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Strengths of the Nikon D5500

  • Better sensor
    • Improved low light performance
    • Better dynamic range
    • Capable of sharper images without the anti-aliasing filter
  • Smaller and slightly lighter
  • Innovative touchscreen can be used when camera is up to your face
  • Additional scene & effect modes
  • Timed bulb mode (press once to start, press again to end for useful for shutter speeds longer than 30 seconds without a remote.
  • Intervalometer – short time lapses possible without extra gear
  • 1080 at 60p
  • Excellent battery life

Weakness of the Nikon D5500

  • Smaller size and deeper grip may not be comfortable for all users.
  • Locking kit lens slows down first shot
  • Smaller buffer – fewer shots in fast burst, especially when shooting RAW + JPEG
  • Live view experience
    • Focusing in low light is poor
    • Focusing is noisy
    • Focusing is slower with more hunting
    • Touch to track subject is buggy
    • Exposure simulation only possible in some modes
    • Menu system in live view a bit dense
  • Very limited Wifi control- just touch to focus

Strengths of the Canon T6s/ T6i

  • Manual control friendly with rear dial and top LCD (only applies to the Canon T6s)
  • Slightly larger size and grip will feel nicer in larger hands
  • Live view performance
    • Focusing is fast, accurate and silent when using an STM kit lens
    • Focusing in low light is excellent
    • Touch to focus works very well and touch to track subject
  • Deeper buffer for slightly more shots in a burst, especially when shooting RAW + JPEG
  • Digital zoom in video 3x closer and still full HD with no quality loss- possible to zoom to 10x but quality does decrease.
  • Wifi and NFC for easy connection that provides full remote manual control of camera
  • Access to cheap prime lenses like the Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM, 24mm f/2.8 STM, 40mm f/2.8 STM

Weaknesses of the Canon T6s/ T6i

  • Low light/ High ISO performance noisy above 3200
  • Larger and slightly heavier
  • Battery life, just 440 shots
  • Video limited at 1080 30p and HDR video feature is a joke

Full Review – Canon T6s | Nikon D5500

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Sample Images from the Canon T6s and Nikon D5500

Auto – Quick Snaps:

20150614-IMG_9698_Canon EOS Rebel T6s-1-160 sec at f - 8.0-ISO 100
20150614-IMG_9698_Canon EOS Rebel T6s-1-160 sec at f – 8.0-ISO 100
20150614-DSC_0001_NIKON D5500-1-250 sec at f - 8.0-ISO 250
20150614-DSC_0001_NIKON D5500-1-250 sec at f – 8.0-ISO 250
20150614-DSC_0008_NIKON D5500-1-200 sec at f - 7.1-ISO 400
20150614-DSC_0008_NIKON D5500-1-200 sec at f – 7.1-ISO 400
20150614-IMG_9702_Canon EOS Rebel T6s-1-200 sec at f - 3.5-ISO 100
20150614-IMG_9702_Canon EOS Rebel T6s-1-200 sec at f – 3.5-ISO 100

Close Focusing Abilities with 18-55 Kit Lenses on Auto

20150614-DSC_0010_NIKON D5500-1-250 sec at f - 8.0-ISO 320
20150614-DSC_0010_NIKON D5500-1-250 sec at f – 8.0-ISO 320
20150614-IMG_9706_Canon EOS Rebel T6s-1-125 sec at f - 7.1-ISO 100
20150614-IMG_9706_Canon EOS Rebel T6s-1-125 sec at f – 7.1-ISO 100
20150614-DSC_0012_NIKON D5500-1-400 sec at f - 10-ISO 200
20150614-DSC_0012_NIKON D5500-1-400 sec at f – 10-ISO 200
20150614-IMG_9707_Canon EOS Rebel T6s-1-160 sec at f - 8.0-ISO 100
20150614-IMG_9707_Canon EOS Rebel T6s-1-160 sec at f – 8.0-ISO 100

Full resolution Canon T6s and Nikon D5500 images on Dropbox

 

Video coming soon of my pick

Feature
Canon T6s/T6i
Nikon D5500
ISO
100-12,800 (25,600)
100-25,600
Focus Points
19 (all cross type)
39 (9 cross type)
Scene
Portrait
Landscape
Close-up
Sports
Kids
Food
Candlelight
Night portrait
Handheld night scene
HDR backlight control

Autumn Colors
Beach / Snow
Blossom
Candlelight
Child
Close-up
Dusk / Dawn
Food
Landscape
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Party / Indoor
Pet Portrait
Portrait
Sports
Sunset
Special Effects Mode
LCD
3″ Articulating Touchscreen
3.2″ Articulating Touchscreen
Video
1080 at 30p, HDR video and Digital Zoom 3x lossless
1080 at 60p
Wireless
NFC connectivity and full remote control via Wifi from smartphone/tablet
Simple Wifi with touch to focus, no control over settings
Battery Life
440 Shots
820 Shots


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