Nikon D5500 Specifications

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  • Introduced: 1/6/2015
  • Expected Replacement: Replaced by D5600 in November 2016
  • Current Firmware: C1.02 L2.013 (May 2017)
  • Sensor Size: 23.5x15.6mm, DX ~1.53x crop 
  • Sensor Pixels: 24.2mp
  • Sensor Manufacturer: Toshiba
  • Sensor Technology: CMOS, Bayer, no AA filter, microlens
  • Max Image Size: 6000x4000
  • Other Image Sizes: 4496x3000, 2992x2000 
  • Video: 1080P 60/50/30/25/24, 720P 60/50/30/25, and VGA 30/25 (stored in .MOV with H.264 compression); stereo sound from built-in mic, or accessory jack
  • ADC Bit Depth: 14 bit
  • Raw File Formats: 12 bit and 14 bit Compressed NEF 
  • Other File Formats: JPEG 
  • JPEG/TIFF Rendering: 16-bit rendering, 8-bit output 
  • Auto Rotation: Yes
  • Color Spaces: sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Storage: SD, SDHC, or SDXC, UHS-I and Eye-Fi
  • Max Write Speed: ?MB/sec
  • Max Buffer Size: ? JPEG Fine (100 @ any other JPEG setting), ? RAW (? with JPEG)
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0 HIGH, Optional WiFi 
  • TV Support: NTSC and PAL, HDMI
  • Lens Support: AF-S only (other AF don't focus)
  • Autofocus Module: CAM4800DX (39 sensor, 9 crosshatch)
  • Shutter Lag: ?ms
  • Autofocus Modes: Single, Dynamic, Auto Area, 3D Tracking
  • AF Assist: Yes (white lamp)
  • Metering: 2016-pixel Color matrix, centerweight, spot
  • Exposure Modes: PSAM + 8 Scene 
  • Exposure Compensation: +/- 5 stops, 1/3 stop or 1/2 stop
  • Exposure Bracketing: Yes, 3 frames (plus ADL, WB bracketing), 2-frame HDR 
  • ISO: 200-12800, HI1, AUTO
  • White Balance: Auto, custom, 6 predefined with fine tuning 
  • Image Settings: Picture Controls including Flat, Sharpening, Contrast, Saturation, Brightness, Hue, Clarity
  • Color LCD: positionable 3.2” touchscreen, 1.04m dots, 180 degree, 1000:1 contrast
  • Image Review: Histogram (RGB), Highlights
  • Continuous Shooting Speed: 5 fps
  • Shutter Speeds: 30s to 1/4000, bulb. 100k rated
  • Mirror Lockup: Mirror Delay
  • Viewfinder: Pentamirror, 95%, 0.82x magnification, 17mm eyepoint, -1.7 to +1 diopters 
  • Optional Viewfinder Accessories: DR-6 right angle, -5 to +3 diopter corrections, DG-2 magnifier 
  • Optional Focus Screens: ?
  • Menus: Playback, Shooting, Custom Settings, Setup, Retouch, MyMenu 
  • Flash Sync Speed: 1/200 
  • Flash Type: I-TTL, M
  • Internal Flash: Yes GN 39 ft 12m (ISO 100) (slightly higher in manual mode)
  • PC Sync: No (via optional AS-15)
  • Flash Compensation: -3 to +1EV
  • Flash Options: Red Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Flash Lock
  • DOF Preview: No (alternative: use Live View)
  • Optional Remotes: ML-L3 IR (back and front), MC-D2 wired remote, WR-R10/WR-T10
  • Size: 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8 " (124x97x70mm) 
  • Weight: 14.9 ounces (420g) without battery and card
  • Battery: EN-EL14a (820 shots CIPA)
  • Optional AC Adapter: EP-5a + EH-5a/b 
  • Other Significant: Self-cleaning sensor, no top LCD (rear color LCD used instead), PictBridge, in camera small picture option, layered images, in-camera editing and trimming, in camera B&W and color filtration, in-camera D-Lighting, in-camera perspective control, color outline, soft filters, FUNC button, can mount non-AI lenses without damage, RAW to JPEG in camera conversion, optional GPS, quiet shooting mode, built-in WiFi
  • Included Software: ViewNX2
  • Price at Introduction: US$899 body only

Note: a Peltier-cooled version of the D5500 called the D5500a is available from a third party, Primaluce Lab. This version of the camera is modified for astronomical photography, both with a front sensor modification to allow more H-alpha exposure, an anti-dew system, and an integrated shutter controller for long and sequence exposures.  

Thom’s Review of the D5500

Thom's quick takes:

  • Still relatively low price with high image quality
  • Solid video capability
  • Mostly plastic
  • Must use AF-S lenses! 
  • Swivel and touchscreen LCD is handy and nice
  • Built-in WiFi a plus for those that use it, though missing GPS a step backwards


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