• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon D5500 advantages over Nikon D3500

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More AF points
    39 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus

Nikon D3500 advantages over Nikon D5500

  • Less expensive
    $397 vs $650
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1550 vs 820 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    2 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Faster RAW shooting
    5.1 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    13 vs 7 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Neither provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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
  • $438
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon D3500
Nikon D3300
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Longer video battery life
  • $438
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • External Mic Jack

Compared to Canon T6i

Nikon D5500
Canon T6i
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • On-sensor phase detect
Nikon D3500
Canon T6i
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Nikon D3400

Nikon D5500
Nikon D3400
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $444
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Nikon D3500
Nikon D3400
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • Longer video battery life
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $444
  • APS-C

Compared to Canon SL2

Nikon D5500
Canon SL2
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Nikon D3500
Canon SL2
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon T7

Nikon D5500
Canon T7
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Newer
Nikon D3500
Canon T7
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
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