Nikon D3 vs Nikon D5500
This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3 and Nikon D5500. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.
These cameras are both manufactured by Nikon.Nikon D3 were released 2007 and Nikon D5500 was released 2015. That is a 8 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.
Type of camera
Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.
Sensors / crop factor
These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D3 has a "FX"-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 **|
|Nikon D3||50 mm
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
|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 (Nikon)
Nikon D3 has a 12,1 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D5500 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:
4256 x 2832
6000 x 4000
Nikon D5500 has a 99 % larger resolution than Nikon D3. 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.
Nikon D5500 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D3. Nikon D5500 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Nikon D3 has 200 to 25600.
Autofocus and lens compatibility
There is a big difference between these two cameras. Nikon D3 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 Nikon D3
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. Nikon D3 can shoot up to 9 pictures per seconds and Nikon D5500 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.
|Camera||FPS (Frames per second)|
Ability to record movies
It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.
It is only one of these two cameras that support recording movies and movie clips and that is Nikon D5500. Sadly, the Nikon D3 does not support this.
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.
Nikon D3 weighs 1300 gr (equal to 2,87 lb) which is 210% heavier than Nikon D5500 and its 420 gr (or 0,93 lb).
|Nikon D3||1300 gr
|Nikon D5500||420 gr