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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6500

Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6500 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 S6500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-300mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 250g - 95 x 58 x 26mm
  • Revealed January 2013
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6500 Overview

The following is a in-depth comparison of the Nikon S5200 and Nikon S6500, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are built by Nikon. The image resolution of the S5200 (16MP) and the S6500 (16MP) is relatively similar and they possess the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The S5200 was launched about the same time to the S6500 so they are of a similar age. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going through a step-by-step comparison, below is a short view of how the S5200 grades versus the S6500 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Nikon S6500

 S5200 S6500 

Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Nikon S5200

 S6500 S5200 
Manually focus More precise focusing

Common features in the Nikon S5200 and Nikon S6500

 S5200 S6500 
RevealedJanuary 2013January 2013Similar age
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurement
Screen resolution460k460kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6500 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to travel with your camera often, you will need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Nikon S5200 provides outer 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 S6500 has measurements of 95mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you choose at that moment. Following is the front view scale comparison of the S5200 vs the S6500.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6500 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the S5200 and S6500 is 95 and 92 respectively.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6500 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6500 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is hard to visualise the gap between sensor dimensions simply by reviewing specs. The image underneath might provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the S5200 and S6500.

All in all, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the same MP so you can expect similar quality of pictures though you should always factor the launch date of the products into consideration.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6500 sensor size comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon S6500 as a Portrait photography camera
30
MP count good (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
44
has manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection autofocus
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon S5200 Street photography information
Nikon S6500 Street photography information
48
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (250g)
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S5200 Sports photography info
Nikon S6500 Sports photography info
28
MP count good (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery life (160 shots)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
50
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S5200 Travel photography info
Nikon S6500 Travel photography info
68
MP count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
doesn't have Timelapse function
bad battery life (160 CIPA)
does not posses selfie friendly display
69
lighter than others (250g)
resolution is good (16MP)
flash built-in
decently wide (25mm)
great zoom (300mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S5200 Landscape photography information
Nikon S6500 Landscape photography information
42
decently wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
screen size is good (3")
MP count good (16MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
manual exposure not possible
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
bad battery life (160 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse function
50
has manual focus
decently wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S5200 Vlogging advice
Nikon S6500 Vlogging advice
33
decently wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not posses selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
doesn't have microphone socket
34
decently wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others (250g)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
missing external mic socket
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S6500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S5200 and Nikon S6500
 Nikon Coolpix S5200Nikon Coolpix S6500
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon Coolpix S5200 Nikon Coolpix S6500
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2013-01-29 2013-01-08
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.16 x 4.62mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 125 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-156mm (6.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Max aperture - f/2.8-5.9
Macro focus range - 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 3"
Resolution of display 460k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 8 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate - 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 3.50 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, 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 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 146g (0.32 lb) 250g (0.55 lb)
Dimensions 98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") 95 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 photographs -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model EN-EL19 SLB-10A
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Retail cost $130 $170