced 17 months prior to the S5200 making them a generation apart from one another. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise view of how the S100 grades versus the S5200 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S100 over the Nikon S5200

 S100 S5200 
Manually focus More accurate focus
Display dimensions3.5"3"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution820k460kSharper display (+360k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Nikon S100

 S5200 S100 
ReleasedJanuary 2013August 2011Fresher by 17 months

Common features in the Nikon S100 and Nikon S5200

 S100 S5200 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Nikon S100 vs Nikon S5200 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry your camera frequently, you will want to consider its weight and volume. The Nikon S100 has got external measurements of 99mm x 65mm x 18mm (3.9" x 2.6" x 0.7") having a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs) and the Nikon S5200 has sizing of 98mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") along with a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Below is a front view physical size comparison of the S100 against the S5200.

Nikon S100 vs Nikon S5200 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the S100 and S5200 is 94 and 95 respectively.

Nikon S100 vs Nikon S5200 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S100 vs Nikon S5200 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be hard to visualise the contrast between sensor sizing simply by checking a spec sheet. The visual below should give you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the S100 and S5200.

As you can see, both of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions and the same resolution and you can expect similar quality of photos but you really should consider the age of the products into consideration. The older S100 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon S100 vs Nikon S5200 sensor size comparison

Nikon S100 vs Nikon S5200 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S100 vs Nikon S5200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S100 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon S5200 as a Portrait photography camera
40
you can focus manually
MP count good (16MP)
offers face detect autofocus
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
30
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon S100
Street photography with Nikon S5200
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides focus by touch
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
48
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S100 Sports photography information
Nikon S5200 Sports photography information
38
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (6.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
low battery pack (150 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
28
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
low battery (160 CIPA)
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S100 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon S5200 as a Travel photography camera
65
provides focus by touch
MP count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse function
low battery pack (150 per charge)
does not offer selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
68
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (26mm)
great maximum aperture (f)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
low battery (160 per charge)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S100 Landscape photography details
Nikon S5200 Landscape photography details
45
you can focus manually
decently wide (28mm)
screen larger than average (3.5 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
no manual control
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
low battery pack (150 shots)
no Time Lapse function
42
really wide (26mm)
great maximum aperture (f)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
manual exposure not available
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
low battery (160 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S100 Vlogging information
Nikon S5200 Vlogging information
35
decently wide (28mm)
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
does not offer selfie friendly display
no mic socket
33
really wide (26mm)
great maximum aperture (f)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have external mic support
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Nikon S100 vs Nikon S5200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S100 and Nikon S5200
 Nikon Coolpix S100Nikon Coolpix S5200
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon Coolpix S100 Nikon Coolpix S5200
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2011-08-24 2013-01-29
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Expeed C2 -
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.16 x 4.62mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 125 125
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 26-156mm (6.0x)
Max aperture f/3.9-4.8 -
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3.5 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 820k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology Organic LED monitor TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 4s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 6.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye -
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720p (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps) 1920 x 1080
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, Motion JPEG -
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 175 grams (0.39 lbs) 146 grams (0.32 lbs)
Physical dimensions 99 x 65 x 18mm (3.9" x 2.6" x 0.7") 98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9")
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 150 shots 160 shots
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL12 EN-EL19
Self timer Yes -
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Cost at launch $240 $130