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Nikon S6200 vs Nikon S6500

Portability
94
Imaging
39
Features
37
Overall
38
Nikon Coolpix S6200 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44

Nikon S6200 vs Nikon S6500 Key Specs

Nikon S6200
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.2-5.6) lens
  • 160g - 93 x 58 x 26mm
  • Announced August 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
  • Introduced January 2013
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Nikon S6200 vs Nikon S6500 Overview

Following is a comprehensive comparison of the Nikon S6200 vs Nikon S6500, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are created by Nikon. The image resolution of the S6200 (16MP) and the S6500 (16MP) is relatively comparable and both cameras boast the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The S6200 was released 16 months earlier than the S6500 which makes them a generation away from each other. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before we go into a full comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the S6200 grades against the S6500 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S6200 over the Nikon S6500

 S6200 S6500 

Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Nikon S6200

 S6500 S6200 
IntroducedJanuary 2013August 2011More modern by 16 months
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kCrisper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S6200 and Nikon S6500

 S6200 S6500 
Focus manually Very precise focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither has Touch friendly screen

Nikon S6200 vs Nikon S6500 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to carry around your camera often, you have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Nikon S6200 has external measurements of 93mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") and a weight of 160 grams (0.35 lbs) and the Nikon S6500 has proportions of 95mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") and a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Below is a front view scale comparison of the S6200 against the S6500.

Nikon S6200 vs Nikon S6500 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the S6200 and S6500 is 94 and 92 respectively.

Nikon S6200 vs Nikon S6500 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S6200 vs Nikon S6500 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is difficult to visualize the gap in sensor sizes simply by going through specs. The picture underneath might provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the S6200 and S6500.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the exact same resolution and you should expect comparable quality of photographs though you might want to factor the release date of the cameras into account. The more aged S6200 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon S6200 vs Nikon S6500 sensor size comparison

Nikon S6200 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S6200 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S6200 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon S6500 as a Portrait photography camera
40
manual focus
decent megapixels (16MP)
provides face detect focus
no manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
44
manual focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
has face detect focus
external flash not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon S6200 Street photography information
Nikon S6500 Street photography information
63
image stabilization (Optical)
supports focus via touch
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (250g)
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S6200 Sports photography features
Nikon S6500 Sports photography features
40
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
50
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
has tracking focus
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S6200
Travel photography with Nikon S6500
70
supports focus via touch
decent megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
great reach (250mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
does not feature selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.2)
69
lighter than competitors (250 grams)
good MP (16MP)
flash built-in
decently wide (25mm)
very long reach (300mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S6200 Landscape photography details
Nikon S6500 Landscape photography details
43
manual focus
pretty wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
tiny screen (2.7")
no manual mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
does not have Timelapse recording
50
manual focus
decently wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S6200 Vlogging advice
Nikon S6500 Vlogging advice
31
pretty wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
slow max aperture (f3.2)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have microphone jack
34
decently wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors (250 grams)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have mic jack
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Nikon S6200 vs Nikon S6500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S6200 and Nikon S6500
 Nikon Coolpix S6200Nikon Coolpix S6500
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S6200 Nikon Coolpix S6500
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2011-08-24 2013-01-08
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor 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 area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias 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
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-250mm (10.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.2-5.6 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focusing distance 10cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology TFT LCD with Anti-reflection coating AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4s 8s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - 3.50 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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
Mic 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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 160g (0.35 pounds) 250g (0.55 pounds)
Physical dimensions 93 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") 95 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 250 pictures -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID 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 1 1
Retail price $229 $170