The Nikon D5500 has been announced. (Why not a D5400?)

Nikon D5500 camera, Nikkor 300 f/4 and 55-200mm f/4-5.6G lenses

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Headline Feature: Articulating Touch Screen ( a first for the Nikon DSLR line)

Additional Features: 

  • 3.2-inch, approximately 1037K-dot TFT LCD vari-angle monitor
  • 24.2-million pixels, a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor, and the EXPEED
  • Wifi to smartphone/tablets
  • Slightly smaller body size – world’s smallest, lightest, and slimmest digital SLR camera equipped with a vari-angle monitor
  • Additional Scene control and features available for photos AND video

About the touchscreen – “One of eight frequently used camera settings (Focus-point selection, AF-area mode, Aperture, ISO sensitivity, etc.) can be assigned to this function for use with viewfinder shooting, enabling immediate modification of the assigned setting, and achieving practical operation by simply tapping or sliding a finger across the monitor while looking through the viewfinder.”

“..sliding a finger across the monitor while looking through the viewfinder.”

Very interesting – I am curious to see how this translates in real world use.

The Nikon D5500 will be available in early February, (black and red), in two different kit configurations: alongside the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $999.95 or with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,199.95 SRP. The Nikon D5500 will also be sold body only for an SRP of $899.95. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II and AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lenses will also be available in early February for an SRP of $349.95 and $1,999.95, respectively.

Preorder from Amazon | B&H Photo & Video (Available Feb 5th in RED or BLACK)

B&H D5500 body only $896.95
B&H D5500 with 18-55 $996.96
B&H D5500 with 18-140 $1196.95

Nikon D5500 vs D5300 (Differences Explained Simply)

It looks like both share the same sensor, same processor and same number/type of focus points. In short do NOT upgrade to this camera from the D5300 and expect any difference in quality of the images.

Key differences. D5500 offers a touchscreen, better battery life 820 vs 600 shots and its just a tiny bit smaller/lighter (just 2oz less than the D5300) – Some don’t consider a smaller size to be better.

From the Nikon Rumors Page – blue outline is the D5500, purple is the D5300

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They have dropped the GPS (which I wasn’t impressed with) but added some additional picture controls and maybe a star trails mode (I am still researching this)

Nikon D5500 vs the Canon T5i

Full post coming soon – for now watch my video of the T5i vs the D5300 and keep in mind the touchscreen should make the D5500 more user friendly

When will we see a Canon response to the D5500? When will we see the Canon T6i or 750D? I predict before the end of February

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II Lens

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Available Feb 5th for $396 – Preorder from B&H Photo

Poll – How do you feel about touchscreens in your DSLR? 

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