As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D5500 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless, boutiques and travel zooms. The Nikon D5500's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D5300 and the D5600) and Sony (such as the a6400 and the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5500 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), takes much higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 16.1 MP), has a touch screen and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.61x), it's body is not weather sealed, has much more startup delay (400 ms vs 300 ms), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs pentaprism) and has much more shutter lag (201 ms vs 200 ms).

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
1 year older
$474 (body only)
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the D5500)

  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the D5500)

  • No touch screen
  • Larger: Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3" vs 2.8"

common strengths of the D5300 and D5500

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • High resolution screens: 1,037k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Flip-out screens

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
1 year newer
$468 - $597 (body only)
$500 - $647 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the D5500)

  • Much less startup delay: 200 ms vs 400 ms
  • Much less shutter lag: 111 ms vs 201 ms
  • Has a built-in focus motor

Significant disadvantages of the D5600 (vs the D5500)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5600 and D5500

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • High resolution screens: 1,037k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Have touch screens

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
similar age
$549 (body only)
$729 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the D5500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the D5500)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 19 vs 39

common strengths of the T6i and D5500

  • High resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
4 years older
$602 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the D5500)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the D7000 (vs the D5500)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 24 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 920k dots vs 1,037k dots

common strengths of the D7000 and D5500

  • Many focus points: 39 vs 39
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
1 year older
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the D5500)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the D5500)

  • No touch screen
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm)

common strengths of the D7100 and D5500

  • High resolution screens: 1,229k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Many focus points: 51 vs 39

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year older
$473 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the D5500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 24 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the D5500)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 11 vs 39

common strengths of the D3300 and D5500

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5500 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs none), has a significantly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 20.7 MP), has a touch screen and lets you preview your photos on the screen.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 1,620k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.70x), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO), it's body is not weather sealed and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 7 fps).

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
1 year older
$790 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,774 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D5500)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D5500)

  • No touch screen
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much larger: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm)

common strengths of the D610 and D5500

  • Very inexpensive: $789.99 vs $475.00
  • Light weight: 760 g vs 420 g
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
4 years older
$555 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the D5500)

  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the D5500)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24 MP
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the 60D and D5500

  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm)

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
3 months older
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D5500)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D5500)

  • No touch screen
  • Fewer lenses available: 171 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm)

common strengths of the D750 and D5500

  • Flip-out screens
  • Inexpensive: $1,149.00 vs $475.00
  • Light weight: 750 g vs 420 g

Nikon D2Xs

Nikon D2Xs
8 years older
$3,999 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D2Xs (vs the D5500)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the D2Xs (vs the D5500)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3.2"
  • No live view
  • Much lower resolution screen: 235k dots vs 1,037k dots

common strengths of the D2Xs and D5500

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
1 year newer
$1,399 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,114 - $2,397 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the D5500)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 39
  • Shoots much faster: 10 fps vs 5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the D5500)

  • Much larger: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm)
  • Lower true resolution: 20.7 MP vs 24 MP
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 2.8"

common strengths of the D500 and D5500

  • Flip-out screens
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $1,399.00 vs $475.00

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
1 year newer
$2,219 - $2,999 (body only)
$2,558 - $3,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the D5500)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 1,037k dots
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.54x
  • Much higher true resolution: 30.1 MP vs 24 MP

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the D5500)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Fewer lenses available: 165 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much larger: Professional size (151×116×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm)

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and D5500

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5500 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs digital), has a touch screen, much more lenses available (230 lenses vs 62 lenses) and has a much longer battery life (820 shots vs 400 shots).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 120fps), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.70x), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), it's body is not weather sealed and much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%).

Sony a6400

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4 years newer
$898 (body only)
$971 - $998 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the a6400 (vs the D5500)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Weather sealed
  • Significantly more focus points: 425 vs 39

Significant disadvantages of the a6400 (vs the D5500)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 410 shots vs 820 shots

common strengths of the a6400 and D5500

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $898.00 vs $475.00

Fujifilm X-T3

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3 years newer
$1,399 (body only)
$1,699 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T3 (vs the D5500)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.73x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the X-T3 (vs the D5500)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 390 shots vs 820 shots

common strengths of the X-T3 and D5500

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
10 months older
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D5500)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.54x
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D5500)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the A6000 and D5500

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Light weight: 285 g vs 420 g
  • Inexpensive: $379.00 vs $475.00

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the D5500)

  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the D5500)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the Alpha a6300 and D5500

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Light weight: 404 g vs 420 g

Fujifilm X-T100

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3 years newer
$499 - $500 (body only)
$569 - $600 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T100 (vs the D5500)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Significantly thinner: 1.9" vs 2.8"

Significant disadvantages of the X-T100 (vs the D5500)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 430 shots vs 820 shots

common strengths of the X-T100 and D5500

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $499.00 vs $475.00

Sony a7 II

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similar age
$1,698 24-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the a7 II (vs the D5500)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the a7 II (vs the D5500)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • No touch screen
  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 230 lenses

common strengths of the a7 II and D5500

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5500 compared to boutique competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 2"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (1,037k dots vs 134k dots), is much smaller (prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs large (139×168×97 mm)), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 10.1 MP) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%) and has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1
9 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-R1 (vs the D5500)

  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-R1 (vs the D5500)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 3.2"
  • Much larger: Large (139×168×97 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm)
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-R1 and D5500

  • Built-in flashes

Sony SLT-A68

Sony SLT-A68
10 months newer

Significant advantages of the SLT-A68 (vs the D5500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SLT-A68 (vs the D5500)

  • No touch screen
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.2"
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the SLT-A68 and D5500

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D5500 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), takes significantly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 9.7 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has a screen which flips out and much larger viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.22x).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, is slightly larger (prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs compact (105×59×28 mm)), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 24 fps), much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%) and has slightly fewer focus points (39 vs 315).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI

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3 years newer
$1,198

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI (vs the D5500)

  • Shoots much faster: 24 fps vs 5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI (vs the D5500)

  • Much shorter battery life: 240 shots vs 820 shots
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.22x vs 0.54x
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI and D5500

  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 24 MP
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus which is uncommon: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
2 years older
$396

Significant advantages of the ZS30 (vs the D5500)

  • Has a GPS
  • Thinner: 1.1" vs 2.8"

Significant disadvantages of the ZS30 (vs the D5500)

  • Much shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 820 shots
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the ZS30 and D5500

  • Inexpensive: $395.75 vs $475.00