Nikon D5500 vs Sony A200

Nikon D5500 front
Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 front

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A200 Key Specs

Nikon D5500
(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
  • 420g - 124 x 97 x 70mm
  • Announced January 2015
  • Earlier Model is Nikon D5300
  • Successor is Nikon D5600
Sony A200
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 572g - 131 x 99 x 71mm
  • Released July 2008
  • Replacement is Sony A230
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Nikon D5500 vs Sony A200 Overview

Below is a thorough analysis of the Nikon D5500 vs Sony A200, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras by brands Nikon and Sony. There exists a large gap among the sensor resolutions of the D5500 (24MP) and A200 (10MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The D5500 was unveiled 6 years later than the A200 and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before we go into a step-by-step comparison, here is a quick summary of how the D5500 grades vs the A200 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D5500 over the Sony A200

 D5500 A200 
ReleasedJanuary 2015July 2008More recent by 79 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen size3.2"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution1037k230kSharper screen (+807k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony A200 over the Nikon D5500

 A200 D5500 

Common features in the Nikon D5500 and Sony A200

 D5500 A200 
Focus manually Dial accurate focus

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A200 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to lug around your camera frequently, you have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Nikon D5500 provides outside measurements of 124mm x 97mm x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8") and a weight of 420 grams (0.93 lbs) and the Sony A200 has dimensions of 131mm x 99mm x 71mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 2.8") having a weight of 572 grams (1.26 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you choose at the time. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the D5500 compared to the A200.

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A200 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the D5500 and A200 is 71 and 66 respectively.

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A200 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A200 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is hard to visualise the gap in sensor measurements merely by looking through technical specs. The visual underneath might give you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the D5500 and A200.

As you can tell, both of the cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit not the same resolution. You can count on the Nikon D5500 to provide you with extra detail having an extra 14MP. Higher resolution will help you crop pictures way more aggressively. The fresher D5500 is going to have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A200 sensor size comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A200 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D5500 Portrait photography highlights
Sony A200 Portrait photography highlights
has manual focus
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
focusing manually
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
does not have liveview
MP count low (10MP)
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Street Comparison

Nikon D5500 as a Street photography camera
Sony A200 as a Street photography camera
fully articulated screen
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
comes with focus by touch
lighter than competition (420g)
above average ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D5500 Sports photography features
Sony A200 Sports photography features
resolution is good (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
good battery (820 per charge)
comes with phase detect AF
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with phase detect auto focus
does not have liveview
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
MP count low (10MP)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D5500 Travel photography info
Sony A200 Travel photography info
good battery (820 CIPA)
lighter than competition (420 grams)
comes with focus by touch
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse function
MP count low (10 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D5500 Landscape photography info
Sony A200 Landscape photography info
has manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
resolution is good (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
does not have low pass filter
above average ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
good battery (820 per charge)
lack of image stabilization
focusing manually
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
does not have liveview
MP count low (10 megapixels)
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D5500 Vlogging highlights
Sony A200 Vlogging highlights
selfie friendly display
has touchscreen
offers face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external mic socket
lighter than competition (420 grams)
lack of image stabilization
no video shooting
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Nikon D5500 vs Sony A200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D5500 and Sony A200
 Nikon D5500Sony Alpha DSLR-A200
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Sony
Model type Nikon D5500 Sony Alpha DSLR-A200
Class Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2015-01-06 2008-07-17
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Expeed 4 -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area 366.6mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 -
Maximum resolution 6000 x 4000 3872 x 2592
Maximum native ISO 25600 3200
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 39 9
Cross type focus points 9 -
Lens mount type Nikon F Sony/Minolta Alpha
Total lenses 309 143
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 3.2" 2.7"
Screen resolution 1,037k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.55x 0.55x
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/200 seconds -
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) -
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 420 gr (0.93 lb) 572 gr (1.26 lb)
Physical dimensions 124 x 97 x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8") 131 x 99 x 71mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 84 63
DXO Color Depth rating 24.1 22.3
DXO Dynamic range rating 14.0 11.3
DXO Low light rating 1438 521
Battery life 820 images -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID EN-EL14,EN-EL14a -
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC Compact Flash
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at launch $700 $100