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Nikon D5500 DSLR | Nikon CES Announcements

By Anthony Thurston on January 6th 2015

In addition to the new Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR announcement, Nikon also unveiled the latest model in their 5000 series of DX crop bodies, the D5500.

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Nikon made some waves with it as well, making it the first ever Nikon DSLR to feature a touch screen. That is quite an achievement for a mid-range crop body, but I suppose it will allow Nikon to get the kinks out of its DSLR menu before implementing it (or not) on higher end bodies.

Regardless, touch screen goodness aside, the D5500 also offers your usual Nikon step up upgrades. Some better picture profiles, improved shooting modes, and some small size/weight differences. Overall though, the touchscreen IS the upgrade from the 5300 to the 5500.nikon-d5500-back

Nikon D5500 Specs

  • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • 3.2″ 1,037k-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi
  • Continuous Shooting up to 5 fps
  • 39-Point Multi-CAM 4800DX AF Sensor
  • Native Sensitivity to ISO 25600
  • Built-In Intervalometer

For those interested, the D5500 is expected to begin shipping in the first week of February for a price of $896. You can be one of the first to get this by placing your pre-order now over on B&H.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jesper Ek

    Good for many, great for no one…

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  2. Rafael Steffen

    What a great well made camera!

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  3. Rafael Steffen

    This camera packs amazing features at a very low price. Nikon is trying to overcome Canon in all ways. I think this camera is going to kill all the other competitors.

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  4. Peter Paul

    So basically if you don’t need a touch screen, get the cheaper D5300 instead, right? This could probably created some confusion specially for the newbies or for those who are just getting into photography. They’ll surely think that the D5500 is better than the D5300 in most ways. Why not make D5500 a DSLR with GPS + touchscreen? I just hope the new D7xxx will have GPS and WiFi or touchscreen, to match Canon’s.

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  5. Matthew Saville

    The main reason I’ll be testing this camera is, of course, to see how Nikon executes their first (?) touch screen. I have high hopes, based on the press release wordage.

    The main reason I’ll probably be sticking with my D5300 is, of course, the GPS and its omission on the D5500. I don’t care if it gobbles up battery life, that’s a feature I can turn off if I so choose, and I can bring a bucket of spare batteries anyways since they’re so small. If anything, Nikon should have bitten the bullet and started going with a larger battery for their beginner cameras, even if it caused them to weigh more and not set new records for lighweight. (But I’m still OK with the existing battery; I can still pull off 2-3 hrs of timelapse recording if I need to!

    =Matt=

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  6. Austin Swenson

    I never knew that the 5000 series didn’t have an optical low pass filter in the camera, that’s an interesting thing to consider for its price.

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  7. Steven Pellegrino

    Up until yesterday I was considering buying a D5300 as a second camera body with my D7100, but when I saw this I may have to reconsider and hold off for this one.

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    • Matthew Saville

      For me, the deal-breaker is that they dumped GPS from the D5500 compared to the D5300. I’ll be keeping my D5300, thankyou very much!

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    • Steven Pellegrino

      The big attraction for me with the D5300 over a second D7100 is the built-in wifi. I know I can buy an attachment for wifi, but if I’m going to buy a second camera anyway, I’d rather have the built-in wifi. I hadn’t considered GPS. I never thought I would have a need for the wifi, but I see a use for it now. I don’t see a use for GPS, but never say never, I may want it when I least expect it.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Yes, now that I have it, I use the wifi a lot. I hate to say it, but I’m one of those “bells and whistles” photographers now I suppose. Oh well!

      Same thing goes with the articulated LCD. This has lead me to fear, or at least suspect, that I’ll feel the same way the minute I get accustomed to using a touchscreen. We’ll see, as soon as I get one of these in my hands!

      =Matt=

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  8. robert s

    power aperture mode included? or the usual, lets cripple the camera, nikon mindset.

    zebra,peaking, flat profile for video?

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    • Eric Sharpe

      Hey, what’s power aperture mode?

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    • Eric Sharpe

      Ya learn something new everyday! Thanks. I knew the D750 allowed you to change aperture in live view, however, I didn’t know there was terminology for it.

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    • Matthew Saville

      No Zebra Stripes, no Marching Ants, no Power Aperture. :-(

      BTW we already talked about this- I maintain that power aperture does cost Nikon more to implement, and takes up more space in the body, and is therefore simply not an option in these more affordable, compact models. Nikon is going for record-setting ultra-light with each of these new cameras they make, they’ve tried to set weight / size records with the D3300, D5300 and now the D5500. They just can’t do AF-D and power aperture etc. in bodies like that.

      It’s not that they’re being stingey with their technology, it’s that their technology is so out-dated that they’re starting to feel the burn compared to Canon’s compact DSLR systems which have the advantage of 100% electronic AF and aperture control for the entire (compatible) lens line.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Also, is anybody else getting a Sony A-series vibe from the look of those new command / control dials? Maybe a subtle hint that they’re getting with the program soon? Maybe I’m just reading into it too much…

      =Matt=

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  9. Jacob Jexmark

    NIkon, it’s 2015. Where’s 4K?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      While I get where you are coming from, I would hardly expect 4K out of a 5500. If the rumored upcoming 7000 series doesn’t have 4K then your question is a no brainer.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Jacob, how many other 4K DSLRs are there?

      How long after Canon did a 1080p DSLR did Nikon do one?

      Unfortunately, if you’re the impatient type, Nikon isn’t the brand for you…

      =Matt=

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    • Peter Paul

      Full HD is pretty much the norm nowadays even if 4K is around. Nikon will eventually release one. Hopefully with the new 7000 series. However if you really need 4K, the Canon EOS-1D C and Leica S can do 4K.

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