The Nikon D5500 is a great little camera that bridges the gap between true beginner and the well-established photographer. It can work on either end of that spectrum and fits the needs of a variety of photographers in-between. As the D5xxx series continues to slowly evolve, this one reminds me of just how far we’ve come in the past six or eight years of DSLRs.
I’m working on a full review but I wanted to share some real world photos that I’ve shot with the D5500 ahead of that review.
I selected several snapshot photos along with some more serious planned shots as well. I think both sides of that coin represents the potential markets for this camera. It works well as a walk-around camera for family snapshots and it serves the more serious side of photography too.
If you want to pixel peep, there is plenty of noise at higher ISO settings. So it’s not a professional camera to use in low-light events, but the images still hold up quite well at lower resolutions and decent print sizes. You have so much resolution at 24MP that it scales down to the smaller image sizes very well even at these ridiculous ISO speed settings.
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The Nikon D5500 is available as a body-only or in kits with either the 18-55mm VR lens or the 18-140mm VR lens (I recommend the 18-140mm option). You can find all three here at B&H Photo.
The Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6D EX DC HSM lens is an affordable wide angle lens for the D5500 and other Nikon DX-format DSLRs. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
The Hoya NDx400 9-stop ND filter is an affordable ND filter that allows for the long exposure even in daylight to create the blurred motion in several of the images above. If you plan on using it on more than one size lens, I recommend getting a 77mm version of the filter and a filter step-up kit.
Stay tuned for the full review coming up soon.