Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6300: A Detailed Comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6300: How does the Nikon D5500, an Entry-Level DSLR camera with a 24.0MP APS-C sensor compare to the Sony Alpha A6300, a Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera with a 24.0MP APS-C sensor? We've got the details. But first, here's a quick overview of the main specifications.

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6300 Specs

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6300 – Comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6300 – Comparison

 Specifications

Nikon D5500

Sony A6300

Megapixels24.224.2
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 Points39425
Cross-type AF Points9425 phase
Continuous Mode5fps11fps
LCD3.2" - Fully Articulated3.0" - Articulating
LCD Resolution1,036,800 dots921,600 dots
TouchscreenYesNo
Focus PeakingNoYes
Top LCD DisplayNoNo
Viewfinder TypeOpticalEVF (2.3M)
Viewfinder Coverage95%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.82x1.07x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)3840x2160 (30/25/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p)1920x1080 (120/100/60/50p)
Microphone JackYesYes
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 Size10044
RAW Buffer Size722
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesYes
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/160
Startup Time0.4s1.4s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built- in NFCNoYes
BluetoothNoNo
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedNoYes
Battery Life (CIPA)820 shots400 shots
Battery IncludedYes (EN-EL14a)Yes (NP-FW50)
Weight14.8 oz (420g)14.3 oz (404g)
Size4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8"4.7 x 2.6 x 1.9"
PriceAmazonAmazon
Release Date20152016

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6300 Common Features

Wireless ConnectionYes vs Yes
Articulating ScreenYes vs Yes
Built-in FlashYes vs Yes
External Flash ShoeYes vs Yes
ViewfinderYes (Optical) vs Yes (Electronic)
RAW SupportYes vs Yes
Face Detection FocusYes vs Yes
Max Resolution24 MP vs 24 MP
Microphone PortYes vs Yes
AE BracketingYes vs Yes

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6300 Common Weaknesses

Image StabilizationNo vs No

Sony A6300 vs Nikon D5500 Size Comparison

The Sony Alpha A6300 is the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 4mm narrower, 30mm shorter and 21mm thinner than the Nikon D5500. It is also 16g lighter than the Nikon D5500. They both have the same sized sensors hence their lenses for the same aperture and focal length tend to weigh the same.

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6300 – Comparison

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A6300 – Comparison

Sony A6300 vs Nikon D5500 Sensor Comparison

As mentioned, both these digital cameras have an APS-C sized 24.0 MP resolution sensors. However, the Nikon D5500's sensor lacks an anti-alias (Low-Pass) filter. This increases sharpness and detail. But, at the same time, it also increases the chance of moire.

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 400 shots
Timelapse RecordingYes vs With optional app
Flash Coverage12.0m vs 6.0m
Dynamic Range14.0 vs 13.7
Low Light ISO1438 vs 1437
Price$700 vs $898
Selfie Friendly LCDYes vs No

Advantages of the Nikon D5500 Over Sony A6300

  • 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
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 100 vs 44.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/200 vs 1/160.
  • Battery Life – 820 shots vs 400 shots.

Video: Nikon D5500 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Sony A6300

 Number of Focus Points425 vs 39
Viewfinder Coverage100% vs 95%
Continuous Shooting11.0fps vs 5.0fps
Weight404 g vs 420 g
Environmental SealingYes vs No
Color Depth24.4 vs 24.1
Max Video Resolution3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
AE Bracketing Range±5 EV vs ±2 EV
NFC ConnectionYes vs No
Smartphone_remote controlYes vs No

Advantages of the Sony A6300 Over the Nikon D5500

  • ISO – 51,200 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • AF Points – 425 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.
  • Video Resolution – 4K video available.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 22 vs 7.
  • Built-in NFC
  • Environmentally Sealed – The Sony A6300 is much more protected for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.
  • Size – The Sony A6300 is noticeably smaller.

Video: Sony A6300 Hands-on Review