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Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9100

Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S9100 front
Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
41
Overall
38

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9100 Key Specs

Nikon S6500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • 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
Nikon S9100
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-450mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 214g - 105 x 62 x 35mm
  • Announced July 2011
  • New Model is Nikon S9300
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Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9100 Overview

Here is a extensive overview of the Nikon S6500 and Nikon S9100, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and they are both designed by Nikon. There exists a noticeable gap among the image resolutions of the S6500 (16MP) and S9100 (12MP) but both cameras provide the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The S6500 was manufactured 18 months later than the S9100 making them a generation apart from one another. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting into a detailed comparison, here is a brief summation of how the S6500 matches up vs the S9100 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Nikon S9100

 S6500 S9100 
AnnouncedJanuary 2013July 2011Fresher by 18 months

Reasons to pick Nikon S9100 over the Nikon S6500

 S9100 S6500 
Display resolution921k460kSharper display (+461k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S6500 and Nikon S9100

 S6500 S9100 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display measurement
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch display Neither features Touch display

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9100 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera regularly, you'll have to think about its weight and size. The Nikon S6500 enjoys outer dimensions of 95mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") and a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs) and the Nikon S9100 has specifications of 105mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.4") and a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have attached at that moment. Here is a front view proportions comparison of the S6500 and the S9100.

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9100 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the S6500 and S9100 is 92 and 91 respectively.

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9100 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9100 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's hard to imagine the difference in sensor sizing only by looking through technical specs. The photograph below should give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the S6500 and S9100.

As you have seen, both of these cameras feature the identical sensor size but different MP. You can anticipate the Nikon S6500 to render greater detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also help you crop photos way more aggressively. The younger S6500 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9100 sensor size comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9100 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S6500 Portrait photography details
Nikon S9100 Portrait photography details
44
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
includes face detection focusing
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
33
focusing manually
supports face detection focus
no manual control
can't use external flash
MP count low (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon S6500
Street photography with Nikon S9100
62
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (250g)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
61
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition in class (214g)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S6500 Sports photography factors
Nikon S9100 Sports photography factors
50
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
36
amazing zoom range (25-450mm 18.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports tracking autofocus
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
low battery pack (270 shots)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S6500 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon S9100 as a Travel photography camera
69
lighter than competition (250 grams)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
rather wide (25mm)
great reach (300mm)
no Time Lapse recording
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f2.8)
61
lighter than competition in class (214 grams)
has built in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
very long zoom (450mm)
lack of Timelapse function
low battery pack (270 shots)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S6500 Landscape photography features
Nikon S9100 Landscape photography features
50
you can focus manually
rather wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
no Time Lapse recording
40
focusing manually
fairly wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
MP count low (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
low battery pack (270 per charge)
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S6500 Vlogging details
Nikon S9100 Vlogging details
34
rather wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (250 grams)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
no external mic socket
34
fairly wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detection focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (214g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not have a selfie friendly display
lack of external microphone support
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Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S6500 and Nikon S9100
 Nikon Coolpix S6500Nikon Coolpix S9100
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon Coolpix S6500 Nikon Coolpix S9100
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2013-01-08 2011-07-19
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Expeed C2
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 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 160
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-300mm (12.0x) 25-450mm (18.0x)
Max aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focus distance 5cm 4cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 460k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech AMOLED display TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 8 secs 4 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.50 m 4.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288) 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 250 gr (0.55 pounds) 214 gr (0.47 pounds)
Physical dimensions 95 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") 105 x 62 x 35mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.4")
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 - 270 photographs
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model SLB-10A EN-EL12
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double) Yes (10 or 2 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $170 $329