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Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9300

Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S9300 front
Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
43
Overall
41

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9300 Key Specs

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
  • Launched January 2013
Nikon S9300
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-450mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 215g - 109 x 62 x 31mm
  • Announced July 2012
  • Succeeded the Nikon S9100
  • Successor is Nikon S9500
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Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9300 Overview

Here, we are looking at the Nikon S6500 versus Nikon S9300, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and both of them are produced by Nikon. The resolution of the S6500 (16MP) and the S9300 (16MP) is very well matched and both cameras provide the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The S6500 was launched 6 months later than the S9300 which means that they are both of a similar age. Both cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving right into a in depth comparison, here is a concise overview of how the S6500 grades vs the S9300 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Nikon S9300

 S6500 S9300 
Focus manually Very accurate focusing

Reasons to pick Nikon S9300 over the Nikon S6500

 S9300 S6500 
Display resolution921k460kSharper display (+461k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S6500 and Nikon S9300

 S6500 S9300 
AnnouncedJanuary 2013July 2012Similar age
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display measurement
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9300 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to carry your camera often, you'll need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Nikon S6500 has external measurements 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 S9300 has measurements of 109mm x 62mm x 31mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.2") having a weight of 215 grams (0.47 lbs).

See the Nikon S6500 versus Nikon S9300 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are using at that time. Below is a front view physical size comparison of the S6500 compared to the S9300.

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9300 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the S6500 and S9300 is 92 and 91 respectively.

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9300 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9300 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its hard to visualize the gap between sensor sizing purely by checking specifications. The graphic here might provide you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the S6500 and S9300.

Plainly, the two cameras feature the identical sensor size and the exact same MP therefore you can expect similar quality of photos though you should take the launch date of the products into consideration.

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9300 sensor size comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9300 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S6500 Portrait photography factors
Nikon S9300 Portrait photography factors
44
has manual focus
decent MP (16MP)
offers face detect autofocus
cannot use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
35
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
comes with face detect focusing
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon S6500 as a Street photography camera
Nikon S9300 as a Street photography camera
62
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (250g)
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (215g)
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S6500 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon S9300 as a Sports photography camera
50
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
offers tracking focus
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
47
amazing zoom range (25-450mm 18.0 x zoom)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
low battery power (200 per charge)
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S6500
Travel photography with Nikon S9300
69
lighter than competition (250g)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
very long zoom (300mm)
lack of Timelapse function
does not have selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
66
lighter than competitors (215g)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
long reach (450mm)
no Timelapse mode
low battery power (200 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S6500 Landscape photography information
Nikon S9300 Landscape photography information
50
has manual focus
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
lack of Timelapse function
41
reasonably wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
low battery power (200 CIPA)
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S6500 Vlogging info
Nikon S9300 Vlogging info
34
reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (250 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not have selfie friendly screen
lack of microphone port
34
reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors (215 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
no microphone jack
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Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S6500 and Nikon S9300
 Nikon Coolpix S6500Nikon Coolpix S9300
General Information
Make Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S6500 Nikon Coolpix S9300
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2013-01-08 2012-07-16
Body design 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 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 100 125
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-300mm (12.0x) 25-450mm (18.0x)
Max aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focusing range 5cm 4cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech AMOLED display TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 8s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/8000s
Continuous shooting speed 10.0fps 6.9fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.50 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow-sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported 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 (30fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 250 gr (0.55 lbs) 215 gr (0.47 lbs)
Physical dimensions 95 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") 109 x 62 x 31mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.2")
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 - 200 photos
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID SLB-10A EN-EL12
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double) Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Price at launch $170 $249