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Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9900

Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S9900 front
Portability
88
Imaging
41
Features
60
Overall
48

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9900 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
  • Introduced January 2013
Nikon S9900
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-750mm (F3.7-6.4) lens
  • 289g - 112 x 66 x 40mm
  • Announced February 2015
  • Old Model is Nikon S9700
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Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9900 Overview

On this page, we are evaluating the Nikon S6500 and Nikon S9900, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and they are both sold by Nikon. The image resolution of the S6500 (16MP) and the S9900 (16MP) is fairly close and both cameras boast the same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The S6500 was announced 3 years prior to the S9900 which is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving into a thorough comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the S6500 matches up against the S9900 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Nikon S9900

 S6500 S9900 
Focus manually More accurate focus

Reasons to pick Nikon S9900 over the Nikon S6500

 S9900 S6500 
AnnouncedFebruary 2015January 2013More modern by 25 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution921k460kClearer display (+461k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Nikon S6500 and Nikon S9900

 S6500 S9900 
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display size
Touch friendly display Neither has Touch friendly display

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9900 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry around your camera, you will want to factor in its weight and proportions. The Nikon S6500 has outer dimensions of 95mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs) and the Nikon S9900 has measurements of 112mm x 66mm x 40mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") accompanied by a weight of 289 grams (0.64 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you select at the time. The following is a front view measurement comparison of the S6500 versus the S9900.

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9900 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the S6500 and S9900 is 92 and 88 respectively.

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9900 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9900 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is tough to see the contrast in sensor sizes just by looking through specs. The pic here will provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the S6500 and S9900.

All in all, both the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the exact same resolution so you can expect comparable quality of images but you might want to factor the age of the cameras into account. The more aged S6500 will be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9900 sensor size comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9900 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9900 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S6500 Portrait photography advice
Nikon S9900 Portrait photography advice
44
has manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
includes face detection focus
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
37
megapixel count decent (16MP)
offers face detect focusing
no manual focus
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon S6500
Street photography with Nikon S9900
62
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (250g)
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
68
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (289g)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S6500 Sports photography highlights
Nikon S9900 Sports photography highlights
50
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
includes tracking autofocus
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
53
great zoom range (25-750mm 30.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
offers tracking focus
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S6500 Travel photography features
Nikon S9900 Travel photography features
69
lighter than competition (250 grams)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (25mm)
long zoom (300mm)
no Timelapse mode
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
77
lighter than competition in class (289g)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
really wide (25mm)
great reach (750mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S6500 Landscape photography features
Nikon S9900 Landscape photography features
50
has manual focus
rather wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
no Timelapse mode
47
really wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.7)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S6500 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon S9900 as a Vlogging camera
34
rather wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (250 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
no external microphone jack
73
really wide (25mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (289 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.7)
missing microphone socket
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Nikon S6500 vs Nikon S9900 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S6500 and Nikon S9900
 Nikon Coolpix S6500Nikon Coolpix S9900
General Information
Company Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S6500 Nikon Coolpix S9900
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2013-01-08 2015-02-10
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS 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 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-300mm (12.0x) 25-750mm (30.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/3.7-6.4
Macro focusing distance 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech AMOLED display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 8s 8s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames/s 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 6.00 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync -
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone 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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 250 gr (0.55 lb) 289 gr (0.64 lb)
Physical dimensions 95 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") 112 x 66 x 40mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6")
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 life - 300 photographs
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID SLB-10A EN-EL19
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Launch cost $170 $300