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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Lowest price
Cheaper
$409.99 vs $496.00
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The best price we've seen is $86 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D5500

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Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Almost the same
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
84.0 vs 80.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14 EV vs 13.6 EV
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Almost the same
Movie format
Higher frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D5100 does so at a lower frame rate
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,037k dots vs 920k 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
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.51x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Much thinner
2.8" vs 3.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Size
Smaller
124×97×70 mm vs 127×97×79 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Battery life
Longer battery life
820 shots vs 660 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
420 g vs 560 g
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Around 30% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
              D51001,183 ISO
              D55001,438 ISO
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D5100$409.99
              D5500$496.00
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D5100273 ms
              D5500201 ms
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              D5100500 ms
              D5500400 ms
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Viewfinder Both have pentamirror viewfinders Help
              Pentamirror
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D51000.51x
              D55000.54x
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D51004 fps
              D55005 fps

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