The D5500 at a glance

NPhoto - - Gear Zone -

Shut­ter re­lease

The shut­ter re­lease but­ton is en­tirely con­ven­tional, and un­like on most of Nikon’s en­thu­si­ast-level SLRs, there is no sub-com­mand dial in front of it.

Drive mode but­ton

The drive mode but­ton is un­con­ven­tion­ally placed near the bot­tom of the front panel, and the usual AF se­lec­tion but­ton is miss­ing.

Shoot­ing mode dial

As on the D7200 and D750, the shoot­ing mode dial avoids clut­ter by group­ing banks of Scene and Ef­fects modes to­gether.

Skinny build

The mono­coque (one-piece) shell is re­mark­ably slim-line and en­ables a deeply sculpted fin­ger grip.


Un­like all other cam­eras in the group, the D5500 fea­tures a pen­tamir­ror rather than pen­taprism viewfinder, with­out 100 per cent frame cov­er­age, but at least it gives a rea­son­ably bright view.

Touch-sen­si­tive rear LCD

The D5500 is the first Nikon SLR to fea­ture a touch­sen­si­tive screen, and it’s also the only one in the group with full vari-an­gle ar­tic­u­la­tion.

Flash and Fn

To­wards the top of the front panel are a pop-up flash ac­ti­va­tion/ flash mode but­ton, and a cus­tomis­able func­tion but­ton.

Live View latch

The D5500 is the only cam­era in the group to fea­ture a Live View lever on the top panel of the cam­era.

i but­ton

The in­ter­ac­tive touch­screen makes short work of al­ter­ing shoot­ing set­tings, which are ac­cessed via the i but­ton.

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