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Advantages of the Nikon D3300

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Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.55x vs 0.54x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Color depth
Better color depth
24.3 bits vs 24.1 bits
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$339.95 vs $508.69
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The best price we've seen is $169 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D5500

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,037k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
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
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14 EV vs 13.2 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,438 ISO vs 1,385 ISO
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The D5500 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
84.0 vs 82.0
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D5500's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Longer battery life
820 shots vs 700 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.8" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Size
Smaller
124×97×70 mm vs 124×98×76 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D33001,385 ISO
              D55001,438 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D330024.3 bits
              D550024.1 bits
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D330082.0
              D550084.0
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D330024.2 MP
              D550024 MP
              Weight Light weight Help
              D3300430 g
              D5500420 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D3300$339.95
              D5500$508.69
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Viewfinder Both have pentamirror viewfinders Help
              Pentamirror
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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