Canon EOS 650D vs Nikon D5500

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 650D and Nikon D5500. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Canon EOS 650D is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D5500 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 650D were released 2012 and Nikon D5500 was released 2015. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 650D 2012
Nikon D5500 2015

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 650D has a "APSC"-sensor while Nikon D5500 has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 650D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon D5500 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)


Canon EOS 650D has a 18 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D5500 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 650D 18 MP
17915904 pixels
5184 x 3456
Nikon D5500 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000

Nikon D5500 has a 34 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 650D. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D5500 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 650D. Nikon D5500 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Canon EOS 650D has 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 650D 100-12800
Nikon D5500 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Canon EOS 650D has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D5500 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D5500 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 650D
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5500

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 650D can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D5500 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 650D 5
Nikon D5500 5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Canon EOS 650D and Nikon D5500 can shoot movies.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 650D weighs 575 gr (equal to 1,27 lb) which is 37% heavier than Nikon D5500 and its 420 gr (or 0,93 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 650D 575 gr
1,27 lb
Nikon D5500 420 gr
0,93 lb