Hobbyists and professional photographers continue to trust Nikon to produce cutting-edge camera models that make it easier to capture killer photos. Nikon D5300 and D5500 are two of the Company’s most popular models. In this article, we will examine the differences and similarities of two Nikon’s Cameras. Without further ado, let’s get start.
Features and Specs
One major upgrade that D5500 is offering is its touchscreen. This feature gives you a very familiar experience because it is just like using your smartphone, so usability is improved as a result. It is also a lot easier to give commands because touchscreen controls are more intuitive than buttons.
Otherwise, the two models hardly differ. Both use LCD screens measuring 8.1 cm with a resolution of 1037k dots. Both flip out and offer live view.
Build-wise, D5500 is a lot lighter than D5300, weighing 668g (D5300 weighs 1035 g.). D5500 is also a lot thinner (7 cm thickness against D5300’s 8.1 cm thickness), which makes it easier to hold and carry.
Both models are 24.2 MP cameras. Their native resolution is 6000 x 4000, and the pixel size is 15.3 um^2. For most enthusiasts, this should be more than enough. This megapixel count is also just about appropriate for the size of the sensor. Both D5500 and D5300 do not use optical low-pass filters, so they manage to produce highly detailed photos.
Both D5300 and D5500 can record 1080p and 720p videos. 720p and 1080p are possible up to 60/50 fps. You can connect external microphones to both cameras, but there is no audio out, so you will have to monitor closely during recording. In addition to all this, a color profile called “flat” is available in D5500. This feature helps a lot during post-processing.
Both cameras have APS-C CMOS sensors, which are unusually large at 23.5 x 15.6 mm. That is larger than those you can find in many compact models available on the market right now. Other mirrorless cameras also typically have smaller sensors. We think this is a good enough size for the needs of most enthusiasts.
Both have eye-level optical viewfinders with vertical and horizontal frame coverage of 95%. The image you see in them will be slightly cropped, but the good things is that you can frame pictures even when in bright locations.
D5300 has a much longer telephoto lens reach than D5500. The former’s is 210 mm, and the latter’s is 83 mm. This means that the kit lens of D5300 can take photos of farther objects than the kit lens of D5500.
D5300’s standard ISO range is narrower than that of D5500, but it can be extended to rival that of the latter. That means both essentially can shoot within an ISO range of 100 to 25,600. This is a good enough range for most applications under common lighting conditions.
Both have internal flash and hot shoe for off-camera flashes. The internal ones are built-in pop-up flash.
D5500 has a shorter shutter lag than D5300. The former’s is 0.29 s, and the latter’s is 0.20 s. Both have bulb shutters, which are used to manually open the shutter when capturing long-exposure shots.
Both D5500 and D5300 can shoot RAW (12/14 bit) or JPEG, or combined JPEG and RAW.
Like other modern DSLRs today, D5300 and D5500 store files on SD memory cards. Each model comes with one SD card slot.
One big advantage that D5300 has over D5500 is its built-in GPS. You can geotag your pictures, which is useful especially if you are into travel photography or blogging. D5500 does not have this feature built in, but it does have a port for the GP-1A GPS unit, which you can purchase separately.
On the basis of CIPA testing standards, Nikon approximates that D5500 and D5300 can capture 820 and 600 shots, respectively, on a single charge. In our opinion, this is an impressive difference.
D5500 and D5300 have RAW buffers of 7 and 4 shots (burst mode), respectively.
Both have built-in Wi-Fi, so you can share pictures wirelessly. However, they do not have NFC, which would be neat and is starting to show up on other models today.
Which One to Buy?
In summary, these are the things you need to keep in mind when comparing these two cameras.
The prices of D5300 and D5500 may vary by as much as $100 and either can be more expensive than the other, depending on where you buy. In our opinion, though, D5500 is the better choice.
While D5300 allows you to geotag your pictures (D5500 does not have such a function built in.) and has a longer telephoto lens reach than D5500, the latter can do more things that the former cannot.
D5500’s screen can be used as you would a smartphone screen, so it feels very familiar. This camera also has a longer battery life (which means more photos), a lighter body, shorter shutter lag (which lets you capture photos quickly), and more raw buffer.
Meanwhile, they do share some common capabilities, such as bulb shutters, hot shoes, HDMI outputs, external mic jacks, internal flash, eye-level viewfinders, built-in wi-fi, and tilt-swivel screens.