The Nikon D5500 good image quality and performance as an entry-level DSLR camera. With the Nikon D5500 DSLR, Nikon aims to repeat the success of the earlier D5300.

Nikon’s mid-level DSLR line gets a substantial upgrade in the form of the D5500. It is now the smallest and lightest DSLR yet made by Nikon. But don’t let the smallness fool you, this little gem gives some stellar performance.

Nikon D5500: Price

Nikon D5500: Performance

Nikon D5500 comes with APS-C sized, DX-format image sensor outputting 24.2 megapixels. This new design entry-level DSLR offers an entire sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 25,600 equivalents.

Unlike its predecessor, the D5500 no longer comes with a built-in GPS receiver. In case you want to geotag your images, you’ll need to do so manually. Or you can rely on an external device to record a location tracking that can be imported later.

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Nikon D5500: Viewfinder

Nikon has also added a touch-screen to the Nikon D5500’s 3.2-inch LCD monitor. It allows it to serve as an input device. Therefore, it provides consumer-friendly features as a touch shutter and pinches zoom.

Just as with Wi-Fi on the earlier model, this is a first for a Nikon entry-level DSLR. All courtesy of electronic improvements made on this best beginner DSLR. Nikon D5500 comes with a new proximity sensor that disables the LCD monitor when you raise the camera to your eye. Almost 37% is its extended battery life.

Nikon D5500: Body and Design

Nikon D5500 comes in a brand-new body that’s smaller. It measures 4.9″ x 3.8″ x 2.8″ inches and is even lighter weighing 14.9 oz. The 24.2-megapixel Nikon D5500’s body has a carbon-fiber monocoque structure. This entry-level DSLR is slimmer with a deeper grip.

The best beginner DSLR sports a new body and comes with improvements to its control. It has a relocated Info button and a simplified Mode dial. It does away with the numerous fixed scene mode positions of the earlier camera models.

Nikon D5500: Images

Retained from the D5300, is Nikon’s 39-point phase detection autofocus system. It features nine cross-type points.  The entry-level DSLR sports a 2,016-pixel metering system. It is paired with Nikon’s exclusive Scene Recognition System algorithms. The camera retains the same versatile side-mounted and tiltable LCD articulation mechanism.

Nikon D5500 has in-camera Wi-Fi support. Its burst capture rate goes up to five frames per second. This is achieved because of Nikon D5500’s EXPEED 4 image processor. The entry-level model sports a Flat picture control. This is good for both movie and still capture.  It is more conducive to color grading post-capture.

Nikon D5500: Specifications

Body type
Optics & Focus
Screen / viewfinder
Photography features
Videography features
Other features
MSRP$899 (body only), $999 (with 18-55mm VR II lens), $1199 (with 18-140mm VR lens)
Body typeCompact SLR
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Other resolutions4496 x 3000, 2992 x 2000
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 4
ISOAuto, 100 – 25600
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points39
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots1,037,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.82× (0.55× 35mm equiv.)
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
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 BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Wireless notesRemote control / photo retrieval via smartphone
Remote controlYes (MC-DC2 (wired), WR-1/WR-R10 (wireless))
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionEN-EL14 / EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)820
Weight (inc. batteries)420 g (0.93 lb / 14.82 oz)
Dimensions124 x 97 x 70 mm (4.88 x 3.82 x 2.76″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes

Nikon D5500: Conclusion

Although with the Nikon D5500, Nikon has not really produced a game-changer, it is still a very pleasant entry-level camera that gives the novice user several very useful features. It’s fine as the first DSLR, or as an update from a much older one, maybe.

The photos it creates are outstanding and the inclusion of a touchscreen makes it a little more user-friendly to use than the previous edition, but it comes at a price premium. The older D5300 has the same picture quality at a lower price if you’re on a budget.

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