Nikon D5500 Key facts

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Im­age sen­sor and pro­cess­ing

The 24.2 megapixel count of the im­age sen­sor and EX­PEED 4 im­age pro­ces­sor are iden­ti­cal to those of the D7200. Also, 12-bit and 14-bit colour depth op­tions are avail­able for RAW files, but the D5500 lacks the D7200’s com­pres­sion op­tions.


Like the D610, the D5500 has a 39-point rather than 51-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem, based on the Multi-CAM 4800 mod­ule. It’s a bet­ter fit in the D5500, as the aut­o­fo­cus points spread out to fill a much greater area of the im­age frame. Nine of the points are cross-type.

Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing

The max­i­mum burst rate of five frames per sec­ond is pretty brisk for a rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive cam­era. It ac­tu­ally matches the D810 for con­tin­u­ous drive speed. The RAW buf­fer depth is 10 to 14 shots, depend­ing on whether you choose 14-bit or 12-bit colour depth.

Me­ter­ing sen­sor

Me­ter­ing is based on the time-hon­oured 3D Colour Ma­trix II mod­ule with 2016 pix­els. It’s es­sen­tially the same sys­tem that’s used in the D7200 and D610, and is rea­son­ably con­sis­tent, although the D5500 some­times pro­duces rather lighter im­ages than the D7200.


Like the D750, the D5500 is based on a mono­coque con­struc­tion, in which the main body shell is moulded from a sin­gle piece of ma­te­rial. In this case, the ma­te­rial used is car­bon-fi­bre com­pos­ite, which is very light yet en­ables a re­as­sur­ingly rigid-feel­ing build.

Need to know

On pa­per, the D5500 is only 6mm thin­ner than the pre­ced­ing D5300. How­ever, apart from the dis­tance be­tween the lens mount and the rear of the body, and the front of the fin­ger grip, it is much slim­mer and lighter. It re­tains the D5300’s built-in Wi-Fi but ditches the lat­ter’s GPS fa­cil­ity.

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