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Advantages of the Nikon D5500

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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
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,438 ISO vs 1,333 ISO
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The D5500 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Size
Much smaller
124×97×70 mm vs 136×107×76 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.8" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
420 g vs 675 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$519.00 vs $783.52
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The best price we've seen is $265 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D7200

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,228k dots vs 1,037k dots
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Around 20% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.54x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Overall image quality
Better image quality
87.0 vs 84.0
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Almost the same
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Battery life
Longer battery life
1110 shots vs 820 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
24.5 bits vs 24.1 bits
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Almost the same
Focus points
More focus points
51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.6 EV vs 14 EV
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Almost the same
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
173 ms vs 201 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D55001,438 ISO
              D72001,333 ISO
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D550084.0
              D720087.0
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D550024.1 bits
              D720024.5 bits
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D550014 EV
              D720014.6 EV
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              D550039
              D720051
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

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              D5500
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