Updated (January 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S6500 vs Nikon Coolpix S6300

Nikon Coolpix S6500 vs Nikon Coolpix S6300

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Nikon Coolpix S6500

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Nikon Coolpix S6300

54

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S6500

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S6300

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/2000 of a second
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps

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Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S6500.
Explore our gallery of 16 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S6300.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon S6500

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
12x vs 10x
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More than 40% more zoom
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.2
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Almost the same
Weight
Slightly lighter
153 g vs 160 g
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$79.95 vs $140.00
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The best price we've seen is $60 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon S6300

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Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
230 shots vs 150 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              S650095×58×26 mm
              S630094×58×26 mm
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Weight Light weight Help
              S6500153 g
              S6300160 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S6500$79.95
              S6300$140.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              S6500150 shots
              S6300230 shots

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths
              Thickness Thin Help
              1"
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S650012x
              S630010x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $217

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $89

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Macro focus Much closer macro focusing
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $111

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $135

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $70

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Macro focus Much closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1

              Waterproof

              $240

              Waterproof Is waterproof
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Nikon Coolpix S6500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3700

              Nikon Coolpix S3700

              Travel zoom

              $90 - $117

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix S6900

              Nikon Coolpix S6900

              Travel zoom

              $170 - $197

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Kodak PixPro FZ151

              Kodak PixPro FZ151

              Travel zoom

              $100

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Nikon Coolpix S6300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix S5300

              Nikon Coolpix S5300

              Compact

              $137

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Travel zoom

              $135

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

              Travel zoom

              $130

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $218 - $227

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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