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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6000

Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S6000 front
Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
25
Overall
32

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6000 Key Specs

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
  • Revealed January 2013
Nikon S6000
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-196mm (F3.7-5.6) lens
  • 156g - 97 x 55 x 25mm
  • Released February 2010
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6000 Overview

Here, we are evaluating the Nikon S5200 and Nikon S6000, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and they are both sold by Nikon. The sensor resolution of the S5200 (16MP) and the S6000 (14MP) is very similar and both cameras have the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The S5200 was announced 3 years after the S6000 which is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before we go into a complete comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the S5200 matches up versus the S6000 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Nikon S6000

 S5200 S6000 
ReleasedJanuary 2013February 2010Newer by 37 months
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Nikon S6000 over the Nikon S5200

 S6000 S5200 

Common features in the Nikon S5200 and Nikon S6000

 S5200 S6000 
Manually focus No manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither includes Touch friendly display

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6000 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to travel with your camera regularly, you should factor its weight and proportions. The Nikon S5200 features outer dimensions of 98mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs) while the Nikon S6000 has measurements of 97mm x 55mm x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0") having a weight of 156 grams (0.34 lbs).

See the Nikon S5200 and Nikon S6000 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you choose at the time. Below is a front view size comparison of the S5200 versus the S6000.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6000 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the S5200 and S6000 is 95 and 94 respectively.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6000 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6000 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its tough to envision the contrast between sensor dimensions just by going over specs. The image below should provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the S5200 and S6000.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras come with the identical sensor size but not the same resolution. You should expect to see the Nikon S5200 to deliver greater detail with its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop pics a good deal more aggressively. The fresher S5200 will have a benefit in sensor innovation.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6000 sensor size comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6000 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6000 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S5200 Portrait photography highlights
Nikon S6000 Portrait photography highlights
30
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
28
MP count good (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon S5200 Street photography factors
Nikon S6000 Street photography factors
48
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S5200 Sports photography advice
Nikon S6000 Sports photography advice
28
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (160 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
35
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
max fps low (3.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S5200
Travel photography with Nikon S6000
68
decent megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (26mm)
good maximum aperture (f)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
terrible battery life (160 per charge)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
65
MP count good (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse function
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S5200 Landscape photography highlights
Nikon S6000 Landscape photography highlights
42
reasonably wide (26mm)
good maximum aperture (f)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
decent megapixels (16MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
manual exposure not available
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
terrible battery life (160 per charge)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
37
quite wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.7)
small screen (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not available
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S5200 Vlogging highlights
Nikon S6000 Vlogging highlights
33
reasonably wide (26mm)
good maximum aperture (f)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have mic jack
29
quite wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.7)
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external microphone port
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6000 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S5200 and Nikon S6000
 Nikon Coolpix S5200Nikon Coolpix S6000
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S5200 Nikon Coolpix S6000
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2013-01-29 2010-02-03
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Expeed C2
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.16 x 4.62mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 125 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-156mm (6.0x) 28-196mm (7.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.7-5.6
Macro focusing distance - 2cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 2.7"
Display resolution 460k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4s 8s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed - 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format - H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 146g (0.32 lbs) 156g (0.34 lbs)
Physical dimensions 98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") 97 x 55 x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" 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 160 photographs -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery ID EN-EL19 EN-EL12
Self timer - Yes (3 sec or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $130 $300