• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon D5500 advantages over Fujifilm X-T2

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $26 vs $1100
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 1.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 820 vs 340 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 32 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Fujifilm X-T2 advantages over Nikon D5500

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    49 mm vs 70 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    3 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.05 vs 0.20 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.77x vs 0.55x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré
  • Longer exposure
    900 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    13.7 fps vs 4.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    13.7 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    26 vs 7 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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Review Excerpt

  • Amazingly small for a DSLR; Great image quality for its class, including superb low light and high ISO performance; Generous JPEG buffer depth; High resolution.

  • Buffer depths are shallow when shooting RAW; Lacks GPS from the predecessor; No AA filter means it's susceptible to aliasing artifacts.

  • Excellent image quality from both JPEGs and RAW files; Superb high ISO performance; Very fast hybrid AF; Robust weather sealing; Dual UHS-II card slots; 4K video.

  • Precise manual focus is tricky with fly-by-wire focusing; Battery life is only decent; Video quality still not on par with competing cameras.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M1 II

Nikon D5500
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $461
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1499
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Fujifilm X-T2
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1499
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Pentax K-S1

Nikon D5500
Pentax K-S1
  • $461
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Fujifilm X-T2
Pentax K-S1
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon T6i

Nikon D5500
Canon T6i
  • $461
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • On-sensor phase detect
Fujifilm X-T2
Canon T6i
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon D3400

Nikon D5500
Nikon D3400
  • $461
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $400
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Longer stills battery life
Fujifilm X-T2
Nikon D3400
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $400
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Fujifilm X-T20

Nikon D5500
Fujifilm X-T20
  • $461
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Fujifilm X-T2
Fujifilm X-T20
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
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