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What’s the Nikon D5500?
Finding a decent basic level DSLR is always challenging, with the sheer number of cameras available which makes it problematic for new buyers to tell which is worthiest of their attention.
But, those on the search for one would prosper to look at the Nikon D550. The D5500 includes a decent 24.2-megapixel camera sensor, above average handling and solid noise reduction capabilities. The only serious drawback to the D5500 is that it lacks of a really killer upgrade to differentiate it from its predecessor, the Nikon D5300.
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Nikon D5500 – Design and Handling
The Nikon D5500 runs on the new design of DSLR body for Nikon. It’s smaller and lighter compared to the D5300, however the design changes aren’t really about miniaturising this camera.
At 420g (body only) it’s a substantial 60g lighter compared to the D5300 and at 124 x 97 x 70mm it really is slightly smaller too. However, it’s actually targeting an all-round different feel. Just like the Nikon D750, the D5500 includes a more deeply grip than previous Nikon cameras, providing you a far more comfortable, firmer hold.
On your body end of the grip there’s simply far more curvature for your fingers to wrap around.
Part of why is this possible is a fresh construction style. Instead of polycarbonate (plastic) or a magnesium alloy, the Nikon D5500 is constructed of a carbon fibre composite that is effectively fibre-reinforced plastic. This presumably lets Nikon use less level of material to have the same strength. Simple.
The feel differs, however the look and layout act like the D5300. You get two manual control dials: one around D-pad on the backplate and one at the top plate. These combined with traditional PASM mode dial give a good balance of accessibility and control.
The ‘i’ button has moved from near to the shutter to down by the trunk pad for easier access, but otherwise it’s familiar.
Nikon D5500 – Screen and Features
There’s an added big change, though. The display is a touchscreen, where in fact the Nikon D5300 is non-touch. Along with permitting you to use touch focusing in Live View, the touch display could work as another manual control surface when shooting with the viewfinder. For instance, there’s a setting to produce a swipe gesture across it alter ISO.
Of course, if you’re really after manual control you might like to consider the Canon 760D instead, a camera of the same level but with an increase of pro-style controls.
For the more easy-going photographer, though, the Nikon D5500 has all you need. Along with decent manual controls and an agreeable layout, the screen folds from a vari-angle hinge.
This makes shooting at odd angles easier, which is made all of the better because of the Nikon D5500’s light-weight.
The screen itself is good too. It’s a 3.2-inch LCD display of just one 1.04M-dot resolution, and gets you fairly accurate colour and good sharpness. It’s on-par with any other cameras in this upper-entry-level class.
Of course, as a comparatively affordable model, the Nikon D5500 runs on the pentamirror optical viewfinder instead of the brighter, clearer (but more costly) pentaprism kind. However, it’s still reasonably clear and quite large too.
It appears bigger compared to the Nikon D5200’s viewfinder, for instance, with 0.82x magnification rather than 0.78x.
The Nikon D5500 has Wi-Fi, permitting you to transfer images to a cellular phone using the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app. In addition, it enables you to control the shutter wirelessly.
However, Nikon has actually cut out the other connectivity staple, GPS. The Nikon D5300 has GPS, but this more costly model doesn’t. Disappointing? Yes, especially as the GP-1A GPS module accessory costs £189. Alternatively you can tag the photographs yourself.