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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S620

Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S620 front
Portability
96
Imaging
35
Features
20
Overall
29

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S620 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 S620
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.7-5.8) lens
  • 120g - 90 x 53 x 23mm
  • Introduced February 2009
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S620 Overview

On this page, we will be analyzing the Nikon S5200 and Nikon S620, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and they are both produced by Nikon. There is a significant difference among the sensor resolutions of the S5200 (16MP) and S620 (12MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The S5200 was launched 4 years after the S620 which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going straight to a full comparison, here is a simple introduction of how the S5200 scores versus the S620 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Nikon S620

 S5200 S620 
IntroducedJanuary 2013February 2009More modern by 49 months
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Nikon S620 over the Nikon S5200

 S620 S5200 

Common features in the Nikon S5200 and Nikon S620

 S5200 S620 
Manually focus Lack of manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither includes Touch friendly screen

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S620 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to carry around your camera regularly, you will want to think about its weight and dimensions. The Nikon S5200 features exterior dimensions 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 S620 has dimensions of 90mm x 53mm x 23mm (3.5" x 2.1" x 0.9") along with a weight of 120 grams (0.26 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are utilizing at the time. The following is a front view sizing comparison of the S5200 versus the S620.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S620 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the S5200 and S620 is 95 and 96 respectively.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S620 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S620 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be difficult to imagine the contrast in sensor sizes merely by going through specs. The pic below will help give you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the S5200 and S620.

All in all, the two cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit different MP. You should count on the Nikon S5200 to provide greater detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also let you crop pictures more aggressively. The more recent S5200 should have a benefit with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S620 sensor size comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S620 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S620 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S5200 Portrait photography information
Nikon S620 Portrait photography information
30
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
21
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon S5200
Street photography with Nikon S620
48
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (120 grams)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon S620 as a Sports photography camera
28
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (160 per charge)
has no phase detect autofocus
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S5200 Travel photography highlights
Nikon S620 Travel photography highlights
68
resolution is good (16MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (26mm)
very good max aperture (f)
does not have Timelapse mode
terrible battery pack (160 CIPA)
does not contain selfie friendly display
62
lighter than competition (120 grams)
built-in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
low resolution (12MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S5200 Landscape photography factors
Nikon S620 Landscape photography factors
42
relatively wide (26mm)
very good max aperture (f)
screen size is good (3 inches)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no manual mode
does not have image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
terrible battery pack (160 CIPA)
does not have Timelapse mode
32
fairly wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not available
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon S5200
Vlogging with Nikon S620
33
relatively wide (26mm)
very good max aperture (f)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not contain selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
does not have microphone port
31
fairly wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (120 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have mic support
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S620 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S5200 and Nikon S620
 Nikon Coolpix S5200Nikon Coolpix S620
General Information
Make Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S5200 Nikon Coolpix S620
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2013-01-29 2009-02-03
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.16 x 4.62mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Lowest native ISO 125 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-156mm (6.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/2.7-5.8
Macro focusing range - 2cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 8s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate - 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash modes - Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On, Slow sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video file format - Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 146 gr (0.32 lb) 120 gr (0.26 lb)
Physical dimensions 98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") 90 x 53 x 23mm (3.5" x 2.1" 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 shots -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery ID EN-EL19 EN-EL12
Self timer - Yes (3 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $130 $37