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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9500

Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S9500 front
Portability
92
Imaging
42
Features
37
Overall
40

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9500 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
  • Released January 2013
Nikon S9500
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-550mm (F) lens
  • 205g - 110 x 60 x 31mm
  • Introduced January 2013
  • Older Model is Nikon S9300
  • Newer Model is Nikon S9700
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9500 Overview

Here, we are reviewing the Nikon S5200 versus Nikon S9500, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are designed by Nikon. The image resolution of the S5200 (16MP) and the S9500 (18MP) is very similar and both cameras offer the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The S5200 was introduced very close to the S9500 which means that they are both of a similar generation. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a quick view of how the S5200 scores vs the S9500 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Nikon S9500

 S5200 S9500 

Reasons to pick Nikon S9500 over the Nikon S5200

 S9500 S5200 
Display resolution614k460kCrisper display (+154k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S5200 and Nikon S9500

 S5200 S9500 
IntroducedJanuary 2013January 2013Similar generation
Manual focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display size
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither features Touch friendly display

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9500 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to carry your camera, you'll have to factor its weight and measurements. The Nikon S5200 enjoys outside dimensions of 98mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs) and the Nikon S9500 has proportions of 110mm x 60mm x 31mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.2") having a weight of 205 grams (0.45 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are using during that time. Below is a front view sizing comparison of the S5200 versus the S9500.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9500 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the S5200 and S9500 is 95 and 92 respectively.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9500 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9500 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is difficult to envision the gap between sensor sizing just by reading specs. The visual here should offer you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the S5200 and S9500.

All in all, both cameras feature the identical sensor size but not the same megapixels. You should expect to see the Nikon S9500 to offer you greater detail using its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop photos way more aggressively.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9500 sensor size comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9500 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S5200 Portrait photography info
Nikon S9500 Portrait photography info
30
decent MP (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
31
sensor resolution is decent (18MP)
no manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Street photography camera
Nikon S9500 as a Street photography camera
48
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (205 grams)
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon S5200
Sports photography with Nikon S9500
28
decent MP (16MP)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
low battery pack (160 per charge)
does not have phase detect auto focus
42
long zoom range (25-550mm 22.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (18 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (230 CIPA)
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon S9500 as a Travel photography camera
68
decent MP (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
pretty wide (26mm)
fast maximum aperture (f)
missing Timelapse recording
low battery pack (160 per charge)
screen is not selfie friendly
71
lighter than competition (205g)
sensor resolution is decent (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
great zoom (550mm)
very good max aperture (f)
no Time Lapse mode
not so great battery life (230 per charge)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S5200 Landscape photography factors
Nikon S9500 Landscape photography factors
42
pretty wide (26mm)
fast maximum aperture (f)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
decent MP (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
low battery pack (160 shots)
missing Timelapse recording
46
pretty wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f)
screen size is decent (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (18MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no manual mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
not so great battery life (230 CIPA)
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon S5200
Vlogging with Nikon S9500
33
pretty wide (26mm)
fast maximum aperture (f)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
missing external microphone socket
36
pretty wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (205g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no mic port
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S5200 and Nikon S9500
 Nikon Coolpix S5200Nikon Coolpix S9500
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon Coolpix S5200 Nikon Coolpix S9500
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2013-01-29 2013-01-29
Body design 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 6.16 x 4.62mm
Sensor surface area 28.5mm² 28.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 18 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4896 x 3672
Maximum native ISO 3200 1600
Minimum native ISO 125 125
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points - 99
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-156mm (6.0x) 25-550mm (22.0x)
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dot 614 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating OLED monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1500 seconds
Continuous shutter speed - 7.5 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance 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
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 146 grams (0.32 lbs) 205 grams (0.45 lbs)
Physical dimensions 98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") 110 x 60 x 31mm (4.3" 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 230 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL19 EN-EL12
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $130 $230