• 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 G6 advantages over Nikon D5500

  • Less expensive
    $399 vs $697
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Lighter weight
    485g vs 668g
    Lighter weight
  • 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)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 100 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    5.3 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Nikon D5500 advantages over Panasonic G6

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 0.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Better color depth
    24.1 vs 21.3 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,438 vs 639 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.0 vs 11.5 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 820 vs 350 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    4 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • 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

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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 Panasonic G5

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

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Panasonic G6
Panasonic GX7
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher effective ISO
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 G6
Nikon D3300
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $438
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5500
Nikon D3300
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $438
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Canon T6i

Panasonic G6
Canon T6i
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D5500
Canon T6i
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Panasonic G7

Panasonic G6
Panasonic G7
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Newer
Nikon D5500
Panasonic G7
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
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