Photographers looking for a highly powerful compact DSLR that provides a greater degree of enthusiast features than the D3000 series, which is the series that sits below it in Nikon’s lineup, have long found the D5000 series to be an excellent option. Even if the differences between the D5500 and its predecessor, the D5300, are not very significant, Nikon’s most recent model, the D5500, follows this trend. We were really satisfied with the image quality, flip-out LCD, and overall feature set of the D5300, which was released in the fall of 2013. We were not as enthusiastic about its menu system or the performance of its live view.
So, what exactly is different? In a nutshell, the body of the D5500 is more compact and lighter than its predecessor, and it features an enhanced grip as well as a quicker CPU, a touch-enabled LCD, ‘flat’ picture control, and built-in Wi-Fi. We won’t know until later if the manufacturer fixed any of the problems that we had with the D5300 until we get a report back from them.
To suggest that the D5500 competes in a saturated market would be an understatement. In the realm of digital single-lens reflex cameras, it goes up against the likes of the Canon EOS Rebel T6i (750D) and the Pentax K-S2, as well as the Fujifilm X-T1, the Olympus E-M10, the Panasonic DMC-G6, and the Sony a6000.
It is important to note that the D5500’s highest ISO setting of 25,600 is no longer a ‘extension’, as was the case with the D5300. Previously, this level was considered to be a ‘extension.’ The D5500 looks to employ the same 24.2MP CMOS sensor as the D5300. It is still the case that there is not an optical low-pass filter placed in front of the sensor. This continues to optimize resolution; nevertheless, moiré may be an undesirable side effect. In addition to this, Nikon has included their most recent Expeed 4 image processing engine in the D5500.
The design of the D5500 has undergone some significant improvements. According to Nikon, it utilizes a design that is known as a monocoque, which makes it possible for the body to function as a single unit and “increases longevity without weighting it down.” In point of fact, the camera is exceedingly light and tiny; in fact, it is much more so than the D3300. The grip is likewise significantly deeper than the grip of the D5300, which makes it a great deal simpler to grasp onto. Touch functionality has also been introduced by Nikon to the already impressive 3.2-inch fully articulating LCD, which makes navigating the menus a little less laborious.
The D5500 continues to enable recording at 1080/60p in the video section, but it also includes a ‘Flat’ Picture Control, which makes it simpler to grade colors in post-production. This is an improvement.
However, one thing has changed, and that is that the built-in GPS that was available on the D5300 has been removed. It is probably a reasonable assumption to assume that Nikon is thinking that consumers would use their smartphone app to perform geotagging on the D5500.
Nikon D5500 Price in USA
Nikon D5500 Specifications
|MSRP||$899 (body only), $999 (with 18-55mm VR II lens), $1199 (with 18-140mm VR lens)|
|Body type||Compact SLR|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Other resolutions||4496 x 3000, 2992 x 2000|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||25 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100 – 25600|
|White balance presets||12|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal, Basic|
|File format||JPEG: Fine, Normal, BasicRAW: 12- or 14-bit, compressedDPOF compatibleDCF 2.0 compliant|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||39|
|Lens mount||Nikon F|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||TFT LCD monitor|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentamirror)|
|Viewfinder magnification||0.82× (0.55× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Exposure modes||Programmed auto with flexible program (P)Shutter-priority (S)Aperture priority (A)Manual (M)|
|Scene modes||Autumn ColorsBeach / SnowBlossomCandlelightChildClose-upDusk / DawnFoodLandscapeNight LandscapeNight PortraitParty / IndoorPet PortraitPortraitSportsSunsetSpecial Effects Mode|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||12.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain|
|Flash X sync speed||1/200 sec|
|Drive modes||Single frameContinuous (low, high)Self-timerDelayed remoteQuick-response remoteQuiet shutter releaseInterval timer|
|Continuous drive||5.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||Remote control / photo retrieval via smartphone|
|Remote control||Yes (MC-DC2 (wired), WR-1/WR-R10 (wireless))|
|Battery description||EN-EL14 / EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||820|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||420 g (0.93 lb / 14.82 oz)|
|Dimensions||124 x 97 x 70 mm (4.88 x 3.82 x 2.76″)|
The Nikon D5500 is a digital single-lens reflex camera that is both portable and very capable. Image quality and continuous autofocus are among its standout qualities, and the camera also boasts an extensive feature set and solid performance. Although it isn’t perfect for continuous Raw shooting, and the fact that it doesn’t have a second control dial can discourage some aficionados, the D5500 is, all things considered, an excellent option to take into consideration.
- Outstanding image quality with a broad range of tonal values
- Despite its portability and low weight, the body is well constructed and has an ergonomically<br>sound grip.
- The touchscreen makes it easy to navigate the options and focus on the rack.
- Advanced Auto ISO controls
- Spot metering coupled to AF point
- Long Lasting Battery life
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Intervalometer and exposure smoothing capabilities are already built in.
- When it comes to post-processing video, having Flat Picture Control gives you greater flexibility.
- Despite having a low resolution metering sensor, the focus tracking is impressive.
- At higher ISO settings, JPEG images might lose some of their fine detail.
- lacks the second control dial that is present on the majority of the competition
- When shooting in Raw, continuous shooting and bracketing are both impacted by the limited buffer memory.
- No aperture control or Auto ISO in video mode
- No exposure simulation in live view
- Buttons are very small
- Very primitive, and sometimes unstable, mobile application
- Without the GPS receiver that its predecessor possessed