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chaosdefinesorder

January 9, 2015, 4:19 pm

I was under the impression that the main reason DSLRs have avoided touchscreens for the most part is due to the user's nose activating things unintentionally when using the viewfinder...

Stephen Middlehurst

January 9, 2015, 6:40 pm

Hmm, £40 more expensive for a touch screen, no GPS and very minor tweaks. Not so sure about that, especially as the D5300 kits will inevitably drop in price to clear inventory. Considering a D5300 body only goes for around £500 and the VR2 lens is around £100 I'd have to say that anyone interested in a midrange DX camera might want to look there for the best value for money...

Marcello

March 15, 2015, 11:24 am

Touch can be deactivated.

Andrew

March 20, 2015, 4:38 am

Actually the touch screen is awesome, the body ergonomics is awesome, the image quality has increased noticeably, and Nikon has moved things around on the body to make this a big upgrade. If you love taking pictures, then the way the camera feels in your hands is very important. I plan to buy the D5500 for all those reasons and more; and because of its small size and weight.

P.S. The sample pictures are awful, they are not representative of the camera.

Jack Thrams

March 26, 2015, 7:56 pm

I've been looking at the D7200 to upgrade from my current D7000, but then I read the specs on the D5500. Despite carrying the stigma of an "entry-level" camera, this thing is comparable to the D7200 which I have been wanting for the built in WiFi...and it's cheaper. Any other semi-pros out there having a similar dilemma of wanting to buy this one vs. the D7200? I have a battery grip for the D7000 which gives it a sturdy feel, but more & more I shoot with it off in favor of the small size. This D5500 is even smaller and lighter. What to do...

NSRajaram

April 15, 2015, 11:09 am

I find D5500 and the whole Nikon 5000 series not noticeably better than the 300 series and poor value compared to the Canon 70d which I find the best intermediate level camera.

Simon65

January 18, 2016, 11:25 am

Why the tiny viewfinder?

It's a real irritation and shows how little Nikon understand the game they're playing in.

The unique selling point of compact DSLRs over their frequently more sexy mirrorless rivals is the optical viewfinder. Yes?

So it really doesn't take the marketing genius of Steve Jobs to realise that Nikon needed to play to its strengths with the D5500 and make the viewfinder as large, bright and usable as possible.

So what do they do? Give it an itsy bitsy, tiny weeny claustrophobic
tunnel viewfinder with a mere 0.82x magnification.

For the purposes of correct composition anything under 0.85x is unusable imo and
the D5500's cramped viewfinder compares very poorly with the 0.87x viewfinder found in the diminutive Canon EOS 100D, and even with the 0.85x viewfinder Nikon itself has put in its base DSLR, the D3300! Go figure...

Unfortunately both Nikon and Canon now seem to be on a roll downhill with regards viewfinder sizes, which means that between them they are likely to kill off the compact DSLR market, sooner rather than later.

Selvakumar M

February 26, 2016, 4:06 pm

Dear Simon, actually i have a plan to upgrade my gear from canon Rebel T3i to Nikon. because recent releases from canon not attract me well. so i have D5500 and D7100 in my mind. but after i seen your review in this page, it is sad. could you please suggest me which is best either D5500 or D7100? Thanks, regards, Selva, maniselvaa@gmail.com

nmharleyrider

February 26, 2016, 8:01 pm

yes but it does have the wifi connection which I find necessary. I agree that the sample pictures suck. The camera is way better than that.

Arclight101

March 1, 2016, 10:47 am

The Nikon D7100 wins hands down if you don't mind the extra weight. It weighs 765 g versus 420 g for the D5500.

But for that you get 51 focus points (39 in the D5500), a 100% optical pentaprism viewfinder (far far larger than the pentamirror in the D5500), a higher resolution rear screen, max top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec (1/400 in D5500), 6 fps (5 fps), and optional GPS (none).

Image IQ and video is the same.

The only thing the D5500 has over the D7100 is wireless connectivity. In the D7100 it's optional.

But the D7100 is far larger and heavier, so pick it up before you decide Only you know if you can live with it. I used to use an Olympus OM1n (a small 35 mm SLR) which nothing to this day touches in terms of size and bang for weight ratio. That''s the problem. Nikon could have pushed the boat out and stuck a decent sized viewfinder in the D5500 (it's big enough to take one), but it opted not to. That means those of us still waiting for a decent compact DSLR with a proper viewfinder, remain disappointed. There is no DSLR equivalent of the Sony A6000. And that's the fault of the DSLR manufacturers. Engineering wise its perfectly possible.

Selvakumar M

March 1, 2016, 5:32 pm

Thanks Arclight... d7100 has max iso 6400. But d5500 has more than that. So, will d7100 perform well in low light conditions compared to d5500?

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