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

Nikon Coolpix S9500 vs Nikon Coolpix S6500

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Nikon Coolpix S9500

73

Nikon Coolpix S6500

57

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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

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/3.1
Size
Really small
Compact (95×58×26 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1"
Weight
Light-weight
153 g

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Explore our gallery of 40 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S9500.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon S6500

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Size
Smaller
95×58×26 mm vs 110×60×31 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 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
1" vs 1.2"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$148.00 vs $223.72
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The best price we've seen is $76 cheaper (more than 30% 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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recommendations

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
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              S6500150 shots
              S9500230 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S65003,200 ISO
              S95001,600 ISO

              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $189

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $177 - $197

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $221

              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
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $262

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix S6500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $99

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $118 - $128

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $167

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $134

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Nikon Coolpix S9500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $297 - $327

              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
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $150 - $210

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $298

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Significantly smaller
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $263

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Zoom Less zoom

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