My hands-on video review of the Nikon D5500

NOTE: NIKON REBATES END 3/28/15 & include the D5500/D5300

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D5300 – Differences Explained Simply

D5300 vs D5500 - Top Changes
D5300 vs D5500 – Top Changes

Both D5500 and D5300 offer:

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS Sensors
  • Expeed 4 Processors
  • 39-point AF system, 9 cross-type points (higher accuracy points clustered around the middle)
  • ISO 100-25,600
  • 5 frames per second
  • HD 1080 video at 60p (10 minute recording limit, 20 minutes at 30p)
  • Fully articulating screen
  • Wifi
D5500 with 18-55
D5500 with 18-55


The D5500 offers/Advantages over the D5300:

  • A redesigned 24MP processor- I saw slight improvements in image quality at higher ISOs
  • Proximity Sensor (turns LCD off when you bring camera to your eye- helps with battery life too)
  • Smart Touch Screen – acts as a 3rd function wheel when your eye is up to viewfinder
  • Quiet shutter option – Mirror flipping down is just delayed – not a big difference in sound
  • Flat profile for video
  • Fine control over settings in Picture profiles (1/4 adjustments)
  • Slimmer and lighter, under 1lb
  • Redesign deep grip
  • Greater battery life (820 shots CIPA)
  • Additional Effects: Super Vivid, Pop and Photo Illustration

    D5300 with 18-55
    D5300 with 18-55

The D5300 offers/Advantages over the D5500:


My Thoughts on the D5300 vs D5500

The primary advantages of D5500 are the touchscreen, making the camera more user friendly and the slimmer and lightweight design.  Increased image quality at the higher ISOs is a nice bonus.  If you are a beginner this is a great way to ease into a DSLR with a camera that does provide room to grow as a photographer or is ready to be left on AUTO and provide you with excellent photos.

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D7100 – Differences Explained Simply

They both offer 24MP sensors, the D5500 is a newer design with better image quality at higher ISOs

The D7100 offers/Advantages over the D5500:

  • Full Manual Control and additional function buttons for customizing
  • larger more ergonomically designed camera (comfortable to hold for long stretches)
  • Auto focus compatibility with more lenses (in body focus motor, lacking in the D5500)
  • Faster AF system with 51 focus points (39 focus points in the D5500)
  • 6 FPS vs 5FPS in the D5500. D7100 can do 7fps in crop mode.
  • D7100 has a pentaprism viewfinder providing a brighter view and covers a full 100% of the image area. D5500 uses a pentamirror design which covers 95% of the image area.
  • Weather Sealing against dust/moisture
  • Increased top shutter speed 1/8000 sec vs 1/4000 sec in the D5500.

The D5500 offers/Advantages over the D7100:

  • Much lighter and smaller
    • D5500 weighs: 420 g (0.93 lb / 14.82 oz)
    • D7100 weighs: 765 g (1.69 lb / 26.98 oz)
  • More user friendly for beginners
  • Cheaper. Buying the D5500 saves you several hundred dollars

Who should buy the D7100?

Photographers looking to seriously grow and/or will need to be shooting in all weather conditions.  And photographers will access to older lenses that will work with the D7100.

Who should buy the D5500?

Photographers looking for an excellent quality DSLR (currently the best  at this price point) where size and weight is important.

Nikon D5500 Sample Images (More Coming Soon)

Nikon D5500 vs the Canon T5i and Canon T6i/T6s

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  1. Thanks for the summary. I bought the D5300 a year back, and still very happy with it.
    I saw the D5500 the other day. I think the polished flat plastic casing, instead of the patterned, makes it look cheaper quality ?

  2. Hi, the color chart image samples say “could not be loaded” for me when I click on the thumbs (I’m using Chrome browser). Also, i left a comment on the youtube page for this video asking if maybe you had the camera names switched for the D5300 and D5500. Really curious about this as the results at higher ISOs didn’t make sense to me and I’m actually considering selling my D5300 to upgrade to the D5500 because of the many little issues it addresses, esp. better ISO performance. Thanks.

    • Fixed the loading issue – sorry about that. It is strange to me too- other test shots I have seen show a greater difference but in my examples they seem almost identical.

      • Hmm, maybe yours are telling a more honest story then. DxO Mark’s tests show on their graph that the most significant ISO improvement was actually at base ISO 100 and much less at the higher ranges. Still I thought you might have had the names switched since the chroma noise seemed to me more prevalent on the D5500 side.

  3. Hi, I need your help!!!.. Im studying TV Production and filmmaking and we have to take a photography class, so I need to buy a camera and I dont know which camera fits better to me. Im new to this, so basically I need a camera for the class but also that works to take some nice videos.


  4. Hey i need help picking out a camera that has the best image quality for the buck and some pretty nice features its between the nikon d530, d5500 the canon t5i,t6i, and potentially t6s. Im also just starting out if that is helpful information

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