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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9100

Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
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Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S9100 front
Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
41
Overall
38

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9100 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 S9100
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-450mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 214g - 105 x 62 x 35mm
  • Announced July 2011
  • Refreshed by Nikon S9300
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9100 Overview

In this write-up, we are reviewing the Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9100, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are designed by Nikon. There is a significant difference between the sensor resolutions of the S5200 (16MP) and S9100 (12MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The S5200 was announced 19 months later than the S9100 making the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a full comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the S5200 matches up vs the S9100 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Nikon S9100

 S5200 S9100 
AnnouncedJanuary 2013July 2011Fresher by 19 months

Reasons to pick Nikon S9100 over the Nikon S5200

 S9100 S5200 
Focus manually Very exact focus
Display resolution921k460kSharper display (+461k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S5200 and Nikon S9100

 S5200 S9100 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display dimensions
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch display Neither includes Touch display

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9100 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to carry your camera regularly, you are going to need to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Nikon S5200 features outer 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) while the Nikon S9100 has dimensions of 105mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.4") and a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you have attached at the time. Underneath is the front view over all size comparison of the S5200 versus the S9100.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9100 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the S5200 and S9100 is 95 and 91 respectively.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9100 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9100 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very difficult to envision the contrast between sensor sizing just by checking specifications. The visual here should offer you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the S5200 and S9100.

To sum up, both of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same resolution. You should expect to see the Nikon S5200 to give you greater detail with its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will enable you to crop images a little more aggressively. The younger S5200 will have a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9100 sensor size comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9100 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon S5200
Portrait photography with Nikon S9100
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decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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manual focus
supports face detect focus
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon S5200 Street photography factors
Nikon S9100 Street photography factors
48
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
61
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition (214 grams)
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S5200 Sports photography details
Nikon S9100 Sports photography details
28
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (160 shots)
does not have phase detect autofocus
36
long zoom range (25-450mm 18.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports tracking focus
no shutter priority mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
not so great battery (270 shots)
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S5200 Travel photography highlights
Nikon S9100 Travel photography highlights
68
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (26mm)
good maximum aperture (f)
does not have Timelapse recording
not so great battery life (160 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
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lighter than competition (214g)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
great reach (450mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
not so great battery (270 shots)
low MP (12 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon S9100 as a Landscape photography camera
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rather wide (26mm)
good maximum aperture (f)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
lack of manual focus
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
manual mode not possible
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
not so great battery life (160 shots)
does not have Timelapse recording
40
manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
not so great battery (270 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S5200 Vlogging information
Nikon S9100 Vlogging information
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rather wide (26mm)
good maximum aperture (f)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
does not have microphone jack
34
relatively wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (214 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
doesn't have microphone support
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S5200 and Nikon S9100
 Nikon Coolpix S5200Nikon Coolpix S9100
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S5200 Nikon Coolpix S9100
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2013-01-29 2011-07-19
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - 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 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 125 160
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points - 9
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-156mm (6.0x) 25-450mm (18.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.5-5.9
Macro focusing range - 4cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate - 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 4.00 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data 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
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 146g (0.32 lb) 214g (0.47 lb)
Dimensions 98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") 105 x 62 x 35mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.4")
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 photographs 270 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL19 EN-EL12
Self timer - Yes (10 or 2 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Price at launch $130 $329