In addition to that, you can fold the screen with the display inward, so you don’t scratch it.
Especially if you travel light and don’t really bother with camera bags.
Nikon D5500 Touchscreen:
Perhaps the main advantage of the Nikon D5500 is the touch screen.
(In fact, some photographers are willing to give up the GPS feature seen in D5300 to have the touchscreen in D5500. Basically that was the trade-off in this Nikon series.)
This DSLR was released in 2015 and at that time, it was a big step forward for them.
Because most budget cameras always “stood out” with a small number of customizable buttons, and for some popular settings you had to go on a tedious journey through the menu.
That is why, the touch screen in this case really helps, since all the essentials are available with one click.
Thanks to the touch screen, the “i” button has found its meaning, which I didn’t fully understand as a newbie.
By default, the screen displays all your mode settings displayed. And when you press “I” button, it allows you to change a little bit of information displayed on your LCD screen. (See image below.)
This switch thing was created so that when photographing you don’t accidentally click anything with your nose, especially if it’s long.
Eye proximity sensor:
By the way, the developers thought about long noses and equipped the eye proximity sensor. For those who don’t know, basically the screen automatically turns off when you hold the camera to your eye.
This feature was realized in other cameras a while ago, it’s just an important part for cameras with a touch screen.
With a touch screen, the fine line between “amateur” cameras with the “auto” button and “professional” buttons with a large number of programmable buttons became even thinner.
Here’s the truth:
To justify the purchase of a more expensive model as the first camera these days is more difficult… that’s how Nikon’s entry-level cameras have become so good.
The only thing that still might frustrate you in inexpensive cameras is the inability to assign 100% crop to the central button of the joystick, as done on large cameras.
Many photographers often shoot in series, and then select the best/sharpest shots.
In this case, such a button is necessary, otherwise you’d have to spend a lot of time on too much clicking and the process takes several times longer.
To zoom images by spreading or pulling fingers on the touch screen is completely inconvenient, since there is a small but noticeable delay. Though, good thing that the scale is preserved when turning onto the next frame with a dial.
This Entry Level DSLR Offers Great Ergonomics
I touched a bit on ergonomics in previous paragraphs, and I’d like to talk about it more.
One thing I want to mention is its very quiet shutter. The shutter is especially well heard in the large cameras, including some of the modern ones.
In addition to the screen, in the camera with each generation Nikon does a great job on the DX-sensor.
The resolution has yet to grow, stopping at 24 megapixels but what is improved is its color rendition in artificial light.
Gone are the days when you had to buy a high-speed lens to take photos with the usual room lighting!
Now you can safely grab the camera, even with its kit lens and shoot anything at any light conditions.
In terms of Nikon D5500, I noticed that the frames with ISO 12,800, demonstrate a moderate noise level, are still quite suitable for a family archive.
(Ideally, you’d want to keep your ISO setting at 1600.)
Overall, D5500 is suitable for any life situation. If you get blurred images, then it’s definitely not the camera’s fault.
A note on Auto ISO settings:
By the way, many people forget that in Nikon cameras in Auto ISO settings there is a correction for the maximum shutter speed, after which the sensitivity is switched.
Each photographer needs to adjust these settings (!), since the degree of trembling of hands is different for everyone, depending on the photographer’s mood and his state of health.
In most cases, when you hand held shoot the masterpieces, the ISO will rarely exceed 3200, which is an easy warm-up for D5500.
A Word on Nikon D5500 HDR Mode
When the sun is completely down, I strongly recommend turning on the HDR mode.
Pro Tip: You’d want to photograph in HDR mode using a tripod, that’s why high ISO and light intensity here don’t play any role, and therefore in night scenery the ISO drops sharply to 100.
You can view ISO and other parameters of the image inEXIF(exchangeable image file format).
For novice photographers, the Nikon D5500 will be a real godsend.
Accurate and confident work of the camera in auto mode will give out high-quality images even in the hands of inexperienced amateurs.
As a beginner, you will also appreciate thee presence of built-in filters and the possibility of intra-camera processing. In other words, this camera ability will improve your images even without using a computer.
In favor of the camera also speaks its universality.
I mean, it is equally suitable for most photography genres, stably producing a quality image.
Nikon D5500 Review 2020: Your Thoughts?
I’d like to address most people’s concern and say that even though Nikon D5500 was released a couple years ago, it is still a popular (relevant) DSLR camera in 2020.
Remember that my with this website is to provide accurate information but ultimately, it’s your decision whether this camera is the right fit for you.
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Do you currently own any DSLR?
What are your thoughts on this Nikon D5500 review for this year?
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