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Nikon D5500 Versus Nikon D5300 DSLR Comparison

We compare the Nikon D5500 side by side with the Nikon D5300. Find out what the main differences are.

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Nikon D5500 Versus Nikon D5300 DSLR Comparison: Nikon D5500 Vs Nikon D5300 DSLR (7)

Viewed from the front or the back, the Nikon D5500 and D5300 may look quite similar, and both cameras feature a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor with no optical low pass filter (OLPF), for optimum image quality. 

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On the back of the cameras, there is a 3.2inch vari-angle screen, which is a touch-screen on the D5500. The optical viewfinder of the D5500 features an eye sensor so that the camera knows when you are holding the camera up to your eye. The D5300 features built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, whereas the D5500 does not feature built-in GPS.

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When you view the top, you begin to see some of the size difference more clearly. With a redesigned and smaller hand-grip the D5500 (on the right) may appear to have a disadvantage compared to the D5300. However, when you view the bottom of the camera, you can see how the D5500 offers a much deeper grip, as well as more space between the lens and the grip. 

Nikon D5500 Versus Nikon D5300 DSLR Comparison: Nikon D5500 Vs Nikon D5300 DSLR (4)

The Nikon D5500 offers an improved grip, both at the front, as well as at the back with the rubber grip now extending further, giving your thumb more to hold on to. The HDMI port is now on the right-hand side of the D5500, above the memory card compartment. 

Nikon D5500 Versus Nikon D5300 DSLR Comparison: Nikon D5500 Vs Nikon D5300 DSLR (6)

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Comparison Table

Nikon D5300Nikon D5500
ManufacturerNikonNikon
Lens
Effective Magnification1.5x1.5x
Image Sensor
Pixels24.2Mp (Megapixels)24.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)60006000
Pixels (H)40004000
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.5mm23.5mm
Sensor Size (height)15.6mm15.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in3.2in
Screen resolution1037k1037k
Touch ScreenNoYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec30sec
Bulb modeYesYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • Multi Pattern
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5+/-5
Viewfinder
MagnificationNo DataNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps5fps
Video
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
Video FPS60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p60/50p
Stereo SoundYesYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNoNo
Interface
HDMIYesYes
USBUSB 2USB 2
Wi-FiYesYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeEN-EL14a Lithium IonEN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery
Battery Life (CIPA rating)600shots820shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsEN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-24 battery charger, AN-DC3 strap, UC-E17 USB cable, EG-CP16 audio/video cable, DK-5 eyepiece cap, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, DK-20 rubber eyecup, BF-1B body cap, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM, User's ManualRubber Eyecup DK-25, Body Cap BF-1B, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14a (with terminal cover), Battery Charger MH-24 (plug adapter supplied in countries or regions where required; shape depends on country of sale), Strap AN-DC3, USB Cable UC-E23, AV cab
Dimensions
Weight480g420g
Width125mm124mm
Height98mm97mm
Depth76mm70mm
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