The Nikon D5500 and D7200 have officially been discontinued. Both cameras are currently listed as “old” on the official Nikon Japan website, and they will not be produced any longer.
Nikon have today announced the successor to their entry level Nikon D5500. That comes in the form of the not surprisingly named D5600. While the two don’t differ greatly, there are a couple of significant changes. The first being that Bluetooth has been added. This brings the D5x00 range in line with Nikon’s new SnapBridge protocol and their new WiFi workflow.
Also added are the slightly more advanced timelapse features included on bodies like the Nikon D7200. It basically allows you to save space on your card by having the camera automatically convert the sequence of stills to a video file. Personally, I think I’d rather have the individual files so I could process the sequence properly before putting it into a final video.
A lot of us modify our gear to make things better suit the tasks we need them to perform. Sometimes we do it just to speed up workflow a little. Rarely, however, are the modifications quite as extreme as the Nikon D5500a from Primaluce Lab. Based on a Nikon D5500 this camera has had the stock CMOS sensor switched out for a CCD. They also added a pretty hardcore cooling system.
The reason for this is astrophotography. It’s a pretty common fact that CCD sensors tend to do much better than CMOS sensors for this type of photography. But, the big problem with CCD sensors for long exposures is the build up of noise over time due to heat. I used to see this in my old Nikon D100 bodies which used CCD sensors. Anything exposures over about 10-15 seconds were packed full of noise.
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.