Summary

Highly Recommended awardNikon's D5500 is an upper entry-level DSLR aimed at photographers looking for a step-up from a budget model without the expense or complication of a higher-end camera. It shares the same 24 Megapixel resolution as the models above and below it, but remains the only model in the entire range to feature a fully-articulated, side-hinged screen. Like the D5300 before it, the screen remains large at 3.2in, but in a welcome upgrade, it's now touch-sensitive. The GPS of its predecessor has sadly gone, but the Wifi remains, allowing you to wirelessly transfer images or remote control it with your smartphone. The collapsing kit zoom impacts the ultimate image quality, and the movie / live view autofocusing is slower and noisier than rival Canon bodies fitted with STM lenses. But none of this stands in the way of what's a very solid DSLR for the money. Do compare closely with Canon's EOS T6i / 750D, and in the mirrorless World, models like the Sony A6000.

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Nikon D5500 review

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The following images were taken with a Nikon D5500 fitted with a Nikkor DX 18-55mm VR II lens. The D5500 was set to its best quality Large mode, capturing 24 Megapixel images with Fine compression. I have also added some with the AF-S 50mm f1.8G to see what the sensor is capable of.In each case I used Auto White Balance and the standard Picture Control unless otherwise stated. Image stabilisation was enabled for hand-held shots and disabled for tripod based shots.All of the images below are JPEGs out-of-camera and are available to download in larger or their original formats for analysis. Click on the desired image to access the files at Flickr.

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