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Nikon S4300 vs Nikon S6500

Portability
95
Imaging
39
Features
39
Overall
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Nikon Coolpix S4300 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44

Nikon S4300 vs Nikon S6500 Key Specs

Nikon S4300
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-156mm (F3.5-6.5) lens
  • 139g - 96 x 59 x 21mm
  • Introduced February 2012
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
  • Revealed January 2013
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Nikon S4300 vs Nikon S6500 Overview

In this article, we will be comparing the Nikon S4300 versus Nikon S6500, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are sold by Nikon. The sensor resolution of the S4300 (16MP) and the S6500 (16MP) is pretty close and they possess the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The S4300 was introduced 11 months prior to the S6500 which means that they are both of a similar age. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting through a full comparison, below is a short summary of how the S4300 grades vs the S6500 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S4300 over the Nikon S6500

 S4300 S6500 
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Nikon S4300

 S6500 S4300 
RevealedJanuary 2013February 2012Fresher by 11 months
Manually focus Very exact focus

Common features in the Nikon S4300 and Nikon S6500

 S4300 S6500 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurements
Screen resolution460k460kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Nikon S4300 vs Nikon S6500 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry your camera frequently, you are going to need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Nikon S4300 features outer dimensions of 96mm x 59mm x 21mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8") and a weight of 139 grams (0.31 lbs) and the Nikon S6500 has measurements of 95mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") along with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you choose at the time. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the S4300 compared to the S6500.

Nikon S4300 vs Nikon S6500 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the S4300 and S6500 is 95 and 92 respectively.

Nikon S4300 vs Nikon S6500 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S4300 vs Nikon S6500 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's difficult to picture the contrast in sensor sizing simply by looking through specs. The photograph underneath should give you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the S4300 and S6500.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the identical resolution therefore you can expect comparable quality of images but you should consider the age of the cameras into account. The older S4300 will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Nikon S4300 vs Nikon S6500 sensor size comparison

Nikon S4300 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S4300 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S4300 Portrait photography advice
Nikon S6500 Portrait photography advice
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decent megapixels (16MP)
provides face detection focus
manual focus not available
no manual control
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
supports face detect autofocus
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon S4300 as a Street photography camera
Nikon S6500 as a Street photography camera
67
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features focus via touch
lighter than competition in class (139g)
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
62
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (250 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S4300 Sports photography advice
Nikon S6500 Sports photography advice
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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery power (180 CIPA)
lacks phase detect auto focus
50
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
supports tracking focus
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S4300 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon S6500 as a Travel photography camera
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lighter than competition in class (139 grams)
features focus via touch
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (26mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
terrible battery power (180 shots)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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lighter than competition in class (250g)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
quite wide (25mm)
long reach (300mm)
missing Timelapse function
does not feature selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S4300 Landscape photography highlights
Nikon S6500 Landscape photography highlights
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rather wide (26mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
terrible battery power (180 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
50
manual focus
quite wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon S4300
Vlogging with Nikon S6500
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rather wide (26mm)
screen is touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detection focus
lighter than competition in class (139g)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone port
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quite wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (250g)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not feature selfie friendly display
missing microphone port
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Nikon S4300 vs Nikon S6500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S4300 and Nikon S6500
 Nikon Coolpix S4300Nikon Coolpix S6500
General Information
Company Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S4300 Nikon Coolpix S6500
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2012-02-01 2013-01-08
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-156mm (6.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.5-6.5 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focusing distance 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 460k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 seconds 8 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed - 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 3.50 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow-sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps) 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 139 gr (0.31 lbs) 250 gr (0.55 lbs)
Dimensions 96 x 59 x 21mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8") 95 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 180 images -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID EN-EL19 SLB-10A
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Retail cost $119 $170