• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic G5 advantages over Nikon D5500

  • Less expensive
    $399 vs $650
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.70x vs 0.55x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.2 fps vs 4.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Nikon D5500 advantages over Panasonic G5

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 1.3 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 820 vs 310 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 18 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 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
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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 Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
  • 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

  • Small, compact body with excellent focusing and exposure capabilities; Newly enhanced touchpanel LCD screen makes image capture and review a joy; Excellent HD video recording quality.

  • Some controls difficult to access; Too easy to activate menus and options while shooting; Lack of a microphone-in jack limits video recording usefulness.

  • 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 Panasonic G3

Panasonic G5
Panasonic G3
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Thinner
Nikon D5500
Panasonic G3
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Thinner
  • More viewfinder magnification

Compared to Panasonic G6

Panasonic G5
Panasonic G6
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Nikon D5500
Panasonic G6
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Panasonic G5
Panasonic GX7
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D5500
Panasonic GX7
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D3300

Panasonic G5
Nikon D3300
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $438
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon D5500
Nikon D3300
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $438
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Canon T6i

Panasonic G5
Canon T6i
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
Nikon D5500
Canon T6i
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • On-sensor phase detect
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