Nikon D5500 + 18-55mm VR II

It’s the new­est, prici­est D-SLR in the whole group, and up­dates over the D5300 will suit hands-on pho­tog­ra­phers

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Sit­ting on the fence be­tween en­try-level and en­thu­si­ast-level cam­eras, the D5500 also fea­tured in our round-up of up­mar­ket D-SLRs in is­sue 51. Here, we wanted to see how it fares as an en­try-level model.

At a glance, it looks sim­i­lar to the older D5300, but the D5500 has a much slim­mer body. Even so, the ex­tra-large fin­ger grip en­ables com­fort­able han­dling. Around the back, the vari-an­gle screen has the D5300’s full ar­tic­u­la­tion, but the D5500 adds touch­screen ca­pa­bil­ity. This makes short work of menu nav­i­ga­tion. It also works a treat for se­lect­ing a fo­cus point, and even fir­ing the shut­ter, with a sim­ple press on the screen in Live View mode.

In other ar­eas, lit­tle seems to have been up­dated from the D5300. There’s the same megapixel count, the same EXPEED 4 im­age pro­ces­sor, and the same aut­o­fo­cus and me­ter­ing mod­ules. In­deed, the GPS mod­ule that was built into the D5300 has been stripped out of the D5500 to save space, which seems a ret­ro­grade step.

Per­for­mance

The D5500 stretches to ISO25600 in its na­tive rather than ex­panded sen­si­tiv­ity range, and re­sults at high ISOs are im­pres­sive. Bat­tery life is also ex­tended from 600 shots to 820 shots, com­pared with the D5300. How­ever, in our tests we ex­pe­ri­enced the same ex­po­sure is­sues we had with the D3200, where the D5500 of­ten pro­duced im­ages that were a bit on the bright side when us­ing ma­trix me­ter­ing.

Me­ter­ing strays to the light side, and in this shot the sky is a lit­tle washed out

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