Nikon D5500 Review (vs D5300, D7100, Canon T5i and more)

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 ChangesBoth 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  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 IllustrationD5300 with 18-55

The D5300 offers/Advantages over the D5500:

 My Thoughts on the D5300 vs D5500The 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 ISOsThe 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)[gallery columns="4" td_gallery_title_input="Nikon D5500 Image Samples" link="file" ids="7232,7233,7234,7235,7236,7237,7238,7239,7240,7241,7242,7243"]

Nikon D5500 vs the Canon T5i and Canon T6i/T6s

Watch my preview on the Canon T6i/T6s

Canon 70D Review- Complete Thoughts

I heartily recommend this camera- It performs well, provides unbelievable liveview/video autofocus, even with the shallowest depth of field and moves the Canon APS-C sensor forward, performing noticeably better than the 60D and other Canon models using the same sensor.I am not the only one that feels this way -

“Ultimately, this is still the best all-around DSLR in this price segment, pending our test of the Pentax K-3. The video quality is top notch, the still image quality only suffers in extreme low light, and Dual Pixel AF offers a usability advantage that nobody else can match. For a consumer-level shooter or hobbyist that wants a durable, control-laden DSLR that can do video and stills equally well, the 70D is the choice to beat.”

From Reviewed.comDo you have questions you want to see answered about the 70D? Leave a comment belowWhile you wait for my full review- Canon 70D vs D7100 Part ICanon 70D vs D7100 Part IIAll Canon 70D videos - Buffer/SD Card Tests, Low light tests, Wifi Feature and more.Canon 70D Image SamplesCanon 70D Manual in PDF form (stick it in Dropbox so you always have the manual available)Using HDR Mode Canon 70D (Coming soon)