The Nikon D5500 mixes the business’s longstanding DSLR reputation with some new tech, switching to a touchscreen, while continuing to lose fat your body. But do all of the new smartphone-esque features just like the touchscreen and wi-fi ruin what’s became a fantastic camera line previously?

Fortunately, no. Despite having a preference for physical controls, I actually liked the touchscreen on the D5500 and was pleased to start to see the image quality wasn’t lacking either. Although it doesn’t appear there’s an enormous difference between your D5300 and the D5500 beyond the touchscreen, getting the much older D5000 still in my own camera bag, Nikon’s mid-line DSLR has come a significant ways.

Body & Design
As the “first camera to have _” always sounds tempting, it often requires a model or two to essentially get the bugs exercised of the brand new feature. Nikon appears to obtain the touchscreen technology right the very first time, though, because it’s balanced out with physical controls. The touchscreen will there be for everything a touchscreen is way better for-touch to target, swiping through playback images and an instant menu. Meanwhile, there’s still physical controls for flipping through the entire menu, so there is no fat finger syndrome here. I actually didn’t hit the incorrect portion of the touchscreen even once. I came in with low expectations, since I’ve used a whole lot of tricky touchscreens, and I was amazed.

That touchscreen also flips out aside of the camera, for viewing at any angle. You will see images from leading of the camera, and even turn the screen directly into prevent scratches you should definitely used. The first Nikon DSLR to utilize the flip screen had a hinge in the bottom, which meant you couldn’t view images from leading of the camera if it had been mounted on a tripod. The D5300 and D5500 flip aside, so it is possible to take selfies with a tripod (so they don’t really actually appear to be selfies).

Gleam significant size difference between your D5500 and earlier models in the same line; it’s a gradual shift from year-to-year, but there exists a considerable change since Nikon first added a tilting screen to a DSLR with the D5000. Don’t expect the weight of a mirrorless, however the D5500 is in no way bulky. The thickest part of the body, which reaches the viewfinder, is merely under three inches, as the narrowest is merely about an inch . 5. There’s still a decent sized grip though, and shooting feels pretty comfortable. Actually, with your body weighing just 14.9 oz., it’s somewhat front heavy despite having simply a kit lens attached.

Talking about the kit lens, there’s some shedding pounds here too. Much like many mirrorless lenses, the kit lens twists in you should definitely used for slimmer storage. This style helps it be in regards to a half inch shorter when stored.

The majority of the controls rests within easy reach with the proper hand, though there’s a few on the left. At the very top, the mode dial is along with a switch for Live View (i.e. using the screen rather than the viewfinder). Additionally, there is the most common shutter release wrapped within an on/off toggle, a dedicated record button and exposure value shortcut. The D5500 has simply a single control wheel-you need to head up to the D7200 to find the double wheels. In manual mode, the control wheel alone controls shutter speed, holding the exposure value button switches it to aperture and using the function button at the front end left of the camera swaps it to ISO. Of course, each one of these settings can be adjusted with the touchscreen.

Next compared to that rather beautiful touchscreen is a couple of physical menu controls, although menu button is in fact left of the viewfinder. And just like the D5300, the menu arrows no more work as shortcuts. The burst mode shortcut is currently on the left side of the camera in the bottom, with the flash shortcut above that. I still haven’t found a macro option beyond the scene mode, even within the entire menu-but the D5500 may have just eliminated the necessity for just one. The autofocus does pretty much choosing the closer focus point without it, despite having just the kit lens rather than a macro outfit. Not to mention that touchscreen helps decide on a focus point aswell.

With a smaller camera body and somewhat more space had a need to flip the touchscreen out aside rather than from underneath, the controls are somewhat more cramped. That’s probably why Nikon added shortcuts on leading left. The controls to adapt shutter speed, aperture and ISO though are simple to use without taking that person from the viewfinder, once you modify to where they are. I didn’t have any issues accessing all of the controls, but I could see where users with larger hands will dsicover it somewhat too cramped.

The quick menu, accessed with the “i” button, has other settings, including metering, white balance and file type. The combo of the quick menu and physical settings means there’s few occasions to go to the entire menu, but it’s a normal Nikon set-up there, except of course that you will have the choice of using either the physical arrow keys or the touchscreen.

Current Nikon shooters (like me) will require somewhat of adjustment used to the brand new controls, however the layout is well-planned and is effective for the area that’s there with small body. I don’t look after the positioning of the menu button, nonetheless it will be too crowded to go close to the remaining menu controls and that screen is very worth the excess space it hogs up. The screen on the D5500 is a touchscreen done right-it is effective, yet it generally does not replace the physical controls.

User Experience & Performance
I’ll admit, I fell for the marketing hype and bought the D5000 when it had been first released for that tilting screen, the first Nikon offered on the DSLRs. Even though I’ve used it sometimes, a much slower autofocus in the Live View mode prevented the feature from being really useful. I was pretty wary that the first touchscreen on a Nikon DSLR will be all talk no performance, however the D5500 doesn’t seem to be to have that issue.

Since an optical viewfinder doesn’t have to refresh just like a screen does, using the touchscreen to take pictures does have a second or two longer, however the autofocus performs almost as quick, unlike the Live View autofocus within their older models. My older D5000 includes a long shutter lag with all the live view mode, and that is false here. You need to wait another for the screen to reemerge following the shot, and the autofocus takes slightly longer, but it’s something I didn’t even notice inside our real world testing.

Using the optical viewfinder, enough time between shots is approximately half a second-that’s virtually as fast as I possibly could hit the shutter release again, different users might be able to eek a lot more speed out from the camera. With the Live Take on and using the screen to compose the shot, enough time between shots was about two seconds-the picture was taken immediately, but it requires a moment for the screen to come back to shoot another one.

Using the autofocus expanded enough time between single shots just slightly-about ¾ of another (to take the complete shot, not only to target) using the viewfinder and about 2.5 seconds using the screen. Toss in a 5 fps burst speed and a start-up time under another and the D5500 has an outstanding speed overall. I wouldn’t utilize the Live View to shoot sports at this time, but I was pleased to start to see the autofocus speed didn’t visit a significant drop you should definitely using the viewfinder.