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Nikon S640 vs Nikon S6500

Portability
96
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30
Nikon Coolpix S640 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44

Nikon S640 vs Nikon S6500 Key Specs

Nikon S640
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.7-6.6) lens
  • 130g - 91 x 55 x 21mm
  • Introduced August 2009
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 S640 vs Nikon S6500 Overview

Below, we will be contrasting the Nikon S640 vs Nikon S6500, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are sold by Nikon. There is a large difference between the resolutions of the S640 (12MP) and S6500 (16MP) but they use the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The S640 was revealed 4 years prior to the S6500 and that is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick introduction of how the S640 scores against the S6500 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S640 over the Nikon S6500

 S640 S6500 

Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Nikon S640

 S6500 S640 
RevealedJanuary 2013August 2009Fresher by 41 months
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kCrisper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S640 and Nikon S6500

 S640 S6500 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Nikon S640 vs Nikon S6500 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera, you're going to have to factor in its weight and size. The Nikon S640 comes with exterior dimensions of 91mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.8") with a weight of 130 grams (0.29 lbs) whilst the Nikon S6500 has specifications of 95mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") along with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

Contrast the Nikon S640 vs Nikon S6500 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are using at the time. Underneath is the front view size comparison of the S640 vs the S6500.

Nikon S640 vs Nikon S6500 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the S640 and S6500 is 96 and 92 respectively.

Nikon S640 vs Nikon S6500 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S640 vs Nikon S6500 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's difficult to visualize the difference between sensor sizing just by looking at technical specs. The visual underneath might give you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the S640 and S6500.

As you can tell, both the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit different resolution. You can count on the Nikon S6500 to give more detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The older S640 is going to be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon S640 vs Nikon S6500 sensor size comparison

Nikon S640 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S640 vs Nikon S6500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S640 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon S6500 as a Portrait photography camera
21
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
44
manual focus
MP count decent (16MP)
supports face detect autofocus
cannot use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon S640 Street photography factors
Nikon S6500 Street photography factors
63
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (130g)
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
62
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (250 grams)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S640 Sports photography highlights
Nikon S6500 Sports photography highlights
34
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
no shutter priority
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
50
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S640 Travel photography details
Nikon S6500 Travel photography details
62
lighter than competition in class (130g)
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
69
lighter than competition in class (250 grams)
MP count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
great reach (300mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S640 Landscape photography features
Nikon S6500 Landscape photography features
32
really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
small screen (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
lack of Time Lapse mode
50
manual focus
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S640 Vlogging factors
Nikon S6500 Vlogging factors
31
really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (130 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
screen is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of mic socket
34
reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (250 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone jack
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Nikon S640 vs Nikon S6500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S640 and Nikon S6500
 Nikon Coolpix S640Nikon Coolpix S6500
General Information
Brand Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S640 Nikon Coolpix S6500
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2009-08-04 2013-01-08
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed -
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.7-6.6 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focusing distance 2cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7" 3"
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech - AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 8s
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed - 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 3.50 m
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format 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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 130g (0.29 pounds) 250g (0.55 pounds)
Dimensions 91 x 55 x 21mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.8") 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 ID EN-EL12 SLB-10A
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Price at release $225 $170