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Nikon D5500 DX-format Digital SLR w/ 18-55mm VR II Kit (Black)
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- 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter (OLPF)
- 39-point Autofocus (AF) system
- 5 frames per second continuous shooting
- ISO 100 - 25,600
- High resolution, vari-angle LCD with familiar, smartphone-like touchscreen for easy use
- 1080/60p HD video capabilities allow for capture of fast-moving subjects or creating slow motion effects
- Built-in Wi-Fi and smartphone compatibility for instant sharing
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||820 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||5 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fully articulated|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1037000|
|Display Size||3.2 inches|
|Display Technology||Vari-angle Touch TFT-LCD|
|Effective Still Resolution||24.2 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||25,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG: Fine, Normal, Basic, RAW: 12- or 14-bit, compressed, DPOF compatible, DCF 2.0 compliant|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Modes Description||Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro, Slow synchronization|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/200 sec|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Nikon Multi-CAM4800DX|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||Compact SLR|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100 - 25600|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2|
|Item Dimensions||3.82 x 2.76 x 4.88 inches|
|Item Weight||0.93 pounds|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Maximum Focal Length||55 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||6,000|
|Memory Slots Available||1|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||18 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||24.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 mm|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||Expeed 4|
|Remote Control Description||MC-DC2 (wired), WR-1/WR-R10 (wireless)|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Yes|
|Shipping Weight||2.9 pounds|
|Style Name||w/ 18-55mm|
|Supported Battery Types||EN-EL14 / EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Touch Screen Type||Yes|
|Video Capture Format||mpeg-4;h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (pentamirror)|
Expert Review Summary
“ What makes the D5500 stand out from the crowd is not just the features borrowed from higher-end models, but the work that the company has put into making the camera pleasure to use. It will appeal to folks who are moving up from a compact camera and want to point-and-shoot for a while, or to more advanced users who want something easy to carry around. ”
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Nikon D5500 24.2 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with Lens - 18 mm - 55 mm 1546 31
From the Manufacturer
Get more creative than ever. Flip out the touchscreen Vari-angle display, find an exciting new perspective and capture it as an ultra-sharp 24.2-megapixel photo. Flick a switch and start recording Full HD 1080 video at a high-speed frame rate of 60p, which is great for fast action and ultra-smooth slow motion. Break free of the ordinary with artistic filters and effects, built-in HDR capabilities, time lapse photography, outstanding low-light capabilities and much more. You won't even have to wait to share your creations built-in Wi-Fi means you can share your images anywhere, anytime.
I AM CONNECTED CREATIVITY
Sometimes, inspiration comes from the tools we use to create. Take the D5500 for example, a compact DSLR capable of inspiring a new level of creativity. From the moment you flip the touchscreen Vari-angle display and capture an ultra-sharp 24.2-megapixel photo, you'll begin to see your photography in a new light. At the flick of a switch, the D5500 transforms into a versatile Full HD video camera. Record 1080 video at a high speed frame rate of 60p perfect for capturing fast-moving subjects or creating ultra-smooth slow motion effects. Break free of the ordinary with star trail images, interval timer sequences and HDR photography. Add artistic filters and effects and even retouch your shots right in the camera, and then share your creations instantly with built-in Wi-Fi. Inspiration has a new name, and it's the D5500.
Sharpen your creative vision
Stunning, sharp, detailed photos & videos
To create amazing photos and videos, a digital SLR needs a great lens, a great image sensor and great image processing. The D5500 has all three. It's high-resolution sensor has no optical low-pass filter, freeing it to capture the outstanding details provided by NIKKOR lenses. Enlarge or crop your shots without losing detail or sharpness. EXPEED 4 image processing handles all of that data with ease for clean, sharply defined images in low light up to 25,600 ISO, 1080/60p videos and an extremely wide dynamic range.
Touch and shoot from many angles
High resolution touchscreen Vari-angle LCD
A first for Nikon DSLRs, the D5500 features a touchscreen Vari-angle LCD for exciting new shooting possibilities and easier handling. Flip out the large 3.2-inch display for an interesting new angle, then simply touch where you want to focus and shoot. A new Fn button gives you one-touch access to important settings like aperture, ISO sensitivity, AF mode and more. During playback, pinch to zoom in and check the details. Easily navigate menu items, set video settings and more, all as familiar as operating a smartphone.
Share your shots instantly
Built-in Wi-Fi and smartphone compatibility
Share amazing moments while they're happening and without missing a beat. Flip out the LCD and start taking DSLR-quality selfies! The D5500 quickly transfers your creations to a compatible smartphone or tablet for easy sharing by email, texting or posting online, wherever you are no hot spot needed. Your smartphone or tablet can even act as an external monitor and remote control for the D5500 imagine the possibilities!
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Small and durable enough to grab and go
There's an old saying: the best camera is the one that's with you. The D5500 is designed to always be with you. It's small and lightweight (just 14.9-oz), so you won't mind taking it along. Its strong and durable (thanks to a monocoque structure featuring long-fiber reinforced thermoplastics), so you won't worry when conditions get rough. And its ergonomic design and easy-to-use controls will have you shooting the pictures you've always wanted in no time.
Focus on the moment
The D5500 delivers outstanding speed and accuracy to help you catch all the moments that matter smiles, tears, big plays and big hugs. Its 39-point AF system includes nine highly accurate cross-type sensors for enhanced AF accuracy. Freeze moments by shooting up to 5 frames per second, or extend moments with unlimited continuous shooting at shutter speeds between 4 and 30 seconds for stunning star trail images.
Make it cinematic
Cinematic storytelling is at your fingertips with the D5500. Capture Full HD video at a frame rate of 60p with tack-sharp details, vibrant colors and high-fidelity stereo sound. An improved full-time autofocus keeps moving subjects sharp, and advanced Picture Controls like Flat and Clarity make it easier to perfect your movies in post-production.
- D5500 - Body w/ 18-55mm Lens
- EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
- MH-24 Quick Charger
- DK-25 Rubber Eyecup
- UC-E23 USB Cable
- EG-CP16 Audio Video Cable
- AN-DC3 Strap
- BF-1B Body Cap
- NikonView NX2 CD ROM
Top Customer Reviews
My interest in photography goes way back, but it wasn't until I got my first iPhone (the 4S) that I was able to start exploring. From there, I bought a Fuji HS30EXR, which was very highly recommended, and had awful image quality; next, I purchased a Sony NEX-6, which was light-years ahead of the Fuji, but I always felt like something was missing. So I bought the Sony a6000 and suffered immediate buyer's remorse (though I eventually bought its little brother, the RX100 m2, which is my much-loved coat-pocket camera). I was always looking for that missing something. And not being trained at all in photography, never having taken any classes, and having to learn everything on my own from books and websites, I could never put my finger on what that something was. Until I discovered the D5500.
The D5500 takes great pictures. It's also harder to use than the a6000. But it feels like a real camera. It's comfortable in my (somewhat large) hands. Compared to the CSC Sony cameras I've owned, it feels more like a tool than a toy. As I say, it's more challenging to use (no Focus Peaking!), and as a result, I'm more satisfied when I take a decent exposure. And it is sharp, in part because modern Nikons lack anti-aliasing filters. An Anti-Aliasing Filter serves to soften your images to prevent moiré- a sort of banding that occurs in high-contrast patterns (think a striped dress) when recorded by a digital sensor. (You may have seen these patterns on an old tube t.v. screen when you were a kid, too.) In my opinion, the benefit of having 24mp is not that you necessarily get a "better" image- you get more room to crop. I like to take pictures of the moon, and it's nice to be able to zoom in and inspect the surface. The Sony's were way too soft when zoomed in at 50%, let alone 100%. This may not be the case for the full-frame Sony cameras, but the APS-C models leave a lot to be desired. As far as those cameras are concerned, 24mp is about 16mp wasted.
The D5500 feels great in hand, nice and light, but still substantial, with a good amount of grip, and it truly is optimized to help amatuers like me get the shot they want. It's fast (though not as quick in burst mode as the a6000), and the touchscreen is a treat coming from Sony (menus within menus within menus within menus...), making it super easy to change aperture, ISO, shutter speed, etc. The lens selection is fantastic, whether you go Nikon or third-party (I've already added the AF-S 35mm and the 55-200mm VRII to my bag), although there is an obvious emphasis on pro gear.
The D5500 is the camera for me. Every single box (image quality, feel, looks) is neatly checked. I find myself spending less time in Lightroom and more time with a camera in my hands, and I find that leaving things like ISO up to the camera (unthinkable on Sony's APS-C cameras, which render unusable images after ISO 6400 or so) not only renders great images, but makes it that much easier (and enjoyable) for me to bungle my way through this silly, expensive hobby of mine. I would recommend this camera to everyone who wants to go beyond smartphones and point-and-shoots.
Side note- I chose the D5500 over the D7200 for several reasons that you may or may not agree with, but here they are:
1. The D5500 and the D7200 have the same sensor. IQ should be the same.
2. The D7200 is $400 more. Although I love my D5500, I will probably not be as fond of it in three or four years. But the lenses could conceivably last for decades with proper care. As better photographers than me have said, buy only as much camera as you need, and spend the rest on lenses.
3. Simpler exterior. I'm not ready for all the buttons and dials yet. Stepping up to the D7000 series will be next, but that's several years from now. I felt it was better to become accustomed to the DSLR form factor before dropping $1100 on the camera body alone.
As far as the Nikon vs. Canon debate is concerned, I'm uninterested. I chose the D5500 over the comparable Canons for a couple of reasons.
1. Nikon bodies seem to cost less than their Canon counterparts, but are rated more highly; the Canon t6s is more expensive and does not perform as well. Ditto the 70d.
2. Nikon has legacy lens support unmatched by Canon. Will I ever take advantage of it? Who knows, but I like the idea.
3. Canon DSLR's don't render color as well, in my opinion, Easy fix, I know- but still.
That being said, I'm certain that a skilled photographer could get great pictures from just about anything, so don't get yourself bogged down in fruitless Nikon vs. Canon, DSLR vs. Mirrorless/M43, Android vs. Apple type debates. Just take pictures!
The pictures this camera takes are absolutely stunning. It's much more capable under lower light conditions, and the videos are great looking too. Now a work about the lens. I made this camera update for a vacation abroad. The 18-140mm is amazing; much heavier, sturdier and higher quality than the 18-55mm and 55-200mm kit lenses I already have from the D5000 purchase, with a metal lens mount instead of plastic. Operation is smoother and more precise, and the zoom range is perfect all-around; it also takes nice macro photos. It's one lens that covers it all, and from what I've read, is very good relative to the aforementioned kit lenses. However, I will say it is HEAVY; at over 1lb, it tends to make the camera droop when it's around my neck and weigh the little D5500 down.
I happened to purchase the inexpensive 35mm f/1.8g fantastic plastic lens (also with metal mount) at the same time, just for fun. I must say, the combination of the D5500 and 35mm prime lens is wonderful. This is a perfect match - the entire camera/lens assembly is light, small, easy to carry, and just feels right. Maybe even a BETTER vacation setup. And the prime is really FUN to use; it takes uber-sharp pictures, particularly under low-light indoors and gives you one less thing to adjust when you are taking shots. I am happy I have the versatile 18-140mm lens with my D5500 for situations where I know I will need a longer reach, kids sporting events, wildlife, etc, but the 35mm prime is the hands-down winner for indoor/low-light, city traveling and street shots. Get the D5500 with the 18-140mm lens...but don't forget the 35mm prime!