Nikon D5500 Review – A QUICK comparison of the Nikon D5500’s specs with those of its D5300 predecessor doesn’t reveal many differences, with the new camera constructed around the same 24.2MP APS-C sensor. However, Nikon has integrated touchscreen control to the 3.2in, 1.04-million-dot articulating LCD and added Flat Picture Control for easier video post production, but GPS has been omitted.
Despite a smaller and lighter body than the D5300, the D5500’s grip is pleasingly more substantial. Physical controls are kept to a minimum, although the ability to select options through the touchscreen is useful, particularly as it’s as responsive as expected.
The viewfinder is reasonably large and clear, while the LCD displays excellent detail and accurate colours. The camera’s 39-point AF system is good, although focusing during live view is somewhat tardy.
Images display rich colours and scenes are metered well, with the sensor’s wide dynamic range proving to be a blessing when dealing with the camera’s occasional tendency to clip highlight details. The lack of an anti-aliasing filter in front of the sensor also means that excellent detail is recorded at low sensitivities, and this is complemented by a good handle over noise across the sensitivity range.
The Nikon D5500 brings some welcome updates and refinements, making it a strong competitor to the likes of the Canon EOS 750D.
Nikon D5500 Specifications
- 24.2-million-pixel, DX-format CMOS sensor
- 3.2in, 1.04-milliondot TFT vari-angle LCD touchscreen
- 39 AF points, including nine cross-type
- ISO 100-25,600
- 5 frames per second shooting
- Price £540 (body only)