Nikon is finally catching up with touch screen LCD tech in their DSLR line. (Canon had this for about three years now on their Rebel line). The new camera dubbed D5500 (preorder) is planned to lead Nikon’s entry lead DSLR line (like the D5300 before it).
Even before looking into the camera features, it seems that Nikon chose to skip the D5400. Why? Only Nikon knows… That said, the camera seems like a worthy contender for the entry level DSLR King.
Aside the touch screen it is interesting to note that the D5500 has no Optical Pass Filter (like the higher ended D800e)
Specs, thoughts and two new lenses after the jump.
Here are the dry specs
- 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
- EXPEED 4 Image Processor
- No Optical Low-Pass Filter
- 3.2″ 1,037k-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
- Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
- Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS Connectivity
- Continuous Shooting up to 5 fps
- 39-Point Multi-CAM 4800DX AF Sensor
- Native Sensitivity to ISO 25600
- Built-In Intervalometer
And of course it will come in RED or BLACK.
Compared to the previous D5300 we don’t see nothing significant worth mentioning other than the touch screen, so if touch screen is not the most critical feature for you, I would not run and upgrade. Personally, I would much rather see a decent mirrorless or a D400 from Nikon that a touch screen iteration.
The D5500 will be available in early February and will retail for $899.95 (preorder)
Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Lens ($2,000)
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens ($350)
Common Nikon, give a proper fight….