Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S6600 vs Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9500

Winner
Nikon Coolpix S9500

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Nikon Coolpix S6500

57

Nikon Coolpix S6500

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9500

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S6500

Size
Really small
Compact 95x58x26 mm
Thickness
Thin
1"
Weight
Light-weight
153 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon S6500

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Size
Smaller
95x58x26 mm vs 110x60x31 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the S6500's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Weight
Lighter
153 g vs 205 g
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Around 30% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S6500's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness
Thinner
1" vs 1.2"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$74.95 vs $220.88
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The best price we've seen is $146 cheaper (2.9x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon S9500

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
22x vs 12x
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Around 3.5x more zoom
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Battery life
Longer battery life
230 shots vs 150 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              S6500:150 shots
              S9500:230 shots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $157

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $150

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Thickness Is thinner
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $246

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $69 - $120

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Nikon Coolpix S6500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $98 - $119

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $148

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $99 - $191

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $586

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive

              Nikon Coolpix S9500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $297

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $271 - $360

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $220 - $248

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Significantly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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