Nikon aims to repeat the success of the earlier D5300 with the D5500 DSLR, which was released
in October 2013. Shooting with the earlier camera was very enjoyable because of nice image quality, solid performance, smart handling and also the convenience of inbuilt Wi-Fi. Now, the Nikon D5500 builds on this with numerous important upgrades.
Very important among these changes is a brand-new body that is smaller (4.9″ x 3.8″ x 2.8″) and lighter
(14.9 oz., body-only) than ever before — in reality, even the entry-level D3300 is not as compact.
The 24.2-megapixel Nikon D5500’s body features similar construction — the organization refers
to that as a carbon-fiber monocoque structure — as was used antecedently within the D5300,
however with a slimmer, deeper grip.
The D5500’s new body brings with it control enhancements together with a relocated data button, and a simplified Mode dial that does away with the various fixed scene mode positions of the earlier camera.
Nikon has additionally added a touch-screen overlay to the D5500’s 3.2-inch LCD monitor,
permitting it to function as an input device, and providing consumer-friendly features sort of a
touch shutter and pinch zoom. Even as with Wi-Fi on the earlier model, this is a first for a Nikon
DSLR. And courtesy of electronic enhancements as well as a brand new proximity device that
disables the LCD monitor after you raise the camera to your eye, battery life has been extended
by virtually 37th.
Although resolution of the Nikon D5500’s APS-C sized, DX-format image sensor is unchanged
at 24.2 megapixels, Nikon tells us that it’s really a brand new design, and this, it seems, has
allowed the whole sensitivity vary of ISO one hundred to twenty five,600 equivalents to be
created obtainable by default. (In the sooner camera, sensitivities on the far side ISO twelve, 800
were obtainable on condition that ISO enlargement was enabled, indicating that image quality
might be lessened at these highest sensitivities.)
Also carried over from the D5300 are Nikon’s 39-point phase detection autofocus system, that
features 9 cross-type points, and its 2,016 pixel metering system that is paired with Nikon’s
proprietary Scene Recognition System algorithms. The organization has additionally preserved
identical versatile side-mounted, tilt/swivel LCD articulation mechanism, and additionally the in-
camera Wi-Fi support of the D5300 also carries over, as noted antecedently. So, too, does a burst
capture rate of up to 5 frames per second, achieved due to an EXPEED four image processor.
Other changes within the Nikon D5500 are to be found in firmware. The new model currently
sports a Flat image control for each film and still capture, that is additional conducive to color
grading post-capture, and also the D5500’s image controls permit finer-grained 1/4-step changes.
There are many new effects modes and a clarity control, additionally because the ability to lock
the cable unleash for continuous long-exposure shooting with shutter speeds of 4 seconds or
There is, unfortunately, one feature subtraction. In contrast to its predecessor, the D5500 no longer sports
an inbuilt GPS receiver, therefore if you would like to geotag your pictures, you will need try
and do therefore manually or rely on an external device to record a location track that may be
What We Liked
- Surprisingly small for a DSLR
- Nice image quality for its category
- Very good low light and high ISO performance
- Generous JPEG buffer depth
- High resolution
What Could be Better
Buffer depths are shallow once shooting RAW; Lacks GPS from the predecessor; No AA filter
means that it’s at risk of aliasing artifacts.
Overall, Nikon’s mid-level DSLR line gets a solid upgrade in the form of the D5500, currently the smallest
and lightest DSLR created by Nikon. But don’t let the size fool you, as there is a heap of firepower packed within this great little camera.