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Nikon S6300 vs Nikon S6500

Portability
94
Imaging
39
Features
35
Overall
37
Nikon Coolpix S6300 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44

Nikon S6300 vs Nikon S6500 Key Specs

Nikon S6300
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 160g - 94 x 58 x 26mm
  • Released February 2012
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 S6300 vs Nikon S6500 Overview

Below, we will be reviewing the Nikon S6300 versus Nikon S6500, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both offered by Nikon. The resolution of the S6300 (16MP) and the S6500 (16MP) is pretty comparable and they use the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The S6300 was introduced 11 months prior to the S6500 which means that they are both of a similar age. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving in to a complete comparison, below is a short overview of how the S6300 matches up versus the S6500 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S6300 over the Nikon S6500

 S6300 S6500 

Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Nikon S6300

 S6500 S6300 
IntroducedJanuary 2013February 2012Fresher by 11 months
Manually focus Very accurate focus
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S6300 and Nikon S6500

 S6300 S6500 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Nikon S6300 vs Nikon S6500 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera often, you will have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Nikon S6300 provides physical dimensions of 94mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") along with a weight of 160 grams (0.35 lbs) and the Nikon S6500 has measurements 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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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are working with during that time. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the S6300 compared to the S6500.

Nikon S6300 vs Nikon S6500 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the S6300 and S6500 is 94 and 92 respectively.

Nikon S6300 vs Nikon S6500 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S6300 vs Nikon S6500 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its difficult to imagine the contrast in sensor sizing simply by seeing specs. The photograph here might give you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the S6300 and S6500.

As you can plainly see, both cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the same resolution therefore you can expect comparable quality of photos but you will need to consider the launch date of the cameras into account. The older S6300 will be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon S6300 vs Nikon S6500 sensor size comparison

Nikon S6300 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S6300 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S6300 Portrait photography highlights
Nikon S6500 Portrait photography highlights
34
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
includes face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
44
you can focus manually
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
offers face detect focus
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon S6300
Street photography with Nikon S6500
57
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (250g)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S6300 Sports photography info
Nikon S6500 Sports photography info
44
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
slow frames per second (6.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
50
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S6300 Travel photography factors
Nikon S6500 Travel photography factors
68
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
very long zoom (250mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.2)
69
lighter than competition in class (250g)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
very long reach (300mm)
lack of Timelapse function
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon S6300
Landscape photography with Nikon S6500
38
reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
50
you can focus manually
rather wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon S6300
Vlogging with Nikon S6500
34
reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
screen isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have mic jack
34
rather wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (250 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
lack of microphone socket
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Nikon S6300 vs Nikon S6500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S6300 and Nikon S6500
 Nikon Coolpix S6300Nikon Coolpix S6500
General Information
Brand Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S6300 Nikon Coolpix S6500
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2012-02-01 2013-01-08
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-250mm (10.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.2-5.8 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focusing range 10cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 8 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 6.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - 3.50 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow-sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB 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 720p (30 fps), 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 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone 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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 160 gr (0.35 pounds) 250 gr (0.55 pounds)
Dimensions 94 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 All around 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 230 shots -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID EN-EL12 SLB-10A
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Cost at launch $200 $170