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
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.
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