If you are in the market for an entry-level Digital SLR with more features than your average beginner model, but just as compact and easy to use, chances are you have already heard about the Nikon D5500. But is this the model that is going to be best suited to your needs?
Who's going to be interested in the Nikon D5500?
Following on from a popular line of Nikon DSLRs that have been small in stature but big on features, the Nikon D5500 is going to appeal to those looking to upgrade their entry-level DSLR for a more advanced body, and enthusiasts who are aiming for the best possible shooter on a budget. The D5500 is in a very crowded and popular sector of the market, due to more and more people ditching their point and shoot cameras and picking up interchangeable lens cameras for their everyday photography. Nikon, along with their major competitors are well aware of this trend, which has lead to us users being treated to our choice of lightweight and compact DSLRs packed to the brim with the latest and greatest features - of which the D5500 is one of the very best.
What's new in this model?
Improvements over previous models include a smaller yet more ergonomic body that is easier to hold and shoot with, faster processing speeds, a touch LCD screen and built in WiFi connectivity. Unchanged from the previous model - the Nikon D5300 - is a high-sensitivity 24MP sensor, fast 5 frames per second continuous shooting and high-quality video capabilities of 1080/60p. Nikon have made a smart choice with this release, making the improvements that needed to be made, but keeping in place the more successful features of its predecessor. It's worth noting that while the D5500 is 60 grams lighter than the D5300, its battery performance has improved significantly, ideal for anyone looking to utilise the fully-articulated LCD screen for composing Full HD video footage.
Picking a mate for your camera
You are spoilt for choice when selecting a lens to mount on the front of the Nikon D5500, with the ability to select from the wide range that Nikon has to offer. Your final choice will be determined by your interests and what you will be using the camera for, but we don't think you can go past a nice nifty fifty, perfect for available light shooting and portraits, or a high-performance telephoto zoom, like this 70-200mm f2.8 - helping you make the most of that fast 5 fps burst rate.
Note: This model is now discontinued. To view current models please see here.