There are many offers in the market for beginner entry level DSLR and thinking of investing in your first buy can easily tear your brains apart. The Nikon D5500 presents an excellent and confident choice for the anxious, newbie and budget-tight DLSR user-to-be. It features a 24.2 (6,000 x 4,000 pixels) CMOS sensor as with the D5300, the precessor of D5500. What has become better is the design of the camera especially with the DSLR body being 60g lighter than the D5300 and marginally smaller at 124 x 97 x 70mm in measurement. It also has a lot more curves at the end of the body clasp and a deeper grip for a more steady and comfortable experience. This is achievable thanks to Nikon’s new development from using polycarbonate (plastic) or magnesium alloy before to carbon fibre composite, making it an effective fibre-reinforced plastic. Hence, getting the same strength is possible with fewer volume of material. The screen is a 3.2 inch LCD display of 1.04M-dot resolution that gives quite a fair amount of sharpness and brightness in colors.
The D5500 maintains the same Expeed 4 processor which existed in the D5300 which boasts an achievemnt of 5 frames per second. This is not the kind of performance you’ll expect with sports or fast moving action but the speed is kind enough for that bit of action you are aiming for without heavy demands. Not to be missed is the AF performance which uses the Multi-CAM 4800DX module. Similar to the AF brain in Nikon D7000, expect to be given 39 AF points and nine cross-type. Supported by AF light, AF performance is generally and surprisingly pleasing under low light allowing fast and sharp focusing. Perhaps the only time AF performange takes a plunge is when Live View or video is turned on. Despite the absence of on-sensor detection causing the camera to slow down, it is still reliable.
The camera has an important smartphone feature which is the display touch screen which wasn’t present in Nikon D5300. Not only does the camera allow you to utilize touch focusing in Live View, the touch display can manipulate itself into working as another surface for manual control when you shoot with the viewfinder. Just like a smartphone, altering ISO can be done with a swipe gesture in one of the settings. If you are adamant on sticking with manual control, the Canon 760D offers the same specs but more control for the professional. The Nikon D500 is ideal for the relaxed photographers with easy manual control, friendly screen layout and a screen that folds in various angles hinge. This makes shooting at odd angles more accessible without twisting or spraining your neck.
One of the obvious improvements of the D5500 is having a native ISO range of 100-25,600. Images were dirt free and speckless up to ISO 2,000 and slowly decreasing as we gave the numbers a jump. Shots taken at ISO 10,000 remain remarkably good thanks to the built in noise reduction technology with some exception of the edges being a bit out of focus though this is easily fixed using a wide price lens.
Due to it’s substantially modest priced model, instead of the pentaprism which is brighter, clearer and more costly, the Nikon D5500 uses a pentamirror optical viewfinder. Despite this alternative, it is still reckonably clear and big. If doubtful, it’s handy to know that it seems to be larger than the Nikon D5200’s viewfinder, where magnification is 0.82x rather than 0.78x.
For video shooting, the Nikon D5500 snares 1080/60p Full HD video clips with stereo sound. With a click of the lever in Live View for activation, and a hit on the video record button and you’re ready to film. The built-in lens stabilization functions smoothly and colors are noticingly beautiful.
Sharing your photos and videos at your own whims and fancies on your smartphone is a breeze with Nikon D5500’s built-in Wi-Fi using the Nikon Wireless Mobility Utility app. It enables you to be in charge of the shutter wirelessly. The Nikon D5500 may not be a turbo camera but it performs well for general shooting, has excellent grip and when used with decent lens has shooting capacity that competes with a regular APS-C camera. The D5500 has been available since February 2015 and comes with a shiny price tag of approximately US$900 body-only. Purchasable are two kits with bundled lens – with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II kit priced around US$1,000 and the AF-S DC NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR kit at US$1,200.