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Advantages of the Nikon D5300

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$499.95 vs $549.00
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The best price we've seen is $49 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D5500

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Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,438 ISO vs 1,338 ISO
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The D5500 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
84.0 vs 83.0
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Almost the same
Battery life
Longer battery life
820 shots vs 600 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Much thinner
2.8" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Size
Smaller
124×97×70 mm vs 124×99×76 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 24 bits
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Almost the same
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14 EV vs 13.9 EV
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
420 g vs 480 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D53001,338 ISO
              D55001,438 ISO
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              39
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Weight Light weight Help
              D5300480 g
              D5500420 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D5300$499.95
              D5500$549.00
              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
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D5300200 ms
              D5500201 ms
              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
              0.54x
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              D5300500 ms
              D5500400 ms
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5 fps

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              Avatar for Dee Wellard Dee Wellard (7:37 PM, July 19, 2017)
              I have some lens (wide angle, and a 70-300) from a D80. Are these interchangeable with both the
              5300 and 5500?
               
              Avatar for Dave Dave (4:50 AM, January 02, 2016)
              Dear admin, pls update the D5500 has same number of cross type focus points as D5300 i.e. 9. Hope it helps to compare this wonderful camera with others more accurately. Apart from slight improvement in image quality as per dxomark, absence of GPS and added touch-screen, all technical specs are same as D5300. Personally I own this DSLR (D5500) and very happy with it.