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What is the crop factor of the Nikon D5500?

The Nikon D5500 is equipped with an APS-C sensor, whose diagonal measures 28.2mm. The sensor has a crop factor (or format factor, or focal length multiplier) of 1.5.

The crop factor is defined as the ratio of the 35mm full-frame film diagonal to the diagonal of a digital sensor. This number indicates how a lens behaves in relation to the size of the image sensor.

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Sensor size comparison with a film slide

With a crop factor of 1.5, the sensor in the Nikon D5500 is smaller than the receptor area of a 35mm film slide or negative. As a result, a lens that is attached to the Nikon D5500 will offer a narrower angle of view and provide deeper depth of field than a lens of similar focal length and aperture on a film camera. The equivalent focal length is obtained by multiplying the actual focal length of the lens with the crop factor. For example, a 33mm lens on the Nikon D5500 will provide the same angle of view and depth of field as a 50mm normal lens on a film camera (33mm * 1.5 = 50mm).

Nikon D5500 and Credit Card sensor measures

Sensor specs and performance

The table below compares the sensor specs of the Nikon D5500 to those of several similar cameras. The reported DXO values are indicators of the sensor's imaging quality (higher is better), covering color depth (DXO Portrait), dynamic range (DXO Landscape), and high-ISO noise (DXO Sports). Larger sensor cameras tend to outperform cameras of the same generation that are equipped with a smaller imager. On the other hand, larger sensors are more expensive and require bigger and heavier lenses than smaller light receptors.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
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Nikon D5500 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.114.0143884
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Canon M5 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.412.4126277
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Canon 750D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.091971
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Nikon D5600 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.114.0130684
5.
 
Nikon D3400 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.813.9119286
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Nikon D3300 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.312.8138582
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Nikon D5300 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.013.9133883
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Nikon D3200 APS-C 24.1 6016 40001080/30p24.113.2113181
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Nikon D5200 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60i24.213.9128484
10.
 
Nikon D5100 APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.513.6118380
11.
 
Samsung NX30 APS-C 20.0 5472 36481080/60p23.512.4101476
Further information on the sensor in the Nikon D5500 and the camera's operation can be found in the camera manual.

In the United States, the D5500 was initially launched in January 2015 at a price of $899.

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Camera to camera comparisons

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Nikon D5500
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens Nikon F mount lenses
    Launch Date January 2015
    Launch Price USD 899
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.6 mm
    Sensor Area 367 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 28.2 mm
    Crop Factor 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 24 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6 000 x 4 000 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.91 μm
    Pixel Density 6.55 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 25 600 ISO
    Image Processor EXPEED 4
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 84
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 24.1
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 14.0
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 1438
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.57x
    Top-Level Screen no Top Display
    LCD Framing Live View
    LCD Size 3.2 inch
    LCD Resolution 1037k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen
    V-logging Friendliness Front-flip possible
    Touch Input Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System Phase-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking Feature
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 5 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations
    Silent Shootingno E-Shutter
    Time Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer Built-in
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards
    Single or Dual Card Slots Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Body Specs
    Battery Type EN-EL14a power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)820 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 124 x 97 x 70 mm
    (4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8 in)
    Camera Weight 470 g (16.6 oz)

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