The Nikon D5500 is a new DX camera with a 24.2-megapixel image sensor without an optical low-pass filter, it is also complemented with a powerful EXPEED 4 image-processing engine, this is all packed in a compact, lightweight body.

This camera appears to a little smaller than the previous model, perhaps this is an attempt by Nikon to compete with the mirrorless range of cameras which are both smaller in size and lighter in weight.

The camera has a touch screen interface to make the camera simple to operate. Simply touch anywhere on the screen to focus, then release your finger to shoot. You can also tap the screen to focus during movie recording, and use it to adjust settings like aperture and shutter speed whether in live view or viewfinder photography. Browsing through all the menus only takes a flick of a finger, and you can swipe left and right to move between pictures in playback and pinch in and out to zoom.

Nikon D5500 Camera

You can share and shoot via built in Wi-Fi mobile Utility. This camera forms a great basis for being introduced to photography.

A GP-1/GP-1A GPS Unit is optional to add location data to your pictures to keep a more detailed record of your activities.

Technical Specifications

  • Single lens reflex digital camera,
  • Nikon F mount,
  • Effective angle of view Nikon DX format; focal length equivalent to 1.5 times that of lenses with FX format angle of view,
  • Image sensor format, DX,
  • Image sensor type, CMOS,
  • Sensor size, 23.5mm x 15.6mm,
  • Total pixels, 24.78 million,
  • Dust-reduction system,
  • Effective pixels, 24.2 million,
  • Image size (pixels),
    • (L)6000×4000, (M)4496×3000, (S)2992×2000,
  • File format, NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, compressed, JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression, NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats,
  • Picture Control system, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat, ; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls,
  • Media SD, SDHC (UHS-I compliant), SDXC (UHS-I compliant),
  • Card slot, Single,
  • Viewfinder, Eye level pentamirror single lens reflex viewfinder,
  • Frame coverage, 95% horizontal and 95% vertical,
  • Magnification, 0.82 times (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity),
  • Diopter adjustment, -1.7 – +0.5m-1,
  • Electronically controlled vertical travel focal plane shutter,
  • Speed 1/4000–, 30s, in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; Bulb; Time,
  • Flash sync speed, X=, 1/200s, synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower,
  • Modes S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), Self-timer,
  • Frame advance rate, 5fps, L: Up to 3 fps H: Up to 5 fps (JPEG and 12-bit NEF/RAW) or 4 fps (14-bit NEF/RAW) Note: Frame rates assume continuous-servo AF, manual or shutter-priority auto exposure, a shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster, Release selected for Custom Setting a1 (AF-C priority selection), and other settings at default values.,
  • Self-timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1–9 exposures,
  • Metering system TTL exposure metering using 2016-pixel RGB sensor,
  • Metering method Matrix metering: 3D color matrix metering II (type G, E, and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses) Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame Spot metering: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point,
  • Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F) Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0–20 EV Spot metering: 2–20 EV,
  • Exposure meter coupling CPU,
  • Mode, Auto modes (auto; auto, flash off); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset; dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colors; food); special effects modes (night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key),
  • Exposure compensation Can be adjusted by –5 – +5EV, in steps of1/3 or 1/2EV, in P, S, A, M, SCENE, and night vision modes,
  • Exposure bracketing 3 frames, in steps of 1/3 or 1/2EV,
  • Exposure lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button,
  • ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) ISO100–, 25600, in steps of1/3EV, Auto ISO sensitivity control available,
  • Active D-Lighting Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, Off,
  • ADL bracketing 2 shots,
  • Autofocus system Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5–3 m/ 1 ft 8 in.–9 ft 10 in.),
  • Detection range –1 – +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F),
  • Lens servo Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), ; predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status, Manual focus (MF):, Electronic rangefinder can be used,
  • Focus point 39, Can be selected from 39 or 11 focus points,
  • AF-area mode Single-point AF, 9-, 21-, or 39- point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF,
  • Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button,
  • Built in flash auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait, party/indoor, pet portrait, super vivid, pop, photo illustration, toy camera effect: Auto flash with auto pop-up P, S, A, M, food: Manual pop-up with button release,
  • Guide number, 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F),
  • Control TTL: i-TTL flash control using 2016-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering,
  • Mode Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off,
  • Flash compensation -3 – +1 EV in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, in P, S, A, M, and SCENE modes,
  • Flash ready indicator Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; blinks after flash is fired at full output,
  • Accessory shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock,
  • Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, or SB-500 as a master flash or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with all CLS-compatible flash units,
  • Sync terminal, AS-15 sync terminal adapter (available separately),
  • White balance, Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning,
  • White balance bracketing, 3 shots in steps of 1,
  • Live view shooting,
  • Lens servo, Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (MF),
  • AF area mode, Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, Subject-tracking AF,
  • Autofocus, Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected),
  • Automatic scene selection Available in auto and auto, flash off modes,
  • Metering, TTL exposure metering using main image sensor,
  • Metering method Matrix,
  • Frame size (pixels) and frame rate 1920 x 1080, 60p (progressive)/50p/30p/25p/24p, high/normal 1280 x 720, 60p/50p, high/normal 640 x 424, 30p/25p, high/normal Frame rates of 30p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) and 60p (actual frame rate 59.94 fps) are available when NTSC is selected for video mode. 25p and 50p are available when PAL is selected for video mode. Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps.
  • File format MOV,
  • Video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding,
  • Audio recording format Linear PCM,
  • Audio recording device Built-in or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable,
  • ISO sensitivity 100–25600,
  • Monitor size, 8.1cm (3.2–in.) diagonal,
  • Monitor type, TFT vari-angle LCD touch screen with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, brightness adjustment, and eye-sensor controlled on/off,
  • Monitor resolution 1037k-dot, (720 x 480 x 3 = 1,036,800 dots),
  • Playback, Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 12, or 80 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation, picture rating, and image comment (up to 36 characters),
  • USB connector Hi-Speed USB, ; connection to built-in USB port is recommended,
  • HDMI output connector Type C HDMI connector,
  • Video output, NTSC, PAL,
  • Audio input, Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter); supports optional ME-1 stereo microphones,
  • Battery,  one EN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery.

The full range of Nikon DX digital SLR cameras are shown below.

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