Nikon has announced its latest DX-format HD-SLR, the D5500, an entry-level camera with 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and no optical low-pass filter (OLPF), as well as a new 3.2-inch Vari-angle touch operation LCD display.
Nikon says the removal of the sensor’s OLPF allows for an impressive level of detail and sharpness from an affordable HD-SLR, while the addition of the Expeed 4 image processing engine works to improve overall speed and performance in a variety of shooting situations.
Using Nikon’s Snapbridge allows sending photos wirelessly from the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet for sharing. The D5500 sports built-in Wi-Fi. Additionally, users can utilize their smart devices to shoot remotely.
The D5500 is Nikon’s first ever HD-SLR with touch operation. The camera allows the user to choose the focus point via Touch AF, pinch in to check focus and even activate the shutter with the touch of a fingertip. Additionally, a new Fn (Function) touch feature gives one-touch access to important settings such as AF point selection, aperture, ISO sensitivity, and AF area mode.
The camera features a 39-point autofocus (AF) system with 9 cross-type sensors; users can select from a variety of focus modes, including 3D Tracking to track a moving subject. Paired with the camera’s RGB sensor and Scene Recognition System, the D5500 recognizes and follows each subject in nearly any lighting condition, with continuous shooting up to approximately 5 frames per second (fps).
Full HD 1080/60p video with Full-Time AF and stereo sound are available, with 16 unique Scene Modes that choose the right settings for a variety of common shooting scenarios. Super Vivid, POP and Photo illustration have been added as Effects Modes and Picture Controls have been enhanced by adding a “Flat” option. These settings now have a 0.25-step adjustment and an expanded “brightness” range to ±1.5 available for photographers who want to completely customize the look and feel of their images and video.
The Nikon D5500 will be available in early February at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $869.95 (body only). Available in black.
The Nikon D5500 kitted with the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens will also be available, at an MSRP of $999.95. Available in black.
The D5500 kitted with the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens will be available at an MSRP of $1,099.95. Available in black.