The Nikon D5500 is one of the classiest entry level DSLRs from the manufacturers which can be rated as an upgrade and tweaking on its predecessor Nikon D5300. The camera boasts an impressive image sensor of 24.1 MP and is much more fun and easy to hold and use. You can buy Nikon D5500 for £680($796). Every device has its own Pros and Cons and D5500’s are listed as following:
Although there have been greater improvements in noise reduction of the software coupled with upgraded Nikon D5500 image quality but it’s the tinkering in the design that makes it a device for you to go for if you can afford the premium price over the slightly older models. At the moment the camera costs around $790 and is offered with an 18-55mm kit lens.
The manufacturers have utilized a new design and style in the production of this camera which makes it a lighter and a smaller camera to hold than other D5x00 series devices but the design changes aren’t done only to reduce its size scale. The camera weighs around 420 grams which is a significant 60 g lighter than the D5300 and at 124 x 97 x 70 mm it is considerably smaller too and provides an all-around different feel. Just like the impressive Nikon D750 this device offers a deep grip giving it a firmer hold than most DSLRs in the market. The latest construction style is what makes it possible and instead of using a magnesium alloy, this camera is made up of a carbon fiber which is also known as fiber-reinforced plastic. This mechanism assisted Nikon in achieving less volume of material to include the same strength.
Despite of the fact that the camera feel is different but the whole layout and look is similar to its predecessor Nikon D5300. The camera offers two manual controls, one of them is located around the D-pad while the other on the top plate. These controls coupled with the PASM mode dial offers a balance of accessibility.
The ‘I’ button was located around the shutter in previous models which has now moved down to the rear pad for easy access.
Despite of the fact that there have been many small changes in Nikon D5500 features, one big change hasn’t been talked about at all as yet and that is the touchscreen LCD incorporated into the Nikon D5500 while the predecessor cameras had non-touch LCD screens. The camera also incorporates and electronic viewfinder which allows the user to utilize the touch screen focus during Live View that also acts as another manual control surface while clicking with the help of the viewfinder. For instance, there exists an option to make a swipe gesture to alter the ISO. If you’re really in search of a manual control you might want to look into Canon 760D which is of the same level but has professional style controls.
For those photographers who are easier going, Nikon D5500 provides everything you need including the decent manual controls coupled with a user friendly layout. Not to forget it consists of flip out screen that folds out an interesting vari angle hinge.
With the help of this LCD the camera allows you to shoot and click photos at angles which are tough to capture with more convenience. The camera makes this issue easier to tackle compared with other cameras present with the help of Nikon D5500’s light weight.
The screen incorporated in the camera is high quality. It is a spectacular 3.2 inch LCD display that offers a resolution reading of staggering 1.04M dot resolution. This helps in achieving fairly precise and color quality coupled with extremely sharp images from the ends. The camera has been termed by the critics on par if not better than the cameras present in the upper entry level category.
As the camera is comparatively affordable in price, it utilizes the services of a pentamirror optical viewfinder instead of the brighter, sharper and crystal clear pentaprism viewfinder which is slightly pricier. However it still provides the user with decently clear and large images coupled with excellent Nikon D5500 video quality.
A comparison can be accomplished with the image viewfinder of the Nikon D5200. Nikon D5500 viewfinder appears bigger than the D5200 for instance; it offers a 0.82x magnifications rather than the 0.78x that ensures excellent Nikon D5500 video quality.
The Nikon D5500 just like other hit cameras incorporates a built in Wi-Fi which allows you the instant transfer of images to a smart phone that has a Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility application installed inside it. This, along with other Nikon D5500 features allows you to hold shutter functionality wirelessly.
Interestingly, the manufacturers Nikon decided to cut down the other connectivity staple, the GPS. Comparing it with Nikon D5300 which incorporates a built in GPS unlike the Nikon D5500 which doesn’t, it is indeed surprising and disappointing because the GP-1A GPS module costs just around $200. An alternative could be that you tag your photos manually but no one would want to do that if they are paying this high price for a camera. All in all, the camera can be termed another success by the manufacturers Nikon and will be recommended by most critics to buy Nikon D5500.
The Nikon D5500 incorporates an excellent image sensor of 24.2 MP. If you are not content with the Nikon’s naming convention, the image sensor is on par with the APS-C standard which is the only size available at this price.
Nikon haven’t improved D5500 performances and is pretty much the same as D5300 as both the cameras utilize the facility of EXPEED 4 Image Processor which offers a quality burst of performance at 5 fps. It is not as good as the sport cameras but can provide you with the element of action keeping in mind your demands.
The camera utilizes a Multi-CAM 4800DX which ends up giving you a staggering 39 point AF, the same seen in Nikon D7000. The AF performance hits a dip only when you switch on to the Live View or Video otherwise the AF performance is brilliant even under lowlight.
Nikon D5500 consists of 2016 pixel metering sensor with matrix; center weighted and spot metering modes that provides a fantastic metering performance. The camera offers great dynamic range at low readings of the ISO which executes a strong shadow detail during post processing.
The camera is capable of producing fascinating image quality especially when you team up with a lens that is better than the 18-55mm kit lens. 3400l/ph. detail and 12.3EV dynamic range can be achieved at the lowest ISO range which is a brilliant result for an APS-C camera of Nikon D5500 range. The camera’s performance remains brilliant between 1600-3200. It is below and above these numbers that the loss of shadow details can be noticed.
The default ISO sensitivity reading of D5500 is 100-25,600 unlike the non-recommended Nikon D5300 in its extended mode. Although Nikon have put in some work in achieving more and more noise reduction but still the very top ISO settings are not recommended.
The Nikon D5500’s camera result is considered as one of the bests for APS-C cameras and critics have sung praises regarding its color tone. The camera was tested to its limits by capturing dark grey sky lines of London city and it was proved that its color tone was very sturdy, punchy and well balanced saturated.
Brilliant end results means that you do not have to rely on post processing to achieve a perfect color tone although you will have to turn on the Active D-Lightning to achieve the best results. The Active-D Lightning mode tinkers with the shadow level to execute the classic dynamic range.
For those who aren’t flat out videographers, the camera might not prove to be a world beater but yet it provides a perfectly good show of video recordings with not so obvious improvements. The camera boasts the video shooting capabilities at 1080p at 60 frames per second. Although the camera doesn’t incorporate the 4K video shooting ability but it has not yet taken pace as a common DSLR feature.
Interestingly, the camera has a stereo microphone incorporated into it and a microphone hot show on top of it utilized to mount the microphone. The camera doesn’t have the optical stabilization technology so you will have to be thoroughly precaution about the lens you fix in.
With the release of this camera, the general opinion was that Nikon was iterating with its models a bit too conservatively looking at Nikon D5500’s predecessors but the deal is that the camera shoots quality images. The result is as good as the APS-C cameras especially when utilized with a great lens.
Although most of the photographers are content with using the great Nikon D5300 but extra $150 isn’t bad for a really nice grip and the inclusion of a touchscreen.