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Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9700

Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S9700 front
Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
48
Overall
43

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9700 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
  • Revealed January 2013
Nikon S9700
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-750mm (F3.7-6.4) lens
  • 232g - 110 x 64 x 35mm
  • Released February 2014
  • Older Model is Nikon S9500
  • Refreshed by Nikon S9900
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Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9700 Overview

In this write-up, we are contrasting the Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9700, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and they are both produced by Nikon. The resolution of the S6500 (16MP) and the S9700 (16MP) is very similar and they possess the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The S6500 was released 13 months earlier than the S9700 making the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going in to a in depth comparison, below is a quick overview of how the S6500 grades against the S9700 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Nikon S9700

 S6500 S9700 
Manual focus Very exact focusing

Reasons to pick Nikon S9700 over the Nikon S6500

 S9700 S6500 
ReleasedFebruary 2014January 2013Fresher by 13 months
Display resolution921k460kCrisper display (+461k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S6500 and Nikon S9700

 S6500 S9700 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurements
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither offers Touch friendly display

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9700 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry your camera frequently, you'll need to consider its weight and measurements. The Nikon S6500 offers exterior 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 S9700 has proportions of 110mm x 64mm x 35mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4") and a weight of 232 grams (0.51 lbs).

Examine the Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9700 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are using at that moment. Underneath is the front view physical size comparison of the S6500 compared to the S9700.

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9700 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the S6500 and S9700 is 92 and 90 respectively.

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9700 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9700 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be difficult to visualize the contrast between sensor sizing just by reading specs. The photograph underneath may provide you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the S6500 and S9700.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the same exact MP and you can expect similar quality of images though you should take the launch date of the products into consideration. The older S6500 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9700 sensor size comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9700 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9700 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S6500 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon S9700 as a Portrait photography camera
44
manual focus
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection autofocus
cannot use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
37
resolution is good (16MP)
has face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon S6500 Street photography features
Nikon S9700 Street photography features
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (250 grams)
no moving screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (232g)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S6500 Sports photography information
Nikon S9700 Sports photography information
50
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
53
great zoom range (25-750mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S6500
Travel photography with Nikon S9700
69
lighter than average (250g)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (25mm)
long zoom (300mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
does not offer selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
69
lighter than others (232g)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
decently wide (25mm)
very long zoom (750mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon S6500
Landscape photography with Nikon S9700
50
manual focus
really wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode
45
decently wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.7)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S6500 Vlogging features
Nikon S9700 Vlogging features
34
really wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average (250 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
lack of external microphone support
34
decently wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others (232g)
slow max aperture (f3.7)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have mic socket
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Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9700 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S6500 and Nikon S9700
 Nikon Coolpix S6500Nikon Coolpix S9700
General Information
Brand Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon Coolpix S6500 Nikon Coolpix S9700
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2013-01-08 2014-02-07
Physical type 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 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 125
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
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 - 99
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-300mm (12.0x) 25-750mm (30.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/3.7-6.4
Macro focus range 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 460 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology AMOLED display TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 8s 8s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 10.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 3.50 m 6.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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 (30/25p, 60/50i) 1280 x 720 (60/50/30/25/15/12.5p) 960 x 540 (30/25p) 640 x 480 (120/30/25p) 320 x 240 (240p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
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
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 250g (0.55 pounds) 232g (0.51 pounds)
Dimensions 95 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") 110 x 64 x 35mm (4.3" x 2.5" 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 - 300 pictures
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model SLB-10A EN-EL12
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $170 $350