Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic ZS70

Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 front

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic ZS70 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
  • Announced January 2013
Panasonic ZS70
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 322g - 112 x 67 x 41mm
  • Announced April 2017
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-TZ90
  • Older Model is Panasonic ZS60
  • New Model is Panasonic ZS80
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Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic ZS70 Overview

Here is a in depth overview of the Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic ZS70, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by brands Nikon and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the S6500 (16MP) and the ZS70 (20MP) is relatively similar and they enjoy the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The S6500 was brought out 5 years prior to the ZS70 and that is quite a large difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go through a complete comparison, below is a simple introduction of how the S6500 matches up versus the ZS70 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Panasonic ZS70

 S6500 ZS70 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS70 over the Nikon S6500

 ZS70 S6500 
AnnouncedApril 2017January 2013Fresher by 52 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1040k460kClearer screen (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon S6500 and Panasonic ZS70

 S6500 ZS70 
Manual focus Very precise focusing
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic ZS70 Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry your camera often, you will need to factor its weight and size. The Nikon S6500 offers outside 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 ZS70 has specifications of 112mm x 67mm x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") and a weight of 322 grams (0.71 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have at the time. The following is the front view over all size comparison of the S6500 vs the ZS70.

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic ZS70 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the S6500 and ZS70 is 92 and 87 respectively.

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic ZS70 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic ZS70 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its tough to see the difference between sensor sizing just by reading specifications. The visual underneath might offer you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the S6500 and ZS70.

Plainly, both of these cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same megapixels. You can count on the Panasonic ZS70 to offer you extra detail having its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop shots far more aggressively. The older S6500 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic ZS70 sensor size comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic ZS70 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic ZS70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S6500 Portrait photography information
Panasonic ZS70 Portrait photography information
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
supports face detect focusing
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
you can focus manually
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
has face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Nikon S6500 Street photography features
Panasonic ZS70 Street photography features
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (250 grams)
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
includes focus by touch
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S6500 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic ZS70 Sports photography highlights
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
incredible zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
great battery life (380 CIPA)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S6500 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic ZS70 Travel photography highlights
lighter than average (250 grams)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (25mm)
long reach (300mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
great battery life (380 per charge)
includes focus by touch
good megapixels (20MP)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
relatively wide (24mm)
great zoom (720mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S6500 Landscape photography info
Panasonic ZS70 Landscape photography info
focusing manually
really wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
you can focus manually
relatively wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20MP)
delivers RAW files
great battery life (380 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S6500 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic ZS70 as a Vlogging camera
really wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average (250 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
doesn't have mic support
relatively wide (24mm)
display is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
lack of external microphone jack
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Nikon S6500 vs Panasonic ZS70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S6500 and Panasonic ZS70
 Nikon Coolpix S6500Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Panasonic
Model Nikon Coolpix S6500 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70
Alternative name - Lumix DMC-TZ90
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2013-01-08 2017-04-19
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - Venus Engine
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 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 5184 x 3888
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Max enhanced ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points - 49
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-300mm (12.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus range 5cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Range of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 460k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display tech AMOLED display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,166k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.46x
Minimum shutter speed 8 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Fastest quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.50 m 5.60 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
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) 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 250 grams (0.55 lb) 322 grams (0.71 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") 112 x 67 x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6")
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
Battery life - 380 pictures
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery model SLB-10A -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 3 shots / 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $170 $450