Nikon D700 vs Nikon D5500

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D700 and Nikon D5500. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D700
Nikon D5500

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D700 were released 2008 and Nikon D5500 was released 2015. That is a 7 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D700 Nikon 2008
Nikon D5500 Nikon 2015

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D700 has a "FX"-sensor while Nikon D5500 has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D700 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Nikon D5500 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

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

Resolution

Nikon D700 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:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D700 12,1 MP 12052992 4256 2832
Nikon D5500 24 MP 24000000 6000 4000

Nikon D5500 has a 99 % larger resolution than Nikon D700. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D5500 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D700. Nikon D5500 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Nikon D700 has 200 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D700 200-25600
Nikon D5500 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Nikon D700 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 that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D700
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5500

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D700 can shoot up to 5-8 pictures per seconds and Nikon D5500 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D700 5-8
Nikon D5500 5

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 of movies and movie clips and that is Nikon D5500. Sadly, the Nikon D700 does not support this.

Weight

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

Nikon D700 weighs 1074 gr (equal to 2,37 lb) which is 156% heavier than Nikon D5500 and its 420 gr (or 0,93 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D700 1074 gr 2,37 lb
Nikon D5500 420 gr 0,93 lb