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Advantages of the Nikon D3300

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True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24.2 MP vs 24 MP
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.55x vs 0.54x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Lowest price
Cheaper
$399.00 vs $475.00
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The best price we've seen is $76 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D5500

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,037k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Size
Smaller
124×97×70 mm vs 124×98×76 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.8" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
820 shots vs 700 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection autofocus Help
              fast and accurate
              Weight Light weight Help
              D3300430 g
              D5500420 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Viewfinder Both have pentamirror viewfinders Help
              Pentamirror
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D330012,800 ISO
              D550025,600 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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