Nikon Coolpix S9500 vs. Nikon Coolpix S6300

Comparison

Coolpix S9500 image
vs.
Coolpix S6300 image

Comparison

Nikon Coolpix S9500 Nikon Coolpix S6300
Megapixels
18.10 16.00
Max. resolution
4896 x 3672 4608 x 3456
Price
Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama

Sensor

Sensor type
BSI CMOS BSI CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3" (~ 6.16 x 4.62 mm) 1/2.3" (~ 6.16 x 4.62 mm)
Sensor resolution
4906 x 3689  4612 x 3468 
Diagonal
7.70 mm  7.70 mm 
Surface area
28.46 mm²  28.46 mm² 
Sensor size comparison
Sensor size is generally a good indicator of the quality of the camera. Sensors can vary greatly in size. As a general rule, the bigger the sensor, the better the image quality.

Bigger sensors are more effective, because they have more surface area to capture light. An important factor when comparing digital cameras is also camera generation. Generally, newer sensors will outperform the older.

Learn more about sensor sizes »
Actual sensor sizes:
Nikon Coolpix S9500
vs.
Nikon Coolpix S6300
 
Surface area:
Nikon Coolpix S9500
Nikon Coolpix S6300
Difference: 0 mm² (0%)
Nikon Coolpix S9500 and Nikon Coolpix S6300 have the same surface area.
Pixel pitch
1.26 µm  1.34 µm 
Pixel pitch tells you the distance from the center of one pixel (photosite) to the center of the next. It tells you how close the pixels are to each other.

The bigger the pixel pitch, the further apart they are and the bigger each pixel is. Bigger pixels tend to have better signal to noise ratio and greater dynamic range.
Pixel pitch
Nikon Coolpix S9500
Nikon Coolpix S6300
Difference: 0.08 µm (6%)
Pixel pitch of Nikon Coolpix S6300 is approx. 6% higher than pixel pitch of Nikon Coolpix S9500.
Pixel area
1.59 µm²  1.8 µm² 
Pixel or photosite area affects how much light per pixel can be gathered. The larger it is the more light can be collected by a single pixel.

Larger pixels have the potential to collect more photons, resulting in greater dynamic range, while smaller pixels provide higher resolutions (more detail) for a given sensor size.
Relative pixel sizes:
Nikon Coolpix S9500
vs.
Nikon Coolpix S6300
Pixel area difference: 0.21 µm² (13%)
A pixel on Nikon Coolpix S6300 sensor is approx. 13% bigger than a pixel on Nikon Coolpix S9500.
Pixel density
63.43 MP/cm²  56.06 MP/cm² 
Pixel density tells you how many million pixels fit or would fit in one square cm of the sensor.

Higher pixel density means smaller pixels and lower pixel density means larger pixels.
Pixel density
Nikon Coolpix S9500
Nikon Coolpix S6300
Difference: 7.37 MP/cm² (13%)
Nikon Coolpix S9500 has approx. 13% higher pixel density than Nikon Coolpix S6300.
To learn about the accuracy of these numbers, click here.

Other specifications

Crop factor
5.62  5.62 
Total megapixels
18.91 16.80
Effective megapixels
18.10 16.00
Optical zoom
22x 10x
Digital zoom
Yes Yes
Iso
ISO 125-3200 Auto, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Auto focus
Yes Yes
Manual focus
n/a No
Normal focus range
50 cm 50 cm
Macro focus range
1 cm 10 cm
Focal length (35mm equiv.)
25 - 550 mm 25 - 250 mm
Aperture priority
No No
Aperture
f3.4 - f6.3 f3.2 - f5.8
Aperture (35mm equiv.)
f19.1 - f35.4  f18 - f32.6 
Metering
Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot Multi, Center-weighted, Spot, Spot AF-area
Exposure compensation
± 2 EV in steps of 1/3 ±2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)
Shutter priority
No No
Min. shutter speed
4 sec 30 sec
Max. shutter speed
1/1500 sec 1/8000 sec
Flash modes
n/a Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow-sync
Built-in flash
Yes Yes
External flash
No No
Viewfinder
None None
White balance presets
6 5
LCD display
Yes Yes
LCD size
3" 2.7"
LCD resolution
614,000 230,000
Min. image resolution
n/a 640 x 480
Selftimer
Yes Yes
Storage types
SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Batteries
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 Nikon EN-EL12 Lithium-Ion battery
Weight
205 g 160g
Dimensions
110.1 x 60.3 x 30.7 mm 94x58x26 mm
Year
2013 2012



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Diagonal

Diagonal is calculated by the use of Pythagorean theorem:
Diagonal =  w² + h²
where w = sensor width and h = sensor height

Nikon Coolpix S9500 diagonal

The diagonal of Nikon Coolpix S9500 image sensor is not 1/2.3 inch as you might expect, but approximately two thirds of that value. If you want to know why, see sensor sizes.

w = 6.16 mm
h = 4.62 mm
Diagonal =  6.16² + 4.62²   = 7.70 mm

Nikon Coolpix S6300 diagonal

The diagonal of Nikon Coolpix S6300 image sensor is not 1/2.3 inch as you might expect, but approximately two thirds of that value. If you want to know why, see sensor sizes.

w = 6.16 mm
h = 4.62 mm
Diagonal =  6.16² + 4.62²   = 7.70 mm


Surface area

Surface area is calculated by multiplying the width and the height of a sensor.

Nikon Coolpix S9500 surface area

Width = 6.16 mm
Height = 4.62 mm

Surface area = 6.16 × 4.62 = 28.46 mm²

Nikon Coolpix S6300 surface area

Width = 6.16 mm
Height = 4.62 mm

Surface area = 6.16 × 4.62 = 28.46 mm²


Pixel pitch

Pixel pitch is the distance from the center of one pixel to the center of the next measured in micrometers (µm). It can be calculated with the following formula:
Pixel pitch =   sensor width in mm  × 1000
sensor resolution width in pixels

Nikon Coolpix S9500 pixel pitch

Sensor width = 6.16 mm
Sensor resolution width = 4906 pixels
Pixel pitch =   6.16  × 1000  = 1.26 µm
4906

Nikon Coolpix S6300 pixel pitch

Sensor width = 6.16 mm
Sensor resolution width = 4612 pixels
Pixel pitch =   6.16  × 1000  = 1.34 µm
4612


Pixel area

The area of one pixel can be calculated by simply squaring the pixel pitch:
Pixel area = pixel pitch²

You could also divide sensor surface area with effective megapixels:
Pixel area =   sensor surface area in mm²
effective megapixels

Nikon Coolpix S9500 pixel area

Pixel pitch = 1.26 µm

Pixel area = 1.26² = 1.59 µm²

Nikon Coolpix S6300 pixel area

Pixel pitch = 1.34 µm

Pixel area = 1.34² = 1.8 µm²


Pixel density

Pixel density can be calculated with the following formula:
Pixel density =  ( sensor resolution width in pixels )² / 1000000
sensor width in cm

You could also use this formula:
Pixel density =   effective megapixels × 1000000  / 10000
sensor surface area in mm²

Nikon Coolpix S9500 pixel density

Sensor resolution width = 4906 pixels
Sensor width = 0.616 cm

Pixel density = (4906 / 0.616)² / 1000000 = 63.43 MP/cm²

Nikon Coolpix S6300 pixel density

Sensor resolution width = 4612 pixels
Sensor width = 0.616 cm

Pixel density = (4612 / 0.616)² / 1000000 = 56.06 MP/cm²


Sensor resolution

Sensor resolution is calculated from sensor size and effective megapixels. It's slightly higher than maximum (not interpolated) image resolution which is usually stated on camera specifications. Sensor resolution is used in pixel pitch, pixel area, and pixel density formula. For sake of simplicity, we're going to calculate it in 3 stages.

1. First we need to find the ratio between horizontal and vertical length by dividing the former with the latter (aspect ratio). It's usually 1.33 (4:3) or 1.5 (3:2), but not always. 22.8 × 15.5 sensor for example has a ratio of 1.47.

2. With the ratio (r) known we can calculate the X from the formula below, where X is a vertical number of pixels:
(X × r) × X = effective megapixels × 1000000    →   
X =  effective megapixels × 1000000
r
3. To get sensor resolution we then multiply X with the corresponding ratio:

Resolution horizontal: X × r
Resolution vertical: X

Nikon Coolpix S9500 sensor resolution

Sensor width = 6.16 mm
Sensor height = 4.62 mm
Effective megapixels = 18.10
r = 6.16/4.62 = 1.33
X =  18.10 × 1000000  = 3689
1.33
Resolution horizontal: X × r = 3689 × 1.33 = 4906
Resolution vertical: X = 3689

Sensor resolution = 4906 x 3689

Nikon Coolpix S6300 sensor resolution

Sensor width = 6.16 mm
Sensor height = 4.62 mm
Effective megapixels = 16.00
r = 6.16/4.62 = 1.33
X =  16.00 × 1000000  = 3468
1.33
Resolution horizontal: X × r = 3468 × 1.33 = 4612
Resolution vertical: X = 3468

Sensor resolution = 4612 x 3468


Crop factor

Crop factor or focal length multiplier is calculated by dividing the diagonal of 35 mm film (43.27 mm) with the diagonal of the sensor.
Crop factor =   43.27 mm
sensor diagonal in mm


Nikon Coolpix S9500 crop factor

Sensor diagonal in mm = 7.70 mm
Crop factor =   43.27  = 5.62
7.70

Nikon Coolpix S6300 crop factor

Sensor diagonal in mm = 7.70 mm
Crop factor =   43.27  = 5.62
7.70

35 mm equivalent aperture

Equivalent aperture (in 135 film terms) is calculated by multiplying lens aperture with crop factor (a.k.a. focal length multiplier).

Nikon Coolpix S9500 equivalent aperture

Crop factor = 5.62
Aperture = f3.4 - f6.3

35-mm equivalent aperture = (f3.4 - f6.3) × 5.62 = f19.1 - f35.4

Nikon Coolpix S6300 equivalent aperture

Crop factor = 5.62
Aperture = f3.2 - f5.8

35-mm equivalent aperture = (f3.2 - f5.8) × 5.62 = f18 - f32.6


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