This review is devoted to D5500 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Jan 06, 2015. This model is a Entry-Level DSLR camera with a resolution of 24.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
Initially, Nikon developed this model to replace their older
and, after some time, Nikon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent
To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our
complete comparison by following these links:
Nikon D5500 vs. D5600
Nikon D5500 vs. D5300
In Entry-Level DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #30 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 49/100 and it takes a rank of #125 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon D5500 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
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In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon D5500. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level DSLR cameras.
Nikon D5500 has the following external dimensions 124 x 124 x 70 mm (48.82 x 38.19 x 27.56″) with the weight of 420 g.
The typical weight for average Entry-Level DSLR type cameras is 539g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Nikon D5500, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon D5500 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 70mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon D5500 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon D5500 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon D5500 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Nikon D5500 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Nikon D5500 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Nikon D5500 boasts of a resolution of 24.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Nikon D5500 has the following ISO range 100 - 25600 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
In a huge database of models that we have collected, Nikon D5500 features a 24.0 MP sensor. In the Entry-Level DSLR class, there is a high-resolution camera.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Nikon D5500, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 84 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Nikon D5500’s sensor.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Nikon D5500 with other standard sensor sizes.
Nikon D5500 is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3.2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,037k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentamirror) ViewFinder.
The ViewFinder in D5500 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.55x and it also provides a coverage of 95%.
Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.
This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.
Some of the other highlights of Nikon D5500 are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
D5500 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
One more highlight that makes Nikon D5500 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 39 points.
In addition, D5500 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon D5500, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon D5500 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
Nikon D5500 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
In addition, Nikon D5500 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.
One more advantage of Nikon D5500 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, D5500 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect D5500 with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon D5500 provides a shooting life of 820, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 588 shots.
Compared to all models in the Entry-Level DSLR category, Nikon D5500 offers the highest battery life that reaches 820 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon D5500’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon D5500’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the D5500 to the average DSLR camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D5500 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 83. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D5500 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D5500 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D5500 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D5500 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 55. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D5500 can be called a 55 model for this type of photography.
No Significant Advantages
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D5500 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 42. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D5500 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D5500 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D5500 can be called a 96 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Jan 06, 2015|
|Body Type||Compact SLR|
|Lens Mount||Nikon F|
|Number of Lenses||287|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||84|
|DxO Color Depth||24.1|
|DxO Dynamic Range||14.0|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1438|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||366.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||39|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||9|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||124 x 97 x 70 mm|
|Battery Life||820 shots|
|Battery Type||820 shots|