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Nikon D5300 vs D3300 – Entry Level Comparison


Nikon D5500Nikon D3300
Sensor Size23.5 x 15.6mm23.2 x 15.4mm
Image Resolution6000 x 40006000 x 4000
ISO Range100 - 25,600100 - 25,600
ProcessorExpeed 4 Expeed 4
AF Points3911
Burst Mode5fps5fps
LCD Size3.2" Articulating LCD Touch-Screen3.0" Fixed LCD
LCD Resolution1,037,000 dots921,000 dots
Viewfinder Coverage95%95%
Viewfinder Magnification0.82x0.85x
Viewfinder TypePentamirrorPentamirror
Shutter Speed Range1/4000 to 30 sec.1/4000 to 30 sec.
Exposure Compensation±5 EV±5 EV
Full HD Video1,920 x 1,080 (60fps)
1,920 x 1,080 (50fps)
1,920 x 1,080 (30fps)
1,920 x 1080 (25fps)
1,920 x 1,080 (24fps)
1,920 x 1,080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24fps)
1280 x 720 (60, 50fps)
Weight (inc. batteries)420g (0.93lb)430g (0.95lbs)
Battery Life820 Shots (CIPA)700 Shots (CIPA)
Dimensions124 x 97 x 70 mm124 x 98 x 76 mm
Release Date20152014


Advantages of Nikon D5500:

  • Faster AF system, with 18 more points. Having more points in your viewfinder is never a bad thing, because it’s easier to focus the camera right where you want it to
  • The LCD is slightly bigger and can be moved around. It’s also the first time Nikon made their LCD touch-screen, but it’s up to the user whether they like it
  • Slightly lighter and smaller, which is a nice surprise seeing as the camera is positioned higher than the D3300, but the differences are really minimal

These two cameras are quite similar, but the better AF system and an articulating screen obviously result in a much higher price.

You can get the Nikon D5500 at Amazon here for a little under $900 with the kit lens, whereas Nikon D3300 + 18-55mm is available for $496. Personally, I see no reason to spend $400 on a body with such small improvements, and recommend you to spend that money on a good lens! You’ll get the same image quality, same colors and same noise performance, so the final results really depend more on your skills and the glass you are using!

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