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Nikon S6500 vs Samsung PL200

Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44
Nikon Coolpix S6500 front
 
Samsung PL200 front
Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
22
Overall
31

Nikon S6500 vs Samsung PL200 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
  • Announced January 2013
Samsung PL200
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 31-217mm (F3.3-5.5) lens
  • 170g - 100 x 60 x 21mm
  • Announced July 2010
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Nikon S6500 vs Samsung PL200 Overview

On this page, we are contrasting the Nikon S6500 vs Samsung PL200, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Nikon and Samsung. The image resolution of the S6500 (16MP) and the PL200 (14MP) is fairly close and both cameras posses the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The S6500 was brought out 2 years later than the PL200 and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before delving straight to a thorough comparison, here is a quick summary of how the S6500 grades against the PL200 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S6500 over the Samsung PL200

 S6500 PL200 
AnnouncedJanuary 2013July 2010Fresher by 31 months
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing
Display resolution460k230kSharper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung PL200 over the Nikon S6500

 PL200 S6500 

Common features in the Nikon S6500 and Samsung PL200

 S6500 PL200 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Nikon S6500 vs Samsung PL200 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera, you will have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Nikon S6500 comes with 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) whilst the Samsung PL200 has proportions of 100mm x 60mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.8") with a weight of 170 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you use at that time. The following is a front view sizing comparison of the S6500 vs the PL200.

Nikon S6500 vs Samsung PL200 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the S6500 and PL200 is 92 and 94 respectively.

Nikon S6500 vs Samsung PL200 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Samsung PL200 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very difficult to envision the gap in sensor sizing merely by looking through technical specs. The photograph underneath might provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the S6500 and PL200.

As you can tell, the two cameras have the same sensor dimensions but not the same resolution. You can anticipate the Nikon S6500 to provide you with extra detail having its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop photos a bit more aggressively. The more recent S6500 will have an edge in sensor tech.

Nikon S6500 vs Samsung PL200 sensor size comparison

Nikon S6500 vs Samsung PL200 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S6500 vs Samsung PL200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S6500 Portrait photography factors
Samsung PL200 Portrait photography factors
44
has manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has face detection focus
external flash not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
28
decent MP (14MP)
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon S6500 Street photography information
Samsung PL200 Street photography information
62
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (250 grams)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S6500 Sports photography info
Samsung PL200 Sports photography info
50
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
38
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S6500 Travel photography factors
Samsung PL200 Travel photography factors
69
lighter than average in class (250 grams)
megapixel count good (16MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
very long reach (300mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
does not offer selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
58
decent MP (14MP)
has built in flash
lack of Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S6500 Landscape photography advice
Samsung PL200 Landscape photography advice
50
has manual focus
fairly wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
lack of Time Lapse recording
37
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S6500 as a Vlogging camera
Samsung PL200 as a Vlogging camera
34
fairly wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average in class (250 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly display
lack of external mic socket
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of microphone socket
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Nikon S6500 vs Samsung PL200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S6500 and Samsung PL200
 Nikon Coolpix S6500Samsung PL200
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Samsung
Model Nikon Coolpix S6500 Samsung PL200
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2013-01-08 2010-07-21
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
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
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-300mm (12.0x) 31-217mm (7.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/3.3-5.5
Macro focus range 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech AMOLED display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 8s 8s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1500s
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.50 m 4.60 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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) 800 x 592 (20 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 250g (0.55 pounds) 170g (0.37 pounds)
Physical dimensions 95 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0") 100 x 60 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.8")
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
Other
Battery model SLB-10A BP70A
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC'/MMC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Price at release $170 $0