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Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic TS5

Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 front
Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
43
Overall
41

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic TS5 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
Panasonic TS5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 214g - 110 x 67 x 29mm
  • Revealed July 2013
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FT5
  • Superseded the Panasonic TS4
  • Replacement is Panasonic TS6
Photography Glossary

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic TS5 Overview

Here, we are evaluating the Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic TS5, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Waterproof by manufacturers Nikon and Panasonic. The image resolution of the S6500 (16MP) and the TS5 (16MP) is very comparable and both cameras posses the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The S6500 was launched 6 months earlier than the TS5 so they are of a similar generation. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before we go into a comprehensive comparison, here is a quick highlight of how the S6500 scores versus the TS5 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Panasonic TS5

 S6500 TS5 
Manual focus Very exact focusing

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS5 over the Nikon S6500

 TS5 S6500 

Common features in the Nikon S6500 and Panasonic TS5

 S6500 TS5 
RevealedJanuary 2013July 2013Same generation
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display measurements
Display resolution460k460kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic TS5 Physical Comparison

If you are going to travel with your camera, you have to think about its weight and proportions. The Nikon S6500 provides outside dimensions 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 Panasonic TS5 has measurements of 110mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") along with a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you select at that moment. Following is a front view proportions comparison of the S6500 against the TS5.

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic TS5 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the S6500 and TS5 is 92 and 91 respectively.

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic TS5 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic TS5 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very difficult to visualise the contrast in sensor dimensions purely by checking out a spec sheet. The pic here will give you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the S6500 and TS5.

As you can see, each of these cameras feature the identical sensor size and the same exact resolution so you should expect comparable quality of files though you will need to factor the release date of the cameras into account.

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic TS5 sensor size comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic TS5 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic TS5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S6500 Portrait photography info
Panasonic TS5 Portrait photography info
44
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has face detect focusing
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
32
MP count good (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon S6500 Street photography information
Panasonic TS5 Street photography information
62
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (250g)
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment sealing
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon S6500
Sports photography with Panasonic TS5
50
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
47
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
environment sealing
good battery power (370 per charge)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,300 seconds)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S6500 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic TS5 as a Travel photography camera
69
lighter than competitors (250g)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
great zoom (300mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
does not offer selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
72
good battery power (370 CIPA)
environment sealing
MP count good (16MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S6500 Landscape photography details
Panasonic TS5 Landscape photography details
50
you can focus manually
pretty wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
does not have Timelapse mode
52
fairly wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
environment sealing
good battery power (370 CIPA)
no manual focus
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S6500 Vlogging features
Panasonic TS5 Vlogging features
34
pretty wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors (250g)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
does not have microphone socket
32
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone socket
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Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic TS5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S6500 and Panasonic TS5
 Nikon Coolpix S6500Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5
General Information
Company Nikon Panasonic
Model Nikon Coolpix S6500 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5
Also called - Lumix DMC-FT5
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Waterproof
Revealed 2013-01-08 2013-07-12
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 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti aliasing 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 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 23
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-300mm (12.0x) 28-128mm (4.6x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech AMOLED display TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 8s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1300s
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.50 m 5.60 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance 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 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 250 gr (0.55 lb) 214 gr (0.47 lb)
Physical dimensions 95 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") 110 x 67 x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 - 370 photographs
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery model SLB-10A DMW-BCM13
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail cost $170 $350