Nikon D5500 Hands-On

Chris Niccolls from from the Camera Store in Canada had a chance to take the new Nikon D5500 mid range DSLR for a spin in a (very) cold Canadian winter day – here are his thoughts.

The main feature that the new D5500 brings to the table as you can see in this video is a touch screen – a first for any Nikon DSLR. According to Niccolls the implementation is actually quite good and there is even an option to use part of the screen while shooting through the viewfinder which is an interesting option.

The D5500 does have some very serius competition and not just from Canon which recently introduced the new 750D and 760D ( EOS Rebel T6s/T6i) but also for the likes of Sony with its A6000 which we have reviewed here last year and is a very capable camera with a much smaller body.

Here is a list of the main features of the D5500:

  • 24.2MP DX (APS-C) CMOS sensor (no AA filter).
  • EXPEED 4 Image processor.
  • 39 point AF system (with 9 cross-type points).
  • 3.2″ 1,037k-Dot Vari-Angle touchscreen.
  • Full HD 1080p Video @60p.
  • Built-In Wi-Fi (but no GPS – unlike the D5300).
  • Continuous Shooting – 5 fps.
  • Built-In Intervalometer.
  • Price: $900 (body only on Amazon).

Here is a list of changes from the older (late 2013) D5300 model:

  • Sensitivity: 100-25,600 (vs. 12,800 ISO of the D5300).
  • Better battery life – over 800 CIPA (vs. around 600 CIPA on the D5300).
  • Flat video mode (just like the D750).
  • Deeper grip and better ergonomics with a few minor changes externally).
  • lighter weight (420 grams vs. 480 of the D5300).
  • Touchscreen (with touch AF and a few other advanced features).

This is not the first time we look at the Nikon D5500. When the camera was just introduced in early January 2015 we posted a short hands on and some videos here on LensVid.

You can find many more previews and reviews on our Photography review section here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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