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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9900

Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S9900 front
Portability
88
Imaging
41
Features
60
Overall
48

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9900 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
  • Revealed January 2013
Nikon S9900
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-750mm (F3.7-6.4) lens
  • 289g - 112 x 66 x 40mm
  • Launched February 2015
  • Replaced the Nikon S9700
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9900 Overview

Below, we are analyzing the Nikon S5200 versus Nikon S9900, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are created by Nikon. The sensor resolution of the S5200 (16MP) and the S9900 (16MP) is very well matched and they feature the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The S5200 was manufactured 24 months prior to the S9900 making the cameras a generation away from one another. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a full comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the S5200 grades vs the S9900 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Nikon S9900

 S5200 S9900 

Reasons to pick Nikon S9900 over the Nikon S5200

 S9900 S5200 
LaunchedFebruary 2015January 2013More modern by 24 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution921k460kCrisper display (+461k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Nikon S5200 and Nikon S9900

 S5200 S9900 
Manual focus No manual focus
Display dimension3"3"Identical display dimensions
Touch friendly display Missing Touch friendly display

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9900 Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry around your camera, you should consider its weight and proportions. The Nikon S5200 features physical measurements of 98mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") along with a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs) while the Nikon S9900 has measurements of 112mm x 66mm x 40mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") and a weight of 289 grams (0.64 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are working with at that moment. Following is the front view measurements comparison of the S5200 vs the S9900.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9900 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the S5200 and S9900 is 95 and 88 respectively.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9900 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9900 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very tough to visualize the contrast between sensor sizes purely by checking a spec sheet. The picture here might offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the S5200 and S9900.

As you can see, the 2 cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the same megapixels so you should expect similar quality of photos however you will want to consider the release date of the products into consideration. The more aged S5200 is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9900 sensor size comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9900 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9900 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S5200 Portrait photography highlights
Nikon S9900 Portrait photography highlights
30
MP count decent (16MP)
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
37
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
offers face detection focusing
no manual focus
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Street photography camera
Nikon S9900 as a Street photography camera
48
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
68
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (289 grams)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S5200 Sports photography highlights
Nikon S9900 Sports photography highlights
28
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
low battery life (160 CIPA)
has no phase detect auto focus
53
long zoom range (25-750mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S5200 Travel photography info
Nikon S9900 Travel photography info
68
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
no Time Lapse mode
low battery life (160 shots)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
77
lighter than competitors (289 grams)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
pretty wide (25mm)
very long zoom (750mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon S5200
Landscape photography with Nikon S9900
42
rather wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
pretty good screen size (3")
MP count decent (16MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
manual exposure not available
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
low battery life (160 shots)
no Time Lapse mode
47
pretty wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.7)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S5200 Vlogging info
Nikon S9900 Vlogging info
33
rather wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
no mic socket
73
pretty wide (25mm)
selfie friendly display
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors (289g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.7)
missing external microphone socket
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Nikon S5200 vs Nikon S9900 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S5200 and Nikon S9900
 Nikon Coolpix S5200Nikon Coolpix S9900
General Information
Make Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon Coolpix S5200 Nikon Coolpix S9900
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2013-01-29 2015-02-10
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS 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 16MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Min native ISO 125 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-156mm (6.0x) 25-750mm (30.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.7-6.4
Macro focus range - 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 460k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 8s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate - 7.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range - 6.00 m (at Auto ISO)
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 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone 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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 146 gr (0.32 lbs) 289 gr (0.64 lbs)
Dimensions 98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") 112 x 66 x 40mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 300 photographs
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL19 EN-EL19
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Price at launch $130 $300