With many of the same specifications as the D5300, but with an added vari-angle touchscreen and a tweaked body design, is the Nikon D5500 really offering enough to stand out from its predecessor?

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Nikon D5500

AWB Colour:
Dynamic Range:
LCD viewfinder:


  • - High-resolution sensor with no optical low-pass filter gives good image quality-
  • - Quick autofocus system
  • - Great colour rendition


  • - Lacks control buttons
  • - No built-in GPS module


Nikon D5500 Review


Price as reviewed:

£719.00 (with 18-55mm VR II kit lens)

Nikon D5500 Review – Focusing

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A total of 39 AF points, including nine cross-type points, are featured inside the D5500, as is the Multi-CAM 4800DX focusing sensor. This is the same focusing set-up used by the D5200 and the D5300, which is no bad thing. In good light, the focusing locks on straight away, typically taking only a fraction of a second.

When faced with challenging low-light conditions, the focusing still finds its target in under a second with a little help from the AF assist beam.

Autofocusing in live view is still rather slow, but its saving grace is that it’s consistent and accurate when it does lock on.

  1. 1. Nikon D5500 Review – at a glance
  2. 2. Nikon D5500 Review – Build and Handling
  3. 3. Nikon D5500 Review – Viewfinder and Screen
  4. 4. Nikon D5500 Review – Focusing
  5. 5. Nikon D5500 Review – Performance
  6. 6. Nikon D5500 Review – Image Quality
  7. 7. Nikon D5500 Review – Image Quality: Dynamic Range
  8. 8. Nikon D5500 Review – Image Quality: Detail and Noise
  9. 9. Nikon D5500 Review – Conclusion
  10. 10. Nikon D5500 First Look
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