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Hands-On Review: Nikon D5500
FEATURES
SPECIFICATIONS
SIMILAR VERSIONS

OPERATION AT A TOUCH
TOUCH SCREEN
First-time D-SLR users will feel right at home with the D5500. The camera’s touch-screen interface makes a range of operations incredibly intuitive to use. During live view with the vari-angle monitor, simply touch anywhere on the screen to focus, then release your finger to shoot*. You can also tap the screen to focus during movie recording, and use it to adjust settings like aperture and shutter speed whether in live view or viewfinder photography. Browsing through menus only takes a flick of a finger, and you can swipe left and right to move between pictures in playback, and pinch in and out to zoom. If you’re worried about mistakes happening while shooting, there’s an option to activate the touch screen during playback only. And of course, buttons are also available for conventional operation.
* Shooting by pressing the shutter-release button is also possible even after touch focusing.
SHARE WITH FRIENDS, WHEREVER YOU ARE
SHARE AND SHOOT VIA BUILT-IN WI-FI/WIRELESS MOBILE UTILITY/NIKON IMAGE SPACE
Why keep amazing, D-SLR-quality pictures to yourself? Using built-in Wi-Fi, it’s easy to transfer images from the D5500 to smart devices installed with Wireless Mobile Utility*. You can then share them on social media or online services like NIKON IMAGE SPACE, which gives Nikon camera owners 20 GB of storage for free. It’s also possible to shoot remotely with your smart device, allowing you to release the shutter after checking the image on the device’s screen – perfect for self-portraits.
* Can be downloaded free from application stores.
DESIGNED TO BE TAKEN ANYWHERE
SLIM, LIGHTWEIGHT, CARBON-FIBER MONOCOQUE BODY WITH DEEP GRIP/SOPHISTICATED EXTERIOR
Pick up the D5500, and you might be surprised by how small and light it is, while still offering a deep grip that’s stable and comfortable in anyone’s hand. The body incorporates a carbon-fiber composite material that’s strong and durable, but also remarkably lightweight. This provides the basis for an innovative monocoque structure, where the exterior covers support the interior, doing away with the bulky, skeletal framework that’s used in most D-SLRs. The layout of the internal unit has also been redesigned to achieve a slim body with an easy-to-hold grip. It’s a stylish camera too, with a well-integrated surface, buttons and dials, and high-quality finish. Meanwhile, the supplied EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery gets you approx. 820 still shots per charge* in single-frame release mode. Combined with the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II with retractable lens barrel, the D5500 makes for an amazingly portable camera system, which you’ll want to take out everywhere.
* Based on CIPA Standards.
ENRICH YOUR MEMORY WITH LOCATION DATA
GP-1/GP-1A GPS UNIT (OPTIONAL)
Add location data to your pictures to keep a more detailed record of your activities. Attaching the optional GP-1/GP-1A GPS Unit to the D5500 enables information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and UTC (Universal Coordinated Time) to be stored as Exif data in the pictures. These can then be pinpointed on the map incorporated in ViewNX 2* and the NIKON IMAGE SPACE image-sharing service, or with other digital mapping software or online services.
* Available for free download from Nikon websites.
SIMPLE AND INTUITIVE INTERFACE IN SIX VARIATIONS
INFORMATION DISPLAY
During viewfinder shooting, you can confirm your settings visually by pressing the information button. The D5500’s touch-operated information display comes in two designs (classic and graphic) and three colors (black, blue and white). In the graphic interface, aperture changes are displayed in pictorial form, making it particularly intuitive to use.
SHORTCUT FOR CHANGING SETTINGS QUICKLY
I BUTTON
The i button makes handling even smoother by giving you direct access to your most frequently used settings, without having to use a menu. Options include Picture Control and HDR. During image playback, you can use the i button to jump to the retouch menu or select the images you want to send to your smart devices.

Type
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount
Nikon F mount
Effective angle of view
Nikon DX format; focal length equivalent to approx. 1.5x that of lenses with FX format angle of view
Image sensor format
DX
Image sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
23.5mm, x15.6mm
Total pixels
24.78million
Dust-reduction system
Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required)
Effective pixels
24.2million
Image size (pixels)
(L)6000, x4000, (M)4496, x3000, (S)2992, x2000
File format
NEF (RAW): 12- or 14 bit, compressed, JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression, NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control system
Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat, ; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Media
SD, SDHC (UHS-I compliant), SDXC (UHS-I compliant)
Card slot
Single
File system
DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.3, PictBridge
Viewfinder
Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage
Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Magnification
Approx. 0.82x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m -1)
Eyepoint
17 mm (–1.0 m -1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment
-1.7 – +0.5m-1
Focusing screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Reflex mirror
Quick-return type
Depth-of-field preview
Yes
Lens aperture
Instant return, electronically controlled
Compatible lenses
Autofocus is available with AF-S and AF-I lenses. Autofocus is not available with other type G and D lenses, AF lenses (IX NIKKOR and lenses for the F3AF are not supported), and AI-P lenses. Non-CPU lenses can be used in mode M, but the camera exposure meter will not function. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.
Type
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focalplane shutter
Speed
1/4000–, 30s, in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; Bulb; Time
Flash sync speed
X=, 1/200s, synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
Modes
S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), Self-timer, Interval timer shooting, , delayed remote; ML-L3, quick-response remote; ML-L3
Frame advance rate
Approx.5fps, L: Up to 3 fps H: Up to 5 fps (JPEG and 12-bit NEF/RAW) or 4 fps (14-bit NEF/RAW) Note: Frame rates assume continuous-servo AF, manual or shutter-priority auto exposure, a shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster, Release selected for Custom Setting a1 (AF-C priority selection), and other settings at default values.
Self-timer
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1–9 exposures
Metering system
TTL exposure metering using 2016-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method
Matrix metering: 3D color matrix metering II (type G, E, and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses) Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame Spot metering: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Range
(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F) Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0–20 EV Spot metering: 2–20 EV
Exposure meter coupling
CPU
Mode
Auto modes (auto; auto, flash off); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset; dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colors; food); special effects modes (night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key)
Exposure compensation
Can be adjusted by –5 – +5EV, in steps of1/3 or 1/2EV, in P, S, A, M, SCENE, and night vision modes
Exposure bracketing
3 frames, in steps of1/3 or 1/2EV
Exposure lock
Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO100–, 25600, in steps of1/3EV, Auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting
Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, Off
ADL bracketing
2 shots
Autofocus system
Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5–3 m/ 1 ft 8 in.–9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range
–1 – +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Lens servo
Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), ; predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status, Manual focus (MF):, Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point
39, Can be selected from 39 or 11 focus points
AF-area mode
Single-point AF, 9-, 21-, or 39- point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF
Focus lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Built-in flash
auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait, party/indoor, pet portrait, super vivid, pop, photo illustration, toy camera effect: Auto flash with auto pop-up P, S, A, M, food: Manual pop-up with button release
Guide number
Approx. 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Control
TTL: i-TTL flash control using 2016-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Mode
Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
Flash compensation
-3 – +1 EV in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, in P, S, A, M, and SCENE modes
Flash-ready indicator
Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; blinks after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, or SB-500 as a master flash or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminal
AS-15 sync terminal adapter (available separately)
White balance
Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning.
White balance bracketing
3 shots in steps of 1
Live view shooting
Yes
Lens servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (MF)
AF-area mode
Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, Subject-tracking AF
Autofocus
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Automatic scene selection
Available in auto and auto, flash off modes
Metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering method
Matrix
Frame size (pixels) and frame rate
1920 x 1080, 60p (progressive)/50p/30p/25p/24p, high/normal 1280 x 720, 60p/50p, high/normal 640 x 424, 30p/25p, high/normal Frame rates of 30p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) and 60p (actual frame rate 59.94 fps) are available when NTSC is selected for video mode. 25p and 50p are available when PAL is selected for video mode. Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps.
File format
MOV
Video compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format
Linear PCM
Audio recording device
Built-in or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivity
100–25600
Monitor size
8.1cm (3.2–in.) diagonal
Monitor type
TFT vari-angle LCD touch screen with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, brightness adjustment, and eye-sensor controlled on/off
Monitor resolution
Approx.1037k-dot, (720 x 480 x 3 = 1,036,800 dots)
Playback
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 12, or 80 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation, picture rating, and image comment (up to 36 characters)
USB connector
Hi-Speed USB, ; connection to built-in USB port is recommended
HDMI output connector
Type C HDMI connector
Video output
NTSC, PAL
Audio input
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter); supports optional ME-1 stereo microphones
Accessory terminal
Wireless remote controllers: WR-1, WR-R10 (available separately) Remote cords: MC-DC2 (available separately) GPS units: GP-1/GP-1A (available separately)
Standards
IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Communications protocols
IEEE 802.11b: DSSS/CCK IEEE 802.11g: OFDM
Operating frequency
2412–2462 MHz (channels 1–11)
Range (line of sight)
Approximately 30 m/98 ft (assumes no interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles)
Data rate
54 Mbps Maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard. Actual rates may differ.
Security
Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK Encryption: AES
Wireless setup
Supports WPS
Access protocols
Infrastructure
Supported languages
Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Battery
One EN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery
AC adapter
EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket
1/4–in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx.124, x97, x70mm (4.9, x3.9, x2.8in.)
Weight
Approx.470g (1 lb 0.6 oz), with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 420 g/14.9 oz (camera body only)
Operating environment
Temperature: 0°C–40°C (+32°F–104°F) Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessories
Rubber Eyecup DK-25, Body Cap BF-1B, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14a (with terminal cover), Battery Charger MH-24 (plug adapter supplied in countries or regions where required; shape depends on country of sale), Strap AN-DC3, USB Cable UC-E23, Audio/video cable EG-CP16
IMPORTANT:
This information is provided as a general guide only. The features and specifications of this model may vary according to the country of purchase and many other factors. Please check the information provided on the manufacturer’s website in your country for accurate details.


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The Nikon D5500 is an impressive 24.2MP entry level DSLR that features Nikon's Expeed 4 image processor and no optical low pass filter for even sharper images. Its stand out features include a touchscreen and built in Wi-Fi. Shop at B&H: http://bit.ly/BHNikonD5500

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