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Nikon S6100 vs Nikon S6500

Portability
93
Imaging
39
Features
39
Overall
39
Nikon Coolpix S6100 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44

Nikon S6100 vs Nikon S6500 Key Specs

Nikon S6100
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-196mm (F3.7-5.6) lens
  • 175g - 98 x 58 x 27mm
  • Launched February 2011
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
  • Revealed January 2013
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Nikon S6100 vs Nikon S6500 Overview

Below is a detailed overview of the Nikon S6100 vs Nikon S6500, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both produced by Nikon. The resolution of the S6100 (16MP) and the S6500 (16MP) is pretty comparable and they possess the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The S6100 was unveiled 23 months before the S6500 which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the S6100 scores vs the S6500 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S6100 over the Nikon S6500

 S6100 S6500 
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Nikon S6100

 S6500 S6100 
RevealedJanuary 2013February 2011More recent by 23 months

Common features in the Nikon S6100 and Nikon S6500

 S6100 S6500 
Manual focus More accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurement
Screen resolution460k460kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Nikon S6100 vs Nikon S6500 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to lug around your camera often, you are going to need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Nikon S6100 has got physical measurements of 98mm x 58mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.1") having a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs) whilst the Nikon S6500 has measurements of 95mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you choose at that time. Below is the front view measurements comparison of the S6100 vs the S6500.

Nikon S6100 vs Nikon S6500 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the S6100 and S6500 is 93 and 92 respectively.

Nikon S6100 vs Nikon S6500 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S6100 vs Nikon S6500 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is hard to picture the difference in sensor measurements only by going through specifications. The visual here will help give you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the S6100 and S6500.

To sum up, both the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the identical MP therefore you should expect comparable quality of images although you might want to consider the release date of the cameras into account. The older S6100 will be behind in sensor tech.

Nikon S6100 vs Nikon S6500 sensor size comparison

Nikon S6100 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S6100 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S6100 Portrait photography advice
Nikon S6500 Portrait photography advice
40
you can focus manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
offers face detection focusing
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
44
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
supports face detection focusing
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon S6100
Street photography with Nikon S6500
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features focus via touch
screen does not articulate
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
62
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (250 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S6100 Sports photography info
Nikon S6500 Sports photography info
38
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
slow frames per second (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
bad battery (210 per charge)
lacks phase detect AF
50
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S6100
Travel photography with Nikon S6500
65
features focus via touch
good resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
bad battery (210 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.7)
69
lighter than others in class (250 grams)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
really wide (25mm)
very long zoom (300mm)
missing Timelapse mode
does not have selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S6100 Landscape photography advice
Nikon S6500 Landscape photography advice
45
you can focus manually
relatively wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.7)
manual mode not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
bad battery (210 shots)
lack of Timelapse mode
50
manual focus
really wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S6100 Vlogging details
Nikon S6500 Vlogging details
32
relatively wide (28mm)
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.7)
display isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone jack
34
really wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others in class (250 grams)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have selfie friendly screen
missing external microphone jack
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Nikon S6100 vs Nikon S6500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S6100 and Nikon S6500
 Nikon Coolpix S6100Nikon Coolpix S6500
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon Coolpix S6100 Nikon Coolpix S6500
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2011-02-09 2013-01-08
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Expeed C2 -
Sensor type CCD 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 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-196mm (7.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.7-5.6 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focus distance 3cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech TFT touchscreen LCD with Anti-reflection coating AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 secs 8 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 1.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.50 m 3.50 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720p (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps) 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 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 175 gr (0.39 pounds) 250 gr (0.55 pounds)
Dimensions 98 x 58 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.1") 95 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 210 pictures -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery model EN-EL12 SLB-10A
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Price at release $195 $170