Nikon D5500 Key facts

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Im­age sen­sor and pro­cess­ing

The com­bi­na­tion of a 24-megapixel im­age sen­sor (with­out low pass fil­ter) and an EXPEED 4 pro­ces­sor is com­mon to the D5500, D5300 and D3300. As with the D5300, you can se­lect 12- or 14-bit colour depth when shoot­ing in RAW mode.


The Multi-Cam 4800 aut­o­fo­cus mod­ule is shared with up­mar­ket cam­eras like the D600 and D610. In the DX-for­mat D5500 and D5300, how­ever, the 39 AF points cover a larger area of the im­age frame, rather than be­ing rel­a­tively cen­tral. Nine of the AF points are cross-type.

Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing

Again, the D5500 matches the D3300 and D5300 for max­i­mum burst rate, at five frames per sec­ond. Com­pared with the D5300, the buf­fer en­ables cap­ture of 14 rather than 13 RAW qual­ity shots at 12-bit colour depth. At 14-bit colour depth the buf­fer holds ten rather than six shots.

Me­ter­ing sen­sor

Al­though the D5500 has ex­actly the same me­ter­ing sen­sor as the D5300 (the 2016-pixel 3D Colour Ma­trix II de­vice), ma­trix me­ter­ing proved a bit more hit and miss in our tests. The D5500 of­ten pro­duced shots that were overly bright, with a loss of high­light de­tail.


As with all the other D-SLRs on test apart from the D3200, the D5500 boasts a sin­gle-piece mono­coque shell, but that’s where the sim­i­lar­ity ends: the D5500 is no­tice­ably slim­mer than its sib­lings, and sheds 60g com­pared with the D5300, weigh­ing in at 470g in­stead of 530g.

Need to know

As on the Nikon 1 J5, the abil­ity to aut­o­fo­cus on a par­tic­u­lar point in a scene, and even to release the shut­ter, just by touch­ing the ar­tic­u­lated LCD screen makes the cam­era easy to op­er­ate even when the screen is tilted for shoot­ing from ex­treme an­gles.

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