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

Megapixels24.224.3
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor FormatAPS-C (DX)APS-C
Crop Factor1.5x1.5x
AA FilterNoneYes
Image Resolution6000 x 40006000 x 4000
Body Image StabilizationNoNo
Lens MountNikon FX/DXSony E
ISO100 - 25,600100 -25,600
Expanded ISONo51,200
AF Points39179
Cross-type AF Points9179 phase
Continuous Mode5fps11fps
LCD3.2" - Fully Articulated3.0" - Articulating
LCD Resolution1,036,800 dots921,600 dots
TouchscreenYesNo
Focus PeakingNoYes
Top LCD DisplayNoNo
Viewfinder TypeOpticalEVF (1.44M)
Viewfinder Coverage95%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.82x1.07x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)1920x1080 (60/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p)
Microphone JackYesNo
Headphone JackNoNo
Memory Card TypeSDSD or MS Pro
Dual Card SlotsNoNo
SD UHS SupportUHS-IUHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/4000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"30"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size10047
RAW Buffer Size722
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesYes
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/160
Startup Time0.4s2.2s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built-in NFCNoYes
BluetoothNoNo
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedNoYes
Battery Life (CIPA)820 shots360 shots
Battery IncludedYes (EN-EL14a)Yes (NP-FW50)
Weight14.8 oz (420g)12.1 oz (344g)
Size4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8"4.7 x 2.6 x 1.8"
PriceAmazonAmazon
Release Date20152014

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6000 Common Features

Wireless ConnectionYes vs Yes
Articulating ScreenYes vs Yes
Built-in FlashYes vs Yes
External Flash ShoeYes vs Yes
ViewfinderYes (Electronic) vs Yes (Optical)
RAW SupportYes vs Yes
Face Detection FocusYes vs Yes
Max Resolution24 MP vs 24 MP
LCD Screen Size3″ vs 3.2″
LCD Screen Resolution922k dots vs 1.037k dots
AE BracketingYes vs Yes

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6000 Common Weaknesses

 Image StabilizationNo vs No
Environmental SealingNo 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 ScreenYes vs No
LCD Screen Size3.2″ vs 3″
LCD Screen Resolution1.037k dots vs 922k dots
Battery Life820 shots vs 360 shots
Microphone PortYes vs No
Timelapse RecordingYes vs With optional app
Flash Coverage12.0m vs 6.0m
Dynamic Range14.0 vs 13.1
Low Light ISO1438 vs 1347
Selfie Friendly LCDYes 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 Points179 vs 39
Viewfinder Coverage100% vs 95%
Continuous Shooting11.0fps vs 5.0fps
Weight344 g vs 420 g
Price$548 vs $700
AE Bracketing Range±5 EV vs ±2 EV
NFC ConnectionYes 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