When comparing Nikon D5500 vs Sony Alpha a6300, the Slant community recommends Sony Alpha a6300 for most people. In the question“What are the best cameras for photography under $1000?” Sony Alpha a6300 is ranked 1st while Nikon D5500 is ranked 7th. The most important reason people chose Sony Alpha a6300 is:
The camera captures detailed 24MP images with neutral colors. Detailed, interactive studio tests can be seen [here](http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-a6300/9).
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Pro Offers a flat color profile for video
A flat color profile captures footage in low contrast and higher dynamic range allowing for easier color grading in post-production.
Pro Can output 8-bit 4:2:2 1080p60 video over HDMI
D5500 can record to an external recorder at a higher quality than when recording to camera.
Pro Good dynamic range
According to tests performed by DxOmark D5500 has 14.01 stops of dynamic range in print and 13.21 stops on screen for images taken at 100 ISO. Among the best scores for cameras in this price range.
Dynamic range is the range of brightness that a camera can capture. Detail in parts of the scene that are outside of the camera's dynamic range will be lost.
Pro Good subject tracking
D5500 has a 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor. It's accurate and fast.
Pro Good battery life
The camera is CIPA rated for 820 shots per charge.
Pro Good video quality
D5500 shoots 1080p60 video that's low in noise and low in artifacts.
Pro Great image quality
Nikon D5500 has a 24MP APS-C sensor and has no AA filter. The lack of an AA filter increases sharpness at the expense of increased moire chance. Little noise up to 3200 ISO. You can see in-depth lab tests on DPReview.
Pro Good tilt and swivel touchscreen offers versatility and ease of use
D5500 has a 3.2" 1.04M-dot tilt and swivel touchscreen.
Pro Well implemented Auto ISO
Pro Good image quality
The camera captures detailed 24MP images with neutral colors. Detailed, interactive studio tests can be seen here.
Pro Excellent low-light performance for an APS-C camera
High-ISO retains a good amount of detail and has a well balanced, context-sensitive noise reduction. Saturation is accurate up to ISO 12800.
Pro Great continuous autofocus
The autofocus is fast. It uses a hybrid phase-detection and contrast detection autofocusing system.
Pro Good dynamic range
Pro Weather sealed
Pro Offers excellent control over video
The camera allows manually setting and adjusting during shooting shutter speed, aperture and ISO, supports Auto ISO in movie mode, allows turning subject tracking on and off during filming, supports live autofocus with control over focus drive speed and subject tracking persistence.
Pro The viewfinder can be run at 120fps
Unlike most other viewfinders in this camera class, a6300's can be set to run at 120fps instead of 60fps.
Pro Lots of video-friendly features
The camera supports a flat color profiles (S-Log2 & S-Log3) for improved dynamic range that can then be used when color grading in post, it can record time code in order to help you sync audio and video when you record them separately, it allows for an external mic allowing you to record higher quality audio in-camera, and includes focus peaking and zebras that help make sure the subject is in focus and no areas are over or under exposed.
Pro A flat color profile for video is available
a6300 supports a flat color profiles (S-Log2 & S-Log3) for improved dynamic range that can then be used when color grading in post. It can also preview how a graded footage would look.
Pro Excellent video quality
The camera can capture video at up to 4K30 and 1080p120 resolutions and is capable of saving footage in XAVC S at up to 100 Mbps. Captured footage provides impressive levels of detail. It's important to note that 4K30 capture is from a smaller crop of the sensor while 4K24/25 is from the full width of the sensor.
Pro Great subject tracking
a6300 is among the most capable cameras in its class in identifying and tracking subjects.
Pro Reasonable battery life
The cameras is CIPA rated for 400 shots per charge using the rear screen, and 350 using the EVF.
Pro Excellent AF point coverage
The camera has 425 phase detection AF points spread across the frame.
Pro Good Auto ISO
Auto ISO changes ISO based on user-defined rules. a6300 allows setting ISO ceiling and floor, minimum shutter speed and additionally has 5 automatic rules (from Slower to Faster) for controlling shutter speed based on focal length.
Con Can't control aperture in movie mode
While you can set ISO and shutter speed before you start shooting, the camera will choose the aperture for you.
Con Buffer limits continuous RAW shooting speed
Buffer fills after 6 RAW shots or 13 JPEG shots after which you have to wait for the buffer to clear.
Con Lacks Auto ISO in movie mode
Auto ISO automatically changes ISO within a user defined range based on lighting conditions. This feature cannot be used in movie mode.
Con Can't micro-adjust lens focus points
Autofocus microadjustment is intended to fine tune the point where the camera focuses. If the camera consistently focuses slightly in front or behind the intended point, microadjustments allow you to fix that. D5500 lacks this ability.
Con No environmental sealing
Con JPEG details get smudgy at high ISO settings
Con No touchscreen or joystick for setting the AF point
The quickest way to set the AF point is by pressing the middle button of the four-way controller to enter AF point selection, then using the controller to set the point which is considerably slower than using a touchscreen or a joystick.
Con Accessing second dial requires reposition the hand from shooting grip
The second dial that's among other things is used for changing the AF point is positioned at the bottom-right side of the camera and it can't be accessed using the shooting grip.
Con The amount of settings available can be overwhelming
The menu is grouped in 5 categories and each category has up to 9 pages of settings. Remembering the location of all those settings can be a time-consuming task. You can, however, assign 8 of the buttons on the camera custom functions as well as create a custom functions menu with 6 or 12 settings that can then be accessed with the Fn button.
Con Lens availability might be an issue
There are some APS-C specific prime lenses from Sony, but not many, and zoom lenses are few and far between.