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Like the D5300 it replaces in the Nikon catalog, the D5500 is a compact and versatile mid-range SLR with very good performance and excellent image quality.

Since we tested it in 2013, the Nikon D5300 remains in our eyes one of the best SLRs for all those looking for a versatile camera for family and travel photos. The D5500 is a modest update to the D5300. It certainly makes some design changes and accommodates a touch screen, but it is not as innovative as the D5300 was at the time.

One of the innovations brought by the D5300 concerned the lens supplied in kit. For our test, the Nikon D5300 was accompanied by an 18-140mm f / 3.5-5.6. Our copy of the Nikon D5500 is seen, him, endowed with an 18-55 mm f / 3.5-5.6 II. The Nikon SLR becomes significantly more compact and light, but also less versatile.

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3. Nikon D5500 Wi-Fi Digital SLR Camera Body (Black) (Renewed)

Image quality

The Nikon D5300 broadly incorporates the technical characteristics of its predecessor. We thus find a CMOS sensor of 24.2 million pixels supported by an Expeed 4 image processing processor. It is therefore not too surprising that we find an equivalent image quality between the two Reflex from the manufacturer Japanese. The exposure measurement of the D5500 appears to us slightly better than that of the D5300. The photos of the D5500 are sharp, precise with a good level of details and beautiful colors, although with a dominant a little cold. JPEG images are excellent, especially in low light conditions up to ISO 3200 sensitivities. Beyond that, the details begin to fade and the colors falter, but the photos remain usable.

With RAW mode, it is possible to improve the level of detail in dark and light areas. Counterpart of the RAW and the absence of smoothing: the grain is a little more present on the images.

The quality of the videos produced by Nikon D5500 places it among the best in this range of SLRs. A quality largely sufficient for daily family use or to keep holiday memories. For videographers a little more experienced and demanding, Nikon offers a “neutral” mode (Flat Picture Profile) which boosts the details in the dark and light areas.


Like many SLRs, the Nikon D5300 suffers from the lens that comes with it as a kit. Here, the 18-55 mm is slow to focus while the case itself is quite fast. The camera only takes 0.3 seconds to start, focus and shoot. It’s better than the Pentax K-S2 . The delay in focusing and triggering from a position out of focus is 0.6 seconds and this is where the slowness of the lens is felt. Concretely, this results in a small latency that you will perceive if you like to capture scenes on the spot with moving subjects.

The interval between two successive shots is around 0.2 seconds in JPEG or RAW, a fairly reasonable value. It takes about 1.3 seconds with the use of the flash.

The Nikon D5500 also displays good performance in continuous shooting with a frame rate of 5.1 frames per second (ips) for a burst of more than 30 shots. A capacity that drops to 10 photos in RAW mode with a speed of 4.4 fps.

Continuous autofocus (EF) is also quite effective, but still depends on the type of scene you want to capture. We thus encountered some difficulties with subjects advancing towards us. The AF of the D5500 accidentally locked onto an element in the background.

The stabilization of the Nikon D5500, ensured by the lens, does not appear very effective on photos in panoramic mode. The success rate for this kind of shots is therefore quite low.

The autofocus with video is another story. The continuous mode is quite easily disturbed. As for the objective, it is one of the loudest we have encountered so far.

The LCD touch screen is bright and pleasant. Articulated, it is easy to orient it to make it even more visible when you are in direct sunlight. The battery life is given to 820 photos. Which is rather a good average at a time when autonomy tends to decrease.

Design and function

Nikon revisits the design of its mid-range SLR. The D5500 loses a few millimeters with its dimensions of 2.4 x 9.7 x 7 cm and offers a new handle a little more hollow. Nikon wanted to make it more comfortable, but like all small SLRs, large hands will be cramped. Many little fingers (ear) will not know where to place …

The upper part of the case is slightly narrower with a slightly different organization of the controls. The mode dial on the right is more refined. It now integrates manual, automatic and semi-automatic modes with the same switch always to switch to Live View (the mode which switches the framing of the optical viewfinder to the LCD screen). The settings dial is also on the top of the body with buttons for exposure compensation and video recording.

On the back, to the right of the optical viewfinder, are the auto exposure / autofocus and “Info” lock buttons that trigger the display of information on the screen. Not to be confused with the “i” button which is also located at the back and gives access to the menu of settings and parameters. To the right of the LCD screen are the delete and play buttons with a button to zoom in and out in the image. We also find the four-way navigation button specific to Nikon. Its revisited design makes it difficult to handle. A shortcut to the menus also takes place to the left of the optical viewfinder.


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