• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1440.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon D5500 advantages over Nikon B700

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.92 vs 1.19 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Thinner
    70 mm vs 106 mm
    Thinner
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher-res screen
    346k vs 230k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 20.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon B700 advantages over Nikon D5500

  • Less expensive
    $397* vs $680
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Newer
    3 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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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.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D3300

Nikon D5500
Nikon D3300
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $439
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon B700
Nikon D3300
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $439
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon T6i

Nikon D5500
Canon T6i
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • On-sensor phase detect
Nikon B700
Canon T6i
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon P610

Nikon D5500
Nikon P610
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $564
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Nikon B700
Nikon P610
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • RAW file ability
  • $564
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Canon SX540 HS

Nikon D5500
Canon SX540 HS
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $382
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon B700
Canon SX540 HS
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $382
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Nikon D5600

Nikon D5500
Nikon D5600
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • NFC
Nikon B700
Nikon D5600
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
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