The D5500 is one of the top-notch devices from Nikon. It is a very powerful camera, suitable for the expert-level enthusiasts. It is certainly a level above the entry-level D3000 series, which has less powerful features but also a smaller price tag. The D5500 is an upgrade from the D5300, which was capable of high-quality shots and an array of other outstanding features, and it also comes with a hefty price tag.
Design and Controls
The D5300 was a revolutionary camera, with its impressive 180-degree flip-out camera LCD screen. The D5500 has a more compact design and is lighter than its predecessor by 60 grams. Its body features a new design known as a monocoque design. This simply means that its body is a single unit that is substantially more compact and easier to handle.
This design also cuts down on the camera’s weight and increases its durability, making this new design quite an improvement from the previous D5300 design. The button placement is similar with that of the D5300 and it also features a large 3.2-inch screen.
One of the outstanding differences on the D5500 other than its brilliant new design is that the 3.2-inch LCD screen is a fully articulating touch screen display. Additionally, the Nikon D5500 features a deeper grip that greatly improves its ergonomics and makes handling it an absolute joy.
The performance of the D5500 is a notable upgrade from the D5300. It features a faster processor and other improved features such as the Flat Picture Control function. The D5500 uses a 24.2MP CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter. The camera also features an impressive Multi-CAM 4800DX 39-point auto focus system. Although the D5500 and the D5300 share the same 24.2MP sensor, the top ISO setting of the D5500 is 25,600 and unlike the D5300, this feature is not an extension. One of the issues we had with the D5300 is its poor performance when it came to Live View AF.
The company has addressed this as the D5500’s performance in live view has notably improved and the previous lags are no longer seen in magnified live view. In addition, the screen information is clearly discernible and easier to read in comparison to the dense on-screen ‘info’ menu of the D5300. The D5500 is capable of recording stunning videos in 1080/60p that has new features such as Flat Picture Control and gives a clean output over HDMI.
The Flat Picture Control feature allows for easier color grading in post-production. Its battery life is also longer, as it is capable of taking 820 shots per charge up from the 600 shots that the D5300 was capable of. The D5500 comes with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity although the GPS geotagging feature is absent. This is not such a big issue however because geotagging can be done by Smartphone apps.
The Nikon D5500 plays in a field with numerous other high-end cameras from competitors such as Canon and Sony. It is, however, worth the hefty price tag as its high quality features never fail to deliver professional-grade shots. Together with its numerous post-production options, it is certainly a gadget designed for the expert enthusiast who desires only the best quality.