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Nikon S5300 vs Nikon S6500

Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
40
Overall
40
Nikon Coolpix S5300 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44

Nikon S5300 vs Nikon S6500 Key Specs

Nikon S5300
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-208mm (F3.7-6.6) lens
  • 138g - 97 x 58 x 21mm
  • Announced January 2014
Nikon S6500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-300mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 250g - 95 x 58 x 26mm
  • Released January 2013
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Nikon S5300 vs Nikon S6500 Overview

Let's look closer at the Nikon S5300 vs Nikon S6500, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are designed by Nikon. The sensor resolution of the S5300 (16MP) and the S6500 (16MP) is pretty similar and both cameras provide the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The S5300 was announced 13 months later than the S6500 which makes them a generation apart from each other. Both cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before we go straight to a in depth comparison, here is a concise overview of how the S5300 grades versus the S6500 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S5300 over the Nikon S6500

 S5300 S6500 
ReleasedJanuary 2014January 2013More recent by 13 months

Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Nikon S5300

 S6500 S5300 

Common features in the Nikon S5300 and Nikon S6500

 S5300 S6500 
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen size
Screen resolution460k460kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lack of Touch friendly screen

Nikon S5300 vs Nikon S6500 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to lug around your camera often, you will want to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Nikon S5300 offers external measurements of 97mm x 58mm x 21mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8") with a weight of 138 grams (0.30 lbs) whilst the Nikon S6500 has dimensions of 95mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") having a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are using during that time. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the S5300 against the S6500.

Nikon S5300 vs Nikon S6500 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the S5300 and S6500 is 95 and 92 respectively.

Nikon S5300 vs Nikon S6500 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S5300 vs Nikon S6500 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is hard to visualise the contrast between sensor measurements purely by reading specs. The photograph here may give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the S5300 and S6500.

All in all, the 2 cameras come with the identical sensor size and the exact same MP so you should expect similar quality of images but you need to factor the release date of the products into consideration. The more recent S5300 is going to have an edge in sensor innovation.

Nikon S5300 vs Nikon S6500 sensor size comparison

Nikon S5300 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S5300 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S5300 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon S6500 as a Portrait photography camera
41
you can focus manually
MP count good (16MP)
features face detect focus
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
44
focusing manually
decent MP (16 megapixels)
includes face detection autofocus
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon S5300 as a Street photography camera
Nikon S6500 as a Street photography camera
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (138g)
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (250g)
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S5300 Sports photography information
Nikon S6500 Sports photography information
41
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
features tracking focus
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
low battery (180 CIPA)
does not have phase detect auto focus
50
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S5300
Travel photography with Nikon S6500
66
lighter than competition (138 grams)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (26mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
low battery (180 per charge)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
69
lighter than others in class (250 grams)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (25mm)
great zoom (300mm)
missing Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S5300 Landscape photography factors
Nikon S6500 Landscape photography factors
46
you can focus manually
relatively wide (26mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
manual exposure not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
low battery (180 CIPA)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
50
focusing manually
rather wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S5300 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon S6500 as a Vlogging camera
35
relatively wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (138 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have mic socket
34
rather wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others in class (250g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing external microphone jack
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Nikon S5300 vs Nikon S6500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S5300 and Nikon S6500
 Nikon Coolpix S5300Nikon Coolpix S6500
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon Coolpix S5300 Nikon Coolpix S6500
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2014-01-07 2013-01-08
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 125 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 99 -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-208mm (8.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.7-6.6 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech TFT-LCD AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 8s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1500s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 7.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.50 m 3.50 m
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (120 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
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 138 gr (0.30 lb) 250 gr (0.55 lb)
Physical dimensions 97 x 58 x 21mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8") 95 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0")
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 180 photos -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery model EN-EL19 SLB-10A
Self timer Yes (10 or 2 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $180 $170