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Performance test: The Nikon D5500

By Marcus Wong - 14 Apr 2015
Launch SRP:

Sample images, Conclusion

Samples Images

f/13 at 18mm, 1/15s, ISO 1000

f/5.6 at 315mm, 1/2000s,ISO 12,800

This shot was taken with a AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens coupled with a 2.0x Kenko Teleconvertor, handheld. 

f/4 at 105mm, 1/125s, ISO 100

f/5.6 at 55mm, 1/200s, ISO 400

f/10 at 18mm, 1/1600s, ISO 200

f/8 at 18mm, 1/250s, ISO 6400


We like the size, weight and handling of the D5500. Image quality is very good as can be seen from the sample shots, and the pricing seems just about right for this category of camera. The Nikon D5500 goes for S$1,229 (with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens) or S$1,449 (with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens).

The only issue is that it doesn’t really bring you that much more in terms of improved image quality over the D5300 it replaces, and so current D5300 owners will likely not be convinced to switch.

That said though, if you’re looking for a secondary camera or a good starting camera to get into photography with and size is a major consideration, we’d recommend considering this, along with other mirrorless options. After all, the camera is certainly as small and as light as anything else out there while providing you the image quality that’s easily on par with some of the other mid to high-end APS-C DSLRs in the market.

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  • Performance 8.5
  • Design 9
  • Features 8.5
  • User-Friendliness 8.5
  • Value 8
The Good
Amazingly small and light for a DX format camera
Good image quality
Deeper handgrip really does improve handling
Touch Fn is extremely customizable
The Bad
Not very much better than the previous model
Buffer for continuous shooting seems small
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