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Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S5200

Portability
96
Imaging
45
Features
29
Overall
38
Nikon Coolpix S3600 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34

Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S5200 Key Specs

Nikon S3600
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-200mm (F3.7-6.6) lens
  • 125g - 97 x 58 x 20mm
  • Released January 2014
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
  • Announced January 2013
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Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S5200 Overview

On this page, we will be comparing the Nikon S3600 and Nikon S5200, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both are offered by Nikon. There is a considerable difference between the sensor resolutions of the S3600 (20MP) and S5200 (16MP) but both cameras provide the same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The S3600 was announced 12 months after the S5200 and they are of a similar age. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting straight to a detailed comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the S3600 grades vs the S5200 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S3600 over the Nikon S5200

 S3600 S5200 
AnnouncedJanuary 2014January 2013More modern by 12 months

Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Nikon S3600

 S5200 S3600 
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kCrisper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S3600 and Nikon S5200

 S3600 S5200 
Focus manually Lack of manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S5200 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry around your camera often, you will need to take into account its weight and volume. The Nikon S3600 offers exterior measurements of 97mm x 58mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8") along with a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs) and the Nikon S5200 has sizing of 98mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") and a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are employing during that time. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the S3600 versus the S5200.

Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S5200 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the S3600 and S5200 is 96 and 95 respectively.

Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S5200 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S5200 Sensor Comparison

Often, its tough to envision the gap between sensor sizes merely by looking at specs. The pic here will help offer you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the S3600 and S5200.

As you can plainly see, each of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You can count on the Nikon S3600 to give extra detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also help you crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The newer S3600 is going to have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S5200 sensor size comparison

Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S5200 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S5200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S3600 Portrait photography details
Nikon S5200 Portrait photography details
38
good MP (20MP)
comes with face detection focusing
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
30
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
no manual control
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon S3600
Street photography with Nikon S5200
65
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (125 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
48
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S3600 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon S5200 as a Sports photography camera
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
slow frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
28
resolution is good (16MP)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery (160 CIPA)
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S3600
Travel photography with Nikon S5200
70
lighter than competition in class (125 grams)
good MP (20MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.7)
68
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
missing Timelapse mode
bad battery (160 CIPA)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S3600 Landscape photography features
Nikon S5200 Landscape photography features
41
relatively wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.7)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
lack of manual exposure
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
does not have Timelapse mode
42
fairly wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
screen size is good (3 inch)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
no manual control
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
bad battery (160 shots)
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S3600 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon S5200 as a Vlogging camera
33
relatively wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
lighter than competition in class (125g)
slow max aperture (f3.7)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external microphone jack
33
fairly wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
missing microphone socket
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Nikon S3600 vs Nikon S5200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S3600 and Nikon S5200
 Nikon Coolpix S3600Nikon Coolpix S5200
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon Coolpix S3600 Nikon Coolpix S5200
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2014-01-07 2013-01-29
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.16 x 4.62mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.5mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Full resolution 5152 x 3864 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 99 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-200mm (8.0x) 26-156mm (6.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.7-6.6 -
Macro focus distance 2cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/1500 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.50 m -
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280x720p (30fps) , 1280x720 (25p), 640x480 (30fps ) 1920 x 1080
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 125 grams (0.28 pounds) 146 grams (0.32 pounds)
Physical dimensions 97 x 58 x 20mm (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 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 230 photographs 160 photographs
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL19 EN-EL19
Self timer Yes (10 or 2 seconds) -
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $200 $130