Nikon D500 vs Nikon D5500

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Nikon D500
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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
One hundred and fourteen more auto focus points Edit
The Nikon D500 has 153.00 auto focus points, however the Nikon D5500 only has 39.00 auto focus points.
A lot higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon D500 has a maximum ISO speed of 51,200, but the Nikon D5500 is only a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera (25,600 lower).
One more memory slot Edit
The Nikon D500 has two memory slots, however the Nikon D5500 only has one memory slot.
Significantly higher display resolution Edit
The Nikon D500 has a display resolution of 2,359,000 pixels, whereas the Nikon D5500 is only a 1,037,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (1,322,000 pixels lower).
Higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon D500 has a lens magnification ratio of 1x, but the Nikon D5500 is only a 0.82x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.18x lower). 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.

Available from 31 shops
The more stores stock this digital camera, the greater competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
More popular
The Nikon D500 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 16025 by sales volume in our digital cameras, but the Nikon D5500 ranks No. 34459.
7 Reasons For
Higher megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a megapixel count of 24.2MP, but the Nikon D500 is only a 20.9MP digital camera (3.3MP 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.

13% more total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a total megapixel count of 24.78MP, however the Nikon D500 is only a 21.56MP digital camera (3.22MP less).
Ninety-nine times shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Nikon D5500 is a 0.01s flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.99s shorter than the Nikon D500 (0.01s).
Bigger eye relief Edit
The Nikon D5500 is a 17mm Eye relief digital camera. That's 1mm bigger than the Nikon D500 (17mm). 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.

81% lighter Edit
The Nikon D5500 is a 420g digital camera. That's 340g lighter than the Nikon D500 (420g). 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.

£500 cheaper
The Nikon D5500 is £500 cheaper than the Nikon D500.
User reviews are better
Based on 114 user reviews, the Nikon D5500 has an average review score of 94%, whereas the Nikon D500 has an average rating of 87% (based on 3 reviews).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
16% lower megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D500 has a megapixel count of 20.9MP, however the Nikon D5500 is a 24.2MP digital camera (3.3MP higher). 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.

3.22MP less total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D500 has a total megapixel count of 21.56MP, whereas the Nikon D5500 is a 24.78MP digital camera (3.22MP more).
Longer flash sync-speed Edit
The Nikon D500 is a 1s flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.99s longer than the Nikon D5500 (0.01s).
7% smaller eye relief Edit
Nikon D500 is only 16mm Eye relief. That's 1mm smaller than the Nikon D5500 (17mm). 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.

Heavier Edit
The Nikon D500 is a 760g digital camera. That's 340g heavier than the Nikon D5500 (420g). 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.

£500 more expensive
The Nikon D500 is more expensive than the Nikon D5500 by £500.
Lower user review Score
The Nikon D500 has an average user rating of 87%, but the Nikon D5500 has an average user rating of 94% (based on 114 reviews).
8 Reasons Against
One hundred and fourteen less auto focus points Edit
The number of auto focus points on the Nikon D5500 is 39.00, but the Nikon D500 only has 153.00 auto focus points.
25,600 lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a maximum ISO speed of 25,600, whereas the Nikon D500 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (25,600 higher).
One less memory slot Edit
The number of memory slots on the Nikon D5500 is one, but the Nikon D500 only has two memory slots.
Vastly lower display resolution Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a display resolution of 1,037,000 pixels, however the Nikon D500 is a 2,359,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (1,322,000 pixels higher).
0.18x lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.82x, whereas the Nikon D500 is a 1x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.18x 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 sellers
Only 1 store sell the Nikon D5500, but 32 stores sell the Nikon D500. Read more
The smaller the number of retailers that stock this digital camera, the lower the competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
One year older
The Nikon D5500 is older than the Nikon D500 by one year.
Worse selling
The Nikon D5500 ranks No. 34459 by sales volume, whereas the Nikon D500 ranks No. 16025.

Awards

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Digital Versus: 5 Star
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
DP Review: Silver
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
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PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
tomsguide.com: Editor's Choice

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
20.9MP 24.2MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 2784 x 1856
 6000 x 4000
 4496 x 3000
 2784 x 1856
 6000 x 4000
 4496 x 3000
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6000 x 4000
 6000 x 4000
BEST
Image Format
 JPG
 TIF
 NEF
 RAW
 JPG
 TIF
 NEF
 RAW
BEST
Full-Frame Sensor Size
23.5 x 15.7 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixel Count
21.56MP 24.78MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 DX
 DX

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
5x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
32 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
2.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
16 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure
17/13 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon F
 Nikon F
Diaphragm Blades
7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
72mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
 Auto focus lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus assist beam
Auto Focus Point
153
BEST
39
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
 200
 51200
 25600
 25
 100
 200
 51200
 25600
 25
Maximum ISO Speed
51,200
BEST
25,600
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Highlight-weighted
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Highlight-weighted
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
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
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
Flash Sync-Speed
1s 0.01s
BEST
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
 Shoe mounting point
Shoe Mounting Point
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
BEST
 3840 x 2160
Video Format
 M-JPEG
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 M-JPEG
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
BEST
Analog Signal Format
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Resolution and Capture Speed
 3840x2160@25fps
 3840x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1280x720@50fps
BEST
 3840x2160@25fps
 3840x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1280x720@50fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD

Audio

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

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
Memory Slot
2
BEST
1

Display

Screen Size
3.2" 3.2"
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
Unknown - Click to provide data 100%
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Display Resolution
2,359,000 pixels
BEST
1,037,000 pixels

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
1x
BEST
0.82x
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
USB Connector Type
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB B
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
Microphone in Socket
 Microphone in socket
 Microphone in socket
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 3.0
BEST
 3.0
Ecurity Algorithm
 AES
 WPA
 WPA2
 WPA2-PSK
 AES
 WPA
 WPA2
 WPA2-PSK
Headphone Out Port
 Headphone out port
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

3D Compatible
 3D compatible
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Direct sunlight
 Manual
 Shade
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Direct sunlight
 Manual
 Shade
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,5,10,20 2,5,10,20
Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Calendar
Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
 Dioptre correction
Anti-Dust Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Anti-dust function
Image Editing Mode
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 DPOF
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 DPOF
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
 Direct printing
Diopter Adjustment
-2 - 1 -1.7 - 0.5
Eye Relief
16mm 17mm
BEST
Scene Mode
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Pet
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Pet
Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 BUL
 SER
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 BEN
 Multi
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 BUL
 SER
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 BEN
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
760g 420g
BEST
Height
115mm 97mm
Depth
81mm 70mm
Width
147mm 124mm
Lens Weight
480g Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Length
85.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Diameter
80mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight Including Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 470g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Size
EN-EL15 EN-EL14a
Shot Per Battery Charge
1,240 shots Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 85
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Included Cable
 USB
 USB
BEST
Battery Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
 Included battery charger
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
Near Field Communication
 Near field communication
Unknown - Click to provide data
Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash

Technical Details

Image Processor
 EXPEED 5
 EXPEED 5
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
 Self-timer
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