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Nikon S6000 vs Nikon S6500

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
25
Overall
32
Nikon Coolpix S6000 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44

Nikon S6000 vs Nikon S6500 Key Specs

Nikon S6000
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-196mm (F3.7-5.6) lens
  • 156g - 97 x 55 x 25mm
  • Launched February 2010
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
  • Launched January 2013
Photography Glossary

Nikon S6000 vs Nikon S6500 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Nikon S6000 versus Nikon S6500, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both built by Nikon. The resolution of the S6000 (14MP) and the S6500 (16MP) is relatively comparable and both cameras have the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The S6000 was brought out 3 years prior to the S6500 which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving straight to a full comparison, here is a brief view of how the S6000 grades against the S6500 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S6000 over the Nikon S6500

 S6000 S6500 

Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Nikon S6000

 S6500 S6000 
LaunchedJanuary 2013February 2010Newer by 35 months
Focus manually More accurate focusing
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kCrisper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S6000 and Nikon S6500

 S6000 S6500 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch screen Missing Touch screen

Nikon S6000 vs Nikon S6500 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to travel with your camera often, you're going to have to consider its weight and volume. The Nikon S6000 comes with external dimensions of 97mm x 55mm x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0") having a weight of 156 grams (0.34 lbs) while the Nikon S6500 has sizing of 95mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") having a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

Take a look at the Nikon S6000 versus Nikon S6500 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are using at the time. The following is a front view size comparison of the S6000 vs the S6500.

Nikon S6000 vs Nikon S6500 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the S6000 and S6500 is 94 and 92 respectively.

Nikon S6000 vs Nikon S6500 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S6000 vs Nikon S6500 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be difficult to visualize the gap in sensor dimensions merely by checking out specifications. The picture here will help give you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the S6000 and S6500.

To sum up, both of the cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit different MP. You can count on the Nikon S6500 to produce extra detail having its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will enable you to crop pictures way more aggressively. The more aged S6000 will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Nikon S6000 vs Nikon S6500 sensor size comparison

Nikon S6000 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S6000 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S6000 Portrait photography advice
Nikon S6500 Portrait photography advice
28
good megapixels (14MP)
lack of manual focus
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
44
you can focus manually
MP count good (16MP)
offers face detection focusing
cannot use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon S6000 Street photography information
Nikon S6500 Street photography information
57
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (250 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon S6000
Sports photography with Nikon S6500
35
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
50
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S6000 Travel photography features
Nikon S6500 Travel photography features
65
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse function
does not feature selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
69
lighter than competitors (250g)
MP count good (16MP)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
very long zoom (300mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S6000 Landscape photography details
Nikon S6500 Landscape photography details
37
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
no Time Lapse function
50
you can focus manually
relatively wide (25mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S6000 Vlogging features
Nikon S6500 Vlogging features
29
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
does not feature selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external mic jack
34
relatively wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors (250 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
missing external mic socket
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Nikon S6000 vs Nikon S6500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S6000 and Nikon S6500
 Nikon Coolpix S6000Nikon Coolpix S6500
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon Coolpix S6000 Nikon Coolpix S6500
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2010-02-03 2013-01-08
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Expeed C2 -
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-196mm (7.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Max aperture f/3.7-5.6 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focus range 2cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology - AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 8 seconds 8 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 3.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range - 3.50 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None 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 156g (0.34 lb) 250g (0.55 lb)
Physical dimensions 97 x 55 x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0") 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 model EN-EL12 SLB-10A
Self timer Yes (3 sec or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Retail pricing $300 $170