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Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D5500

4.88 in
3.86 in
Nikon D3400 Digital Camera
Nikon D3400
4.88 in
3.82 in
Nikon D5500 Digital Camera
Nikon D5500
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4.2 out of 5
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Full Comparison


Nikon D3400Nikon D3400
Nikon D5500Nikon D5500
Sensor typeCMOSCMOS
Image sensor formatDXDX
Sensor size0.93 in0.93 in
Sensor photo detectors25.0 Mpx25.0 Mpx
Effective pixels24.0 Mpx24.0 Mpx
Image ratio w:h3:23:2
Max resolution6000 x 4000 px6000 x 4000 px
Other resolutions
  • 4496x3000
  • 2992x2000
  • 4496x3000
  • 2992x2000
ProcessorExpeed 4Expeed 4


Nikon D3400Nikon D3400
Nikon D5500Nikon D5500
  • 100
  • 25600
  • 100
  • 25600
ISO minimum100100
ISO maximum2560025600
Maximum image resolution6000 x 4000 px6000 x 4000 px
White balance presets1212
White balance modes
  • Auto
  • Cloudy
  • Direct sunlight
  • Flash
  • Fluorescent
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
  • Auto
  • Cloudy
  • Flash
  • Fluorescent
  • Manual
  • Shade
Custom white balanceyesyes
Supported image file formats
  • JPEG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW
Photo effects
  • Neutral
  • Vivid
  • Black&White
  • Neutral
  • Vivid
Image stabilizeryesno
Image stabilization typeNoNo
Uncompressed formatRAWRAW
AEB/HDR supportnoyes
Supported aspect ratios
  • 3:2
  • 16:9

Optics and focus

Nikon D3400Nikon D3400
Nikon D5500Nikon D5500
Lens mountNikon FNikon F
Magnification (Crop factor)1.5 x1.5 x
Minimum aperture1.83.5
Maximum aperture3.54.5
AF assist (auto-focus assist light)LampLamp
Focus adjustmentAutoAuto/Manual
Contrast autofocusyesyes
Brightness adjustmentyesyes
Autofocus in recording modeyesyes
Focal length multiplier1.5x1.5x
AutofocusContrast Detection Auto Focus
  • Continuous Auto Focus
  • Servo Auto Focus
  • Single Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) lockyesyes
Manual focusyesyes
Number of focus points1139
Max number of AF points (incl. assistant)1139
Image stabiliserLens based onlyLens based only
Filter diameter2.17 in2.05 in
Phase detection autofocusyesyes
Number of AF points (contrast)1139
Optical zoom
7.8 x
Digital zoom
7.8 x
Contrast adjustment
Auto Focus (AF) points selection
  • Auto
  • Manual
Auto Focus (AF) assist beam

Screen and viewfinder

Nikon D3400Nikon D3400
Nikon D5500Nikon D5500
Screen size3.0 in3.2 in
Articulated LCDnoyes
Screen technologyLCDLCD TFT
Screen dots9210001037000
Touch screennoyes
Field of view100.0 %100.0 %
Live viewyesyes
  • Electronic
  • Optical
Viewfinder coverage95.0 %95.0 %
Viewfinder magnification0.85 x0.82 x
Diopter adjustment (D-D)-1.7 - 0.5-1.7 - 0.5
Separate info displaynono
Flip-out screennoyes
Display resolution
720 x 480 px
Dioptre correction
Eye relief
0.67 in

Photography features

Nikon D3400Nikon D3400
Nikon D5500Nikon D5500
Shooting modes
  • Aperture priority
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Scene
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Sensitivity priority
  • Shutter priority
Camera shutter typeElectronicElectronic
Minimum shutter speed30.0 s30.0 s
Maximum shutter speed1.0 s1.0 s
Shutter priorityyesyes
Aperture priorityyesyes
Manual exposure modeyesyes
Exposure compensation plus55
Exposure compensation minus-5-5
Expousure compensation steps1/3
  • 1/3
  • 1/2
Auto exposure lockyesyes
Continuous shootingyesyes
Self-timer delay
  • 2
  • 5
  • 10
  • 20
  • 2
  • 5
  • 10
  • 20
WB BracketingNo
Subject / scene modesyesyes
Flash sync speed1/200s1/200s
Built-in flashyesyes
Flash range1212
Flash modesAuto
  • Auto
  • Fill-in
  • Redeye Reduction
  • Second-curtain Sync
  • Slow Sync
External flash connectionHot shoeHot shoe
Flash metering systemi-TTLi-TTL
External flashyesyes
Continuous drive5.0 fps5.0 fps
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Children
  • Close-up
  • Night portrait
  • Party
  • Pet
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot AF-area
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Manual settingsyesyes
Self-timer options
  • 2
  • 5
  • 10
  • 20
  • 2
  • 5
  • 10
  • 20
Speed (JPEG)5.0 fps5.0 fps
Speed (RAW)5.0 fps5.0 fps
Number of exposures
AE EV steps
  • 1/3
  • 1/2
AE frames
Exposure bracketing
0.3 - 0.5±EV

Videography features

Nikon D3400Nikon D3400
Nikon D5500Nikon D5500
Maximum resolution1920 x 1080 px1920 x 1080 px
Video recordingyesyes
Recording resolutions
  • 1280 x 720
  • 1920 x 1080
  • 640 x 480
  • 1280 x 720
  • 1920 x 1080
HD typeFull HDFull HD
Supported video file formatsMOV
  • H.264
  • MOV
  • MPEG-4
Camera playback
  • Highlights
  • Movie
  • Slide show
  • Highlights
  • Movie
  • Single image
  • Slide show
  • Thumbnails
Max resolution (highest frame rate)1920 x 10801920 x 1080
Max frame rate (highest resolution)60.0 fps60.0 fps
Max frame rate (regardless of res.)60.0 fps60.0 fps
Motion JPEG frame rate60.0 fps60.0 fps
Analog signal format system
  • NTSC
  • PAL

Audio features

Nikon D3400Nikon D3400
Nikon D5500Nikon D5500
Built-in microphoneyesyes
Microphone typeMonoStereo
Speaker typeMonoMono
Voice recordingyesyes
Supported audio file formatsPCMPCM
Built-in speakers


Nikon D3400Nikon D3400
Nikon D5500Nikon D5500
Body typeSLRSLR
Body materialPlasticPlastic
Colour of product
  • Black
  • Black,Red
  • Red
  • Black
  • Red
Anti-dust systemnoyes
Environmentally sealednono


Nikon D3400Nikon D3400
Nikon D5500Nikon D5500
Weight15.7 oz15.87 oz
Width4.88 in4.88 in
Height3.86 in3.82 in
Depth2.97 in2.76 in


Nikon D3400Nikon D3400
Nikon D5500Nikon D5500
Compatible memory cards
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
Memory slots11
Storage types
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
Camera file system
  • DCF 2.0
  • Exif 2.3
  • DCF 2.0
  • DPOF
  • Exif 2.3


Nikon D3400Nikon D3400
Nikon D5500Nikon D5500
Power source type
  • AC
  • Battery
Battery life (CIPA)1200820
Battery technology
Battery capacity
1230.0 mAh
Battery voltage
7.2 V
Number of batteries supported
AC adapter included


Nikon D3400Nikon D3400
Nikon D5500Nikon D5500
HDMI connector typeMiniMini
USB connector typeMicro-USB
USB version2.02.0
Headphone portno
Microphone portnoyes
DC-in jackyes
Remote controlyesyes
Wireless network (Wi-Fi)noyes
Bluetooth version4.1
USB port
Supported WiFi types
IEEE 802.11g

Other features

Nikon D3400Nikon D3400
Nikon D5500Nikon D5500
Timelapse recordingnoyes
Orientation sensoryesyes
Languages supportMultiMulti
Tripod mounting supportedyesyes
Tripod thread1.0 in
Energy Star certified

Pros & Cons

  • the kit lens is excellent optically
  • improved performance in live view and video
  • inexpensive; reasonably well made
  • excellent IQ and a solid feature set
  • improved feature set
  • wonderful dynamic range and high ISO noise characteristics
  • make it easy to shoot compelling lifestyle images
  • MP is good enough in terms of indoor and low shooting
  • solid and well-built
  • much better battery life and lens selection
  • details were crisp and colours exhibited the same flattering tones
  • superb image quality; portability and excellent battery life
  • small; light; quiet; easy to use
  • high performance in an inexpensive; small and lightweight package
  • ergonomically very well thought out and handles and operates marvelously
  • top High ISO performance is superb
  • Lighter; slightly improved version for the same low price
  • best prices; service; return policies and selection
  • big; bright; sharp and color-accurate
  • It works great with all kinds of lens diaphragms
  • Nikon D3400 is built well and is fairly compact
  • Colours are also bolder and look more natural
  • tracking works pretty well too
  • performance and features
  • Focusing speed is good and the camera is quick to lock focus
  • ISO performance was pretty impressive
  • polished and responsive
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  • sophisticated and very versatile imaging tool
  • overall operational speed of the A7R III is also quicker
  • The handgrip is comfortable and well balanced
  • Colors are rich and brisk with virtually no noise
  • RAW image editing options are also good
  • provide faster autofocus and smoother focus performance
  • dynamic range has improved
  • autofocusing system also performed well when recording movie clips
  • fast and very accurate
  • build quality is quite good for an entry-level camera
  • exposures were remarkably consistent across the camera
  • the control arrangement is uncomplicated and easy to get to grips with
  • the results are very respectable
  • a very useful tool for beginners
  • excellent and affordable
  • Great battery life especially with a battery grip
  • intelligent masking tool; improved workspaces and more
  • Excellent contrast levels here White balance and colour saturation Continuing
  • Colours are sharp and accurate The colours look crisp and punchy
  • ample hand grip; and great ergonomics as well
  • and ISO performance is quite good on overall terms
  • including ISO1600 and detail remains fairly good
  • feels solid and reassuringly robust
  • Video quality is good; recording
  • Touch screens are also pretty cool and make navigation
  • The camera performs well under mixed lighting
  • Easy operation gives options such as distant subjects
  • improved color depth and lower measured base ISO value
  • The setup for this camera is painless
  • The viewfinder is adequately large and bright
  • D3400's battery life is excellent
  • the process works smoothly; with little effect on battery life
  • Video quality is quite good for a camera in this class
  • Colors are accurate; and movements are smooth throughout
  • D3400 delivers consistently good images with little effort
  • content is created and maintained by a third party
  • The in-camera tips are concise and useful for beginners too
  • good enough for its target market
  • Colour reproduction is vibrant yet faithful
  • clarity; colour accuracy and viewing angles
  • abundant controls and expansive feature
  • SL2 is much better fit for beginners
  • quick; smooth and very quiet autofocus
  • The camera feels well built; and solid
  • good light transmission and high levels of sharpness
  • High ISO performance is spectacular
  • It is response and quite functional
  • D5500 is capable of capturing good images throughout the range
  • grip just right for a proper balance in size and stability
  • fully articulated design and unusually large 3
  • keeps the lens nice and tight till needed
  • The display was fairly easy to view
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  • Manual focusing proved easy enough
  • light; quality was good
  • image quality is very good
  • built-in lens stabilization worked well
  • The preview display screen is hinged and can rotate out
  • The tiny grip actually feels great in my big American hands
  • intelligent masking tool; improved workspaces and more
  • affordable; compact; and for the most part; well-built
  • solid and well-built
  • Very good HD video on a budget in a highly capable well featured camera
  • light and have fun
  • improved feature set
  • make it easy to shoot compelling lifestyle images
  • really responsive and the adjustment clear direct to the eye
  • AF is generally quite speedy and accurate
  • nicely compact for a DSLR
  • built-in flash is excellent
  • D5300 was good for the money
  • showed solid accuracy in the portrait and standard color modes
  • D5500 performed admirably in most tests
  • quick and intuitive way to check fine details
  • D5500 has the best and most flexible Auto ISO settings
  • D5500 has much improved battery life
  • it still feels very stable in your hand
  • D5300 was quite good
  • looks great and works great with the softest touch and instant response
  • plenty of versatility
  • best prices; selection; service and return policies
  • it works well for low light photography
  • Image quality is very good with this camera
  • the ability to trigger autofocus and exposure in one action is often very
  • Nikon D5500 is a great camera
  • It works perfectly
  • Reliable and can deliver very solid image quality
  • the Wi-Fi connectivity is very good
  • Continuous shooting is steady and fast
  • excellent Auto mode
  • Superb touch screen and interface design for effortless handling; service; return policies and selection
  • The curves are smooth; and despite the upright make
  • easy; fast and constantly accurate
  • low light performance is very good
  • Every system and lens lineup
  • best prices and service
  • is compact and very light for a DSLR
  • shutter-release is nicely mounted at an angle
  • It is very easy to reach without obstruction
  • this camera seems reasonably solid
  • are very powerful features in the right hands
  • reach an enthusiastic audience of students; enthusiasts and professional videographers and filmmakers
  • excellent continuous autofocus performance and solid high ISO
  • The night photograph was excellent
  • excellent image quality; straight-forward handling and quick performance
  • exciting new compact system camera aimed firmly at keen photographers
  • Lighter; smaller and easier to use - those
  • simple and intuitive solution
  • it produces good quality images
  • D5500 is reasonably compact
  • fairly accurate colour and good sharpness
  • balance; low weight; excellent touch screen interface
  • Lots of great glass available for cheap
  • grip; solid build and image quality
  • Noise performance is improved when compared to the D5300
  • improved controls and handling
  • it feels solid and well built
  • Shutter response is excellent
  • colour is good
  • the menus are neatly and clearly laid out with each section colour coded
  • excellent colour reproduction and exposure is reliable
  • better dynamic range and contrast
  • fast and accurate
  • control dial is well positioned and easy to access with
  • Manual measurement is also supported and delivers good results in most situations
  • image quality and features
  • D5500 produced some excellent photos with very good detail and sharpness
  • Image noise performance is equally superb
  • camera; it handles superbly
  • AF is quick and accurate in bright sunlight
  • Images are sharp; colours are vivid with distinct details and skin tones are natural
  • continuous-shooting performance is good
  • continuous autofocus operates fairly well
  • There are no Custom Functions and there's no mirror lockup
  • no 4K video shooting
  • No ultrasonic cleaning for the sensor
  • Does this camera have any issues with shutter shock
  • Weak flash and back to dirty sensor days
  • Leica has high profit products
  • have no Sensor Cleaning
  • lack of ultrasonic cleaning is more worrying
  • The new kit lens has no switches on its barrel either
  • no wireless remote control function
  • Live view is unavailable in continuous drive mode
  • focus continuously during capture
  • No analog video or audio outputs
  • No standard-definition video recording options
  • Does not control wireless flash
  • D3400 lacks in-camera vibration sensor
  • still no bracketing feature in the new model
  • you cannot transfer videos or control the camera remotely
  • very mild chromatic aberration around the edges of distant objects
  • details get very mushy and colours are muted
  • noise is barely visible
  • not great for video and its wireless image transfer is slow
  • speed
  • 70-300mm lens is NOT the VR-capable model
  • of the AF points are not as intense or as easily changeable
  • only offers one level of Active D-Lighting
  • not over-sharpened like I have seen from some bridge-type cameras
  • it does not raise or lower overall exposure
  • not perfect
  • can't be physically adjusted to face different angles
  • restricted to the built-in monaural microphones
  • lack of built-in Wi-Fi
  • The flash has also become weaker
  • camera -- wireless connectivity
  • There is no external microphone jack from the side
  • weaker built-in flash
  • the external controls are minimal
  • lack of a top display --
  • lack of top display)
  • D3400 cannot be controlled remotely using the SnapBridge application
  • lack of a body-based screw-drive
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  • they only work on recent DX bodies
  • The flash pre-set barely changed colour rendition
  • buffer capacity has barely changed
  • some loss of detail and a granular texture
  • still not great in low light
  • lacks nice to have features like Wi-Fi connectivity
  • the LCD MUST be clearly visible in the Sun
  • OLED could be more prone to burn in issues in the long run
  • Fujifilm has not cheap lenses
  • s very complicate to dive into that
  • no Panasonic GF camera
  • first-time user and are not used to bulky bodies
  • but feels sluggish in live view
  • It also struggles to lock on to fast-moving objects
  • no continuous touch-to-focus
  • sharpness is suffering and the noise is really creeping in
  • Pentax is heavier than stated
  • shows quite high levels of noise
  • colour saturation drops and image quality
  • it still lacks any form of auto exposure bracketing
  • rough edges and minor irritations
  • Sony A5100 allows in-camera charging via the USB port
  • slower and a little erratic
  • lacks a mic input
  • Neither camera can match the sensor performance of the new D3400
  • Nikon D3400 is difficult to beat in terms of sensor performance
  • image noise is barely visible
  • lack Wi-Fi compatibility
  • the viewfinder covers only about 95 percent of what the camera will actually
  • it's a bit limited
  • RAW files and movies cannot be transferred
  • Video quality is limited to 1080p and suffered slightly from sudden changes in light level
  • lacks built-in wireless image sharing
  • dedicated ISO button is still frustrating
  • without a magnesium alloy internal frame
  • mid-range cameras are threatened
  • Missing Flash Shoe is a no go for enthusiast photography
  • overly saturated in Auto mode
  • t lag that far back in terms of IQ
  • Mirrorless system lenses are not smaller
  • autofocus is bad
  • finely grained luminance noise
  • Nikon D3400 from around the web
  • lack of a second control wheel less problematic
  • D3400 does not support Wi-Fi
  • Red-eye-Reduction settings caused any noticeable red-eye
  • lack of an articulated rear screen
  • the lack of an articulated rear screen
  • DSLR image quality
  • lack of an articulated rear screen The flippy screen
  • are not compatible with Nikon full-frame DSLRs
  • ditches the D3300's ultrasonic sensor cleaning system
  • autofocus system lacks the sensitivity of the D500's
  • No water resistance or weather sealing
  • No auto LCD brightness control
  • looked ratty; noisy; blotchy and off-color
  • blotchy faded colors and lifeless black shadows
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  • No depth-of-field preview button
  • the screen is now touch sensitive
  • moire patterning appearing in certain images
  • you cannot record 24p with half of the entire Nikon lineup
  • a microphone output but not a headphone output
  • not possible to adjust settings using the command dial
  • the camera beeped each time we looked through the viewfinder
  • Live view autofocus remains slow
  • The camera is hard to source as it has been discontinued
  • grid to help with composition appeared and disappeared each time
  • D5500 lacks an optical low-pass filter
  • no dedicated ISO button
  • no lens creep that I could detect
  • AF operation somewhat lacking
  • not the right camera for you
  • optical variant is a reflection off the mirror
  • The camera is a bit smaller than the older D5300
  • edges a bit fuzzy
  • no LCD on the top deck to quickly check your settings
  • The app is rather limited
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  • The collapsible lens takes a bit longer to open when the lens
  • Inconsistent is a vague description
  • k3 does not shine in afc or tracking
  • lackluster AF
  • Cameras will only get ;
  • Noise is only one point when discussing image quality
  • losing too much in the way of image quality
  • no GPS (global positioning satellite) on board
  • Buttons are scary and complicated
  • shot hundreds of photos without having to pop the battery on the charger
  • the pricing is decidedly not entry-level
  • rolling shutter while panning the camera around
  • no optical low-pass filter
  • camera technology does continue to push forward
  • s only customizable hard control
  • AF speed slows a little under low light
  • contrast-detect autofocus is fairly slow
  • the sound of the lens focusing is generally very noisy
  • The mode dial on the top deck is less crowded
  • have larger hands and tend to accidentally click things too often
  • max ISO noise is still a problem
  • over saturated colors that pop off the page as opposed to strict color accuracy
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  • struggles a bit with noise in low light
  • Too many are simply trying to capitalize on affiliate revenue
  • GPS options are limited to adding an external GPS unit to the camera
  • lack of the anti-aliasing filter is evident in images
  • this functionality has simply been incorporated into existing interfaces
  • no dedicated ISO control
  • not perfect
  • D5600 update is slowly elbowing it out of the marketplace
  • Nikon is playing this game a bit too safely
  • the images could have been much more saturated when they were brought onto the computer
  • update cycles are much slower than other gadgets
  • display minus the touchscreen capability and no eye-sensor control
  • in-built GPS unit
  • built-in WiFi but no GPS
  • Allows external flash units to be attached
  • Shutter-Speed and EC dials
  • it makes it precarious when shooting from a low or high angle
  • Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds
  • Nikon D5500 are to be found in firmware
  • s susceptible to aliasing artifacts
  • D5500 no longer sports a built-in GPS receiver
  • unwanted shutter lag
  • camera exposure meter will not function
  • it no longer offers GPS connectivity
  • Nikon add a second card slot for Compact Flash cards
  • advertising has changed drastically over the years
  • lacks aperture control and Auto ISO
  • noise can be noticed at ISO 3200
  • It lacks aperture control
  • Wireless Mobile Utility app
  • lacks of a truly killer upgrade to differentiate it
  • D5500 does not Support a Connection to PCs
  • it will not give a preview nor will it import
  • Viewfinder gets completely washed out if sun is too bright
  • lacks the large viewfinder
  • it is not the photo shot with -1/3 exposure
  • Using live view focus and shutter response speeds are slow
  • The buttons on the camera are quite small
  • Noise increases again at ISO12800
  • options are quite limited
  • live view focus is still slow
  • sports a somewhat flat and rounded grip
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  • focusing was noticeably slower in Live View mode
  • Wind noise could also be problematic
  • Live View shooting was generally slower
  • functions are somewhat limited
  • lacks an optical low-pass filter
  • sometimes the AF points switches because my nose touches the screen
  • not the best battery life for a camera
  • pick up too much AF sound from the lens and ambient audio
  • does not have the built-in GPS ability of the older camera
  • it takes only about one second to lock on to a focus
  • the display is now a touchscreen
  • AF is not automatic during video recording
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  • grip overhangs a little bit
  • a significant increase in noise or loss of detail
  • the placement of the drive mode button awkward
  • continuous autofocus is easily distracted
  • camera's potential is hampered by its under-performing kit lens

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