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Nikon D5500 Review

Nikon’s D3000-series are primarily focused on providing affordable entry-level DSLR cameras that are a great starting point for any beginners. The D5000-series meanwhile, is less on affordability but more focused towards the next level of features and functions for beginners ready to step up their creativity and technique.

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The D5500 is at the top end of entry-level models. So, while it will cost more than models like the D3300, it offers a lot more up-to-date features that won’t necessarily be for outright novices, but rather those that are looking to improve further.

Overview

  • APS-C COMOS Sensor
  • 2 MP
  • Nikon DX Lens Mount
  • 2-inch Articulating Touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots
  • 1080p Video Resolution

Features

The D5500 features a 24.2-million-pixel APS-C sensor that is without an anti-aliasing filter, meaning the overall detail is far higher when compared to models that have than optical low pass filter.

Hover, this does mean that the lack of this filter can result in moiré patterning. This usually happens when capturing reoccurring patterns, such as those found on items of clothing. For example, continually shooting a pin-striped shirt result in these patterns emerging.

Yet most agree that the sharper detail offered by removing the anti-aliasing filter strongly outweighs the potential for any moiré patterns developing, but it worth noting in any case.

In terms of the processor, the D5500 doesn’t have any upgrade from previous models in the D5000-series, with the EXPEED 4 currently featured. This offers the same 5fps shooting speed as other D5000 models, although upgraded to algorithms might add some improvement to colour accuracy.

In addition to this, the D5500 features a 3.2 inch, 1,037,000-dot, articulating touchscreen. It also features built-in Wi-Fi, although the GSP tracking that was present in the D5300 hasn’t been carried over.

Should you want to geotag your images, a GP-1A GPS module will also be required, which is sold separately and cost around £189. Although, this can be easily avoided by connecting the camera to a smartphone to use GPS data.

With an impressive sensitivity range going from ISO 100-25,600, the D5500 actually uses the 25,600 number as its native setting, meaning it will not require any special expansion settings to achieve this level.

Nikon have also included their latest ‘Flat’ picture control mode, which features alongside their usual range of modes including Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Monochrome, Vivid, and Neutral. This allows users to add any number of affects onto JPEG images and video footage.

This newer ‘Flat’ option is used for video recordings to help achieve the desired flat footage that comes with a wide dynamic range, allowing for various adjustments after recording.

In addition to these modes, there are various Effects featured on the D5500. For instance, effects such as Toy Camera and Minatare offer a chance to try out various different types of image effects.

Should you want to capture video, the D5500 has some great specs in that regard, including Full HD (1080p) video recording that is capable at 50 and 60p. The LCD screen allows users to move the AF point when recording, as well as shifting the focus.

It comes with the standard 18-55mm collapsible kit lens found in various Nikon models, and users can even buy the body of the D5500 should they have their own lenses at home.

The inclusion of the EN-EN 14a battery is capable of 820 shots, which is incredibly impressive!

Final Thoughts

While its price is in the highest range for an entry-level model, the specifications of the Nikon D5500 do allow for a lot more creativity, plus it has some seriously impressive image quality.

It’s perfect for beginners that are still learning but want to improve their technique, although anyone with basic knowledge may find it has features that they will not find much use for.

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