Nikon D5500

High-tech de­sign meets up­mar­ket fea­tures in this highly de­sir­able yet easy-to-use D-SLR

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Nikon D5500 + 18-55mm VR II

£680, $900

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on­tin­u­ing the ‘mono­coque’ de­sign phi­los­o­phy of the D5300 that it re­places, the D5500 has a one-piece body shell. As well as adding strength and rigid­ity, a bonus for trav­el­ling pho­tog­ra­phers is that it also makes the D5500 more ro­bust than the D3300.

As it’s an in­ter­me­di­ate-level cam­era it doesn’t have the D3300’s Guide shoot­ing mode, and the var­i­ous scene modes are ar­ranged be­neath a sin­gle ‘Scene’ po­si­tion on the shoot­ing mode dial. This makes the dial less clut­tered, and more fo­cused on high-end use. The lay­out of other con­trols is well im­ple­mented, mak­ing use of the top, back and sides of the cam­era; for ex­am­ple, but­tons for flash, drive mode and a

Ccus­tomis­able func­tion but­ton are ar­ranged on the left-hand side of the body, just to the rear of the lens mount.

Var­i­ous cre­ative shoot­ing con­trols have to be ac­cessed via on-screen menus, but the D5500 wins out over the D3300 by fea­tur­ing a vari-an­gle touch­screen that en­ables you to quickly power your way through menus. Built-in Wi-Fi is another nice fea­ture that’s lack­ing in the D3300, but to keep the size down, built-in GPS hasn’t been car­ried over from the D5300.

Per­for­mance

The aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem is more re­fined than in the D3300, boast­ing a 39-point AF mod­ule in which nine points are crosstype, en­abling more ac­cu­rate aut­o­fo­cus away from the cen­tre of the image frame. Im­ages also tend to be slightly cleaner, with less noise, at ul­tra-high ISO set­tings. In­deed, the stan­dard sen­si­tiv­ity range stretches all the way to ISO25600, whereas this is only avail­able in ‘ex­panded’ mode in the D3300.

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