Nikon D5500 vs D5300 – Features, Specifications and Price Comparison

Nikon recently released their next generation D5500 crop sensor DSRL camera. The company decided to skip the “D5400” moniker and went on with D5500 instead. Usually when something new is released it is expected that there is a difference or an upgrade in terms of features and performance. But what is really the difference between the Nikon D5500 vs D5300? Should you immediately jump on getting the D5500 because it’s the newer DSLR? Before making your final decision, better check their differences first and decide whether the additional price that you have to pay for the D5500 is really worth it or not. In this article you will see the differences between the Nikon D5500 vs D5300 in terms of their features, specifications, looks and price.

Nikon D5500 with 18-140mm Nikon D5300 with 18-140mm

Nikon D5500 vs D5300: Features

When it comes to size, the newer Nikon D5500 is a tad smaller than the Nikon D5300. The D5500 measures 97mm x 124mm x 70mm, while the D5300 measures 98mm x 125mm x 76mm. The D5500 is also lighter, only 470g, compared to the D5300 which is 530g. The bodies of both DSLRs are made out of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. They basically have the same structure but with slight changes with the D5500. You’ll see the comparison in terms of design on the gallery below.

When it comes to sensor size and pixel count, both the Nikon D5500 and Nikon D5300 features an APS-C CMOS sensor that measures 23.5mm x 15.6mm. Both also are 24.2 megapixel cameras and lacks optical low-pass filter. Both cameras are also powered with Expeed 4 processor, the same processor you will see in higher-end D4S and D750 DSLRs.

Both the Nikon D5500 and D5300 obviously have the same Nikon F lens mount, and they are also available with the same kit lens. Both can be purchased with body only, with 18-55mm or 18-140mm kit lens. Both the D5500 and D5300 have the same 39 Autofocus points, same 5 fps continuous shooting speed, same 100-25600 ISO range, same 95% optical viewfinder, same video formats and resolution. Well what the heck is their difference then?

Now when it comes to display, both features a 3.2-inch display that can be pulled out, tilted and swiveled. BUT the Nikon D5500 features a touchscreen display, while the older D5300 will have to rely on the control buttons to navigate.

Another difference is when it comes to connectivity options. The Nikon D5300 has WiFi and GPS capabilities, but the Nikon D5500 has WiFi only. Nikon decided to remove the built in GPS for Geo-tagging and you will have to purchase the optional GP-1A accessory if you want to use Geo-tagging. Some of you might need this, and some might not need the GPS function.

Nikon has also upgraded the battery life in the Nikon D5500. The newer D5500 is now capable of shooting up to 820 shots, compared to the only 600 shots of the D5300. It’s good to know that you can take more shots with a longer battery life. I personally hate it when you run out of battery while in the middle of a photo session. Of course there is a difference in price and obviously the newer Nikon D5500 is priced higher than the D5300. By how much? Check out their respective prices below.

Nikon D5500 vs D5300: Physical Comparison

Nikon D5500 Front Nikon D5300 Front

Nikon D5500 BAck Nikon D5300 Back

Nikon D5500 Top Nikon D5300 Top

Nikon D5500 Display
Nikon D5300 Display

There is a $200 USD price difference between the Nikon D5500 vs D5300. $200 is a significant amount already, considering that you can invest the money on other gears. If you ask me which DSLR should you get? It really depends on what your needs are and what you think would be useful for you. Basically both cameras will produce the same image quality so you don’t have to worry which DSLR produces the better photo quality. So I think you should consider getting the Nikon D5500 when you think you will need the touch screen function and extra battery life. Otherwise get the Nikon D5300, save the $200, and invest it on other gears or better lens.

Nikon D5500 vs D5300: Specifications Comparison

SpecificationsNikon D5500Nikon D5300
Nikon D5500 with 18-22mm kitNikon D5300 with 18-22mm kit
Monitor Size3.2 in. diagonal3.2 in. diagonal
ISO SensitivityISO 100 - 25,600ISO 100 - 12,800
Hi-1 (ISO 25,600)
Battery / BatteriesOne EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery or EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion BatteryOne EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery or EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)4.9 in. (124 mm) x 3.9 in. (97 mm) x 2.8 in. (70 mm)4.92 in. (125 mm) x 3.9 in. (98.0 mm) x 3.0 in. (76.0 mm)
Storage MediaSD, SDHC, SDXCSD, SDHC, SDXC
Effective Pixels24.2 million24.2 million
Monitor TypeWide Viewing Angle
Vari-angle Touch TFT-LCD
Eye Sensor Control
Wide Viewing Angle
Vari-angle TFT-LCD
Approx. Weight14.9 oz. (420 g)camera body only16.9 oz. (480 g)camera body only
Sensor Size23.5 mm x 15.6 mm23.5 mm x 15.6 mm
Image Sensor FormatDXDX
MovieFull HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
VGA 640x424 / 30 fps
VGA 640x424 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
VGA 640x424 / 30 fps
VGA 640x424 / 25 fps
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution5 frames per second5 frames per second
Playback FunctionsAuto Image Rotation
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 12, or 80 images or calendar)
Highlights
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Location Display
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Photo Information
Playback with Zoom
Slideshow
Auto Image Rotation
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 12, or 80 images or calendar)
Highlights
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Playback with Zoom
Slideshow
Live View ShootingPhotography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Monitor Size3.2 in. diagonal3.2 in. diagonal
ISO SensitivityISO 100 - 25,600ISO 100 - 12,800
Hi-1 (ISO 25,600)
File Format Still ImagesJPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW): compressed 12 or 14 bit
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
NEF (RAW): Lossless compressed, compressed 12 or 14 bit
Battery / BatteriesOne EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery or EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion BatteryOne EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery or EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
White BalanceAuto
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset Manual
Shade
Auto
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset Manual
Shade
Built-in FlashYesYes
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)4.9 in. (124 mm) x 3.9 in. (97 mm) x 2.8 in. (70 mm)4.92 in. (125 mm) x 3.9 in. (98.0 mm) x 3.0 in. (76.0 mm)
Monitor Resolution1,037,000 Dots1,037,000 Dots
Lens MountNikon F bayonet mountNikon F bayonet mount
Battery Life (shots per charge)820 shots (CIPA)600 shots (CIPA)
Viewfinder Frame Coverage95% Horizontal
95% Vertical (Approx.)
95% Horizontal
95% Vertical (Approx.)
White Balance Bracketing3 shots in steps of 13 shots in steps of 1
In-Camera Image EditingColor Balance
Color Outline
Color Sketch
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Fisheye
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Quick Retouch
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Selective Color
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
Color Balance
Color Outline
Color Sketch
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Fisheye
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Quick Retouch
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Selective Color
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
Dynamic AF ModeNumber of AF points: 9, 21, 39 and 39 (3D-tracking)Number of AF points: 9, 21, 39 and 39 (3D-tracking)
Effective Pixels24.2 million24.2 million
Flash Bracketing----
Card Slot1 Secure Digital (SD)1 Secure Digital (SD)
AC AdapterEH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5A Power Connector (available separately)EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5A Power Connector (available separately)
Lens Compatibility at a Glance***AF-S and AF-I CPU lenses onlyAF-S and AF-I CPU lenses only
Monitor TypeWide Viewing Angle
Vari-angle Touch TFT-LCD
Eye Sensor Control
Wide Viewing Angle
Vari-angle TFT-LCD
Viewfinder Magnification0.82x (Approx.)0.82x (Approx.)
GPSGP-1A GPS unitYes (Built-in)
GP-1 GPS unit (optional)
GP-1A GPS unit (optional)
Auto-area AF ModeYesYes
Approx. Weight14.9 oz. (420 g)camera body only16.9 oz. (480 g)camera body only
Sensor Size23.5 mm x 15.6 mm23.5 mm x 15.6 mm
Fastest Shutter Speed1/4000 sec.1/4000 sec.
Image Sensor FormatDXDX
Slowest Shutter Speed30 sec.30 sec.
Viewfinder Eyepoint17 mm (-1.0 m¯¹)18mm (-1.0m¯¹)
Top FP High Speed Sync----
Flash Sync ModesAuto
Auto with red-eye reduction
Auto slow sync
Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction
Fill-flash
Rear-curtain sync
Rear-curtain with slow sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow sync
Off
Auto
Auto with red-eye reduction
Auto slow sync
Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction
Fill-flash
Rear-curtain sync
Rear-curtain with slow sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow sync
Off
Flash Compensation-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Scene ModesAutumn Colors
Beach / Snow
Blossom
Candlelight
Child
Close-up
Dusk / Dawn
Food
Landscape
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Party / Indoor
Pet Portrait
Portrait
Sports
Sunset
Special Effects Mode (Night vision, Color sketch, Toy camera, Miniature effect, Selective color, Silhouette, High key, Low key, HDR painting)
Autumn Colors
Beach / Snow
Blossom
Candlelight
Child
Close-up
Dusk / Dawn
Food
Landscape
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Party / Indoor
Pet Portrait
Portrait
Sports
Sunset
Special Effects Mode (Night vision, Color sketch, Toy camera, Miniature effect, Selective color, Silhouette, High key, Low key, HDR painting)
MovieFull HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
VGA 640x424 / 30 fps
VGA 640x424 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
VGA 640x424 / 30 fps
VGA 640x424 / 25 fps
Mirror Lock UpYesYes
Movie AudioBuilt-in microphone, stereo
External stereo microphone (optional)
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Built-in microphone, stereo
External stereo microphone (optional)
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Exposure Compensation±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution5 frames per second5 frames per second
Focus ModesAuto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points3939
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700 or SB-500 as a master flash or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with all CLS-compatible flash unitsAdvanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Exposure Bracketing3 frames in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV3 frames in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Picture ControlFlat
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Vivid
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Vivid

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  1. March 9, 2015

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