Nikon D5500 Shooter’s Report Part I: More to love from a storied line of cameras


posted Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 1:37 PM EDT


If you've read our recent round-up from late 2014 of what we consider to be the best DSLRs on the market for under $1000, we only listed three options and the Nikon D5300 was a clear choice for one of them. It also received a coveted "Camera of Distinction" award in our 2013 Camera of the Year awards in the entry-level DSLR category, so its pedigree is well-established here in the halls of IR.

We were thus naturally eager to get our hands on this long-awaited follow-up to Nikon's mid-level line of DSLR's, and even more eager to get out and shoot with it in the real world once we'd seen the high-ISO lab results compared to the D5300 and the rival Canon T5i.

Our Shooter's Report Part I is now ready for you, with additional insights into the handling and controls, and a first step into the real world for high ISO performance. We'll also take a look at a few of the special modes available, as well as pair the D5500 with more examples across Nikon's expansive lens line.

1/250s / f/6.3 / ISO 1100 / 72mm eq. / Nikkor 18-55mm kit lens
1/1000s / f/2.8 / ISO 2200 / 90mm eq. / Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 lens
1/100s / f/6.3 / ISO 200 / 30mm eq. / Nikkor 20mm f/1.8 lens

Nikon D5500 Shooter's Report Part I

We'll have you another report next week with a deeper dive into overall performance, and also take a look into video capabilities, so stay tuned for more!

[quick links: Nikon D5500Shooting • GalleryLab Samples]