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

Nikon Coolpix S9500 vs Nikon Coolpix S6500

Winner
Nikon Coolpix S9500

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Nikon Coolpix S6500

53

Runner-up

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

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/3.1
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
Significantly 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)
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
Weight
Lighter
153 g vs 205 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1" vs 1.2"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$112.00 vs $223.72
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The best price we've seen is $112 cheaper (around 50% 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
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
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
Battery life
Significantly 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
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              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
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              S6500150 shots
              S9500230 shots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $175 - $180

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $145 - $230

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thinner
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $273

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix S9100

              Fujifilm FinePix S9100

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Nikon Coolpix S6500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $90 - $217

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $177

              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $200

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $115

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Nikon Coolpix S9500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $212 - $248

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Significantly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $274

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $347

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $283 - $398

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

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