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Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D5500


Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D5500 – take a look ahead quick comparison between Nikon D3400 and Nikon D3500 camera, both the camera features excellent Core specification but the Nikon D5500 is a mid range DSLR camera whereas Nikon D3400 entry level DSLR camera. Although the Nikon Mid range D5500 is also waiting for an upgrade and its successor is expected to arrive in the first half of 2017, but before that we have to look at the specification comparison between entry level and mid range DSLR.

/ Models Nikon D3400 Nikon D5500
Megapixel 24 megapixels 24 megapixels
Sensor size / type APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 m)
Image processor Expeed 4 Expeed 4
Low pass filter No No
Image stabilization No No
AF System Contrast + Phase Detect sensor Contrast detect+Phase detect
AF points 11 points 39 points
ISO 100-25600 100-25600
Shutter Min/Max 30sec 1/4000 sec 30 sec 1/4000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 5fps 5fps
Video 1920 x 1080 (60p,24fps) 1920 x1080 (30, 25, 24 fps)
Display 3.0″ TFT- LCD Rear Screen (921K pixels) 3.2″ Rear Touchscreen Swivel  LCD (1,037,000)
Viewfinder Optical Viewfinder (95%) Optical Viewfinder (95%)
Hot-shoe No yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 1200 shots 480 shots
Wireless connectivity Built-In, Nikon snapbridge  Built-In Wi-Fi, Nikon Snapbridge
Dimensions  124 x 98 x 76 mm  143 x 104 x 81 mm
Weight 395g 647g

The sensor of the both the camera is almost identical, we have same resolution, ISO range and even the image processor of the camera is also same. Hence we don’t expect a major difference between the image quality of both the camera.

Advance AF system inside the Nikon D5500 camera – Being a mid-range DSLR the Nikon D5500 camera features advance AD module inside it, the Phase detect AF sensor of the Nikon D5500 camera carries 39 point AF system, whereas the Phase AF module of the Nikon D3400 camera carry 11 point AF only. Hence the Nikon D5500 camera is undoubtedly better compared to Nikon D3400. The Nikon D5500 will covers more area of the screen under AF, that will also help you to grab moving subject in no time.

The rest of the core specification of both the camera is almost same, the display, continuous shooting speed and video modes are almost same.

Battery Life: WOW, Nikon new battery allows user to grab 1200 shots on a single recharge, which is 2X more than Nikon D5500 DSLR.

Light weight: The Nikon D3400 camera is light-weight compared to Nikon D5500 DSLR.

Price difference: Nikon D3400 available at $646 and Nikon D5500 available at $846, you have to pay $200+ to buy Nikon D5500 camera.

Conclusion: Nikon D3400 and Nikon D5500 camera will give you almost same image quality, so we recommend you to get Nikon D3400 camera, But if you are a sports shooter and want a camera with advance AF system we recommend you to get Nikon D5500.

Nikon D5500 from B&H and Amazon

Nikon D3400 form B&H || Amazon

3 comments to Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D5500

  • david

    Unlike your article says, the D5500 weighs LESS, and I have no idea where you got that weight of 647g. I also think your battery life info is wrong. You did not check out the info/specs carefully before posting this, and I don’t like to see that wrong info posted on the web. Especially the weight… where did you get that data for the 5500?

  • Asmat Ali

    Battery info about D5500 is wrong. It is 850 shots per recharge…

  • admin

    Thanks for the info

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