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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S8100

Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S8100 front
Portability
93
Imaging
35
Features
36
Overall
35

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S8100 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
  • Announced January 2013
Nikon S8100
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 30-300mm (F3.5-5.6) lens
  • 180g - 104 x 60 x 30mm
  • Revealed September 2010
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S8100 Overview

In this article, we are analyzing the Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S8100, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both of them are created by Nikon. There exists a sizeable gap among the resolutions of the S5200 (16MP) and S8100 (12MP) but they possess the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The S5200 was revealed 2 years after the S8100 which is a fairly large gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going in to a in depth comparison, below is a short summary of how the S5200 scores vs the S8100 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Nikon S8100

 S5200 S8100 
RevealedJanuary 2013September 2010More modern by 30 months

Reasons to pick Nikon S8100 over the Nikon S5200

 S8100 S5200 
Display resolution921k460kClearer display (+461k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S5200 and Nikon S8100

 S5200 S8100 
Manually focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display size
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither includes Touch friendly display

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S8100 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry around your camera, you are going to need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Nikon S5200 features physical measurements of 98mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs) whilst the Nikon S8100 has measurements of 104mm x 60mm x 30mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 180 grams (0.40 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have attached during that time. Following is the front view dimension comparison of the S5200 compared to the S8100.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S8100 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the S5200 and S8100 is 95 and 93 respectively.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S8100 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S8100 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very difficult to visualise the gap in sensor sizes only by checking out a spec sheet. The pic here will help give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the S5200 and S8100.

Clearly, the two cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same MP. You should anticipate the Nikon S5200 to produce more detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop photos a little more aggressively. The more modern S5200 will have an edge in sensor technology.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S8100 sensor size comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S8100 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S8100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S5200 Portrait photography factors
Nikon S8100 Portrait photography factors
30
decent MP (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
26
has face detect focusing
no manual focus
no manual mode
no external flash support
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon S5200 Street photography factors
Nikon S8100 Street photography factors
48
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
56
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S5200 Sports photography factors
Nikon S8100 Sports photography factors
28
decent MP (16MP)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
bad battery life (160 per charge)
lack of phase detect AF
38
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking focus
no shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S5200 Travel photography advice
Nikon S8100 Travel photography advice
68
decent MP (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (26mm)
very good maximum aperture (f)
no Timelapse function
bad battery life (160 shots)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
55
flash built-in
very long zoom (300mm)
no Timelapse recording
low megapixels (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (30mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S5200 Landscape photography advice
Nikon S8100 Landscape photography advice
42
reasonably wide (26mm)
very good maximum aperture (f)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
lack of manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
bad battery life (160 CIPA)
no Timelapse function
32
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (30mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon S8100 as a Vlogging camera
33
reasonably wide (26mm)
very good maximum aperture (f)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
no external microphone port
30
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
wide angle not good (30mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no microphone support
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S8100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S5200 and Nikon S8100
 Nikon Coolpix S5200Nikon Coolpix S8100
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon Coolpix S5200 Nikon Coolpix S8100
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2013-01-29 2010-09-08
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Expeed C2
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 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 125 160
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-156mm (6.0x) 30-300mm (10.0x)
Max aperture - f/3.5-5.6
Macro focus range - 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 460k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate - 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format - 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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 146 grams (0.32 lbs) 180 grams (0.40 lbs)
Dimensions 98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") 104 x 60 x 30mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.2")
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 pictures 220 pictures
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL19 EN-EL12
Self timer - Yes (10 or 2 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC
Card slots One One
Launch pricing $130 $299