Nikon D5500 Review : Smaller DSLR with Touchscreen

We all know that Nikon is one of the best DSLR camera manufacturer and every year at CES they announce something that grabs attention of photographers around the world. This year’s CES, i.e., CES 2015 is not different either, as Nikon has announced the D5500 DSLR which is a new addition to its already established DSLR range and comes with a touch screen for navigating through the menu and it is also smaller in size. In this post we will take a look at various aspects of the new DSLR camera and we will see everything new that it has to offer.

Initial Views on Nikon D5500

Nikon launched the D5300 last year and this year’s D5500 is not different from last year’s introduction on a big basis. It still packs the same stuff inside as the D5300. But the D5500 is noticeably smaller in size and the rear tilting display now comes with a touch screen which will let you navigate through the menu just by touch.

Nikon D5500
Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500 Key Specifications

Let us now take a look at the key specifications of the D5500. The rear touch screen display is 3.2 inches in size and there’s a proximity sensor that turns the display off when you look through the eye piece of the camera so that the touch screen doesn’t register false accidental touches. It uses a 24 mega pixel APS-C image sensor and it fixes the input through optical low-pass filter so that it can maximize the detailing in the images being taken.

The sensor has a default ISO of 100 but the ISO can be pushed up to 25600. When it comes to continuous image shooting, the camera is capable of taking 5 photos a second and it can also shoot 1080p videos in 60 fps. It also has an internal microphone but we suggest you use an external microphone if your main purpose is to shoot videos with the sucker. The camera also comes with Wi-Fi connectivity but the name of the Wi-Fi feature has been renamed to Snap bridge from now on.

Nikon D5500
Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500 Availability

The Camera will be available in two colour choices, i.e., red and black and the body of the camera will cost $899.95 and the stock compact AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II lens is separately available for $249.95. But you can have both of them together at a combined price of $999.95. Along with this kit, one more kit option is provided in which you get the AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens along with the body and this kit combination is available at a price tag of $1,199.95. The on-sale date has still not been released but you can expect it by the company really soon after CES gets over.

Nikon D5500
Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500 Accessories and Additions

Along with the main Nikon D5500 DSLR the company has also announced some new additions to its portfolio of lenses. Also, a new collapsible camera with 55 – 200 mm f/3.5-5.6 for DX (APS-C) is introduced which comes with a main feature of vibration reduction and it is priced at $349.95. The AF-S Nikkor 300mm 1:4E PF ED lens is also announced which is featured for its smaller size and weight. It is just 5.8 inches and weighs just about 1.7 pounds which is very low for a lens of that specification and caliber. It does not come with a tripod collar though but you can also go ahead and add it on your own if you wish to.

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