Nikon D5500 is the new successor to the previously updated D5300 in this series. The camera is in low range intermediate category.
The new Nikon D5500 has a lighter body, improved grid, faster processor, built in Wi-Fi, Flat picture control and touch enable LCD. We are going to review this new camera in more details and to see whether Nikon has fixed the common issues experienced with the earlier version D5300. Originally D5300 Released in mid 2013 in Australia. D5300 impressed professionals worldwide with its great image quality.
24.2MP CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter
. Ultra-compact and lightweight body
. Multi-CAM 4800DX 39-point autofocus system
. 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor, used for 3D subject tracking in AF-C
. Sensitivity range of ISO 100-25,600
. 5 fps continuous shooting
. 1/4000 sec maximum shutter speed
. 3.2", 1.2M dot fully-articulating touchscreen LCD display
. 1080/60p video with clean output over HDMI and Flat Picture Control
. Built-in Wi-Fi
The D5500 uses the same 24.2 CMOS sensor as the D5300 which in this respect it will replicate the great quality experienced with D5300. On the other hand its top ISO setting of 25,600 is no longer an extension as previously experienced with D5300. There is still no optical low-pass filter in front of the sensor. Optical low pass filters tend to reduce moiré at the expense of image quality. These filters have been used in the past by major DSLR manufacturers including Nikon however, in the new era of post production as well as new sensor technologies, DSLR manufacturers have started to dropping this filter from their product lines. The D5500 has also uses the latest Nikon Expeed 4 image processing engine.
The design of the D5500 has improved by using the latest monocoque design concept. D5500 has single unit body feels, This has also 'increases durability without weighing it down' according to Nikon. The camera is now very light and compact. It is 15% less heavier comparing to D5300 The grip is now much deeper comparing to D5300 which makes it to be held better. Nikon has also added touch functionality and a unique interface to make it easier to work with.
In the video department the D5500 continue to support 1080 at 60p. Nikon has added Flat picture control which allows for easier color grading in post-production. The only feature that is missing from D5500 is the built in GPS functionality.
The camera has gotten a new eye sensor in order to probably save more battery. The eye sensor turn the LCD off as soon as you taking photo with the viewfinder. The battery life has also improved by 35% compared to its predecessor, using the same battery.
The D5300 has improved a lot in terms of design. It is almost 'pocketable' and just a bit bigger than Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (100D). The body featuring 'long-fiber reinforced thermoplastics' which is both lightweight and rigid.
The camera has also includes HDMI jack and SD card slot which located on the right side of the camera. The most gorges part of the camera is on the back of it, covered by an awesome 3.2" fully articulating touchscreen LCD. The viewfinder is in decent enough size however, there are tiny bottoms which makes it hard to distinguish between.
We impressed by the quality of the images that this camera produces as soon as we hooked it up with a medium range Nikon lenses. The images are sharp and in details, the auto focus feature work brilliantly and what impressed us even more was the subject tracking feature which worked quite well considering the camera being only an entry level DSLR.
The feel of the camera was also quite good while taking photos. It is light and compact. The grips is quite deep and it makes extremely easy to hold with one hand on even heavier lenses. The only down side was the tiny buttons however, on the other hand the amazing touch screen functionality made things very easy. With this functionality comes great feature such as touch to focus and shutter, menu navigation, smart phone style image playback and also the great new shortcuts that Nikon created are also selectable through the touch screen LCD by pressing the little "i" button.
D5500 doesn't have the help functionality that we previously experienced with earlier models however it does have great modified scene modes such as sports (sets fast shutter speed + high speed burst) and dusk/dawn (uses custom white balance). Also there is a great new feature added to D5500 and that is Raw photo editing using the in camera photo editor. Adding this to the Wifi capability where you can connect the camera to your phone and have your photos uploaded on your blog instantly makes a big difference for those of you bloggers out there.
Despite its great performances in our shooting trial however, the camera does certainly lack qualities comparing to more high end real estate photography camera bundles.
D5500 produces decent enough information in bright lights however, what probably most of photographers have issue with in low end cameras are the details in shadows which in real estate photography shadows plays an important part in the overall look and feel of the image.
Depending on the photographer level of experience, if you have started photography with one of those old manual cameras then you'll probably find out a way to get around it depending on the scene and situation. However, if you are belong to the new age you will probably find it hard to capture fine details in shadows with D5500 specifically in low light situations.