Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D610 vs D5500

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D610
10.0
D5500
10.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D5500
7.8
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D5500
8.6
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D5500
9.0
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, dpreview.com, techradar.com, 1001noisycameras.com and 2 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

D5500
9.1

Winner
Nikon D610 

Camera Rocket recommends the Nikon D610  based on its reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D610 vs D5500

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D610
2,925 ISO
D5500
1,438 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D610
260 ms
D5500
201 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D610
54 ms
D5500
79 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D610
300 ms
D5500
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D610
6 fps
D5500
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D610
900 photos
D5500
820 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon D610  vs D5500 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D610
24.2 MP
D5500
24 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D610
25,600 ISO
D5500
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Nikon D610
3.2"
D5500
3.2"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Nikon D610
0.7x
D5500
0.54x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon D610
35.7 microns
D5500
15.3 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D610  vs
D5500 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 24.2 MP 24 MP
Resolution 6016 x 4016 6000 x 4000
Size Full frame APS-C
Area 35.9 x 24 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.5x
Pixel size 35.7 microns 15.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 39 39
Supports continuous Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentamirror
Coverage 100% 95%
Magnification 0.7x 0.82x
Viewfinder size 0.7x 0.54x

performance

Max continuous shooting 6 fps 5 fps
Battery life 900 820
Continuous shooting
6 fps
5 fps
Focus lag 260 ms 201 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms 79 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 400 ms

video

Nikon D610  vs
D5500 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4) 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3.2" 3.2"
Resolution 921 k dots 1,037 k dots
Has a touch screen No Yes
Has a flip out screen No Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 141 x 113 x 82 mm 124 x 97 x 70 mm
Thickness 82 mm 70 mm
Weight 760 g 420 g
Is weather sealed Yes No

features

Includes a GPS No No
WiFi None None
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