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.