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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6100

Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S6100 front
Portability
93
Imaging
39
Features
39
Overall
39

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6100 Key Specs

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
  • Introduced January 2013
Nikon S6100
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-196mm (F3.7-5.6) lens
  • 175g - 98 x 58 x 27mm
  • Launched February 2011
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6100 Overview

Here, we will be looking at the Nikon S5200 and Nikon S6100, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both of them are created by Nikon. The sensor resolution of the S5200 (16MP) and the S6100 (16MP) is relatively well matched and both cameras boast the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The S5200 was released 24 months after the S6100 which makes them a generation away from one another. Both cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving into a complete comparison, here is a brief highlight of how the S5200 matches up versus the S6100 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Nikon S6100

 S5200 S6100 
LaunchedJanuary 2013February 2011Newer by 24 months

Reasons to pick Nikon S6100 over the Nikon S5200

 S6100 S5200 
Manual focus More exact focusing
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon S5200 and Nikon S6100

 S5200 S6100 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurements
Screen resolution460k460kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6100 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to travel with your camera frequently, you're going to have to consider its weight and proportions. The Nikon S5200 provides outside measurements of 98mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") along with a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs) whilst the Nikon S6100 has measurements of 98mm x 58mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.1") with a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you use at that time. The following is a front view sizing comparison of the S5200 against the S6100.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6100 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the S5200 and S6100 is 95 and 93 respectively.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6100 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6100 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its tough to see the gap between sensor dimensions simply by looking at specifications. The image below will offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the S5200 and S6100.

To sum up, both of these cameras feature the identical sensor size and the identical MP so you can expect similar quality of photos though you may want to take the launch date of the products into consideration. The fresher S5200 is going to have an advantage in sensor tech.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6100 sensor size comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6100 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S5200 Portrait photography highlights
Nikon S6100 Portrait photography highlights
30
good megapixels (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
40
manual focus
decent MP (16MP)
features face detection autofocus
no manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon S5200 Street photography features
Nikon S6100 Street photography features
48
no moving screen
no image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
boasts touch focus
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S5200 Sports photography factors
Nikon S6100 Sports photography factors
28
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (160 per charge)
lack of phase detect autofocus
38
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
features tracking autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery (210 shots)
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S5200 Travel photography info
Nikon S6100 Travel photography info
68
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
fairly wide (26mm)
good max aperture (f)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
terrible battery pack (160 shots)
does not feature selfie friendly display
65
boasts touch focus
decent MP (16MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse recording
not so great battery (210 per charge)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S5200 Landscape photography details
Nikon S6100 Landscape photography details
42
fairly wide (26mm)
good max aperture (f)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
good megapixels (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
manual exposure not available
no image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
terrible battery pack (160 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
45
manual focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.7)
no manual mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
not so great battery (210 shots)
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon S6100 as a Vlogging camera
33
fairly wide (26mm)
good max aperture (f)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not feature selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
doesn't have external microphone jack
32
reasonably wide (28mm)
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
slow max aperture (f3.7)
screen is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing external microphone jack
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S5200 and Nikon S6100
 Nikon Coolpix S5200Nikon Coolpix S6100
General Information
Make Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S5200 Nikon Coolpix S6100
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2013-01-29 2011-02-09
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 16MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 125 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 9
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-156mm (6.0x) 28-196mm (7.0x)
Max aperture - f/3.7-5.6
Macro focusing range - 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 460k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating TFT touchscreen LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 4s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed - 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - 4.50 m
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720p (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format - MPEG-4, Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
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 146 gr (0.32 pounds) 175 gr (0.39 pounds)
Physical dimensions 98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") 98 x 58 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.1")
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 shots 210 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL19 EN-EL12
Self timer - Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $130 $195