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Nikon S6500 vs Olympus FE-5020

Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
 
Olympus FE-5020 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
20
Overall
29

Nikon S6500 vs Olympus FE-5020 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
  • Introduced January 2013
Olympus FE-5020
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 24-120mm (F3.3-5.8) lens
  • 137g - 93 x 56 x 25mm
  • Released July 2009
  • Alternate Name is X-935
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Nikon S6500 vs Olympus FE-5020 Overview

Following is a in-depth overview of the Nikon S6500 and Olympus FE-5020, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by manufacturers Nikon and Olympus. There exists a crucial gap between the resolutions of the S6500 (16MP) and FE-5020 (12MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The S6500 was launched 3 years after the FE-5020 which is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving into a detailed comparison, here is a quick summation of how the S6500 grades vs the FE-5020 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Olympus FE-5020

 S6500 FE-5020 
ReleasedJanuary 2013July 2009More modern by 43 months
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kSharper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus FE-5020 over the Nikon S6500

 FE-5020 S6500 

Common features in the Nikon S6500 and Olympus FE-5020

 S6500 FE-5020 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Nikon S6500 vs Olympus FE-5020 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to carry around your camera often, you have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Nikon S6500 provides outside 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 Olympus FE-5020 has dimensions of 93mm x 56mm x 25mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0") having a weight of 137 grams (0.30 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you choose at that time. Underneath is a front view sizing comparison of the S6500 vs the FE-5020.

Nikon S6500 vs Olympus FE-5020 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the S6500 and FE-5020 is 92 and 95 respectively.

Nikon S6500 vs Olympus FE-5020 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Olympus FE-5020 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is hard to visualise the gap between sensor sizes simply by reading through specifications. The image here will provide you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the S6500 and FE-5020.

Plainly, each of the cameras feature the identical sensor size but not the same resolution. You should anticipate the Nikon S6500 to give you extra detail utilizing its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will help you crop pics way more aggressively. The more modern S6500 is going to have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon S6500 vs Olympus FE-5020 sensor size comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Olympus FE-5020 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S6500 vs Olympus FE-5020 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S6500 Portrait photography highlights
Olympus FE-5020 Portrait photography highlights
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manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
provides face detection focusing
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
21
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
low resolution (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon S6500 as a Street photography camera
Olympus FE-5020 as a Street photography camera
62
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (250g)
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
60
environment sealing
lighter than competition (137 grams)
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon S6500
Sports photography with Olympus FE-5020
50
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
24
environment sealing
max shutter speed is low (1/500 seconds)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S6500 Travel photography information
Olympus FE-5020 Travel photography information
69
lighter than average (250g)
resolution is good (16MP)
has built in flash
decently wide (25mm)
great zoom (300mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
does not posses selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
65
lighter than competition (137 grams)
environment sealing
has built in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
low resolution (12 megapixels)
does not contain selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon S6500
Landscape photography with Olympus FE-5020
50
manual focus
decently wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse recording
31
fairly wide (24mm)
environment sealing
manual focus not available
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
lack of manual mode
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S6500 Vlogging highlights
Olympus FE-5020 Vlogging highlights
34
decently wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average (250g)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not posses selfie friendly display
doesn't have external microphone support
28
fairly wide (24mm)
lighter than competition (137 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not contain selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
low quality video (640 x 480 pixels)
missing mic port
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Nikon S6500 vs Olympus FE-5020 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S6500 and Olympus FE-5020
 Nikon Coolpix S6500Olympus FE-5020
General Information
Company Nikon Olympus
Model type Nikon Coolpix S6500 Olympus FE-5020
Also referred to as - X-935
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2013-01-08 2009-07-22
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - TruePic III
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
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 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 3968 x 2976
Max native ISO 3200 1600
Minimum native ISO 100 64
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-300mm (12.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/3.3-5.8
Macro focusing range 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 2.7"
Display resolution 460k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology AMOLED display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 8s 4s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/500s
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 4.10 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AEB
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) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 250 grams (0.55 lbs) 137 grams (0.30 lbs)
Physical dimensions 95 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") 93 x 56 x 25mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0")
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 ID SLB-10A LI-42B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double) Yes (12 seconds)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC xD-Picture Card, microSD
Storage slots Single Single
Price at release $170 $160