Nikon DSLRs compared: D3300 vs D5300 vs D5500

If you are interested in digital photography the range of DSLR cameras can be confusing. After looking at both Canon and Nikon products I thought that the Nikon D5300 looked like a good option – but for only a few pounds more, the D5500 was available.

I was also hearing good things about the D3300 and this was cheaper than the other 2 cameras. To save you time, I have listed the key similarities and main differences between them.

    All models have:

24.2 mega pixels
They all use the same CMOS sensor and can take stills up to 6000 x 4000 pixels.

Video at 1920 x 1080 at 60fps
All can capture full HD 1080p video, and 60fps is useful for fast moving action footage. Canon cameras in the same price range only manage 30fps.

HDMI and USB
For connectivity all 3 cameras offer both HDMI and USB ports.

    Key differences:

LCD screen
D3300 – 7.5cm LCD fixed
D5300 – 8.1cm LCD vari-angle
D5500 – 8.1cm LCD vari-angle touchscreen
The vari-angle screen makes shooting from high or low angles easier. If you are using a tripod it is unlikely to make a difference.
Having a touchscreen on the D5500 allows you to focus by touching the screen, which can be useful.

Autofocus
D3300 – 11 AF points
D5300 & D5500 – 39 AF points
The autofocus on the D3300 allows the photographer to select from 11 focus points.
This is more advanced in the other 2 cameras, which allow selection from up to 39 points.

Built-in microphone
D3300 – Mono
D5300 & D5500 – Stereo
For recording video the D3300 has a built-in mic, but it only records mono sound.
The other 2 cameras have a stereo mic built-in.
This is not a major concern as all 3 models allow the option of using an external stereo microphone, which will greatly improve the sound quality of your movie footage.

Wi-Fi connectivity
D3300 – None
D5300 & D5500 – Wifi
The more expensive models have wifi and can beam your photos to other wifi devices without the need for cables.
This can be convenient, although all 3 cameras have USB and HDMI connectivity as mentioned above.