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Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9500

Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S9500 front
Portability
92
Imaging
42
Features
37
Overall
40

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9500 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
  • Revealed January 2013
Nikon S9500
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-550mm (F) lens
  • 205g - 110 x 60 x 31mm
  • Introduced January 2013
  • Replaced the Nikon S9300
  • Refreshed by Nikon S9700
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Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9500 Overview

In this article, we are reviewing the Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9500, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and they are both built by Nikon. The image resolution of the S6500 (16MP) and the S9500 (18MP) is fairly comparable and they enjoy the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The S6500 was brought out within a month of the S9500 and they are both of a similar age. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting through a in-depth comparison, below is a quick summation of how the S6500 matches up vs the S9500 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Nikon S9500

 S6500 S9500 
Focus manually Dial precise focusing

Reasons to pick Nikon S9500 over the Nikon S6500

 S9500 S6500 
Display resolution614k460kClearer display (+154k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S6500 and Nikon S9500

 S6500 S9500 
IntroducedJanuary 2013January 2013Same age
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display size
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9500 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry your camera, you have to take into account its weight and size. The Nikon S6500 has outside measurements of 95mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") along with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs) and the Nikon S9500 has specifications of 110mm x 60mm x 31mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.2") and a weight of 205 grams (0.45 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you select at that time. Here is the front view overall size comparison of the S6500 vs the S9500.

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9500 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the S6500 and S9500 is 92 and 92 respectively.

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9500 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9500 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is difficult to picture the contrast in sensor sizing simply by seeing a spec sheet. The visual below may offer you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the S6500 and S9500.

As you can see, both of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but different megapixels. You can anticipate the Nikon S9500 to produce greater detail having its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop images a little more aggressively.

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9500 sensor size comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9500 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S6500 Portrait photography info
Nikon S9500 Portrait photography info
44
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
features face detect autofocus
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
31
decent sensor resolution (18 megapixels)
no manual focus
no manual exposure
no external flash support
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon S6500 Street photography information
Nikon S9500 Street photography information
62
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (250 grams)
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
62
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (205g)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S6500 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon S9500 as a Sports photography camera
50
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
features tracking focus
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
42
incredible zoom range (25-550mm 22.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (18MP)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
low battery power (230 per charge)
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S6500 Travel photography info
Nikon S9500 Travel photography info
69
lighter than others (250 grams)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
very long reach (300mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
71
lighter than competition in class (205 grams)
decent sensor resolution (18 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
great reach (550mm)
very good maximum aperture (f)
no Time Lapse recording
low battery power (230 per charge)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S6500 Landscape photography info
Nikon S9500 Landscape photography info
50
focusing manually
pretty wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
lack of Time Lapse function
46
really wide (25mm)
very good maximum aperture (f)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (18 megapixels)
no manual focus
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
no manual exposure
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
low battery power (230 shots)
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon S6500
Vlogging with Nikon S9500
34
pretty wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others (250 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
lack of mic jack
36
really wide (25mm)
very good maximum aperture (f)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (205 grams)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
no external mic port
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Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S6500 and Nikon S9500
 Nikon Coolpix S6500Nikon Coolpix S9500
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S6500 Nikon Coolpix S9500
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2013-01-08 2013-01-29
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.16 x 4.62mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 18MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4896 x 3672
Maximum native ISO 3200 1600
Lowest native ISO 100 125
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 focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points - 99
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-300mm (12.0x) 25-550mm (22.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.9 -
Macro focusing distance 5cm -
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 460k dot 614k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology AMOLED display OLED monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 8 seconds 4 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1500 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 10.0fps 7.5fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 3.50 m -
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync -
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
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 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288) 1920 x 1080
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
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 grams (0.55 lbs) 205 grams (0.45 lbs)
Dimensions 95 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") 110 x 60 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 - 230 images
Battery form - Battery Pack
Battery ID SLB-10A EN-EL12
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double) -
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at launch $170 $230