Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D7100 vs D5500

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D7100
9.8
D5500
9.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D7100
8.3
D5500
8.6
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D7100
9.0
D5500
9.2
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D7100
9.2
D5500
9.0
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com, imaging-resource.com and 5 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of D7100 vs D5500

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

D7100
1,256 ISO
D5500
1,438 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D7100
251 ms
D5500
201 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D7100
54 ms
D5500
79 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D7100
300 ms
D5500
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D7100
6 fps
D5500
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

D7100
950 photos
D5500
820 photos

Features Key features of the D7100  vs D5500 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

D7100
24 MP
D5500
24 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

D7100
25,600 ISO
D5500
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

D7100
51
D5500
39

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

D7100
3.2"
D5500
3.2"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

D7100
0.61x
D5500
0.54x

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

D7100
15.3 microns
D5500
15.3 microns

Reviews Word on the street

D7100  vs D5500 

8.5
7.9
And the D7100 one-ups its Nikon stablemates with an RGBW rear LCD which offers more efficient operation and gives the option for greater brightness than an RGB panel, making the screen much more usable in direct sunlight.
D7100

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

D7100  vs
D5500 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 24 MP 24 MP
Resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.5x
Pixel size 15.3 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 51 39
Supports continuous Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentamirror
Coverage 100% 95%
Magnification 0.94x 0.82x
Viewfinder size 0.61x 0.54x

performance

Max continuous shooting 6 fps 5 fps
Battery life 950 820
Continuous shooting
6 fps
5 fps
Focus lag 251 ms 201 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms 79 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 400 ms

video

D7100  vs
D5500 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 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 1,229 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 1/8000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 136 x 107 x 76 mm 124 x 97 x 70 mm
Thickness 76 mm 70 mm
Weight 675 g 420 g
Is weather sealed Yes No

features

Includes a GPS No No
WiFi None None
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