Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6000: A Detailed Comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6000: Let's compare the Sony Alpha A6000, a Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera with a 24.0MP APS-C sensor and the Nikon D5500, is an Entry-Level DSLR camera also with a 24.0MP APS-C sensor.  How about a brief overview of their main specifications before we get into more detail?

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6000 Specs

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6000 – Comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6000 – Comparison

 Specifications

Nikon D5500

Sony A6000

Megapixels 24.2 24.3
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Format APS-C (DX) APS-C
Crop Factor 1.5x 1.5x
AA Filter None Yes
Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Body Image Stabilization No No
Lens Mount Nikon FX/DX Sony E
ISO 100 - 25,600 100 -25,600
Expanded ISO No 51,200
AF Points 39 179
Cross-type AF Points 9 179 phase
Continuous Mode 5fps 11fps
LCD 3.2" - Fully Articulated 3.0" - Articulating
LCD Resolution 1,036,800 dots 921,600 dots
Touchscreen Yes No
Focus Peaking No Yes
Top LCD Display No No
Viewfinder Type Optical EVF (1.44M)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.82x 1.07x
Video Resolution 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p) 1920x1080 (60/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p)
Microphone Jack Yes No
Headphone Jack No No
Memory Card Type SD SD or MS Pro
Dual Card Slots No No
SD UHS Support UHS-I UHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/4000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30" 30"
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 100 47
RAW Buffer Size 7 22
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/160
Startup Time 0.4s 2.2s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Built-in NFC No Yes
Bluetooth No No
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Environmentally Sealed No Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 820 shots 360 shots
Battery Included Yes (EN-EL14a) Yes (NP-FW50)
Weight 14.8 oz (420g) 12.1 oz (344g)
Size 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8" 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.8"
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2015 2014

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6000 Common Features

Wireless Connection Yes vs Yes
Articulating Screen Yes vs Yes
Built-in Flash Yes vs Yes
External Flash Shoe Yes vs Yes
Viewfinder Yes (Electronic) vs Yes (Optical)
RAW Support Yes vs Yes
Face Detection Focus Yes vs Yes
Max Resolution 24 MP vs 24 MP
LCD Screen Size 3″ vs 3.2″
LCD Screen Resolution 922k dots vs 1.037k dots
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6000 Common Weaknesses

 Image Stabilization No vs No
Environmental Sealing No vs No

Sony A6000 vs Nikon D5500 Size Comparison

The Sony Alpha A6000 is the smaller of the two digital cameras. Its body is 4mm narrower, 30mm shorter and 25mm thinner than the Nikon D5500. The Alpha A6000 is also 76g lighter than the Nikon D5500.

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6000 – Comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6000 – Comparison

Sony A6000 vs Nikon D5500 Sensor Comparison

Both cameras have an APS-C sized 24.0 MP resolution sensor. However, the Nikon D5500's sensor lacks an anti-alias (Low-Pass) filter. This increases the sharpness and details of photos. However, at the same time, it may produce moire in certain scenes. Everything else, including sensor area, is the same.

Why You Should Choose The Nikon D5500

Touch Screen Yes vs No
LCD Screen Size 3.2″ vs 3″
LCD Screen Resolution 1.037k dots vs 922k dots
Battery Life 820 shots vs 360 shots
Microphone Port Yes vs No
Timelapse Recording Yes vs With optional app
Flash Coverage 12.0m vs 6.0m
Dynamic Range 14.0 vs 13.1
Low Light ISO 1438 vs 1347
Selfie Friendly LCD Yes vs No

Advantages of the Nikon D5500 Over Sony A6000

  • AA Filter – The Nikon D5500 has no AA filter.
  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″ and it’s fully articulated.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
  • Touchscreen Support
  • Microphone Jack – If you’re going to record videos where audio quality is important, a microphone jack is super helpful.
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 100 vs 47.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/200 vs 1/160.
  • Battery Life – 820 shots vs 360 shots.

Video: Nikon D5500 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Sony A6000

Number of Focus Points 179 vs 39
Viewfinder Coverage 100% vs 95%
Continuous Shooting 11.0fps vs 5.0fps
Weight 344 g vs 420 g
Price $548 vs $700
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV vs ±2 EV
NFC Connection Yes vs No

Advantages of the Sony A6000 Over the Nikon D5500

  • ISO – 51,200 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • AF Points – 179 vs 39.
  • Continuous mode – 11fps vs 5fps. More is better for sports and wildlife since you have more chances of getting a tack sharp shot.
  • Focus Peaking – Very useful for seeing if your subject is in focus (both photo and video).
  • Viewfinder Coverage – 100% vs 95%.
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Higher magnification.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 22 vs 7.
  • Built-in NFC
  • Environmentally Sealed – The Sony A6000 is more suitable for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.
  • Size – The Sony A6000 is noticeably smaller.

Video: Sony A6000 Hands-on Review