- 24MP - APS-C Sensor
- 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
- ISO 100 - 25600
- No Anti-Alias Filter
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Nikon F Mount
- 420g - 124 x 97 x 70mm
- Announced January 2015
- Replaced the Nikon D5300
- Refreshed by Nikon D5600
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Nikon D5500 summary
Nikon D5500 is Nikon's Entry-Level DSLR digital camera first released on January of 2015. It comes with a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a full resolution of 6000 x 4000.
Nikon launched this model to replace the previous Nikon D5300 (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards introduced the updated Nikon D5600 (Read Full Comparison) in order to update this model.
The D5500 is scored #8 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & overall #124 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. Please use our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your customized criteria.
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Nikon D5500 history
The Nikon D5500 is part of a family of products. You can see the full list underneath.
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Nikon D5500 Gallery
You can look at the D5500 from different angles in the gallery here.
Nikon D5500 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of positives and negatives of the Nikon D5500 based on things which are usually regarded as crucial in a digital camera.
Nikon D5500 Sensor information
The Nikon D5500 houses the Expeed 4 chip. The measurement of the sensor on the Nikon D5500 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 6000 x 4000 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The CMOS sensor has 24 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 100 to 25600. RAW format is supported which means that you have more margin for error.
Nikon made the decision to omit the anti aliasing filter in the Nikon D5500. This will result in more clear pictures but may create moire in some circumstances.
The graphic underneath displays the D5500's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The D5500 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is presented in green.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Nikon D5500 dimensions
Nikon D5500 weighs in at 0.93 lbs (420g / 14.82 ounces) & the physical size of the camera is 124mm x 97mm x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8"). The weight of average Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g and the Nikon D5500 is less heavy as compared with its rivals.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Here is a picture of the Nikon D5500 beside a softdrink to help you get a feel for its size.
The top view just below will highlight the button layout on the D5500.
Nikon D5500 Lens information
The D5500 works with the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses to select from. Here is some of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the D5500.
Nikon D5500 Connectivity
The D5500 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy images and oftentimes alter camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.
Several apps also allow a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external monitor. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.
Nikon D5500 Video information
The highest possible video resolution on the Nikon D5500 is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution delivers a great balance between video quality vs file size but 1080p won't give you any room to downsample. While the body offers a microphone jack, it is unfortunately missing a headphone jack which means that you won't have the capability to monitor your audio levels.
Nikon D5500 Weather Sealing
Nikon D5500 does not have environment proofing so wet conditions can ruin the camera.
Nikon D5500 Screen and Viewfinder
The Nikon D5500 comes with a 3.2 inch fully articulated screen having a resolution of 1,037 thousand dots.
It has a selfie friendly screen to take self portraits as well as group shots if needed. Additionally the screen is touch friendly which means that you can change focus points plus change settings by using your fingertips.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The View Finder specifications for Nikon D5500 are below:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
- ViewFinder Coverage 95%
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.55x
For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders are rather valuable.
Nikon D5500 Shutter information
Nikon D5500 has the ability to shoot continuously at 5.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.
Nikon D5500 Flash and Hot shoe information
Nikon D5500 features both built in flash along with external flash support. The max flash sync is 1/200s.
Nikon D5500 Autofocusing information
Nikon D5500 features both Phase Detect AF as well as Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & precise as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detection which can be helpful for portrait photography.
It comes with 39 focus points to choose from. Nikon D5500 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers to change focus points. It also has Tracking AF for moving subjects. Nikon D5500 can use manual focus if needed during low light occasions or you want to have more exact focus control.
Nikon D5500 Battery life
The battery life (EN-EL14,EN-EL14a) in the Nikon D5500 is fashioned to last for 820 shots with respect to the CIPA requirements making it higher than the usual ın comparison with its class. The average Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x has the best (1900) battery life within this class of cameras.
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Nikon D5500 for various kinds of photography
The following chart displays a outline of the Nikon D5500 for various kinds of photography. To view more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Nikon D5500 as a Portrait photography camera
The Nikon D5500 has a rating of 80 which is tremendous, meaning that it is a tremendous fit to use for portraits. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support & ability to use off-camera flash.
Nikon D5500 as a Street photography camera
With a nice points tally of 75, the Nikon D5500 is a fine pick to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Nikon D5500 as a Sports photography camera
A above average sports photography rating of 69 indicates the Nikon D5500 is a respectable option for shooting sports. A camera really should have great focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Nikon D5500 Travel photography advice
Portability is pretty crucial when selecting a camera for travel. All round, the Nikon D5500 gets a superb 81 as a travel camera which is a awesome option to take with you on your vacations.
Nikon D5500 Landscape photography info
For those who are looking to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon D5500 at it's wonderful rating of 78 for a landscape camera is a superb fit in the current market.
Vlogging with Nikon D5500
A vlogging camera really should have a articulating display, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Nikon D5500 is a wonderful fit for vlogging as it receives a wonderful score of 76.
Nikon D5500 Alternatives
If you are in the market for alternatives to the D5500, here is a collection of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the family of Entry-Level DSLR.
The line chart followed below will give you a bird's eye view of the D5500 compared to it's top rated rivals listed above.
There are more cameras you may take into account as alternatives. To go through a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.