Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D90

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Nikon D5500
Nikon D90

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
11.9MP higher megapixel Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a megapixel 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 megapixels Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a total megapixels of 24.78MP, however the Nikon D90 is only a 12.9MP digital camera (11.88MP less).
Twenty-eight more auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The number of auto Focus (AF) pointss on the Nikon D5500 is 39.00, but the Nikon D90 only has 11.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
22,400 higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Nikon D5500 is a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera, whereas the Nikon D90 is only a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (22,400 lower).
Moderately larger display diagonal 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 (numeric) Edit
The Nikon D5500 has a display resolution (numeric) of 1,037,000 pixels, however the Nikon D90 is only a 920,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (117,000 pixels lower).
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.

4 Reasons For
Image stabilizer Edit
The Nikon D90 has an image stabilizer, however the Nikon D5500 does not. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

13% higher magnification Edit
The Nikon D90 has a magnification of 0.94x. 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

4 Reasons Against
Does not have an image stabilizer Edit
The Nikon D5500 does not have an image stabilizer, however the Nikon D90 has an image stabilizer. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

0.12x lower magnification Edit
The Nikon D5500 is a 0.82x lens magnification ratio digital camera, 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).
9 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel 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 megapixels Edit
The Nikon D90 is a 12.9MP digital camera. That's 11.88MP less than the Nikon D5500 (12.9MP).
Only 11.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The Nikon D90 is an 11.00 auto Focus (AF) points digital camera, whereas the Nikon D5500 only has 39.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
22,400 lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Nikon D90 has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 3,200. That's 22,400 lower than the Nikon D5500 (3,200).
7% smaller display diagonal 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 (numeric) Edit
Nikon D90 is only 920,000 pixels display resolution. 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.

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Older by eight months
The Nikon D90 is eight 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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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel
24.2MP
BEST
12.3MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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 Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
23.5 x 15.6 23.6 x 15.8
Total Megapixels
24.78MP
BEST
12.9MP
Image Stabilizer Location
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 DX
 DX

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black
Material
 Aluminium
 Plastic
 Aluminium
 Plastic

Lens System

Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 5.6
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 127.5mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 27mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Unknown - Click to provide data 16 - 85
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Unknown - Click to provide data 17/11
Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon F
 Nikon F
Number of Aspheric Elements
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Unknown - Click to provide data 7
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 67mm
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 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 (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.28m
Auto Focus (AF) Points
39
BEST
11
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 100
 25600
 25
 Auto
 80
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
 100
 25600
 25
 Auto
 80
 160
 200
 320
 400
 800
 1600
 3200
ISO Sensitivity (max)
25,600
BEST
3,200
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
Flash Guide Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 17m
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s 0.01s
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
 External flash connector
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)
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point Type
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 24fps
Video Formats Supported
 M-JPEG
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
 M-JPEG
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
BEST
Resolution At 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 Formats Supported
 PCM
BEST
 PCM

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Maximum Memory Card Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 32GB
Memory Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
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%
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,037,000 pixels
BEST
920,000 pixels

Viewfinder

Magnification
0.82x 0.94x
BEST
Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector Type
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,5,10,20 2,5,10,20
Calendar
 Calendar
 Calendar
Album Organization
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Album organization
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
 Anti-dust function
Image Editing
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
 Tripod mountable
Camera Playback
 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 (D-D)
-1.7 - 0.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Eye Relief
17mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Pet
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Pet
Languages Support
 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 103mm
Depth
70mm 77mm
Width
124mm 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 Type
 Battery
 USB
 Battery
 USB
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 1
Battery Type
EN-EL14a EN-EL3e
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Unknown - Click to provide data 850 shots

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data 32 - 104
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
0 - 85 0 - 85
Operating Temperature (T-T)
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
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
 USB
 AV
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
 Battery charger included
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
 Hand strap

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data

Certificates

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

Other Features

Video Capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video capability
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI ports quantity
Aperture Priority AE
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Aperture priority AE

Technical Details

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