• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Panasonic GH3 advantages over Nikon D5500

  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.67x vs 0.55x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • 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
    6.1 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
    5.1 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    24 vs 7 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Nikon D5500 advantages over Panasonic GH3

  • Less expensive
    $26 vs $798*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 0.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,438 vs 812 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.0 vs 12.3 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 820 vs 540 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    5 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    346k vs 205k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • 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

  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Professional quality video in a compact body; Still image quality ranks with the best mirrorless models and even some prosumer DSLRs; Fast autofocus; Rugged, weatherized camera build; Reasonably priced for its advanced feature set; Large selection of high quality lenses.

  • Not as compact as most mirrorless cameras; Live View not available during high speed bursts; High ISO image quality and dynamic range not quite as good as top APS-C cameras.

  • 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 GH3
Panasonic G5
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Fast startup
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Higher-res screen
Nikon D5500
Panasonic G5
  • $461
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • Has anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Olympus E-M1

Panasonic GH3
Olympus E-M1
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D5500
Olympus E-M1
  • $461
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic GH4

Panasonic GH3
Panasonic GH4
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • $699
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Nikon D5500
Panasonic GH4
  • $461
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Pentax K-S1

Panasonic GH3
Pentax K-S1
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Nikon D5500
Pentax K-S1
  • $461
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D3400

Panasonic GH3
Nikon D3400
  • $798
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $400
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Nikon D5500
Nikon D3400
  • $461
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $400
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Longer stills battery life
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