Nikon D5500

Based on 87 reviews

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  • Great for beginners
  • Good for video
  • Easy to use
  • Relatively affordable price point
  • Excellent image quality


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Wonderfully Capable!
This camera has so many controls that you can screw up/create any picture you want... or turn on 'Auto' and point 'n shoot with excellent results! It is an outstanding camera with a beautiful 'articulating touch-screen LCD display' that allows you to view your subject/shot from any angle and display...
William Shaul
3 years ago
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Nikon D5500 Review
The Nikon D5500 D-SLR delivers images that are just as good as the D5300 it replaces, and manages to do so in a smaller body. Sign up for Lab Report to get the latest reviews and top product advice delivered right to your inbox. This newsletter may contain advertising, deals, or affiliate links
Jim Fisher
3 months ago
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Its a great camera,keep a digital copy of the manual on your phone/laptop or desktop i find myself going back to it every so often even after reading it all. But i love the quality of the shots i can get compared to the D5500. No regrets.
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A Winner
I purchased this camera and lens as a refurbished item. I am very satisfied with the camera and couldn't tell it from a new one. The IQ is great and the touch screen makes it easy and quick to change settings. I wasn't sure if I would like this feature or not but find myself using it frequently. My ...
6 years ago
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Are Nikon D3400/D3300/D5500 used still good for beginners in 2021?
The D5500 is probably the "best" but if you don't care about video for example and aren't wanting to place too many demands on the AF then you'll probably be happy with the D3400. The lack of a flippy screen on the D3x00 series might be a deal-breaker for you however. Lots of people find them extremely useful when shooting.
My humble beginning into photography. Can't wait to learn more about this hobby!
I have a D5500 and both the 18-55 and AF-P 70-300mm lenses you show here. Great choices, and at bargain basement prices. That 50mm 1.8 is also excellent, and not pricey. Well done choosing this combo, it should take you pretty far before you need to upgrade!.
Great beginner DSLR
Amazing camera! This is my first DSLR and I've found it to be very user-friendly. I started out playing with Auto but after watching a few YouTube videos, I was taking photos in Manual like a champ. The quality is very very impressive. I mainly bought this for video and I couldn't be happier with th...
5 years ago
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Nikon D5500 Preview
For a consumer camera who do I think that this cameras for I feel that if you're shooting you're more interested in video, because it has the very angle screen - it has some nice video features. It has 1000 LPF. It's really going to do a nice job for those videos as well as stills, so if you don't want to just get in on the basement floor at the D 3300, you want to step it up slightly
Jared Polin
3 months ago
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Camera Upgrade advice
I started with a D3300, and then moved to the D5500. The D5500 is definitely a step up, but not in its low light capabilities (same sensor). I now have a D500, and that world's better in low light and auto focus abilities (not sure what you mean by "but live view would be awesome" - they all have live view?).
Nikon D5500 Great Buy
I have had time to practice with the camera and learn about the settings. I have very much enjoyed the camera so far although I have had it only a month. I like all of the features and know that over time I will better understand how to use all of them. The Wi-Fi is a great feature too. I'm glad I s...
5 years ago
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Model Name

Nikon D5500



Form Factor

Compact SLR

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