TEST: Nikon offers new opportunities with new D5500. Both wifi and touch screen for the first time, in a camera with the DX sensor. But even the improved image quality than its predecessors.
Nikon D5500 is Nikon’s other treads on his entry staircase. The first step is D3300 which is a pure entry-level camera. The new camera has several new opportunities and capabilities, both inside and out, that makes it extra interesting.
By combining several of the Nikon D5500 functions of smaller cameras, wifi, touch screen, and so on, with a system camera’s possibilities, stability and quality of the image.
D5500 is the first system camera with Nikon DX sensor that receives both swivel screen and touch screen. The touch screen has been in including Nikon 1 V3 but have now been migrated over to the DSLR side and it opens up opportunities for menus and adjustments. Opportunities that Nikon made use of several creative ways, more on that later.
The sensor is based on the sensor in D5500 D5300 and therefore have the same resolution on 24.2 megapixels. To provide as much details as possible so, Nikon has chosen to pick off the low pass filter for maximum sharpness, as it also did in D5300. The major changes have taken place in the signal handling instead. Here is Nikon made use of the technological advances they made when they developed the D810 and D750. Something which has provided enhanced image quality at high iso in particular.
Sacrifice GPS for better grip
On the outside, it has also happened a lot. The shell is completely new and the biggest difference is the grip. If you just grab the camera so you think maybe not so much on it, but if you compare it with its predecessor, or another less system camera, so you notice a big difference. The camera body has become significantly narrower between the hand grip and the bayonet, it means that the grip has become significantly deeper than, for example, D5300. The result is a much steadier and more comfortable grip, even for those with larger hands. This means that the camera has become easier and easier to get.
The man must sacrifice for this is the GPS function as left out of the camera. But it seems to me quite clear that it is worth.
Touch screen has been on a number of cameras from different manufacturers for a while. Nikon has previously hooked on the trend and development with their 1-cameras with sensors in CX format.
But now they release into technology in a camera with a larger sensor.Somehow I can’t help that I think it gets a little more reality and taking the technology seriously then. In D5500 has screen multiple uses, from the classic to focus and shoot images by tapping on the screen and do some adjustments and menu selection to the more creative the Fn function.
So that the screen can be used as a function button. You can choose if you want to be able to adjust the ISO, active D-lighting, HDR, bracketing, the AF areas, the grid in the viewfinder, Aperture, or my personal favorite, the focus point. When I would test the first time so I was correct is skeptical of how good it would be. But it’s actually very good!
The focus point is very easy to control and it goes where you want much faster than if you should press the 4-way button. The function works when the screen is off and does not show the menu or liveview. Thus is the easiest to use when the camera is held against the eye. But, do you think, I am not going to turn on the screen and move the focus point when my nose to access the screen when I hold the camera to the eye?
No, Nikon seems to have thought of it and that is why only the right half of the screen, active as a button, which means that it is easily accessible with your thumb and completely free from nasal contact. Smart!
In other works the screen good, it shows that there is not any Nikon stopped in just to, but the features are well thought out and you can push around in the menus without pressing a physical button (except for opening the menu itself).
The display is rotatable so that you can rotate it toward the camera and thus protect the screen from scratches when you carry it in a bag or similar, I think, is a very good solution. A simple thing, but it makes the screen will last longer.
D5500s wifi has unfortunately no direct button that some of the competing cameras have. However, you can configure one Fn button so that this will lead you directly to the Wi-Fi is available in the menu. This means that you can still have easy access to the feature.
The most important advantage of wifi in D5500 is transmission capabilities that come with the package. It is also possible to shoot using the app to use for pairing your phone with the camera. But in all honesty, it’s not so much to cheer for, you can’t control some functions of the camera except the shutter and focus. Here are the competitors come anymore.
But as I said, it’s the transmission that is interesting, I think. To quickly and easily able to transfer pictures from their camera to cell phone to spread them on social media has become very important for a camera in this class.
In D5500 allows you to choose which pictures you want to upload and select the photos you want to upload without the camera is connected to your phone, when the camera later linked up so sell those pictures above. Of course, you can also transfer images directly when the camera is connected.
More compact kitzoom
Together with D5500, we have tested the new kit-telezoomen 55-200f/4-5, 6 g ED VR II. It is smaller and slimmer than the previous version, partly because now introduced a zoomlåsning which must be unlocked before the lens may be used.
I’m a bit ambivalent to this solution. Certainly makes saving 2.5 centimeters in length and get a smaller lenses to pack but it also becomes another moment when to start shooting with the camera.
Image stabilization in the lens, however, is very good, especially if you want to film.
D5500 has a same video settings D5300, that is to say, full-HD in either 24/25/30/50 or 60 frames per second, depending on the video mode you choose. However, we have added a new picture profile that is flatter, i.e. a little more contrast to resolve, in order to give a better material for those who want to process their films in retrospect.
You can use the autofocus while filming, the easiest way is to point at the screen where you want clarity. But the focus is a little too loud and a bit of chasing (going back and forth) in order for it to be enjoyable when you look at the material, so it’s still manual focus that applies if you want to have good material.
The sensor is, as mentioned earlier, basically the same as sitting in D5300 but signal handling has been improved. The result is that the camera performs noticeably better at high sensitivities than its predecessor.
It is also better to lift details from the shadows in a different way than in the past. Looking at the picture quality so you get really a lot of money when it comes to D5500.
D5500 is mentioned in the introduction, a camera that ends up a notch up from the entry-level model D3300. So you can imagine that it will end up in the hands of families and photographers who want a simple camera that delivers good image quality.
It feels like it fits well in the segment, the features are easy to use, but at the same time, there are advanced settings for those who are a little more advanced in his photography.
The place thus ideal for the family with a mixed bag of people interested members and gives really nice pictures.