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Nikon S3500 vs Nikon S5200

Portability
95
Imaging
45
Features
25
Overall
37
Nikon Coolpix S3500 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34

Nikon S3500 vs Nikon S5200 Key Specs

Nikon S3500
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-182mm (F3.4-6.4) lens
  • 129g - 97 x 58 x 21mm
  • Revealed February 2013
Nikon S5200
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-156mm (F) lens
  • 146g - 98 x 58 x 22mm
  • Revealed January 2013
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Nikon S3500 vs Nikon S5200 Overview

Let's take a closer look at the Nikon S3500 and Nikon S5200, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both of them are built by Nikon. There exists a sizable gap between the resolutions of the S3500 (20MP) and S5200 (16MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The S3500 was manufactured within a month of the S5200 which means that they are both of a similar age. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a concise summation of how the S3500 grades vs the S5200 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S3500 over the Nikon S5200

 S3500 S5200 

Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Nikon S3500

 S5200 S3500 
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S3500 and Nikon S5200

 S3500 S5200 
RevealedFebruary 2013January 2013Similar age
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch screen No Touch screen

Nikon S3500 vs Nikon S5200 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to lug around your camera often, you're going to have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Nikon S3500 has exterior measurements of 97mm x 58mm x 21mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8") with a weight of 129 grams (0.28 lbs) whilst the Nikon S5200 has measurements of 98mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are utilising at the time. Below is the front view dimension comparison of the S3500 versus the S5200.

Nikon S3500 vs Nikon S5200 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the S3500 and S5200 is 95 and 95 respectively.

Nikon S3500 vs Nikon S5200 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S3500 vs Nikon S5200 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be tough to visualise the contrast between sensor measurements just by reading through specifications. The photograph underneath will give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the S3500 and S5200.

To sum up, both of those cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same megapixels. You can expect the Nikon S3500 to give more detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop photographs a little more aggressively.

Nikon S3500 vs Nikon S5200 sensor size comparison

Nikon S3500 vs Nikon S5200 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S3500 vs Nikon S5200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S3500 Portrait photography info
Nikon S5200 Portrait photography info
33
decent MP (20 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
30
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
manual focus not available
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon S3500 Street photography factors
Nikon S5200 Street photography factors
64
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (129g)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
48
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S3500 Sports photography highlights
Nikon S5200 Sports photography highlights
42
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
28
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery (160 per charge)
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S3500
Travel photography with Nikon S5200
69
lighter than others in class (129g)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
pretty wide (26mm)
missing Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
68
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
no Time Lapse function
not so great battery (160 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S3500 Landscape photography details
Nikon S5200 Landscape photography details
41
pretty wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
tiny screen (2.7")
lack of manual exposure
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
missing Timelapse mode
42
reasonably wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
nice screen size (3")
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
not so great battery (160 CIPA)
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S3500 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon S5200 as a Vlogging camera
32
pretty wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (129 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone jack
33
reasonably wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
no external mic socket
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Nikon S3500 vs Nikon S5200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S3500 and Nikon S5200
 Nikon Coolpix S3500Nikon Coolpix S5200
General Information
Brand Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S3500 Nikon Coolpix S5200
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2013-02-21 2013-01-29
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.16 x 4.62mm 6.16 x 4.62mm
Sensor surface area 28.5mm² 28.5mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Full resolution 5152 x 3864 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-182mm (7.0x) 26-156mm (6.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.4-6.4 -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology TFT-LCD TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 4s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 1920 x 1080
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected 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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 129 gr (0.28 lbs) 146 gr (0.32 lbs)
Dimensions 97 x 58 x 21mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8") 98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9")
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 - 160 photographs
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery ID - EN-EL19
Time lapse recording
Storage type - SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Launch pricing $85 $130