Nikon D5500 featured: With touchscreen but without GPS

Modeling at Nikon. The D5300 has now become the D5500. There was also a touch screen. The built-in GPS receiver has been dropped.

Nikon D5500 Nikon D5500

Nikon presents a mini-update for the middle consumer camera at the CES in Las Vegas. Even though it skipped a number in the internal nomenclature – the new DX camera is not called D5400 but D5500 – there are not any revolutionary changes. I would like to introduce you to some novelties around the known sensor.

The case leans closer to the monocoque case introduced with the Nikon D750. So Nikon D5500 between handle and bayonet spend a deeper molded housing and offer the fingers so more space. The camera will also be lighter.

Photo and video features of the D5500

Nikon D5500 from behind Nikon D5500 from behind

The changes to the D5300 predecessor are negligible. At Nikon Rumors there is a nice comparison between D5300 and D5500 .

The only really significant changes: The display on the back is now extended by a touch screen .

The ISO span is now native to 25,600 instead of the ISO extension. ISO “high” is eliminated and integrated into the normal ISO range.

High-Light is the rotating and tiltable Monitior touch screen .

Turnable and tiltable touch screen monitor

Turnable and tiltable touch screen monitor

The touchscreen will remain active even when using the viewfinder. With the aid of the touch screen, the auto focus measuring fields can be selected much faster blindly than with the arrow keys. I already know that from the Panasonic G6. I felt like a brilliant feature. Hold the camera with the left hand on the unfolded touch screen and while looking through the viewfinder, select the AF field with your thumb.

What remained is the phase autofocus with its 39 measuring fields, including nine cross sensors. The contrast autofocus Nikon wants to have accelerated.

New is now a built-in stereo microphone for a better sound even without external micro. Furthermore, a microphone can be optionally connected. The video resolution remains at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (Full HD) but now up to 50p or 60p.

Geotagging with the Nikon D5500

GPS port on the Nikon D5500

GPS port on the Nikon D5500

After Nikon had installed GPS in the predecessor model D5300, now the change. Instead of learning from the criticism of poor GPS implementation, further developing and building a better GPS system in the successor, the Nikon engineers have simply taken GPS out. Pity! So you can solve problems – or rather go out of the way.

As always with Nikon, an external GPS receiver is supported via a combined accessory and remote release socket. For the D5500 as a consumer camera external GPS models with the type MC-DC2 connector are suitable. What I have to test is which di-GPS ECO suits better.

Which GPS receivers fit the Nikon D5500 can be found in the Geotagger database .

WLAN for remote control

Built-in Wi-Fi

Built-in Wi-Fi

Not “evolved” Nikon has the built-in Wi-Fi module. The D5500 can be remotely triggered like the D5300. The wireless transmission of photos to a smartphone or tablet is possible with the matching app for Android and iOS.

ShutterSnitch ( Here to the show ) will immediately support the Nikon D5500 on iPhone and iPad.


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For the Android and iOS remote control qDslrDashboard ( Here to the idea ) is probably an update quickly available.

Price and availability

At the beginning of February 2015, the Nikon D5500 will be available in black or red at a price of 800 euros. The set (with black or red D5500) costs together with the 18-55 mm 1: 3.5-5.6 900 Euro.

 Nikon D5500 – Available in black or red

The Nikon D5300 will continue to be a cheap and no worse alternative on the market.

Personaly thinking

Nikon remains true to the middle consumer camera. The 5 × 00 series is a playground for novelties. First the movable display, then the built-in GPS, now the rotatable and tiltable Touchsceeen. Let’s wait and see what happens in the first tests in practice.