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Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D5600

Portability
71
Imaging
67
Features
85
Overall
74
Nikon D5500 front
 
Nikon D5600 front
Portability
70
Imaging
68
Features
85
Overall
74

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D5600 Key Specs

Nikon D5500
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 420g - 124 x 97 x 70mm
  • Launched January 2015
  • Superseded the Nikon D5300
  • Successor is Nikon D5600
Nikon D5600
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 465g - 124 x 97 x 70mm
  • Launched November 2016
  • Earlier Model is Nikon D5500
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Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D5600 Overview

Below is a comprehensive comparison of the Nikon D5500 and Nikon D5600, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras and they are both built by Nikon. The image resolution of the D5500 (24MP) and the D5600 (24MP) is pretty well matched and they come with the exact same sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The D5500 was unveiled 22 months prior to the D5600 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact SLR).

Before delving in to a detailed comparison, below is a simple overview of how the D5500 scores vs the D5600 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D5500 over the Nikon D5600

 D5500 D5600 

Reasons to pick Nikon D5600 over the Nikon D5500

 D5600 D5500 
LaunchedNovember 2016January 2015More recent by 22 months

Common features in the Nikon D5500 and Nikon D5600

 D5500 D5600 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated screen
Screen dimension3.2"3.2"Identical screen sizing
Screen resolution1037k1037kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D5600 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to lug around your camera frequently, you will want to factor in its weight and size. The Nikon D5500 has exterior dimensions of 124mm x 97mm x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8") having a weight of 420 grams (0.93 lbs) while the Nikon D5600 has specifications of 124mm x 97mm x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 465 grams (1.03 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you use during that time. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the D5500 versus the D5600.

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D5600 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the D5500 and D5600 is 71 and 70 respectively.

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D5600 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D5600 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very difficult to visualize the difference between sensor measurements merely by looking at specifications. The visual here will help give you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the D5500 and D5600.

Plainly, each of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the same exact MP therefore you can expect similar quality of photographs although you really should factor the age of the products into consideration. The older D5500 is going to be behind in sensor technology.

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D5600 sensor size comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D5600 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D5600 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D5500 Portrait photography factors
Nikon D5600 Portrait photography factors
80
has manual focus
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
provides face detect focus
exports RAW files
80
manual focus
resolution is good (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes face detect focus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon D5500
Street photography with Nikon D5600
75
screen articulates
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
features focus via touch
lighter than competition in class (420g)
very good high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
74
fully articulated screen
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
supports touch to focus
good high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D5500 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon D5600 as a Sports photography camera
69
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
provides tracking focus
good battery power (820 shots)
supports phase detect auto focus
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
69
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
good battery pack (820 per charge)
supports phase detect auto focus
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon D5500
Travel photography with Nikon D5600
81
good battery power (820 shots)
lighter than competition in class (420g)
features focus via touch
MP count decent (24MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
81
good battery pack (820 shots)
has bluetooth
supports touch to focus
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon D5500
Landscape photography with Nikon D5600
78
has manual focus
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2 inch)
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
does not have low pass filter
very good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
good battery power (820 shots)
does not have image stabilization
79
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
good battery pack (820 CIPA)
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon D5500
Vlogging with Nikon D5600
76
selfie friendly display
touch screen
provides face detect focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with microphone port
lighter than competition in class (420g)
does not have image stabilization
74
selfie friendly display
touchscreen enabled
includes face detect focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with mic jack
no image stabilization
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Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D5600 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D5500 and Nikon D5600
 Nikon D5500Nikon D5600
General Information
Company Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon D5500 Nikon D5600
Class Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Launched 2015-01-06 2016-11-10
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Expeed 4 Expeed 4
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 366.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Max resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 25600 25600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 39 39
Cross type focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens support Nikon F Nikon F
Total lenses 309 309
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display sizing 3.2" 3.2"
Resolution of display 1,037k dot 1,037k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.55x 0.55x
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 5.0 frames per sec 5.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/200s 1/200s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional Optional
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 420g (0.93 lb) 465g (1.03 lb)
Dimensions 124 x 97 x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8") 124 x 97 x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 84 84
DXO Color Depth rating 24.1 24.1
DXO Dynamic range rating 14.0 14.0
DXO Low light rating 1438 1306
Other
Battery life 820 photos 820 photos
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL14,EN-EL14a EN-EL14
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec) Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $700 $597