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Nikon S31 vs Nikon S6500

Portability
90
Imaging
34
Features
18
Overall
27
Nikon Coolpix S31 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44

Nikon S31 vs Nikon S6500 Key Specs

Nikon S31
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.9" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 29-87mm (F) lens
  • 185g - 105 x 65 x 42mm
  • Released June 2013
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
  • Announced January 2013
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Nikon S31 vs Nikon S6500 Overview

On this page, we will be reviewing the Nikon S31 vs Nikon S6500, one is a Waterproof and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are created by Nikon. There exists a crucial gap between the sensor resolutions of the S31 (10MP) and S6500 (16MP) and the S31 (1/2.9") and S6500 (1/2.3") provide different sensor sizing.

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The S31 was launched 6 months after the S6500 so they are of a similar generation. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before we go right into a in-depth comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the S31 scores versus the S6500 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S31 over the Nikon S6500

 S31 S6500 

Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Nikon S31

 S6500 S31 
Focus manually More precise focusing
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S31 and Nikon S6500

 S31 S6500 
AnnouncedJune 2013January 2013Similar generation
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Nikon S31 vs Nikon S6500 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to travel with your camera frequently, you will need to consider its weight and proportions. The Nikon S31 has exterior measurements of 105mm x 65mm x 42mm (4.1" x 2.6" x 1.7") having a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs) whilst the Nikon S6500 has measurements of 95mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") having a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you select during that time. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the S31 and the S6500.

Nikon S31 vs Nikon S6500 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the S31 and S6500 is 90 and 92 respectively.

Nikon S31 vs Nikon S6500 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S31 vs Nikon S6500 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is difficult to visualize the difference between sensor dimensions just by going over specs. The image here may offer you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the S31 and S6500.

All in all, both of these cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The S31 because of its tinier sensor is going to make getting shallow depth of field tougher and the Nikon S6500 will offer you extra detail utilizing its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop shots more aggressively.

Nikon S31 vs Nikon S6500 sensor size comparison

Nikon S31 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S31 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S31 Portrait photography features
Nikon S6500 Portrait photography features
20
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.9")
does not have RAW format
44
has manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
supports face detect focusing
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon S31 as a Street photography camera
Nikon S6500 as a Street photography camera
52
environment proofing
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.9")
does not have RAW format
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (250g)
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S31 Sports photography info
Nikon S6500 Sports photography info
25
environment proofing
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
resolution not great (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.9")
does not have phase detect autofocus
50
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S31
Travel photography with Nikon S6500
59
environment proofing
has built in flash
great max aperture (f)
lack of Timelapse recording
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
wide angle not the best (29mm)
69
lighter than average in class (250 grams)
resolution is good (16MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
long reach (300mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon S31
Landscape photography with Nikon S6500
30
great max aperture (f)
environment proofing
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (29mm)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
does not have image stabilization
resolution not great (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.9")
does not have RAW format
lack of Timelapse recording
50
has manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S31 Vlogging features
Nikon S6500 Vlogging features
24
great max aperture (f)
wide angle not the best (29mm)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external microphone support
34
relatively wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average in class (250g)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
doesn't have microphone support
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Nikon S31 vs Nikon S6500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S31 and Nikon S6500
 Nikon Coolpix S31Nikon Coolpix S6500
General Information
Company Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S31 Nikon Coolpix S6500
Category Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2013-06-21 2013-01-08
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.9" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 4.96 x 3.72mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 18.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 29-87mm (3.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/2.8-5.9
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Focal length multiplier 7.3 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech - AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 8s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate - 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - 3.50 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone 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 BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 185 grams (0.41 pounds) 250 grams (0.55 pounds)
Physical dimensions 105 x 65 x 42mm (4.1" x 2.6" x 1.7") 95 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 260 photographs -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID EN-EL12 SLB-10A
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD / SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Retail cost $90 $170