D5500by Nikon

  • D5500
  • D5500
  • D5500
  • D5500
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
85%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The sharp, variable-angle touch-screen display of the D5500 provides maximum versatility while shooting, whether you're in the midst of composing shots or you're navigating the exposure options.
  • The size of this compact shooter has no impact on the quality of images: The D5500 produces great-looking images with excellent dynamic range.
  • The camera supports an external microphone jack, useful when you're using the 1080p high-definition video capture on the camera.

CONS

  • The camera lacks a GPS, which would be handy for tagging photos with geodata.
  • The smartphone app for controlling the camera over Wi-Fi has minimal functionality.
  • The smaller body may make it more portable, but it may be harder to hold and maneuver for people with larger hands.
The Nikon D5500 provides a compelling balance of versatility and shooting capability in a compact, reasonably priced package. Its articulating touch screen is especially a welcome addition at this price, because the screen makes it easier to shoot from angles high and low. Since this model may well be a step up for some users, Nikon sells it body-only and as part of a kit.
NameD5500K-S2D5300EOS Rebel T6s/760DEOS Rebel T6i
ManufacturerNikonPentaxNikonCanonCanon
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The Nikon D5500 raises the bar in Nikon's mid-level DSLR line-up, blending a smaller form factor with improved image quality, excellent dyna…

The Nikon D5500 raises the bar in Nikon's mid-level DSLR line-up, blending a smaller form factor with improved image quality, excellent dynamic range and improved performance in many areas. It ranks among the elite cameras for low light and high ISO performance in this class and price range, making it an intriguing option for shooters wanting to take their game to the next level, and also for a higher-end Nikon shooter wanting a capable back-up in their bag that they can depend on.

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90%

The D5500 represents a slight upgrade in this high-end entry-level sector from Nikon, rather than a complete overhaul. But the changes that …

The D5500 represents a slight upgrade in this high-end entry-level sector from Nikon, rather than a complete overhaul. But the changes that have been made are welcome and make using the camera a nicer and easier experience than before.

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Lighter, smaller and easier to use - those are the three main improvements that the new D5500 DSLR offers for 2015. While D5300 owners and m…

Lighter, smaller and easier to use - those are the three main improvements that the new D5500 DSLR offers for 2015. While D5300 owners and more advanced enthusiasts will look further up the Nikon range, the new D5500 is a natural fit for the first-time DSLR owner.

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It's not a drastic reboot, but a slew of subtle improvements have resulted in a streamlined camera that preserves the DSLR experience while …

It's not a drastic reboot, but a slew of subtle improvements have resulted in a streamlined camera that preserves the DSLR experience while improving on its predecessor in many ways. Whether you're a Nikon die-hard or looking to pick up your first DSLR, the D5500 is going to be hard to beat.

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While I lament the loss of the D5300's GPS receiver though, it is worth noting Nikon giveth as well as taketh away, so two key improvements …

While I lament the loss of the D5300's GPS receiver though, it is worth noting Nikon giveth as well as taketh away, so two key improvements on the new model include a touch-screen and a sensor which can turn the screen off when you compose with the viewfinder.

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Here’s the thing: the Nikon D5500 feels great, performs very well for general shooting and takes images that can stand up to any APS-C camer…

Here’s the thing: the Nikon D5500 feels great, performs very well for general shooting and takes images that can stand up to any APS-C camera, especially when used with a good lens.

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The D5500 is a modest update over the D5300, with some design tweaks and a touchscreen display; however, its features aren't as outstanding …

The D5500 is a modest update over the D5300, with some design tweaks and a touchscreen display; however, its features aren't as outstanding as they were when the D5300 debuted a couple years ago.

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The Nikon D5500 is a minor update to an excellent camera, the D5300. There are no complaints worth making about the image quality or perform…

The Nikon D5500 is a minor update to an excellent camera, the D5300. There are no complaints worth making about the image quality or performance. But I did find that the camera's compressed frame compromised the way it handles when compared with the D5300, even though the touch screen is a welcome addition.

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The Nikon D5500 is a good entry-level option for those looking to buy their first DSLR. It’s a minor upgrade to the D5300, so it’s nothing t…

The Nikon D5500 is a good entry-level option for those looking to buy their first DSLR. It’s a minor upgrade to the D5300, so it’s nothing to jump up and down about for existing Nikon owners; outside of the touchscreen LCD and expanded native ISO range, there’s no need for owners of the older model to upgrade.

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This lightweight, midrange DSLR is a feature-rich, speedy performer with high image quality for intermediate-level photographers.

This lightweight, midrange DSLR is a feature-rich, speedy performer with high image quality for intermediate-level photographers.

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79%

The D5500 has a full feature set, many of which are borrowed from higher-end models, and puts them into a compact, well-built, and easy-to-h…

The D5500 has a full feature set, many of which are borrowed from higher-end models, and puts them into a compact, well-built, and easy-to-hold body. The D5500's sensor produces excellent image quality with a lot of dynamic range, and its video output is comparable to other cameras in its class. And you'll be able to take photos and videos for a lot longer than other midrange interchangeable lens cameras, as the D5500 has battery life that's 2-3 times better.

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Taps, swipes and pinch-to-zoom work as well as on an iPhone. You can also control all your settings like ISO, white balance, flash, exposure…

Taps, swipes and pinch-to-zoom work as well as on an iPhone. You can also control all your settings like ISO, white balance, flash, exposure compensation with the touchscreen. I really liked how the onscreen buttons are laid out in a logical grid unlike on other cameras that use lists and meters.

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My Nikon D5500 is fantastic: it's tiny and weightless and makes breathtaking images in any light. Colors are fantastic, and it focuses and w…

My Nikon D5500 is fantastic: it's tiny and weightless and makes breathtaking images in any light. Colors are fantastic, and it focuses and works well in dim light or at crazy high ISOs unheard of just a few years ago.

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We particularly like the shooting flexibility of the articulating, variable-angle, 3.2-inch touchscreen, which enables the user to effortles…

We particularly like the shooting flexibility of the articulating, variable-angle, 3.2-inch touchscreen, which enables the user to effortlessly capture shots from unusual angles and makes it easier to navigate among menu options with the tap of a finger.

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