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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6300

Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S6300 front
Portability
94
Imaging
39
Features
35
Overall
37

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6300 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
  • Launched January 2013
Nikon S6300
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 160g - 94 x 58 x 26mm
  • Released February 2012
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6300 Overview

Let's look more in depth at the Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6300, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both are designed by Nikon. The image resolution of the S5200 (16MP) and the S6300 (16MP) is pretty close and both cameras provide the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The S5200 was brought out 13 months after the S6300 which makes them a generation away from each other. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving straight to a detailed comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the S5200 grades vs the S6300 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Nikon S6300

 S5200 S6300 
ReleasedJanuary 2013February 2012Newer by 13 months
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Nikon S6300 over the Nikon S5200

 S6300 S5200 

Common features in the Nikon S5200 and Nikon S6300

 S5200 S6300 
Focus manually Lack of manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch screen Neither contains Touch screen

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6300 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to travel with your camera, you are going to need to factor its weight and measurements. The Nikon S5200 has got outside dimensions of 98mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") having a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs) and the Nikon S6300 has proportions of 94mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") having a weight of 160 grams (0.35 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you have attached at that moment. The following is a front view overall size comparison of the S5200 compared to the S6300.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6300 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the S5200 and S6300 is 95 and 94 respectively.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6300 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6300 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very difficult to see the difference in sensor dimensions merely by looking through technical specs. The image below may provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the S5200 and S6300.

As you can tell, each of the cameras feature the identical sensor size and the exact same MP and you can expect comparable quality of photographs however you really should take the age of the cameras into account. The newer S5200 is going to have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6300 sensor size comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6300 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S5200 Portrait photography factors
Nikon S6300 Portrait photography factors
30
resolution is good (16MP)
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
34
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has face detect autofocus
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon S5200 Street photography details
Nikon S6300 Street photography details
48
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
57
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen does not articulate
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S5200 Sports photography features
Nikon S6300 Sports photography features
28
resolution is good (16MP)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
low battery (160 shots)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
44
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S5200
Travel photography with Nikon S6300
68
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
relatively wide (26mm)
great maximum aperture (f)
does not have Time Lapse function
low battery (160 CIPA)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
68
good megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (25mm)
long zoom (250mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
does not posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S5200 Landscape photography features
Nikon S6300 Landscape photography features
42
relatively wide (26mm)
great maximum aperture (f)
screen size is good (3")
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
manual mode not possible
lack of image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
low battery (160 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse function
38
fairly wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7")
lack of manual exposure
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S5200 Vlogging advice
Nikon S6300 Vlogging advice
33
relatively wide (26mm)
great maximum aperture (f)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
does not have mic support
34
fairly wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
does not posses selfie friendly display
doesn't have microphone support
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S5200 and Nikon S6300
 Nikon Coolpix S5200Nikon Coolpix S6300
General Information
Company Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon Coolpix S5200 Nikon Coolpix S6300
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2013-01-29 2012-02-01
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
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 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 125 125
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-156mm (6.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.2-5.8
Macro focus distance - 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 2.7"
Resolution of display 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/8000s
Continuous shutter rate - 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow-sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone 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
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 146 grams (0.32 pounds) 160 grams (0.35 pounds)
Physical dimensions 98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") 94 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 160 images 230 images
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL19 EN-EL12
Self timer - Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Cost at release $130 $200