Nikon has revealed its first DSLR to feature touchscreen capabilities, the entry-level D5500. While its predecessor, the D5300, was the first Nikon DSLR to boast built-in Wi-Fi, it's the D5500 which finally adds the option of touchscreen operation to the firm's DSLR line-up. A couple of new lenses were also announced, the affordable 55-200-mm F4.5-F5.6G ED VR II, and the surprisingly compact 300-mm F4E PF ED VR.
At the heart of the Nikon D5500 is a 24.2-megapixel APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) CMOS sensor which has been designed without an optical low-pass filter to produce sharper images. This is paired with an Expeed 4 image processing engine to keep things moving along quickly and help produce quality images in a variety of lighting conditions. As such, the camera has an ISO range of 100 to 25600, and a respectable maximum burst rate of 5 fps.
Autofocus should also be fast enough to keep up with most quick-moving subjects as it's dealt with by a 39-point phase-detection autofocus system which includes nine cross-type points. The D5500 is also capable of shooting Full HD 1080p video at 60/50/30/25/24 fps and has inherited the option of shooting a "Flat" color profile (for better post-processing) from higher-end models like the D810 and D750.
Slightly smaller than the D5300, the new camera measures 124 x 97 x 70 mm (4.9 x 3.9 x 2.8 in) and by using a monocoque structural skin manages to weigh just 470 g (16.6 oz) with battery and memory card. The camera has built-in Wi-Fi for easy sharing to compatible smart-devices, but GPS is now only available via an optional accessory.
The Nikon D5500 will be available from February in red or black, with a number of kit options. Body-only it will cost US$900, while bundled with a 18-55-mm F3.5-F5.6G VR II it will be $1,000. With the more versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140-mm F3.5-F5.6G ED VR it will cost $1,200.
Also available in February, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200-mm F4.5-F5.6G ED VR II will set you back $350, and the AF-S NIKKOR 300-mm F4E PF ED VR will cost $2,000.
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