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Nikon S5200 vs Samsung PL200

Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
 
Samsung PL200 front
Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
22
Overall
31

Nikon S5200 vs Samsung PL200 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
  • Revealed January 2013
Samsung PL200
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 31-217mm (F3.3-5.5) lens
  • 170g - 100 x 60 x 21mm
  • Announced July 2010
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Nikon S5200 vs Samsung PL200 Overview

In this write-up, we are analyzing the Nikon S5200 vs Samsung PL200, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by manufacturers Nikon and Samsung. The image resolution of the S5200 (16MP) and the PL200 (14MP) is fairly well matched and they feature the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The S5200 was introduced 2 years later than the PL200 and that is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going straight into a full comparison, below is a concise introduction of how the S5200 scores versus the PL200 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Samsung PL200

 S5200 PL200 
AnnouncedJanuary 2013July 2010More recent by 31 months
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung PL200 over the Nikon S5200

 PL200 S5200 

Common features in the Nikon S5200 and Samsung PL200

 S5200 PL200 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurement
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly display Missing Touch friendly display

Nikon S5200 vs Samsung PL200 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to lug around your camera frequently, you'll have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Nikon S5200 offers external 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) while the Samsung PL200 has dimensions of 100mm x 60mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.8") and a weight of 170 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you select at that time. The following is the front view over all size comparison of the S5200 vs the PL200.

Nikon S5200 vs Samsung PL200 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the S5200 and PL200 is 95 and 94 respectively.

Nikon S5200 vs Samsung PL200 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Samsung PL200 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be tough to visualize the gap between sensor measurements simply by looking at a spec sheet. The graphic below might offer you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the S5200 and PL200.

As you can see, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but different resolution. You should anticipate the Nikon S5200 to give you extra detail using its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop photos a little more aggressively. The newer S5200 should have an edge when it comes to sensor innovation.

Nikon S5200 vs Samsung PL200 sensor size comparison

Nikon S5200 vs Samsung PL200 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S5200 vs Samsung PL200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon S5200
Portrait photography with Samsung PL200
30
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
manual focus not available
no manual control
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
28
resolution is good (14MP)
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon S5200
Street photography with Samsung PL200
48
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
57
image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Sports photography camera
Samsung PL200 as a Sports photography camera
28
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
low battery power (160 shots)
has no phase detect AF
38
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S5200
Travel photography with Samsung PL200
68
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (26mm)
fast maximum aperture (f)
doesn't have Timelapse function
low battery power (160 CIPA)
screen is not selfie friendly
58
resolution is good (14MP)
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (31mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S5200 Landscape photography highlights
Samsung PL200 Landscape photography highlights
42
rather wide (26mm)
fast maximum aperture (f)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
low battery power (160 shots)
doesn't have Timelapse function
37
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (31mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual exposure
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S5200 as a Vlogging camera
Samsung PL200 as a Vlogging camera
33
rather wide (26mm)
fast maximum aperture (f)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have microphone socket
25
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (31mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of external microphone socket
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Nikon S5200 vs Samsung PL200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S5200 and Samsung PL200
 Nikon Coolpix S5200Samsung PL200
General Information
Company Nikon Samsung
Model Nikon Coolpix S5200 Samsung PL200
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2013-01-29 2010-07-21
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
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 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 125 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-156mm (6.0x) 31-217mm (7.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.3-5.5
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 460k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 8s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1500s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 4.60 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 800 x 592 (20 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video data format - H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 gr (0.32 pounds) 170 gr (0.37 pounds)
Dimensions 98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") 100 x 60 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.8")
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 photos -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery model EN-EL19 BP70A
Self timer - Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC'/MMC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Price at launch $130 $0