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 – Image Quality: Dynamic Range

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500 dynamic range

The D5500 gives good results in our Applied Imaging tests, typical of what we’d expect from a modern APS-C sensor. A dynamic range of 12.3 EV at ISO 100 indicates that raw files should contain plenty of additional recoverable shadow detail. Good results are maintained through to ISO 400, but then results start to fall more quickly. At ISO 1600 a value of 9.3 EV indicates that images should still be very useable, but 8.2 EV at ISO 3200 is on the margin of acceptability. At the top three settings most shadow detail will be swamped by noise.

  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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