Summary Nikon D5500

Prices Price
Body only
$626 - $647
With 18-55mm lens
$627 - $747
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#1 of 4
Among similar cameras
#2 of 9
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
Screen resolution
Help 1,037k dots
Help 24 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 60fps
Screen size
Help 3.2"
Light sensitivity
Help 25,600 ISO
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The Nikon D5500 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,438 ISO
Color depth Good color depth Help
24.1 bits
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Startup delay Short startup delay Help
400 ms startup delay
True resolution High true resolution Help
24 MP
Battery life Above average battery life Help
820 shots
Focus points Many focus points Help
Size Quite small Help
Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm)
Weight Very light Help
420 g
Overall image quality Great overall image quality Help
Dynamic range Wide dynamic range Help
14 EV
Screen size Large screen Help
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Lens availability More lenses available Help
230 lenses
Thickness Thin Help
Popularity Very popular Help
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The Nikon D5500 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Viewfinder Uses battery, see less detail Help
Missing geo-tagging
Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
Won't autofocus with all lenses
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
25,600 ISO
Shutter lag Longer shutter lag Help
201 ms shutter lag
Announced Old Help
January 2015
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second


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Avatar for arbitoot arbitoot (3:48 AM, November 05, 2015)
Buy a used 70D or used 7D. These are the only choice camera to use without breaking the bank, costing an arm or make you think rob a liquor store and still fits your $850. Buy yourself a 24-105 f4 lens to maximize your image quality plus the machine gun fps of those two canon cameras.
Avatar for Aaron Jones Aaron Jones (2:33 PM, June 22, 2015)
Just bought this for 2 main reasons. It is much thinner and lighter than other models. This isn't apparent from photos or dimension specs, but I went to Best Buy and held this thing in my average male sized hand. It's much more portable. Also, this is the only model with wifi built in which is huge for me. Now I can post pictures to social media in real time, and don't have to plug into a computer and upload when I get home from vacation.
GYAN (7:20 AM, June 05, 2015)
Hey friends.........I want to buy a DSLR under 850$........I like Closeup photography and Wild life photography..........please suggest me the right camera and lens.............thankyou
Avatar for aurélien campéas aurélien campéas (8:27 PM, March 11, 2015)
Buy the 35mm instead !
Avatar for Clive Clive (9:27 AM, March 07, 2015)
Just wondered if the features are buried rather like the 5300 or is it easy to use? Love the feel of the grip but am fairly new to photography so want easy to use but something to explore too. Am really torn between this and Canon 700d. Will buy 18x140mm lens as good reviews. Or 18x135 if I go for Canon.