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NIKON D3300 OR D5500?

 
mmand
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Nov 29, 2015 16:31 |  #1

For someone used to the convenience, and bells and whistles that high end Canon compacts have to offer, would a Nikon D3300 or D5500 be a better first DSLR buy? -?

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Nov 29, 2015 17:13 |  #2

mmand wrote in post #17800827 (external link)
For someone used to the convenience, and bells and whistles that high end Canon compacts have to offer, would a Nikon D3300 or D5500 be a better first DSLR buy? -?

Thnx:-D


If you have any retail stores near your that carry these two cameras, I would go and check them out; see how they feel in your hand.

Last year I was shopping for a replacement travel camera after my m4/3 Panasonic G5 slipped from my hands and hit the concrete of a parking lot.

My first inclination based on specs were the two bodies you you mentioned. I went to a local Best Buy and handled them for a bit. I didn't like the way they felt in my hands! They were too small and the sharper angle of the bottom corners jabbed into the palm of my hand. The D5500 had a fatter body due to the rear articulating screen.

Being a long time Nikon fan, I was dissapointed. I kept looking and stumbled upon a Canon T3i kit. It felt great in my hand and was a bit less expensive than the Nikon outfits. Despite the fact that I have a decent accumulation of Nikon glass, most of my lenses are AF D; I would have needed to purchase a couple of DX lenses had I gone with the D3000/D5000 series.

So, I purchased the T3i and susbsequently three lenses for it. Not having done enough research prior to buying the T3i, I had no idea of its shortcomings, namely two; the AF area selection method is frustratingly cumbersome and the rear articulating screen is more a marketing gimick than it is useful. In live view it is next to impossible to snap a picture as the camera will bearly focus. Had I known these two things I would have purchased a Nikon D7100 at the time instead.

Whatever your decision, try before you buy and do plenty of research. Remember, with the D3000/D5000 series cameras you are limited to either DX lenses or Nikon AF S lenees. These cameras will not auto focus with older Nikon AF D lenses.




  
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Nov 30, 2015 03:53 |  #3

Get the D5500, the touch screen is really nice and the swivel screen is nice too. I really like mine, I think the D5500 is 14 bit and the D3200 is just 12 bit.


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Nov 30, 2015 05:17 |  #4

The swivel screen alone is worth it. Both are mid grade cameras and if the swivel screen is not important buy a refurb d7100 for <$500




  
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Nov 30, 2015 09:33 |  #5

What about a refurbished D5300 vs 5500?




  
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Nov 30, 2015 10:23 |  #6

Is price important? Looking on the net I see about a $300 difference between the D3300 & D5500.

Check out these reviews. I linked the conclusion page for a quick overview, but you can click through to read the whole review.

http://www.dpreview.co​m/reviews/nikon-d3300/12 (external link)

http://www.dpreview.co​m/reviews/nikon-d5500/10 (external link)

Just about the same size...

http://camerasize.com/​compare/#509,580 (external link)


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