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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S640

Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S640 front
Portability
96
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S640 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
  • Announced January 2013
Nikon S640
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.7-6.6) lens
  • 130g - 91 x 55 x 21mm
  • Announced August 2009
Photography Glossary

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S640 Overview

Lets look more in depth at the Nikon S5200 versus Nikon S640, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both are built by Nikon. There is a large difference among the sensor resolutions of the S5200 (16MP) and S640 (12MP) but both cameras posses the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The S5200 was announced 3 years later than the S640 and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a full comparison, here is a simple summary of how the S5200 scores versus the S640 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Nikon S640

 S5200 S640 
AnnouncedJanuary 2013August 2009Fresher by 43 months
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Nikon S640 over the Nikon S5200

 S640 S5200 

Common features in the Nikon S5200 and Nikon S640

 S5200 S640 
Manually focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S640 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry your camera regularly, you are going to need to factor in its weight and measurements. The Nikon S5200 has got exterior dimensions of 98mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") and a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs) while the Nikon S640 has proportions of 91mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 130 grams (0.29 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you use during that time. Underneath is a front view measurements comparison of the S5200 and the S640.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S640 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the S5200 and S640 is 95 and 96 respectively.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S640 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S640 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is difficult to picture the difference in sensor sizing merely by researching a spec sheet. The visual below should offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the S5200 and S640.

As you can see, both cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different megapixels. You can count on the Nikon S5200 to render more detail with its extra 4MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The more modern S5200 provides an edge in sensor technology.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S640 sensor size comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S640 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S640 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon S640 as a Portrait photography camera
30
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
21
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon S5200 Street photography advice
Nikon S640 Street photography advice
48
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
63
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (130g)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon S5200
Sports photography with Nikon S640
28
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (160 CIPA)
has no phase detect AF
34
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Optical)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon S640 as a Travel photography camera
68
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
pretty wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
lack of Timelapse mode
not so great battery life (160 CIPA)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
62
lighter than others (130g)
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S5200 Landscape photography factors
Nikon S640 Landscape photography factors
42
pretty wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
nice screen size (3")
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
manual exposure not possible
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
not so great battery life (160 per charge)
lack of Timelapse mode
32
quite wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
screen is small (2.7")
no manual control
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S5200 Vlogging factors
Nikon S640 Vlogging factors
33
pretty wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
lack of external microphone socket
31
quite wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (130g)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
display is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone jack
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S640 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S5200 and Nikon S640
 Nikon Coolpix S5200Nikon Coolpix S640
General Information
Brand Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S5200 Nikon Coolpix S640
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2013-01-29 2009-08-04
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - Expeed
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.16 x 4.62mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Lowest native ISO 125 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-156mm (6.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/2.7-6.6
Macro focusing range - 2cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 2.7"
Resolution of display 460k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/8000s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
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 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format - 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
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 146g (0.32 lbs) 130g (0.29 lbs)
Physical dimensions 98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") 91 x 55 x 21mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.8")
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 photos -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery ID EN-EL19 EN-EL12
Self timer - Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $130 $225