13th March 2015, Singapore – Nikon’s latest entry DSLR for the advance users came in the form of D5500 – which is the first Nikon DX-format (APS-C) DSLR that is equipped with a “touch-screen-vari-angle monitor” with direct wi-fi connectivity. We were pretty excited when we saw the specs and decided to review the camera. And to keep things “layman” around here, we decided to invite a guest reviewer, Miss Trisha Lim – an event photographer to try out the D5500. If you ended up here while looking for technical details for the D5500, please visit Nikon’s site. We are more interested in how the camera feels & operates over here. 🙂 Let’s hear from what Trisha what she has to say about the new Nikon D5500.
The Nikon D5500
– words by Trisha Lim
First Impression & handling:
The Nikon D5500 seems tiny on first look. However, the grip has a deep recess that allows me to hold the camera comfortably as well as confidently. It feels really good while giving me a firm grippy feeling. As an end-user, this is important to me, I want to hold and use a camera that gives me the right “feel”. The camera also feels that it can take abuse as it is very well put together, the build is solid yet super light and compact at the same time. To be honest, it does not feel cheap at all.
The Nikon D5500 is almost weightless at 470gm, means this will be a great camera for almost daily and general use – including travel. The compact size (124 x 97 x 70 mm) makes it appealing to use especially when I do full-day events. As most event photographers will agree with me, the longer we hold the camera, the “heavier” it becomes. This feather-weight DSLR will be nice to use or for those who believes in mid-range to pro-range DSLR, the Nikon D5500 is a good camera to have it in your gear bag as a backup camera.
The layout of the buttons are easy to navigate and located mostly at the right places which makes it easy to change settings or to find a certain function. The ergonomics fits the smallest of hands and this is a plus point to me.
Operations – although made and marketed as an advanced-users’ DSLR, the D5500 is packed with some serious specs. The 24.2mp CMOS sensor + Expeed 4 processor engine combo promises high-resolution & quality images. The 39-points focusing is fast and it has a continuous shutter of 5fps which is considered very fast for DSLR of this class. (Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors) The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 which is pretty standard, but with all the goodies mentioned earlier, the D5500 is like a “little monster in disguise”.
Another area that I like was the really quiet shutter, and this is extremely helpful especially when I am shooting a corporate seminar or talk, we have to be quiet. Just imagine how the machine-gun-like sound of the D4s will be in a talk when the whole conference room is in complete silence except for the speaker.
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The Nikon D5500’s ISO handling is pretty good too. It has a peak range of 25,600 which allows me to shoot at higher shutter speed in “no-flash” situations. Function wise, I like it that the D5500 has lots of interesting built-in shooting mode which will be useful for those starting out in photography or for the Pro on an Off Day to play with without having to give too much thoughts on the settings. I copied the modes from Nikon’s site for your quick reference.
*Auto modes (auto; auto, flash off); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset; dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colors; food); special effects modes (night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key)
That’s quite a handful isn’t it? If that is not enough, even the Flash had been pimped up.
Other standard functions (for Nikon) like the proven Matrix Metering, WB bracketing and everything else you can think of from the previous D5XXX models are all present – except that it had only got better. The vari-angle screen is pretty useful and wide range of applications and Nikon had up the ante by making it a touch screen too. The Wi-Fi was another perk – especially for selfie-lovers who can use the light & compact D5500 to take selfies with the vari-angle screen and then touch-screen to focus and shoot. Now don’t compare your smartphone selfie photos here, we are talking about a selfie image that is from a 24.2mp camera which you can print the photos to cover a living room wall.
In summary, the Nikon D5500 (along with its specs) is a really fun and competent DSLR to have for all photographers from all levels. It’s functional while fun to use at the same time. Although the editor did not share with me about the retail price of the D5500, I reckon the price will be very reasonable. I will be making my order for the Nikon D5500, what about you?
– Trisha Lim.
That was a satisfied review from our Guest Reviewer; Miss. Trisha Lim. Personally, I find he that the Nikon D5500 is value for money and another great camera added to the Nikon family. These days when consumers are demanding more for their money, Nikon is definitely listening to its consumers of what they wants and Nikon give them what they want. Good job Nikon!
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