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Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic FZ200

Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 front
Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
64
Overall
47

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic FZ200 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
Panasonic FZ200
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Released July 2012
  • Old Model is Panasonic FZ100
  • Replacement is Panasonic FZ300
Photography Glossary

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic FZ200 Overview

Following is a extended overview of the Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic FZ200, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by brands Nikon and Panasonic. There exists a considerable gap among the resolutions of the S6500 (16MP) and FZ200 (12MP) but they feature the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The S6500 was released 6 months after the FZ200 and they are of a similar age. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Nikon S6500 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic FZ200 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before going through a detailed comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the S6500 scores versus the FZ200 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Panasonic FZ200

 S6500 FZ200 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ200 over the Nikon S6500

 FZ200 S6500 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Nikon S6500 and Panasonic FZ200

 S6500 FZ200 
ReleasedJanuary 2013July 2012Same age
Focus manually Very exact focusing
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurements
Screen resolution460k460kExact same screen resolution
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic FZ200 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to carry around your camera often, you need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Nikon S6500 comes with exterior dimensions of 95mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") having a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FZ200 has measurements of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") having a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs).

Examine the Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic FZ200 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are employing at that moment. Here is the front view measurement comparison of the S6500 and the FZ200.

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic FZ200 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the S6500 and FZ200 is 92 and 65 respectively.

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic FZ200 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic FZ200 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's difficult to envision the contrast in sensor sizes simply by researching specifications. The pic below will help give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the S6500 and FZ200.

Plainly, each of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same resolution. You can expect the Nikon S6500 to render greater detail as a result of its extra 4MP. Higher resolution can also let you crop photographs a little more aggressively.

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic FZ200 sensor size comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic FZ200 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic FZ200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S6500 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic FZ200 Portrait photography advice
44
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
offers face detection focus
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
48
manual focus
high flash sync (1/4,000 seconds)
includes face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Nikon S6500 Street photography advice
Panasonic FZ200 Street photography advice
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (250g)
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
57
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
heavier than others (588 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S6500 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FZ200 as a Sports photography camera
50
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
46
long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking focus
good battery power (540 per charge)
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S6500 Travel photography information
Panasonic FZ200 Travel photography information
69
lighter than competition (250g)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
great reach (300mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
does not have selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
55
good battery power (540 per charge)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
rather wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
heavier than others (588 grams)
MP count low (12MP)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S6500 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic FZ200 Landscape photography highlights
50
has manual focus
really wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
missing Time Lapse recording
48
manual focus
rather wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
good battery power (540 CIPA)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S6500 Vlogging information
Panasonic FZ200 Vlogging information
34
really wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (250 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not have selfie friendly screen
missing external mic jack
63
rather wide (25mm)
selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has mic jack
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than others (588g)
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Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic FZ200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S6500 and Panasonic FZ200
 Nikon Coolpix S6500Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Panasonic
Model type Nikon Coolpix S6500 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2013-01-08 2012-07-18
Body design Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Venus Engine VII FHD
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Max boosted ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 23
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-300mm (12.0x) 25-600mm (24.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/2.8
Macro focusing distance 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology AMOLED display Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,312 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Features
Lowest shutter speed 8s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames per second 12.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 13.50 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/4000s
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 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (240, 120, 30, 25 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic 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 None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 250 grams (0.55 pounds) 588 grams (1.30 pounds)
Dimensions 95 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 37
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 19.1
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 10.8
DXO Low light rating not tested 114
Other
Battery life - 540 photos
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery ID SLB-10A -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Launch cost $170 $499