Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D90

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Nikon D5500
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Reasons For

13 Reasons For
11.9MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a megapixel count of 24.2MP, but the Nikon D90 is only a 12.3MP digital camera (11.9MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

11.88MP more total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a total megapixel count of 24.78MP, however the Nikon D90 is only a 12.9MP digital camera (11.88MP less).
Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Nikon D5500 has an optical zoom of 3x, but the Nikon D90 is only a unknownx optical zoom digital camera (3x smaller). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

14 smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a maximum aperture of 36, but the Nikon D90 is only a 22 maximum aperture digital camera (14 bigger).
19,200 higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a maximum ISO speed of 25,600, whereas the Nikon D90 is only a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera (19,200 lower).
Moderately larger screen size Edit
Nikon D5500 is 3.2" screen, but the Nikon D90 is only a 3" screen digital camera (0.2" smaller). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

12% higher display resolution Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a display resolution of 1,037,000 pixels, however the Nikon D90 is only a 920,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (117,000 pixels lower).
17mm bigger eye relief Edit
The Nikon D5500 is a 17mm Eye relief digital camera. That's 17mm bigger than the Nikon D90 (unknownmm). Read more

Eye relief (also known as eye point) refers to how far away from the eye piece your eye can be and you can still see the full frame of the image that will be taken.

A larger eye relief distance is useful for people who wear glasses, meaning that they can't put their eye directly on the eye piece.

48% lighter Edit
The Nikon D5500 is a 420g digital camera. That's 200g lighter than the Nikon D90 (620g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Marginally shorter Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a height of 97mm, however the Nikon D90 is a 103mm tall digital camera (6mm taller).
Quite thinner Edit
Nikon D5500 is 70mm deep, but the Nikon D90 is a 77mm deep digital camera (7mm thicker).
8mm narrower Edit
Nikon D5500 is 124mm wide, but the Nikon D90 is a 132mm wide digital camera (8mm wider).
Available from 41 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
5 Reasons For
Higher JPEG frame rate Edit
The Nikon D90 is a 24fps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 24fps higher than the Nikon D5500 (24fps).
Vastly larger maximum memory card size Edit
The Nikon D90 has a maximum memory card size of 32GB, however the Nikon D5500 is only a unknownGB maximum memory card size digital camera (32GB smaller).
13% higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon D90 is a 0.94x lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.12x higher than the Nikon D5500 (0.94x). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Fifteen more awards
The Nikon D90 has 22 awards from expert review sites, whereas the Nikon D5500 has 7 awards.
Better expert reviews
The average expert review score of the Nikon D90 is 88%, however the average rating of the Nikon D5500 is 83% (based on 81 reviews).

Reasons Against

3 Reasons Against
0.12x lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.82x, whereas the Nikon D90 is a 0.94x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.12x higher). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Fewer awards
Whilst the Nikon D5500 has received 7 awards, the Nikon D90 has received 22 awards.
Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Nikon D5500 is 83%, whereas the average expert rating of the Nikon D90 is 88% (based on 115 reviews).
12 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D90 is a 12.3MP digital camera. That's 11.9MP lower than the Nikon D5500 (12.3MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Less total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D90 is a 12.9MP digital camera. That's 11.88MP less than the Nikon D5500 (12.9MP).
Bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Nikon D90 is a 22 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 14 bigger than the Nikon D5500 (22).
19,200 lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon D90 is a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 19,200 lower than the Nikon D5500 (6,400).
7% smaller screen size Edit
The Nikon D90 is a 3" screen digital camera. That's 0.2" smaller than the Nikon D5500 (3"). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Lower display resolution Edit
The Nikon D90 is a 920,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 117,000 pixels lower than the Nikon D5500 (920,000 pixels).
200g heavier Edit
The Nikon D90 has a weight of 620g, but the Nikon D5500 is a 420g digital camera (200g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

6% taller Edit
Nikon D90 is 103mm tall. That's 6mm taller than the Nikon D5500 (103mm).
10% thicker Edit
The Nikon D90 is a 77mm deep digital camera. That's 7mm thicker than the Nikon D5500 (77mm).
Wider Edit
The Nikon D90 is a 132mm wide digital camera. That's 8mm wider than the Nikon D5500 (132mm).
Less retailers
The Nikon D90 is only stocked by 2 retailers, whereas the Nikon D5500 is stocked by 43 shops. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Older by seven months
The Nikon D90 is seven months older than the Nikon D5500.

Awards

7 Awards
Digital Versus: 5 Star
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
DP Review: Silver
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
gadgetsmagazine.com.ph: Editor's Pick
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
tomsguide.com: Editor's Choice
22 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
Akam.no: Recommended
alphr.com: Recommended
best4reviews.com: Best Buy
buy-n-shoot.com: Platinum
Camera Labs: Highly Recommended
CNET.co.uk: Editor's Choice
Cnetfrance.fr: Editor's Choice
computeractive.co.uk: Buy It
Expert Reviews: Best Buy
igizmo.co.uk: Recommended
Laptopmag.com: Editor's Choice
letsgodigital.org/nl/: Recommended
pcauthority.com.au: A-List
pctuner.net: Best Product
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoxels.com: Editor's Choice
plusxaward.de: Innovation
Pocket Lint: Hot Product
stuff.tv: Hot Buy
tipa.com: Technical Image Press Association Award
Trusted Reviews: Recommended

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
24.2MP
BEST
12.3MP
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 6000 x 4000
 4496 x 3000
 2144 x 1424
BEST
 6000 x 4000
 4496 x 3000
 2144 x 1424
Maximum Image Resolution
 6000 x 4000
BEST
 6000 x 4000
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
BEST
Full-Frame Sensor Size
23.5 x 15.6 23.6 x 15.8
Total Megapixel Count
24.78MP
BEST
12.9MP
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 DX
 DX

Design

Colour
 Red
 Red
Body Material
 Aluminium
 Plastic
 Aluminium
 Plastic

Lens System

Optical Zoom
3x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
36
BEST
22
Minimum Aperture
3.5 3.5
Focal Length Range
18 - 55 18 - 55
Lens Structure
11/8 11/8
Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon F
 Nikon F
Aspheric Element
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Diaphragm Blades
7 7
Filter Size
52mm 52mm
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 tracking
 Face tracking
 single
 continuous
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 tracking
 Face tracking
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
 Auto focus lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.28m
Auto Focus Point
Unknown - Click to provide data 11
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 100
 25600
 25
 64
 200
 320
 400
 640
 3200
 6400
 100
 25600
 25
 64
 200
 320
 400
 640
 3200
 6400
Maximum ISO Speed
25,600
BEST
6,400
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Manual
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Manual
Flash Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data 17m
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s 0.01s
External Flash Connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 24fps
Video Format
 M-JPEG
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
 M-JPEG
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
BEST
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
BEST
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Format
 PCM
BEST
 PCM

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
Maximum Memory Card Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 32GB
Memory Slot
1 1

Display

Screen Size
3.2"
BEST
3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Field of View
100% 100%
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
1,037,000 pixels
BEST
920,000 pixels

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.82x 0.94x
BEST
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
Microphone in Socket
 Microphone in socket
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

GPS
 GPS
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,5,10,20 2,5,10,20
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
 Anti-dust function
Image Editing Mode
 Trimming
 Rotating
 Trimming
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Tripod Mount
 Tripod mount
 Tripod mount
Playback Mode
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Diopter Adjustment
-1.7 - 0.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Eye Relief
17mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Pet
 Sports
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Pet
 Sports
Display Language
 Multi
 DAN
 DUT
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 Multi
 DAN
 DUT
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
420g
BEST
620g
Height
97mm
BEST
103mm
Depth
70mm
BEST
77mm
Width
124mm
BEST
132mm
Lens Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 265g
Lens Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 79mm
Lens Diameter
Unknown - Click to provide data 73mm
Weight Including Battery
470g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 1
Battery Size
EN-EL14a EN-EL3e
Shot Per Battery Charge
Unknown - Click to provide data 850 shots

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
0 - 85 0 - 85
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data ViewNX,Nikon Transfer,Apple QuickTime
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Cable
 USB
 AV
 USB
 AV
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
 Included battery charger
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
 Hand strap

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Certificates

Energy Star Certified
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Energy Star certified

Technical Details

Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
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