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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9700

Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S9700 front
Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
48
Overall
43

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9700 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 S9700
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-750mm (F3.7-6.4) lens
  • 232g - 110 x 64 x 35mm
  • Announced February 2014
  • Replaced the Nikon S9500
  • New Model is Nikon S9900
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9700 Overview

Here is a in depth overview of the Nikon S5200 and Nikon S9700, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are produced by Nikon. The image resolution of the S5200 (16MP) and the S9700 (16MP) is fairly comparable and both cameras boast the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The S5200 was unveiled 12 months before the S9700 which means that they are both of a similar generation. Both cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting into a detailed comparison, here is a simple summary of how the S5200 scores versus the S9700 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Nikon S9700

 S5200 S9700 

Reasons to pick Nikon S9700 over the Nikon S5200

 S9700 S5200 
AnnouncedFebruary 2014January 2013Fresher by 12 months
Display resolution921k460kClearer display (+461k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S5200 and Nikon S9700

 S5200 S9700 
Manual focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display sizing
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9700 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry your camera frequently, you need to factor in its weight and volume. The Nikon S5200 enjoys outer measurements of 98mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") having a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs) and the Nikon S9700 has sizing of 110mm x 64mm x 35mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4") and a weight of 232 grams (0.51 lbs).

Compare the Nikon S5200 and Nikon S9700 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you have chosen at the time. Following is a front view scale comparison of the S5200 against the S9700.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9700 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the S5200 and S9700 is 95 and 90 respectively.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9700 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9700 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be hard to see the difference in sensor sizing simply by going through a spec sheet. The photograph below will give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the S5200 and S9700.

Clearly, both cameras feature the identical sensor size and the identical MP therefore you should expect comparable quality of pictures although you would want to factor the production date of the cameras into account. The older S5200 will be behind in sensor technology.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9700 sensor size comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9700 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9700 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S5200 Portrait photography advice
Nikon S9700 Portrait photography advice
30
megapixel count decent (16MP)
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
37
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
includes face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Street photography camera
Nikon S9700 as a Street photography camera
48
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (232 grams)
screen does not articulate
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon S9700 as a Sports photography camera
28
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery (160 per charge)
does not have phase detect auto focus
53
amazing zoom range (25-750mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
includes tracking autofocus
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon S9700 as a Travel photography camera
68
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (26mm)
very good max aperture (f)
does not have Time Lapse recording
terrible battery (160 per charge)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
69
lighter than competitors in class (232 grams)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
very long reach (750mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S5200 Landscape photography features
Nikon S9700 Landscape photography features
42
really wide (26mm)
very good max aperture (f)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of manual exposure
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
terrible battery (160 CIPA)
does not have Time Lapse recording
45
quite wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S5200 Vlogging advice
Nikon S9700 Vlogging advice
33
really wide (26mm)
very good max aperture (f)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
does not have mic port
34
quite wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors in class (232 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
lack of external mic socket
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9700 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S5200 and Nikon S9700
 Nikon Coolpix S5200Nikon Coolpix S9700
General Information
Make Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S5200 Nikon Coolpix S9700
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2013-01-29 2014-02-07
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 alias filter
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Minimum native ISO 125 125
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points - 99
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-156mm (6.0x) 25-750mm (30.0x)
Max aperture - f/3.7-6.4
Macro focusing distance - 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Display resolution 460k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 8 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate - 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 6.00 m
Flash settings - TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 (30/25p, 60/50i) 1280 x 720 (60/50/30/25/15/12.5p) 960 x 540 (30/25p) 640 x 480 (120/30/25p) 320 x 240 (240p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file 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
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 146 grams (0.32 pounds) 232 grams (0.51 pounds)
Physical dimensions 98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") 110 x 64 x 35mm (4.3" x 2.5" 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 pictures 300 pictures
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL19 EN-EL12
Self timer - Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Retail pricing $130 $350