Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D5500 – Detailed Comparison

You’re welcome to this Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D5500 comparison article. Here, you’ll get to see how similar and/dissimilar the cameras are. Hopefully, you’ll be able to make a decision of which is the better camera for you.

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To help you with that decision, we’ve researched on the features of each camera and pitted those of one camera against those of the other. This way, you know where one camera does better than the other.

However, if you are pressed for time, be sure to peruse the comparison overview and comparison table below. You’ll get quick information to help you make a quick decision.

One more thing, you could check out some other of our Sony-Nikon comparisons here and here.

Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D5500 – Comparison Overview

Here’s your quick comparison of the Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D5500:

Overall Rating Of Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D5500

From our research, we consider both cameras really good cameras. However, they each have areas where they are better at.

The Sony a6000 is the better camera for stuff like sports photography or toddler photography; basically any kind of photography where the subject(s) moves around a lot.

What makes the Sony a6000 good for this kind of photography is the continuous shooting of 11 frames per second. Also, weighing 0.76 pounds, the weight might also have something to do with it.

On the other hand, the Nikon D5500 would be better for video related recording including recording that video for your vlog.

The reason for this is that the Nikon D5500 comes with a microphone port which makes for better audio recording. The touch and fully articulating screen also has a part to play in this.

Rating Of The Features Of The Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D5500

First off, while the Sony a6000 is a mirrorless camera, the Nikon D5500 is a DSLR. And they both generally have features in tandem with the kind of camera they are.

Hence, the Sony a6000 is the smaller of the two cameras while the Nikon D5500 has the longer battery life (820 shots per charge). Also, while the Nikon D5500 comes with an optical viewfinder, the Sony a6000 comes with an electronic viewfinder.

Furthermore, the Nikon D5500 gets a lot of points for its screen. It has the better screen resolution (1037k dots vs 922k dots), has the larger screen (3.2 vs 3 inches) and a selfie friendly screen.

The Sony a6000, on the other hand, gets points for wireless connectivity (NFC enabled) and focus points (179 vs 39).

Price/Value Ratio Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D5500

You’ll get either of the cameras for a decent price. And the price is especially decent for the value you get out of it.

The Nikon D5500 costs a few dollars more than the Sony a6000. However, we do not think it is that much of a difference. It’s still up to you to decide, though.

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About The Brands

Sony

Sony is a Japanese brand that can best be described as a conglomerate and this is because its businesses are really diversified.

Look at it! Its products appear in the entertainment, gaming and electronics industries. And not just that, it does a thing or two about financial services.

Its entertainment branch is a diverse venture of its own including such mini brands as Sony Mobile, Sony Pictures and even Sony Music. And just so you know, Sony is credited for having the largest music entertainment venture in the World.

Nikon

The Nikon brand, on the other hand, is more specialized. Its products are basically within the imaging and optics venture.

From its founding days in 1917, the Nikon brand has grown and expanded even though it is still headquartered in Japan. And just so you know, Nikon is part of the Mitsubishi group of companies.

Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D5500 – Comparison Table

 

Sony a6000

Nikon D5500

Weight 0.76 pounds 0.9 pounds
Dimensions 4.7 by 2.6 by 1.8 inches 4.9 by 3.8 by 2.6 inches
Battery Life 360 shots per charge 820 shots per charge
Continuous Shooting 11.0 frames per second (fps) 5.0 frames per second (fps)
Wireless Connection In-built In-built
Screen Type 3 inch tilting screen 3.2 inch fully articulated
Viewfinder Electronic Optical
ISO 100 – 25600 and can be expanded to 51200 100 to 25600

Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D5500 — A Comparison Video

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Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D5500 – Which Is Better Under What Circumstance?

Sony a6000

Nikon D5500

The Sony a6000 is the faster of the 2 cameras. So, if speed is really important to you, consider getting this camera. On the other hand, the Nikon D5500 has the longer battery life.
The Sony a6000 is also the lighter of the 2 cameras. So, if you are going to be lugging your camera around a number of times, consider getting this camera. Also, the Nikon D5500 comes with a microphone port. This makes it the better camera option for recording videos.
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Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D5500 – Common Features

In this section, we’ll be taking a look at those features that the Sony a6000 and the Nikon D5500 share in common. The idea is to see how similar they are to one another.

We’ll also be including those features that are mostly alike but with slight differences. The idea is to how one camera holds up against the other in the features they share. First off…

1. Viewfinder

If you’ve gone through our comparison overview, you should now know that not all cameras come with a viewfinder. And this is the reason we felt the need to point out that both cameras do come with a viewfinder.

Now the viewfinder is that small screen-like thing in the camera that you look through to focus on and shoot images. With those cameras that do not come with a viewfinder, you’ll have to make do with the LCD screen.

That may be good in certain circumstances. However, if you are in a place that is too brightly lit (like out in the sun), the LCD screen would be practically useless.

Thankfully, both cameras in this review come with a viewfinder. However, while the Sony a6000 has an electronic viewfinder, the Nikon D5500 has an optical viewfinder. And this is basically due to the kind of camera they are.

One other thing. The viewfinder of the Sony a6000 has a 100% coverage while the viewfinder of the Nikon D5500 has a 95% coverage. 95% isn’t bad but total coverage is always better than almost total coverage.

2. Flash

This is another feature that, surprisingly, does not come with all cameras. Now, what we mean is that not all cameras have an in-built flash feature, they only come with a port for attaching an external flash.

Thankfully, both cameras come with an in-built flash. We like this because the in-built flash can be used to quickly light-up settings that are not properly lit so that you can take that perfect feature. And you can always be sure that you have your flash with you.

Furthermore, both cameras also come with that external flash port. Now, because there is an inbuilt flash, you can use your external flash for some more intense stuff like flash photography.

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3. Wireless Connection

This is another thing that both cameras have built-in. Unlike some cameras to which you have to attach an external device to be able to connect to the internet, both the cameras in this review have the wireless connection built-in.

This way, all you really need to be able to connect your camera to the internet is said camera and a Wi-Fi connection.

Now, still in the spirit of wireless connections, both cameras can be connected to and controlled using a smartphone. You’ll have to get the appropriate app and then via the app, connect the camera to the smartphone and you’re good to go.

Once connected, the screen of your smartphone can serve as both the viewfinder and the control panel. Such convenience!

4. ISO Range

Both cameras have practically the same ISO range but first, what is an ISO range? First off, ISO tells us, in numbers, how sensitive a camera is to light.

If the ISO numbers are low, it means the camera (at that point) isn’t very sensitive to light and so will not capture so much light. Furthermore, if the camera is not very sensitive to light, there are lesser chances of the photos taken having grains.

This automatically means that a camera in high sensitivity (represented as high ISO numbers) wi capture more light but then will have a higher possibility of grains on photos.

An ISO range is basically the upper and lower limit (in numbers) of light sensitivity of a camera. And knowing all that about light sensitivity, it only makes sense that a camera should have a wide enough ISO range so that the photographer has as many ISO options as possible.

That said, both cameras have an ISO range between 100 and 25600, however, the range of the Sony a6000 can be expanded to 51200. While this ISO range might not be the widest among cameras, it is sure impressive for a semi-pro and an entry level camera.

5. Articulating Screen

An articulating screen is that screen that can be moved in certain angles and directions without moving the camera body itself. The basic idea of this is for you to be able to take photos from certain angles without necessarily manipulating the entire camera.

That said, both cameras have an articulating screen. However, while the Sony a6000 has a tilting screen, the Nikon D5500 has a fully articulating screen. We’ll explain.

A tilting screen can be moved (or tilted) upward and then back down with angles varying from camera to camera. On the other hand, a fully articulating can basically be rotated.

This is one of the features that makes the Nikon D5500 a great camera for taking selfies. Well, that and the fact that the Nikon D5500 has a touch screen.

Anyway, seeing as we are still on the topic of screens, there’s one more thing you need to know. The Sony a6000 has a 3 inch screen while the Nikon D5500 has a 3.2 inch screen. Is that enough to make you swing one way or the other? You decide!

OK! One last thing! The screens of both cameras have pretty high screen resolution. The Sony a6000 has a 922k dot screen resolution while the Nikon D5500 has a 1037k dot screen resolution.

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6. RAW Support

This is basically about the format in which photos taken on a camera are stored. To better appreciate the RAW format, you need to understand the alternative. Photos stored in the jpeg format usually have their quality reduced. However, these pictures do not take up as much space as pictures saved in RAW format.

On the other hand, photos saved in RAW format are saved in their original quality. And this is good news for both these cameras seeing as they have good picture resolution. Which leads us to….

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7. Picture Resolution

As we earlier pointed out, both the Sony a6000 and the Nikon D5500have good picture resolution. The picture resolution tells us in numbers how well detailed photos taken will be.

That said, both cameras have a 24 megapixel picture resolution. So, whichever camera you decide to go with, you can be sure of getting really detailed pictures.

8. Memory Card Support

Cameras do not have sufficient in-built memories. So, in order to store the numerous shots that it gets with one charge (we’ll discuss that later), a memory card has to be attached to it.

Now, there are different kinds of memory cards. However, the most basic kinds are usually compatible with practically all kinds of digital cameras. Nonetheless, the kind we are concerned about in this review is the Ultra High Speed (UHS) kind.

The UHS memory card, as the name goes, allows for ultra-high speed transfer of photos to storage. And both the Sony a6000 and the Nikon D5500 allow for the use of this memory card.

9. Face Detection

Both cameras have this feature that makes them able to recognize and focus on faces. This makes them great cameras for portraits.

Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D5500 — A Sony a6000 Demonstration Video

Sony a6000 vs Nikon D5500 – Unique Features

In this section, we’ll look at those features that make one camera differ from the other. These include features that both share but with a lot of differences and also those features that you’ll find in one but not the other.

1. Weight

You might not appreciate the weight of a camera until you have to lug it up the hill on that hike or you lift the camera to take a shot and feel like there’s nothing in your hand. The weight of a camera is a very important thing to consider when choosing a camera.

That said, the Sony a6000 weighs 0.76 pounds while the Nikon D5500 weighs 0.9 pounds. And we think the weight difference is significant enough for us to swing one way or the other.

We personally prefer our cameras lightweight because that makes for easy traveling. However, we do understand why some other people prefer the weight. It is kinda reassuring when you want to take your photos. You’ll have to decide for yourself which you prefer, though.

And just so you know, the fact that the Nikon D5500 is heavier than the Sony a6000 doesn’t necessarily mean it is heavy. It is actually a decent weight if you ask us.

That said, in deciding which camera to take based on weight, don’t forget to factor in the weight of the lenses. You can’t do without them and their weight could actually make one camera heavier than the other.

Now, because we can’t go checking out the weight of the different lenses, here’s what you need to know. Both cameras have the same APC-S sized sensors which means that for the same aperture and focal length, both cameras will use the same weight and size of lens.

So, the lenses should not affect the weight of the cameras so much that the lighter camera should now weigh heavier than the heavier one.

2. Continuous Shooting

Continuous shooting is how we measure the speed of a camera. The more pictures the camera can take in one second, the faster we can say the camera is.

That said, the Sony a6000 can take 11 frames per second (fps) and that is pretty fast for a semi-pro camera. However, the Nikon D5500 is not as fast; you can only take 5 frames per second (fps) with this camera.

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3. Battery Life

How long can you use one of the cameras before it needs to be charged or batteries switched? Well, the battery life of a camera is measured by how many shots it can take with one charge.

With the Sony a6000, you can get 360 shots before it needs to be charged. This is not the most impressive battery life, however, mirrorless cameras aren’t exactly known for having a long battery life.

On the other hand, you can get 820 shots before the Nikon D5500 needs to be recharged. However, to be honest, this isn’t exactly the most impressive battery life we’ve seen with a DSLR.

4. Near Field Communication Connection

This is a kind of wireless connection, howbeit, between devices. A camera that is NFC enabled can wirelessly connect with another device (phone, tablet or computer) that is also NFC enabled.

Via this connection, files can be transferred seamlessly from one device to the other. Of course, said devices have to be within close range of one another.

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5. Microphone Port

If you’ll be using your camera for vlogging or for those YouTube videos, you’ll have to pay attention to this feature. Now, because cameras are designed to be used for taking pictures and videos, they usually have an internal mic.

However, those internal mics tend to pick up a lot of noise. So, to reduce that possibility, you’ll need an external mic.

However, of the 2 cameras in this review, only the Nikon D5500 comes with a microphone port. Which automatically means that of the 2 cameras in this review, the Nikon D5500 is the better camera for video recording.

6. Time Lapse Recording

When a camera time-lapse records, it is basically shooting in a lower frequency than it normally would. When you then playback what you’ve recorded, it plays faster than regular. This is a cool way of recording time if you ask us.

Now, you can do this on the Nikon D5500 without any added features. However, with the Sony a6000, you’ll need to download an app for that.

7. Lenses Available

Both cameras have a decent variety of lenses. However, with the Sony a6000 sporting 102 lenses and the Nikon D5500 sporting 302, it is easy to see that the Nikon D5500 has a lot more lenses available.

Furthermore, neither camera has an image stabilization feature. What this implies is that if pictures are taken with the camera in motion, the pictures might come out blurry.

Now, to counter this, you’ll need to get optical optimization lenses. The Sony a6000 has 23 of those available while the Nikon D5500 has 88 of them available.

Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D5500 — A Nikon D5500 Demonstration Video

Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D5500 – Unique Pros

Pros Of The Sony a6000

  • With a continuous shot of 11 frames per second, the Sony a6000 is the faster of the 2 cameras.
  • Also, we consider the fact that the Sony a6000 is lightweight a pro. However, you need to remember that this is subjective.
  • Unlike the Nikon D5500, the Sony a6000 is NFC enabled. Which means it can be wirelessly connected to other devices that are also NFC enabled and files can be transferred that way.
  • With the Sony a6000 at 179 and the Nikon D5500 at 39, the Sony a6000 has more focus points than the Nikon D5500.
  • The Sony a6000’s viewfinder has a 100% coverage as against the Nikon D5500’s 95%.
  • While both cameras have the same ISO range, the Sony a6000’s can be expanded up to 51200.
  • Finally, the Sony a6000 is the more affordable of the 2 cameras.

Pros Of The Nikon D5500

  • The Nikon D5500 has a longer battery life than the Sony a6000.
  • We also like that the Nikon D5500 has a fully articulating screen. In addition, the screen of the Nikon D5500 is 0.2 inches longer vs that of the Sony a6000. There’s also the thing about the Nikon D5500 having a touch screen. And, together with the full articulation, the Nikon D5500 has a screen that makes it great for taking selfies.
  • With a 12.0 meter reach, the flash of the Nikon D5500 has twice the reach of that of the Sony a6000.
  • Furthermore, the Nikon D5500 comes fitted with a microphone port. And this makes it the better camera for video recording.
  • While you can time-lapse record with both cameras if need be, the Nikon D5500 has this feature built in.
  • Finally, the Nikon D5500 has more lenses available to it than the Sony a6000.

Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D5500 – Unique Cons

Cons Of The Sony a6000

  • The Sony a6000 doesn’t have as long a battery life as the Nikon D5500.
  • Also, the Sony a6000 might not be of tremendous use to you if you need a camera for recording videos.

Cons Of The Nikon D5500

  • The Nikon D5500 is not as fast as the Sony a6000.
  • Also, the Nikon D5500 doesn’t have as many focus points as the Sony a6000.

Sony a6000 vs Nikon D5500 – Common Pros

 

Sony a6000

Nikon D5500

Viewfinder Thankfully, the Sony a6000 comes with an inbuilt electronic viewfinder and you don’t need to depend solely on the LCD screen. Same as the Sony a6000. However, the Nikon D5500 comes with an optical viewfinder instead of an electronic one.
RAW Support The Sony a6000 stores photos as RAW which means the pictures will be in their original quality. Same as the Sony a6000.
Picture Resolution Also, the picture resolution is of the Sony a6000 is pretty decent at 24 megapixels. Which means that photos taken will be in great detail. Same as the Sony a6000.
Smartphone Control With the right app, the Sony a6000 can be connected to a smartphone. And then the Sony a6000 can be controlled from the smartphone. Same as the Sony a6000.
Flash The Sony a6000 has an in-built flash that can be used in places where the lighting is low. It also comes with a port for an external flash that can be used for flash photography. Same as the Sony a6000.
Wireless Connection The Sony a6000 comes with an in-built wireless connection that enables the camera wirelessly connect to the internet. Same as the Sony a6000.
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Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D5500 – Common Cons

 

Sony a6000

Nikon D5500

Image Stabilization The Sony a6000 doesn’t come with an image stabilization feature. As a result, pictures taken with this camera in motion could come out looking all blurry. Same as the Sony a6000.
Environmental Protection The Sony a6000 is not protected against the elements. Simply speaking, it is not waterproof, water resistant or dust proof. Same as the Sony a6000.

Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D5500 – What People Think About Both

Sony a6000

Nikon D5500

A good number of people really seem to like the Sony a6000. One of the reasons that seems to come up a lot is the fact that the camera takes great pictures. The weight is another feature that comes up quite often. People like that the camera is able to do all it does and it still is pretty lightweight. Another feature is the wireless connection amongst others. The Nikon D5500 also gets favorable feedback. People seem to think that this camera makes for a great beginner camera. People also agree that the Nikon D5500 takes really nice pictures, all the features are just right for this. One other thing that gets people excited is the weight. Apparently, the weight it significant enough that you feel like you’re holding something.
There have been a number of complaints, though. Chief among them looks to be the fact that the camera is not weather sealed. This is because there are limits to the places and times the camera can be used. There have been some complaints with this too. The speed looks to be a problem for those who are into something more professional. While the lack of a weather sealing feature seems to be a general issue.
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Sony a6000 vs Nikon D5500 – Our Take

Sony a6000

Nikon D5500

We really like the Sony a6000 and really, there is a lot to like. The speed is something we can’t get enough of. It isn’t the fastest camera, but for a semi-pro camera, it does try. We also like that the camera is lightweight. As we said earlier, we like to be able to easily lug the camera around. And the fact that the camera can be smartphone controlled? Who doesn’t like convenience? Picture quality, viewfinder and wireless connection are just some other things we like about this camera. We also really like the Nikon D5500 and believe it will make a good camera for those looking for something for random family gatherings. Why do we like it? Well, first off the battery life is pretty decent. Then of course, it takes really good pictures, especially for an entry-level camera. There’s also the part about the Nikon D5500 being the better camera for taking videos because it comes with a microphone port.
There are things we do not like about the camera. However, they do not sway our like for this camera. If you’re with us on this one, get the Sony a6000 now! Like with the Sony a6000, there a number of things we don’t like about the Nikon D5500. However, those things are not enough to change our minds about this camera. If you are with us on this too, get the Nikon D5500 now!

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