Get in touch with your creativity
Operation at a touch
First-time D-SLR users will feel right at home with the D5500. The camera’s touch-screen interface makes a range of operations incredibly intuitive to use. During live view with the vari-angle monitor, simply touch anywhere on the screen to focus, then release your finger to shoot*. You can also tap the screen to focus during movie recording, and use it to adjust settings like aperture and shutter speed whether in live view or viewfinder photography. Browsing through menus only takes a flick of a finger, and you can swipe left and right to move between pictures in playback, and pinch in and out to zoom.
If you’re worried about mistakes happening while shooting, there’s an option to activate the touch screen during playback only. And of course, buttons are also available for conventional operation.
* Shooting by pressing the shutter-release button is also possible even after touch focusing.
Share with friends, wherever you are
Share and shoot via built-in Wi-Fi/Wireless Mobile Utility/NIKON IMAGE SPACE
Why keep amazing, D-SLR-quality pictures to yourself? Using built-in Wi-Fi, it’s easy to transfer images from the D5500 to smart devices installed with Wireless Mobile Utility*. You can then share them on social media or online services like NIKON IMAGE SPACE, which gives Nikon camera owners 20 GB of storage for free.
It’s also possible to shoot remotely with your smart device, allowing you to release the shutter after checking the image on the device’s screen – perfect for self-portraits.
* Can be downloaded free from application stores.
Designed to be taken anywhere
Slim, lightweight, carbon-fiber monocoque body with deep grip/Sophisticated exterior
Pick up the D5500, and you might be surprised by how small and light it is, while still offering a deep grip that’s stable and comfortable in anyone’s hand.
The body incorporates a carbon-fiber composite material that’s strong and durable, but also remarkably lightweight. This provides the basis for an innovative monocoque structure, where the exterior covers support the interior, doing away with the bulky, skeletal framework that’s used in most D-SLRs. The layout of the internal unit has also been redesigned to achieve a slim body with an easy-to-hold grip.
It’s a stylish camera too, with a well-integrated surface, buttons and dials, and high-quality finish. Meanwhile, the supplied EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery gets you approx. 820 still shots per charge* in single-frame release mode. Combined with the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II with retractable lens barrel, the D5500 makes for an amazingly portable camera system, which you’ll want to take out everywhere.
* Based on CIPA Standards.
Enrich your memory with location data
GP-1/GP-1A GPS Unit (optional)
Add location data to your pictures to keep a more detailed record of your activities. Attaching the optional GP-1/GP-1A GPS Unit to the D5500 enables information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and UTC (Universal Coordinated Time) to be stored as Exif data in the pictures. These can then be pinpointed on the map incorporated in ViewNX 2* and the NIKON IMAGE SPACE image-sharing service, or with other digital mapping software or online services.
* Available for free download from Nikon websites.
Simple and intuitive interface in six variations
During viewfinder shooting, you can confirm your settings visually by pressing the information button. The D5500’s touch-operated information display comes in two designs (classic and graphic) and three colors (black, blue and white). In the graphic interface, aperture changes are displayed in pictorial form, making it particularly intuitive to use.
Shortcut for changing settings quickly
The i button makes handling even smoother by giving you direct access to your most frequently used settings, without having to use a menu. Options include Picture Control and HDR. During image playback, you can use the i button to jump to the retouch menu or select the images you want to send to your smart devices.
Pictures that match the reality
Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor/24.2 effective megapixels/EXPEED 4
Whenever you come across interesting scenes, the D5500 promises to preserve the moments of inspiration. And these aren’t just snapshots: each high-resolution image delivers a three-dimensional look, showing rich color rendition and smooth tonal gradation, without washed-out highlights or blocked shadows. That’s thanks to a combination of unrivaled Nikon technologies working together: the DX-format CMOS image sensor* delivering 24.2 effective megapixels, EXPEED 4 image-processing engine and NIKKOR lenses.
* Designed without an optical low-pass filter (OLPF). This fully brings out the resolving power of the high-pixel-count image sensor, combined with a more faithful rendering from NIKKOR lenses, delivering exquisite detail reproduction.
Moving in low light? No problem
Standard ISO from 100 to 25600 with superb noise reduction
When light is beautiful but scarce, such as during sunset and sunrise, the D5500’s wide standard ISO range of 100 to 25600, combined with its noise-reduction function, allows you to keep shooting crisp, clean images. Using a high ISO setting enables you to shoot at faster shutter speeds, letting you take blur-free pictures with less noise at indoor events and parties without using a flash.
Bring the ideal look to each scene
Picture Control system
Tailor your still images and movies according to what you want to express by using the D5500’s built-in Picture Controls. Choose from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape and Flat, a new option that provides you with optimal material for post-shoot editing. You can also adjust the parameter settings for preset options – including Sharpness, Contrast and the newly added Clarity – within the camera, and save them for future shoots.
Seven modes that bring the world in line with your vision
For optimal results with a wide range of subjects, including portraits and landscapes, use Standard. This versatile mode optimizes each setting, such as Sharpening, Contrast and Brightness, to produce well-balanced images – whatever you’re shooting.
Neutral renders subjects more closely to what you see, delivering rich gradation and natural colors. While this option can also be used for post-shoot editing, like Flat, it achieves soothing, soft pictures even without editing.
Flat provides optimal material for post-shoot image editing. From highlights to shadows, it retains rich image information, meaning you can adjust brightness and color tones as much as you need, without worrying about overblown highlights, blocked-up shadows or excessive color saturation.
As the name suggests, this is the ideal choice for portraits, combining the sharp rendering of Standard with smoother, more natural skin tones. But it doesn’t stop there: Portrait can also be used to bring a gentler appearance to flowers, landscapes and even architecture.
Landscape emphasizes the depth and richness of the color tones in skies and flora, and captures cityscapes with a solid feel of textures. However, it’s also worth applying to other subjects, to find a new look for them.
Vivid lends a dash of glamour to your subject, emphasizing the contours and contrast to produce distinctive, vibrant, fresh-looking images. It’s great for creating eye-catching pictures, and can also be used to make less-colorful subjects stand out more.
From portraits to landscapes, Monochrome can bring a totally different atmosphere to your images. By restricting the tonal range with effects like black-and-white and sepia, you can create or enhance a particular mood in your shots.
Fine-tune and customize to achieve your ideal image
Adjusting and customizing Picture Controls
Fine-tune the seven preset Picture Controls to get the results you want. Parameter settings for each Picture Control, like sharpening, clarity, contrast and brightness, can be adjusted within the camera in fine increments of 0.25. The adjusted settings can then be saved to the camera as custom Picture Controls, making them available for future shoots. You can also create custom Picture Controls using Picture Control Utility 2 on a computer.
Note: Picture Control Utility 2 can be downloaded free from a Nikon website (nikonimglib.com/npcu/). It is also included on the installers for Capture NX-D and ViewNX 2 (version 2.10.0 or later) and can be launched from those applications.
Don’t let difficult lighting spoil a shot
When shooting scenes with drastic contrasts in lighting, such as a subject backlit against the sky, the D5500 gives you two options. Active D-Lighting adjusts the contrast to render the scene in true-to-life brightness, and can be used for moving subjects. HDR* produces a single, striking image by taking two shots at different exposures with a single shutter release and combining the highlights and shadows of the two. This function works best with stationary subjects.
* Tripod recommended.
Edit images to your heart’s content
Capture NX-D/ViewNX 2
The creative process doesn’t finish with shooting. Nikon’s exclusive editing software draws out the full potential of your images. Capture NX-D enables you to obtain professional-looking results, offering a wide range of editing options for NEF images (Nikon’s RAW), such as adjusting white balance, tone curve and exposure compensation. It also allows you to change an image’s Picture Control and settings after shooting. ViewNX 2 lets you import and browse your stills and movies. Images with location data can be displayed on a digital map, and the software also incorporates movie-editing tools.
Note: Both types of software can be downloaded free from Nikon websites.
Reliable auto control thanks to detailed scene analysis
Scene Recognition System
The D5500 can adapt to a diverse array of shooting and lighting situations. Nikon’s exclusive Scene Recognition System uses information from the camera’s 2016-pixel RGB sensor and image sensor to accurately analyze the subject’s situation, including brightness and color. This sophisticated technology realizes very precise control of autofocus, auto exposure, i-TTL flash control, auto white balance, etc.
Colors that are closer to what you see
Accurate auto white balance
White balance plays a vital role in achieving true-to-life colors in your pictures. The D5500 identifies the light source by referencing an in-camera database for accurate auto white balance.
Prevent dust from affecting your pictures
Nikon Integrated Dust Reduction System
When changing lenses, sometimes dust can stick to the optical filter in front of the camera’s image sensor. The D5500 uses several preventive measures to stop such dust from causing image degradation. Its Image Sensor Cleaning function vibrates the optical filter at multiple frequencies in order to shake off dust every time the camera is switched on and off. It can also be activated using the menu. Nikon rigorously tests body parts prior to assembly to prevent dust dispersion after mounting.
Viewfinder photography and AF capability
Get an intimate view of the action
When you’re capturing fast-moving action, you want a clear view of what’s happening. That’s when a D-SLR’s optical viewfinder comes in handy. Whether you’re shooting a sports match or a rock gig, you can follow your subjects in real time, letting you concentrate on shooting. The D5500’s newly introduced eye sensor above the viewfinder makes the shooting process even smoother. Sensing when your eye moves away from the viewfinder, the camera turns on the monitor to display the image you’ve just shot, ensuring that you don’t miss the playback.
Intuitively adjust key settings
The D5500’s touch screen gives you intuitive control over important settings during viewfinder photography. The newly introduced touch Fn (function) feature lets you make adjustments to a pre-assigned camera setting using your thumb, without looking away from the viewfinder. To assign, choose one of eight frequently used settings, such as ISO sensitivity, aperture and focus point selection. Touch Fn is particularly convenient when changing a focus point, because you can simply slide your thumb to move within the 39 points.
Keep a lock on fast-moving subjects
39 focus points/Versatile AF-area modes
Some subjects move too quickly and erratically to maintain focus on. The D5500’s autofocus system helps you acquire and keep track of your target with remarkable precision, using 39 focus points that cover a wide area of the frame. Choose from multiple AF-area modes depending on what you’re shooting: single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking and auto-area AF.
Seize those split-second moments
5-fps continuous shooting with full AF performance
Sometimes the best moments last for just the blink of an eye. Fortunately, thekD5500 can keep up with the action. Thanks to its high-speed continuous shooting rate of 5 frames per second (fps)*kwith full AF performance, you’ve got a much better chance of capturing the decisive moment – with vivid detail delivered by the high pixel count.
* Based on CIPA Guidelines.
Find a fresh point of view
Vari-angle monitor/Touch shutter release
Discover a new perspective on your subjects, as you shoot them creatively from high and low angles. The D5500’s vari-angle monitor ensures comfortable live view photography, whatever position you hold the camera in. The wide, 8.1-cm/3.2-in. screen opens up to 180° horizontally, and flips up and down from +180° to -90°. The touch interface makes it even easier to use, as you can simply touch to focus and release the shutter. Autofocus is accurate, with four AF-area modes available during live view shooting: face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF and subject-tracking AF.
Give your pictures an artistic touch
Turn your stills and movies into unique works of art with the D5500. Take your pick from ten fun Special Effects – including super vivid, selective color and miniature effect – and apply them in-camera as you shoot. In live view shooting, the effects are shown in real time, allowing you to check how they’ll look before taking the shot. Combined with the multiple angles delivered by the vari-angle monitor, this gives you endless possibilities of creating unique images.
Special Effects on the D5500
∙ Night vision ∙ Super vivid ∙ Pop ∙ Photo illustration *1 *2 ∙ Toy camera effect *1 ∙ Miniature effect *1 *3 ∙ Selective color *1 ∙ Silhouette ∙ High key ∙ Low key
*1 These effects can be adjusted in live view.
*2 Movies taken with this effect will play back like a slide show comprised of a series of stills.
*3 Movies taken with this effect play back at high speed. Sound is not recorded.
Tailor-made modes for each scene
Scene modes/Scene auto selector
If you aren’t sure what camera settings to use, you can let the D5500 decide for you. Its 16 scene modes give you optimized settings for a broad range of situations – whether you’re at an indoor party or taking shots of pets. In live view, simply activate the scene auto selector, and the camera will pick the most appropriate mode.
Scene modes on the D5500
∙ Portrait ∙ Landscape ∙ Child ∙ Sports ∙ Close up ∙ Night portrait ∙ Night landscape ∙ Party/indoor ∙ Beach/snow ∙ Sunset ∙ Dusk/dawn ∙ Pet portrait ∙ Candlelight ∙ Blossom ∙ Autumn colors ∙ Food
Scene auto selector on the D5500
∙ Auto ∙ Auto (flash off) ∙ Portrait ∙ Landscape ∙ Close up ∙ Night portrait
Note: Auto or auto (flash off) will be selected for situations not covered by the other four modes.
Create finished pictures on the spot
Trim, resize or apply filter effects – adding the final touch to images can be done in-camera using the D5500’s retouch menu. The options now include photo illustration and painting, and simple movie editing is also available.
A first for Nikon DSLR cameras, the D5500 incorporates a touchscreen LCD monitor, giving you greater camera control. It features a 24.2 megapixel sensor and an EXPEED 4 image processor that provide high-resolution images and Full HD 1080p video with notable low-light sensitivity up to ISO 25600 and up to 5 fps. The optical low-pass filter is omitted from the sensor, allowing for additional sharpness in both photos and videos. The D5500 has a 39-point autofocus system with nine cross-type sensors and a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor for precise exposure metering in a wide variety of lighting conditions. Full HD videos can be shot at multiple frame rates up to 60 fps, with full-time continuous auto focusing capabilities. The D5500 has selectable audio frequency ranges - Wide and Voice. It also has a built-in intervalometer to record up to 9,999 consecutive exposures at variable intervals.
The redesigned camera body is slightly smaller and lighter than its predecessor and incorporates both an optical pentamirror optical viewfinder along with a large 3.2" 1,037k-dot vari-angle touchscreen LCD monitor, which features a 180° swivel design to better support working from high and low angles. A variety of touchscreen functions allow you to pinch to zoom, navigate menus, choose settings, and choose your focus point. An eye sensor turns the LCD monitor on and off, enables a Touch function, and starts the playback funtion when your eye moves away from the viewfinder.
Both Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities are built-in, which enable advanced image sharing capabilities as well as location-based image tagging. When paired with an Android or iOS mobile device, remote viewing and control over the shutter release is possible from a distance, and a vast network of pre-populated Points of Interest adds to the overall geotagging functionality.
A wide range of Picture Control modes, Scene Modes, and Special Effects modes are available as well as in-camera image editing capabilities for adjusting settings prior to sharing. Built-in HDR and Active D-Lighting modes can also be used to optimize exposure results by preserving highlight and shadow details for an extended range of apparent tones.
- 24.2MP DX-Format Sensor and EXPEED 4 Processor
- The 24.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 processor work together to produce overall high image quality with notable detail, dynamic range, color accuracy, and low-light sensitivity to a native ISO 12800, which is further expandable to ISO 25600. Additionally, the sensor's design omits an optical low-pass filter in order to acquire the greatest amount sharpness and detail from subjects. The EXPEED 4 processor also enables a wealth of speed throughout the camera system, including support for full HD 1080p movie recording and a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 5 fps.
- Multi-CAM 4800DX Autofocus Sensor
- Benefitting the high image quality is an apt AF system that employs 39 distinct AF points, including nine cross-type sensors, to quickly acquire focus in a range of lighting conditions, from -1 to +19 EV. A unique 3D-tracking mode utilizes the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor, typically reserved for exposure metering, in order to maintain sharp focus on moving subjects. To better suit specific subject matter when working in AF-A or AF-C focus modes, Dynamic-area AF mode allows you to choose from 9, 21, or 39-point arrays for enhanced subject tracking and recognition, even if the subject briefly leaves the frame. Single-point AF, 3D-tracking, and Auto-area AF modes are also available.
When working in live view, for either still or movie shooting, a contrast-based AF system is employed to acquire focus precisely and can function in continuous, full-time servo mode to better suit working with moving subjects. Additionally, four AF-area modes are available when working in live view: Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, and Subject-tracking AF.
- Touchscreen LCD Monitor
- A 3.2" 1030k-dot vari-angle touchscreen LCD monitor features a 180° swivel design to better suit working from high, low, and front-facing angles.
Touchscreen functions include:
- Menu Navigation
- Playback: Pinch Zoom and Swipe
- Live View AF Point and Shoot
- Revert to Previous Layer
- Touch Operation Permission
- Touch for Playback Only
- AF Point Selection
- AF Area Mode
- ISO Sensitivity
- Active D-Lighting
- Auto Bracketing
- Viewfinder Grid Display
- Wi-Fi and GPS Connectivity
- Supporting a wealth of sharing and tagging possibilities, the D5500 features built-in Wi-Fi and GPS modules to enable seamless transferring of imagery as well as geotagging functionality. Once the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app has been installed on an Android or iOS mobile device, you can use that device to browse the contents of the memory card, select images, and seamlessly transfer files between devices for immediate sharing online. Additionally, the mobile device can remotely trigger the shutter and display a live view image from the camera to enable working from a distance.
The integrated GPS functionality can be used to assign locational data to all image files for geotagging purposes and for plotting imagery to an interactive map. Points of Interest can also be found using this information to further aid in efficient location-based tagging.
- Body Design
- Even while maintaining an overall compact form-factor, the D5500 integrates a large 3.2" 1,037k-dot vari-angle touchscreen LCD monitor. Alternatively, a bright pentamirror optical viewfinder is also integrated into the design for precise eye-level viewing and real-time monitoring of subjects.
A built-in pop-up flash is also available for additional illumination when working in low-light conditions and supports Nikon's i-TTL flash metering system. A hot shoe can be used for connection and optional external flash for even greater lighting control.
- Scene Recognition System and Exposure Metering
- The intelligent Scene Recognition System with 3D Color Matrix Metering II utilizes a 2016-pixel RGB sensor to evaluate and analyze all aspects within a scene, including brightness, contrast, subject distance, and the scene colors, to quickly determine an accurate exposure and white balance setting to best render the scene at hand. The information gathered is also checked against onboard reference images to ensure consistency from image to image in regard to exposure, white balance, i-TTL flash settings, and subject-tracking AF performance.
- Full HD Movie Recording
- Full HD 1920 x 1080p movie recording is supported in 60, 30, 25, and 24 fps frame rates, as well as HD 720p and SD 480p in multiple frame rates, in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format. During recording, full-time autofocus can be employed, with face-detection and subject-tracking capabilities, for ensured sharpness with a wide variety of subject types.
A built-in stereo microphone can be used to record high-quality sound, or alternatively, a microphone input is integrated into the body design to support the use of an external microphone for enhanced control over audio recordings.
- Other Camera Features
- Eye Sensor: Turns monitor on or off, enables Touch function, starts Playback
- Live View Image Adjustments: Picture Control, white balance, exposure compensation
- Permits unlimited continuous shooting with shutter speeds between 4 and 30 seconds for star trail-like imagery
- Vignette control
- White LCD info screen
- Picture Control modes can be directly accessed via a dedicated button and allow you to set predefined looks to imagery in-camera, and include Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape and Flat, and can be adjusted in 0.25 steps for fine control.
- RAW (NEF) files can be recorded as lossless compressed or compressed at either 12 or 14-bit depth.
- Built-in HDR works to extend the tonal and exposure range of a single image by recording two separate exposures and blending them together in order to gain greater highlight and shadow details with an extended range of mid-tones.
- Active D-Lighting helps to preserve both highlight and shadow details when working in contrast-rich scenarios, such as backlit lighting. Utilizing the EXPEED 4 processor's power, a more controlled image will be produced with brightness values closer to how they are naturally seen. This mode is suitable for working with moving subjects.
- Scene Auto Selector is an automatic mode that intelligently identifies your subject and shooting scenario, selects a proper Scene Mode to apply, and adjusts exposure settings to best render the scene at hand.
- Scene Modes: Autumn Colors, Beach / Snow, Blossom, Candlelight, Child, Close-up, Dusk / Dawn, Food, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Party / Indoor, Pet Portrait, Portrait, Sports, and Sunset.
- Special Effects Modes: Night vision, Color sketch, Toy camera, Miniature effect, Selective color, Silhouette, High key, Low key, HDR Painting, Super Vivid, POP, and Photo Illustration.