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Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D800

Portability
71
Imaging
68
Features
85
Overall
74
Nikon D5500 front
 
Nikon D800 front
Portability
54
Imaging
75
Features
80
Overall
77

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D800 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
  • Announced January 2015
  • Previous Model is Nikon D5300
  • Replacement is Nikon D5600
Nikon D800
(Full Review)
  • 36MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Expand to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 900g - 146 x 123 x 82mm
  • Introduced June 2012
  • Earlier Model is Nikon D700
  • Refreshed by Nikon D810
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Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D800 Overview

Below is a in depth comparison of the Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D800, one being a Entry-Level DSLR and the latter is a Advanced DSLR and both are manufactured by Nikon. There is a crucial difference between the resolutions of the D5500 (24MP) and D800 (36MP) and the D5500 (APS-C) and D800 (Full frame) offer totally different sensor sizing.

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The D5500 was manufactured 2 years later than the D800 and that is quite a serious gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Nikon D5500 being a Compact SLR camera and the Nikon D800 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before going into a more detailed comparison, here is a simple view of how the D5500 scores versus the D800 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D5500 over the Nikon D800

 D5500 D800 
IntroducedJanuary 2015June 2012More recent by 32 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1037k921kSharper screen (+116k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Nikon D800 over the Nikon D5500

 D800 D5500 

Common features in the Nikon D5500 and Nikon D800

 D5500 D800 
Manually focus Dial precise focusing
Screen dimensions3.2"3.2"Equal screen measurement

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D800 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to lug around your camera, you need to factor its weight and size. The Nikon D5500 offers outside dimensions of 124mm x 97mm x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8") and a weight of 420 grams (0.93 lbs) while the Nikon D800 has specifications of 146mm x 123mm x 82mm (5.7" x 4.8" x 3.2") having a weight of 900 grams (1.98 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are employing at that time. The following is a front view dimensions comparison of the D5500 against the D800.

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D800 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the D5500 and D800 is 71 and 54 respectively.

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D800 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D800 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's hard to visualise the contrast between sensor measurements purely by reading through technical specs. The photograph here should provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the D5500 and D800.

As you have seen, both the cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The D5500 featuring a tinier sensor will make getting shallow depth of field more difficult and the Nikon D800 will give you extra detail due to its extra 12MP. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop pictures more aggressively. The more modern D5500 will have a benefit in sensor innovation.

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D800 sensor size comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D800 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D800 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon D5500
Portrait photography with Nikon D800
80
you can focus manually
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
85
you can focus manually
resolution is high (36MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detection focus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon D5500 Street photography advice
Nikon D800 Street photography advice
75
fully articulated screen
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
comes with touch focus
lighter than competition (420g)
above average high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
60
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
environment proof
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D5500 Sports photography info
Nikon D800 Sports photography info
69
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
better than average battery life (820 per charge)
comes with phase detect auto focus
low fps (5.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
75
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
resolution is high (36 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
includes tracking autofocus
environment proof
comes with phase detect auto focus
max fps very slow (4.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon D5500
Travel photography with Nikon D800
82
better than average battery life (820 per charge)
lighter than competition (420 grams)
comes with touch focus
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
66
environment proof
resolution is high (36 megapixels)
built-in flash
does not have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D5500 as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon D800 as a Landscape photography camera
79
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2")
decent megapixels (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
no anti aliasing filter
above average high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
better than average battery life (820 CIPA)
no image stabilization
79
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2 inches)
resolution is high (36 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
environment proof
two card slots
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon D5500
Vlogging with Nikon D800
76
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen capability
offers face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have mic socket
lighter than competition (420 grams)
no image stabilization
30
includes face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external mic socket
does not have a selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
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Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D800 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D5500 and Nikon D800
 Nikon D5500Nikon D800
General Information
Make Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon D5500 Nikon D800
Type Entry-Level DSLR Advanced DSLR
Announced 2015-01-06 2012-06-11
Physical type Compact SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Full frame
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.6mm 35.9 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 366.6mm² 861.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 36 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 5:4 and 3:2
Peak resolution 6000 x 4000 7360 x 4912
Highest native ISO 25600 6400
Highest enhanced ISO - 25600
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 39 51
Cross focus points 9 15
Lens
Lens mount Nikon F Nikon F
Number of lenses 309 309
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 3.2 inch 3.2 inch
Display resolution 1,037 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology - TFT Color LCD with 170 degrees wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.55x 0.7x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 5.0 frames/s 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain, High-speed sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/200 secs 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported 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 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS Optional Optional
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 420 grams (0.93 lbs) 900 grams (1.98 lbs)
Physical dimensions 124 x 97 x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8") 146 x 123 x 82mm (5.7" x 4.8" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 84 95
DXO Color Depth score 24.1 25.3
DXO Dynamic range score 14.0 14.4
DXO Low light score 1438 2853
Other
Battery life 820 pictures 900 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL14,EN-EL14a EN-EL15
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec) Yes (2 to 20 sec, 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC Compact Flash (Type I), SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I compliant
Card slots Single 2
Retail pricing $700 $2,999