Nikon D5300 vs D5500 – Which is Better For You?

Comparing cameras such as the Nikon D5300 vs D5500 is usually confusing for some folks. This is mostly because of the similarities between both cameras.

The matter is also compounded as both cameras are from the same manufacturer, same level and the same series. And the fact that the Nikon D5500 is a replacement of the Nikon D5300 does not make it any easier. Sorry, there is no Nikon D5400.

As confusing as it might be in differentiating these entry-level DSLR cameras, here at, we got you covered.

This article compares these cameras in-depth and reveals the common features, strengths, and weaknesses of both cameras. It also brings to light their individual strengths and weakness.

Since your photography needs are peculiar, this article thoroughly brushes you up with the necessary knowledge you require. In the end, armed with the information you get from this comparison article, we are certain you’ll realize which of the two is better for you.

Table of Contents

Comparison Overview – Nikon D5300 vs D5500

The Nikon D5300 and the D5500 are excellent entry-level DSLR cameras that are capable of producing excellent image quality.

The D5300 body comes in three colors: red, grey and black. The D5500, on the other hand, has only two colors which are red and black.

As an upgrade, the Nikon D5500 has some features that make it a slightly better camera in terms of image quality than its predecessor.

One of those which you’ll immediately notice is the smaller size and lighter weight of the D5500 as compared to the Nikon D5300.

The time gap between the announcement of both cameras means that the D5500 incorporates certain technological advancements that the D5300 had no access to when it was manufactured.  

Nevertheless, both cameras share more similarities than differences. This means that whichever of these cameras you go for eventually; you haven’t made a bad decision.

Price/Value Ratio- Nikon D5300 vs D5500

Which camera offers more value for money?

The D5500 offers more value for money than the D5300. While it may not have many unique features apart from the touch screen, it does perform better.

The Nikon D5500 in terms of performance has an advantage ratio of 5:1 over the Nikon D5200. The only areas the predecessor has an advantage is in its built-in GPS unique feature and its cheaper price.

Comparison Table – Nikon D5300 vs D5500

Nikon D5300 Nikon D5500
Announcement Date 31/10/2013 06/01/2015
ISO 100 – 12,800 (25,600 boosted) 100 – 25,600
Weight 480g 420g
Touch Screen No Yes
GPS Yes No
Dimensions 125 x 98 x 76 mm 124 x 97 x 70 mm
Battery Life 600 shots 820 shots
Dynamic Range 24.0 24.1
Color Depth 13.9 14.0
Low Light ISO 1338 1438
Buffer Size (RAW Images) 4 7
Startup Time 0.5 seconds 0.4 seconds

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Which is Better For What Situation? – Nikon D5300 vs D5500

Nikon D5300 Nikon D5500
Anyone on a budget should opt for the Nikon D5300 as it is cheaper than its successor.

Both cameras are almost the same except for one or two peculiar features that are different. They still offer nearly the same quality as well as performance.
Due to its smaller size and lighter weight, the Nikon D5500 is more suitable for daily photography than the D5300.

As daily photography requires that you’re constantly moving about with your camera, a lighter and smaller camera is better employed.
If geotagging your pictures is a big deal for you, then the Nikon D5300 should be your choice instead of the D5500.

This is because the latter lacks a built-in GPS which makes it impossible for it to perform the geotagging function.
Shooting all day requires a battery that will last long.

If this is your normal situation, the Nikon D5500 would serve you better than the D5300. The D5500 offers you more shots than the D5300.
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Common Features – Nikon D5300 vs D5500

The similarities shared between these cameras are quite much. We will discuss them in detail here.

The D5300 and the D5500 have the following similarities:

i. Sensor

ii. Sensor Resolution

iii. Lens Mount and Lenses

iv. Screen

v. Viewfinder

vi. Continuous Shooting Speed

vii. Autofocus System

viii. Image Processor

ix. Video Resolution (Quality)

x. Built-in Wi-fi

xi. Built-In Flash

xii. External Flash Shoe

xiii. Microphone Jack

xiv. Remote Controlling

xv. HDMI Port

xvi. Bulb Shutter


The sensor of a camera is an integral camera part. This is the part of the camera that allows the flow of light in that brings about image formation. Therefore, one could say that an image capture begins with the sensor.

Having a sensor is important but having the right type is more important. For the Nikon D5300 and the D5500, both cameras make use of the APS-C CMOS sensor type. The APS-C is also called the ‘DX format’ by the Nikon Company.

This sensor type is commonly used in many of Nikon’s DSLR cameras than other sensor types. Other sensor types include the four-thirds, full-frame and the APS-H sensors.

The size of the sensor is equally important as the type used. This is because a bigger sensor will naturally allow more light to pass through than a smaller sensor. And as you might have deduced, more light that gets in ultimately improves your image quality.

For the D5300 and the D5500, the sensor size of 23.5 x 16 mm is classified as being medium-sized. This means that the amount of light that flows through the sensor is sufficient enough to produce an excellent image.

Furthermore, it has a format factor (aka crop factor) of 1.5 and a native aspect ratio of 3:2. The aspect ratio is the ratio of the sensor’s width to its height

The similarity in sensor type and size means that both cameras will offer the same depth of field control.

It is important to mention here that a bigger sensor tends to be heavier and also expensive to manufacture. Therefore, the size of your sensor ultimately affects the overall weight and price of your camera.

However, since both cameras in focus sport a medium-sized sensor, the weight added is not much. The price of both cameras is not expensive as well.

Sensor Resolution

Apart from the fact that the Nikon D5300 and the D5500 sport the same sensor type, both cameras also have the same sensor resolution.

The sensor resolution also known as the megapixels is the measurement of a sensor’s details in capturing detailed images. A higher sensor resolution will produce a better image quality than that with a lower sensor. This is why the sensor resolution is crucial.

We must admit that the sensor resolution on these cameras; the D5300 and the D5500 are capable enough to produce excellent images that everyone would be pleased with.

This, however, should be understood that we mean this regarding their camera level. Higher-level cameras boast of megapixels that are pretty mind-blowing with image quality that is so detailed than what an entry-level camera can produce.

The Nikon D3300 and the D5500, however, are still champions in their rights and boast a 24-megapixel sensor resolution. That’s as good as they come when you compare with other entry-level cameras.

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 Lens Mount and Lenses

The lens mount allows a camera to make use of different lenses that suit the user’s photography purposes. When this is the case with any camera, such is said to possess an interchangeable body.

The Nikon D5300 and the Nikon D5500 both posses an interchangeable body which means they can use different types of lenses. This is made possible thanks to the lens mount used by these cameras.

The Nikon F mount is used by the D5300 and the D5500 and it allows these cameras to make use of 302 native lenses. These lenses are used to suit your kind of photography.

There are 33 standard zoom, 20 standard prime, 32 wide-angle zoom, 46 wide-angle prime, 51 telephoto zoom, 42 telephoto zoom, 30 super-zoom, 8 wide-angle fisheye prime, 25 macro prime, 11 perspective control prime, and telephoto mirror crime.

We recommend any of these lenses: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens,
Nikon AF-S FX Micro-NIKKOR 2177 60mm f/2.8G ED Standard Macro Lens,
52MM 0.43x Altura Photo Professional HD Wide Angle Lens (w/Macro Portion).

Neither camera possesses a built-in image stabilization feature, hence, the need for an optical stabilization lens. There are 88 of such lenses available to these cameras that can be used with the Nikon F mount


The screen size is very important as it allows you to view your captured pictures and videos boldly. It also allows a user to interface with the camera’s settings and options as they are readily displayed on the screen.

To this end, many buyers prefer a bigger screen and the Nikon D5300 and the D5500 readily deliver on this. With an impressive 3.2 inches LCD screen, these cameras give you all the view you need.

Furthermore, the screen resolution of these cameras is also impressive for entry-level cameras. Both boast of a 1,037,000 dots screen resolution.

The screen resolution is equally important as the screen size. Without a good resolution, the image displayed won’t be detailed and might end up blurry especially with a big screen.

In addition to the already impressive size and resolution, the screens of the D5300 and the D5500 offer you flexible options while shooting. In what way you might ask? Well, both screens are fully articulated which means they can be turned and tilted to give you the right capturing angle.

Also, this feature is selfie-friendly as you can easily turn the screen towards yourself for a bit of selfie time. It helps with taking group pictures too wherein you don’t need to be behind the camera, you can be in front of it with your pals.

Vloggers will also benefit from this amazing feature.

In the Nikon D5500 tutorial below, you will find out if you can rotate its screen 360 degrees.


The viewfinder is necessary if you intend to get the right frame and control for your shot.

The Nikon D5300 and the D5500 possess the same kind of viewfinder. Both cameras are fitted with an eye-level optical pentamirror viewfinder. In case you don’t have any idea what that means, we’ll tell you briefly.

An eye-level viewfinder means that you can look through your viewfinder by placing it close to your eyes to frame our shot. The other option would have been to hold your camera at arm’s length.

The advantage you get with this kind of viewfinder is that the sun or extreme lighting won’t affect your eyes while framing that shot.

It is either you make use of an optical or a digital viewfinder. An optical viewfinder is more preferred than the digital viewfinder for two reasons.

First of all, it offers you a better framing and control option. Secondly, it doesn’t run down your battery as the digital viewfinder consumes the power to function.

A pentamirror viewfinder is a viewfinder that makes use of mirrors rather than prisms. The job of the pentamirror is to allow light to pass through the viewfinder for a properly illuminated image viewing. Although the pentamirror does a good job, it is not as efficient as the pentaprism which allows the passage of more light and offers a brighter image view.

The eye-level optical pentamirror viewfinder found in the D5300 and the D5500 both have 95% coverage and a 0.55 magnification.

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Continuous Shooting Speed

The burst mode or continuous shooting feature enables one to take a series of multiple shots within a short space of time. Shooting in burst mode allows you to capture continuous action or sports photography.

The capacity to shoot effectively in burst mode is highly dependent on your camera’s buffer capacity and your continuous shooting speed.

Both cameras in focus are capable of shooting in burst mode and are fast enough to capture 5 shots in just a second (5fps).

Autofocus System

The autofocus system allows you to emphasize on a particular subject in the frame at a fast speed. This technology is found in many of the cameras around today: The Nikon D5300 and the D5500 are not excluded.

One of the highlights of the autofocus system is the autofocus points. An autofocus point is a point in a frame where much focus can be placed on apart from other points in the frame.

That means that point gets more attention than other points in the frame. The more autofocus points a camera possesses, the better it can add more attention to several points in the frame. This ultimately results in a better detailed image.

The D5300 and the D5500 have a capacity of 39 autofocus points within a frame and 9 of them are cross-type. This is pretty impressive for entry-level cameras such as these.

Apart from the 39 autofocus points, these cameras still have the following autofocus functions:

Autofocus Tracking

This autofocus function allows the camera to track and effectively keep up with subjects that are continuously moving within the frame. This is very useful for capturing sports events, wildlife as well as any subject that is in constant motion.

Autofocus Multi-View

This allows you to select different AF area modes while in live view mode.

Autofocus Multi-Area

With these cameras, you can lock on to multiple focus points within the frame. This means that you don’t have to constantly reacquire focus even when the subject(s) within the frame move.

Auto Focus Face Detection

This function allows you to focus directly on the face/faces of people within your frame. It places special attention and detail on the subject’s face(s). This is useful for portrait photography as it requires attention to detail of the subject’s faces.

Image Processor

The image processor found in both cameras accounts for their similar performance. The Nikon D5300 and the Nikon D5500 both make use of Nikon’s EXPEED 4 image processor.

The EXPEED 4 allows these cameras to operate at optimal speed as well as delivering quality images. 

Video Resolution (Quality)

Apart from shooting still images, most users want a camera that can also shoot videos. The Nikon D5300 and the D5500 fit the bill and needs of most users as they can capture both pictures as well as videos.

Despite being entry-level cameras, the D5300 and the D5500 can effectively shoot full HD (1080p) videos at about 60fps. This pretty much means that the video resolution will be well detailed.

There is a let-down on the part of both cameras in terms of video recording which we discuss in the common cons section below.

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Built-in Wi-fi

The Nikon D5300 and the D5500 both sport a built-in Wi-Fi feature.

This feature allows you to connect easily with other devices as well as sharing your images and videos on social media platforms. The Nikon D5300 was the first DSLR camera produced by the Nikon Company to have this feature.

To make use of this feature, however, you will need Nikon’s Wireless Mobile Utility App downloaded on your device (smartphone or tablet). After connecting, you can carry out easy sharing of your images and videos.

Built-In Flash

In a situation whereby you find yourself in low-light situations; a built-in flash can save your day and shot.

Both cameras have a built-in flash feature to help out in such situations. This flash can reach a range of 12 m when used at ISO 100

External Flash Shoe

A built-in flash in most cases does not do the work of illuminating an environment as properly as you would desire. In such cases, an external flash is required.

However, an external flash cannot be used if the camera lacks a flash shoe. Fortunately for the Nikon D5300 and the D5500, they are fitted with a flash shoe.

Learn how to connect to a hot-shoe flash in the next video.

Microphone Jack

An external microphone offers the option of enhanced audio recording quality. It is connected to the camera via a microphone jack. The D5300 and the D5500 both possess this feature.

Most external microphones are compatible with these cameras, however, we highly recommend the Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone.

Remote Controlling

The remote controlling feature present in the Nikon D5300 and the D5500 allows you to remote control your camera with your smartphone.


With an HDMI port, you can connect your camera to a larger screen like the Neewer F100 7-inch 4k 1280×800 IPS Screen Camera Field Monitor via an HDMI cable.

Viewing your images and videos on a larger screen is better as it allows you to see angles you would have missed. It also helps you in editing as the picture is much bigger.

The D5300 and the D5500 are fitted with the HDMI port feature.

Bulb Shutter

With the bulb shutter feature, your camera can manually keep its shutter open for extended exposure. The Nikon D5300 and the D5500 have this feature.

Unique Features – Nikon D5300 vs D5500

What we mean by unique features are those features possessed by one camera that the other lacks. In this section, the differences between these cameras become clearer.

Unique Features of Nikon D5300 – Nikon D5300 vs D5500

The following are unique features found in the D5300 that are missing in the D5500:

i. Built-in GPS

Built-in GPS

With a GPS feature, geotagging your photos wherever you might be in the world becomes possible. This is necessary for authentication, originality and sharing purposes.

When the picture is geotagged, no one can argue about where the shot was taken and also when shared online, those who see it also know where it was shot.

The Nikon D5300 was manufactured with a built-in GPS that allows photographers to geotag their pictures as they capture them.  The D5500, on the other hand, lacks the built-in GPS feature.

Unique Features of Nikon D5500 – Nikon D5300 vs D5500

The following are unique features found in the D5500 that are missing in the D5300:

i. Touch screen

Touch Screen

Making cameras easier and user-friendly is one of the aims of most camera manufacturers including the Nikon Company. And one of the ways these manufacturers have achieved this is by incorporating the touch screen feature into their cameras.

With the touch screen feature, you can easily navigate your camera’s menus and it also allows you to do without the use of buttons. Most cameras with the touch screen feature have fewer buttons just like the Nikon D5500.

Besides, interaction with the D5500 is similar to the same way you interact with your smartphone: All you need to do is just tap and swipe the screen to operate your camera.

Unique Pros – Nikon D5300 vs D5500

This section deals with the advantages these cameras have over the other.

Unique Pros of Nikon D5300 – Nikon D5300 vs D5500

Which is Cheaper D5300 or D5500?

The D5300 is $150 cheaper than the D5500 when we compare their launch prices. That amount can be saved to get other accessories or lenses.

The cost of a camera is a very important factor that determines the kind of camera you get. Even if you’re an amateur photography, with enough money in your hand you could easily go for a professional camera. (There’s no rule that you must begin with an amateur camera; although it allows you get used to the way a camera works)

Which has a Farther Telephoto Lens Reach D5300 or D5500?

The D5300 has a farther telephoto lens reach than the D5500. When using a telephoto lens, the Nikon D5300 can reach a distance of 210mm while the Nikon D5500 will cover a distance of 88mm.

Unique Pros of Nikon D5500 – Nikon D5300 vs D5500

Which has Faster Startup D5500 or D5300?

The D5500 has a faster startup than the D5300. It has a startup time of 0.4 seconds while the Nikon D5300 has a 0.5 seconds startup time.

The time it takes to get the camera up and running is somewhat of a huge deal especially when you have to capture a quick shot.

Which has a Higher Maximum ISO D5500 or D5300?

The D5500 has a higher maximum ISO than the D5300. This is because the maximum ISO value of the Nikon D5500 is 25,600 while the Nikon D5300 has a value of 12,800; which can be boosted to 25,600. The D5500 cannot be boosted.

Therefore, the Nikon D5500 has better sensor sensitivity and is better equipped to capture images in low light conditions than the D5300.

The ISO of a camera is a measurement of its sensor’s sensitivity.

A sensitive sensor will readily produce a bright image as it determines the amount of light that enters the camera. A more sensitive sensor is readily known by its maximum ISO value.

Also, the ISO can be set to alter the brightness of that image taken. This is especially useful when shooting in a low light environment or condition.  What this means is that a camera with a higher maximum ISO is better suited to capture images in a low light condition. 

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Which has a Better Battery Life D5500 or D5300?

The D5500 has a better battery life than the D5300. It has a battery life of 820 shots after a full charge while the latter can only take 600 shots before switching off. 220 shots mark the difference between both cameras.

A good battery life ensures that you get to cover and capture every shot you desire. Therefore, a good battery is one of the major factors people consider before paying for a camera.

Which is Smaller D5500 or D5300?

The D5500 is smaller than the D5300. It has a dimension of 124 mm length, 97 mm height and 70 mm width. The Nikon D5300, on the other hand, comes with a body dimension of 125 mm length, 98 mm height, and 76 mm width.

Hence, the Nikon D5500 is smaller than the D5300 by 2 percent as it is narrower by 1mm, shorter by 1mm and thinner by 6mm.

Size is important and as such, it is one of the factors considered when selecting a camera.

Portability is the trend these days and most people would readily opt for a portable camera than a bulky one.

The Nikon Company whilst upgrading from the D5300 felt that a reduction in size is the best way to go and we agree. This prosumer size meets the demands of the market and their targeted customers.

Which is Lighter D5500 or D5300?

The D5500 is 60g (13%) lighter than the D5300. The Nikon D5300 and the Nikon D5500 weigh 480g and 420g respectively.

Going about with a camera all day might not be as much fun as most people think especially if that camera is somewhat heavy. That is the reason most buyers consider the weight of the camera before making payments for it.

Adding to the fact that the overall weight of a camera is bound to increase significantly when accessories are added makes this factor highly crucial.

Since both cameras make use of interchangeable cameras, it is important you seriously consider if you can cope with the weight. Once another lens is used, the weight of the camera is altered (increased or decreased).

Which has a Bigger RAW Buffer D5500 or D5300?

The D5500 has a bigger RAW buffer than the D5300. It has a buffer capacity limit of 7 RAW pictures. The Nikon D5300, on the other hand, can only handle 4 RAW shots before the buffer gets filled up. 

The buffer is an important aspect that allows your burst mode to be a pleasurable experience.

The buffer is a temporary storage area where your images are kept before they are transferred to the memory card. This is because so many shots cannot be stored in the main memory during burst mode.

Since the Nikon D5500 and the D5300 support RAW files, both cameras also have a RAW buffer to store those images temporarily.

Watch the hands-on review of the Nikon D5500 below.

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Which has Less Shutter Lag D5500 or D5300?

The D5500 has less shutter lag than the D5300. It has a shutter lag of 0.20 seconds while the Nikon D5300 has a shutter lag of 0.29 seconds: That’s a difference of 0.09 seconds.

The time between when you press your shutter for image capture and when your image gets saved is described as shutter lag.

During this period, the camera is inactive and will not be usable until the image is saved. Less shutter lag allows you to capture photos faster and it provides you with a wider angle.

Which has a Higher Dynamic Range D5500 or D5300?

The D5500 has a higher dynamic range than the D5300. The dynamic range (also known as DXO landscape) of the Nikon D5300 is 13.9 EV while that of the Nikon D5500 is 14.0 EV.

As negligible as the difference might be on paper, that little difference makes the D5500 better suited for landscape photography.

Which has a Higher Color Depth D5500 or D5300?

The D5500 has a higher color depth than the D5300. The color depth (also known as DXO portrait) of the Nikon D5300 is 24.0 bits while that of the Nikon D5500 is 24.1 bits.

This minute difference means the D5500 is better suited for portrait photography than the D5300.

Which has a Higher Low-Light ISO D5500 or D5300?

The D5500 has a higher low-light ISO than the D5300. The low-light ISO (also known as DXO sports) of the Nikon D5300 is 1338 while that of the Nikon D5500 is 1438.

The higher value of the D5500 makes it a better camera for capturing sports and indoor events where the lighting is low.

Unique Cons – Nikon D5300 vs D5500

Unique Cons of Nikon D5300 – Nikon D5300 vs D5500

i. No touch screen

Unique Cons of Nikon D5500 – Nikon D5300 vs D5500

i. No built-in GPS

Common Pros – Nikon D5300 vs D5500

Nikon D5300 Nikon D5500
RAW Supported RAW files are of better quality than the JPEG which most cameras shoot in. With the RAW file, you can easily edit your images.

The D5300 supports RAW formats. This means you can capture images in the RAW format.

All you need to do is ensure you have enough space to store those pictures as the file size of RAW images is bigger than JPEG.
Same as Nikon D5300
Time-Lapse Recording With the time-lapse recording, you can get creative. The shooting of rising sunsets, blooming flowers, plant growth, etc are all done with the time-lapse recording function.

The Nikon D5300 perform this function effectively.
Same as Nikon D5300
AE Bracketing The AE bracketing function is used a great deal in situations where the lighting condition is tough and unpredictable.

In most cases moving from an environment where there is poorly lightning to one that is well lit requires that you adjust manually.

However, with this function you can continue shooting as your camera will automatically alter your settings to suit the new environment.

The D5300 comes equipped with the AE bracketing function. 
Same as Nikon D5300
Phase Detection Focus The phase-detection focus is one of the two autofocusing systems used in cameras: The other being the contrast-detection focus.

With the phase detection focus, you can easily keep track of moving objects which make it suitable for sports and wildlife photography.

This is because the phase-detection focus is precise and fast. T

he Nikon D5300 is a camera that makes use of the phase-detection autofocus system.
Same as Nikon D5300
UHS Card Supported This function allows you to write and read your images and videos on to a UHS card (UHS-1 memory card in this case).

You can do carry out file transfer at Ultra High Speeds of to 104MB/s.
Same as Nikon D5300
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Common Cons – Nikon D5300 vs D5500

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No Image Stabilization When an image is captured at a very slow shutter speed a shake is bound to occur. This, in turn, affects the picture quality as the image could get blurred.

This effect is usually countered with the use of a built-in image stabilization function.

However, the Nikon D5300 does not possess this function: Still, all hope is not lost.

The Nikon Company has manufactured 88 optical image stabilization lenses that work with the Nikon F mount which the D5300 sports. With the use of any of these lenses, the occurrence of that a blurred image is removed.
Same as Nikon D5300
No Environmental Sealing In some cases, you’ll have to shoot in harsh weather conditions such as when the wind is howling, fog or even rain.

Shooting in these conditions becomes nigh impossible without a built-in environmental sealing function.

The environmental sealing function protects your camera from the interferences that are bound to occur due to the elements of weather.

The D5300 lacks this function and as such will require personal and manual effort to counter these environmental factors.
Same as Nikon D5300
No Fine Tuning Option The AF Micro Adjustment function allows you to fine-tune your images thereby increasing the overall picture quality. This function is not found in the Nikon D5300. Same as Nikon D5300
No Panorama A panoramic photo is made up of a group of pictures that have been stitched together. A lot of cameras have this function and it allows the photographer to combine several photos to form a single picture.

The Nikon D5300 cannot produce a panoramic photo as this function is absent in the camera.
Same as Nikon D5300
No Headphone Jack A headphone jack gives you the option of connecting a headphone to your camera. This is necessary as a headphone allows you to monitor the audio while you shoot videos.

Sadly, the Nikon D5300 lacks a headphone jack which means you can’t connect a headphone with this camera.
Same as Nikon D5300
No Bluetooth A Bluetooth built-in a camera allows easy connection with other Bluetooth devices. This also allows for easy sharing of files.

The D5300 lacks this feature and this is a major let down as it would have benefitted greatly from it.

One area of benefit would be connecting your camera with a Bluetooth headphone to overcome the lack of a headphone jack.
Same as Nikon D5300
No AutoFocus Peaking The autofocus peaking function enables you to highlight objects in focus within your frame.
This function is absent in the Nikon D5300.
Same as Nikon D5500
Single SD Card Slot Cameras like the D5300 do not possess internal memory which means they need to make use of an external storage device such as an SD card.

To enhance the storage option of the camera as well as boost the storage capacity, some cameras are fitted with dual card slots.

Unfortunately for the Nikon D5300, the Nikon Company did not fit this camera with this feature. It sports a single card slot that can support an SD memory card.
Same as Nikon D5300
No Slow Motion Video The Nikon D5300 is capable of recording videos however it is incapable of shooting the video in slow motion.

Slow motions allow for creativity in the video recorded.
Same as Nikon D5300
No NFC Although the D5300 is fitted with a built-in Wi-Fi; which makes connectivity easier and faster, it lacks the NFC.

The Near Field Communication (NFC) technology would have simplified pairing with other supported smartphones and devices. The NFC works in sync with the built-in Wi-Fi feature.
Same as Nikon D5500

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General Feeling among Users – Nikon D5300 vs D5500

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A good number of users laud the fact that the Nikon D5300 has a built-in GPS function.

However, their using experience reveals that the GPS signal can be obstructed by buildings. If there is no strong signal, the GPS is as good as absent.

So many Nikon D5300 users were not pleased with this experience.
Some users especially traveling and wildlife photographers bemoaned the lack of the GPS feature. They complained about not being able to geotag their pictures.
For an entry-level camera, the Nikon D5300 certainly reflects its aim to get amateur photographers acquainted with the features and functions of a camera. This is majorly thanks to its simplicity and user-friendly design. Amateur users were glad about the smooth transition into the world of DSLR cameras the D5500 afforded them.  They praised the fact that it was simple to get used to and not complicated.
The Nikon D5300 lacks the touch screen feature and a lot of users were not pleased with this.

One of the selling points of the D5XXX series was that they would serve as a bridge to introduce smartphone photographers to the DSLR camera world.

Therefore users felt that the touch screen was an integral part of smartphones which should have been carried over into the D5300.
Somehow, the Nikon D5500 seems to have tiny buttons which make it rather difficult for users to operate the camera.

Many users seem flustered with this issue at first but got over it almost immediately as the D5500 has a touch screen feature. This eliminates the need to use buttons to access the camera’s settings.
Users had no problem with the menu system of the Nikon D5300. The presence of the touch screen feature in the Nikon D5500 makes it easier to navigate. However, the menu system tries to undermine this.

Certain users complained that the menu system isn’t properly organized and is kind of awkward.
The absence of a headphone jack made certain users complain about the Nikon D5300. They felt that the camera should have had this feature. The same feeling was expressed by the Nikon D5500 users concerning the absence of the headphone jack. They felt the Nikon Company would have fixed this after the D5300. 

Nikon D5300 vs D5500 – FAQs

What is the difference between Nikon D5200 and D5300?

The table below reveals the differences between the Nikon D5200 and D5300:

Features Nikon D5200 Nikon D5300
Image processor EXPEED 3 EXPEED 4
ISO 100 – 6400 (expanded to 25600) 100 – 12800 (expanded to 25600)
Screen resolution 921,000 dots 1,040,000 dots
Battery life 500 shots 600 shots
Size dimensions 129 x 98 x 78 mm 125 x 98 x 76 mm
Weight 505g 408g
Video 1080 60i/30p 1080 60p/30p
Anti-aliasing filter Yes No
Built-in Wi-Fi No Yes
Built-in GPS No Yes

Is D5300 good for video?

The D5300 is good for video as far as DSLR cameras are concerned. Although it does not shoot 4K video, its video capability remains impressive nonetheless.

The D5300 can shoot full HD (1920 x 1080) video resolution at 60, 50, 30, 25 and 24 fps (frames per second), HD (1280 x 720) video at 60 and 50 fps. And it still shots SD (640 x 424) video resolution at 30 and 25 fps. All these resolutions can be captured in the H.264/MPEG-4 compression format.

Apart from the above, the Nikon D5300 is fitted with a built-in microphone as well as an external microphone port. Both features allow you to record quality audio while filming.

Is Nikon D5300 good for wedding photography?

The Nikon D5300 is very good for wedding photography. It has a sensor resolution of 24 megapixels which means you can capture well-detailed images.

Furthermore, the D5300 has an ISO range of 100 – 12800 that can still be expanded to 25600. The low light ISO value of the D5300 also does well at 1338. Hence, you can use the Nikon D5300 in varying light conditions including indoors.

The D5300 has a built-in flash and hot shoe that allows you to connect an external flash to the camera thereby making indoor shots well-illuminated.

We do recommend that you use a lens like the Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S instead of regular entry-level lenses.

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Which is better Nikon D5500 or D5600?

The Nikon D5500 is better than the Nikon D5600. Although the D5600 is the successor of the D5500, the predecessor has the advantage.

The Nikon D5500 and the Nikon D5600 both share a lot of similarities including pros and cons. The major area of difference is in terms of connectivity. The D5600 has NFC and built-in Bluetooth which the D5500 lacks.

However, this is not a major deal-breaker since both cameras have built-in Wi-Fi which handles the connectivity area. And considering the Nikon D5500 is cheaper, the Nikon D5600 doesn’t offer more value as a worthy upgrade.

If you want a full comparison between both cameras, check out this article: Nikon D5500 vs D5600 – Which Should You Go For?

How do I change the ISO on my Nikon D5500?

You can change the ISO on your Nikon D5500 using the following methods:

The Function (Fn) button.

Live view control strip or information display.

The shooting menu.

Via function button

Press the Fn button to highlight the ISO settings. Hold down the Fn button and turn the command dial to make your changes.

Via control strip

Press the information display (i) button then tap on the ISO settings and make your changes.

Via shooting menu

Under the shooting menu, select “ISO sensitivity settings”. Then make changes as desired.

Our Take – Nikon D5300 vs D5500

Nikon D5300 Nikon D5500
If you need a reliable and dependable entry-level DSLR camera, the Nikon D5300 is such a camera. Its sturdy build means it would serve you for as long as you desire. Its picture quality is also good as most entry-level cameras out there. You simply can’t go wrong with the Nikon D5300. The Nikon D5500 is a great camera with excellent image production. Its versatility in being proficient in the major types of photography makes it a camera that’s worth buying. It easily rivals other higher-tiered entry-level cameras. The Nikon D5500 is highly recommended.
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