"Pseudo-mirror" / Digital photo and video

Nikon was not the first to enter the promising market of "mirrorless", focusing on classic SLR cameras, where the company occupies almost half of the market, actually dividing it in half with Canon. However, with time "mirrorless" in the Nikon lineup still appeared, but not with the APS-C-sensor, but with 1-inch, which reduced the size of devices and optics, and most importantly, to minimize competition with their Same mirrors. Over time, a tendency to "mirror" the "mirrorless" began to be observed. They have acquired controls, characteristic of DSLRs, viewfinders, and the form of advanced solutions are more like ordinary DSLR-cameras. They are fond of "mirroring" mainly Panasonic and Olympus.

But the movement is not one-sided: not so long ago Pentax introduced a line of cameras K-S, which in appearance is closer to the "mirrorless." Now Nikon has joined this movement. The huge display of the D5500 is now touch-sensitive (by the way, Canon has already mastered this chip in its base mirrors). However, Nikon did not stop at this: the dimensions and mass relative to D5300 were significantly reduced. Of course, the gradual reduction in weight and size indicators is common to all the lines of all manufacturers, but our target has not only reduced the "carcass", but also a complete lens that folds into the transport position in the manner of "mirrorless" zoom lenses. All? No matter how it is. The manufacturer significantly changed the design of the rear – and only – drive control. Instead of a classic disc with large ribs, the novelty has a metal disc with small ribs. In general, external changes seem to be not too significant, however, the vector of the movement has already been outlined. Nikon finally realized that they are forced to enter into a century of tough struggle for a beginner amateur, who increasingly prefers "mirrorless."

# Specifications specified by the manufacturer

The Nikon D5500
The image sensor A CMOS sensor with a size of 23.5 × 15.6 mm.
Total number of pixels: 24.78 Mp
Effective number of points, Mn 24.2
The format of image saving Photo frame : NEF (RAW): 12- or 14-bit, compressed. JPEG: JPEG, compatible with the basic format, with a high (1: 4), medium (1: 8) or low (1:16) compression level. NEF (RAW) + JPEG: one photo recorded in both formats – NEF (RAW) and JPEG
Video : MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 (Advanced Video Coding)
The Bayonet of the Lens Nikon F with contacts AF
The size of the frame in pixels The photo frame : up to 6000 × 4000
Video : 1920 × 1080, 1280 × 720, 640 × 424
Sensitivity, units in the ISO equivalent 100 to 25,600 ISO units in 1/3 EV increments
The range of exposures From 1/4000 to 30 seconds in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV,
exposure by hand; Sustained exposure
The Exposure Measurement System TTL Exposure Metering with 2016-pixel RGB Sensor
(3D Color Matrix Metering,
Color Matrix Metering,
Center-weighted Metering, Spot Metering)
The expo correction -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or
1/2 EV in P, S, A and M modes
The leading number of the built-in flash 12
Self-timer, with the 2, 5, 10, 20
The device of information storage SDHC and SDXC, compatible with SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I
The LCD display Swivel display with a size of 3.2 inches and a resolution of 1037 thousand pixels
Interfaces HDMI connector, USB 2.0 / AV output,
remote control connector,
microphone connection connector (mini-jack 3,5 mm)
Additionally The Wi-Fi module (IEEE 802.11b / g, up to 54 Mbps)
The food Li-ion battery LN-EL14a, 8.9 W * h
Dimensions (W × H × D), mm 124 × 97 × 70
Mass, g 470 (with battery and memory card, but without protective cover);
approx. 420 (camera body only)

# The contents of delivery

The package is quite standard: in addition to the camera itself, it includes a fastening strap, battery, charger, user's manual, a disk with additional software and a new AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6 GII lens, which, as already It was noted that in the transport position it takes considerably less space than its predecessor. By the way, we already encountered this lens when testing Nikon D3300 . But this camera, like the D5500, is based on the Expeed 4 processor, so it's very interesting how AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6 GII will act on the camera with a more advanced focusing module.

# Appearance and ease of use

The convenience of the hull is a purely subjective concept, and even very much it depends on the size of the hands, the length and thickness of the fingers, therefore, the user can only make a final conclusion about convenience by holding the camera in his hands. Nevertheless, I immediately want to note that in the hand of medium size the novelty lies worse than its predecessor. The protrusion in the front part became smaller and narrower, so when using a camera with heavy lenses, difficulties may arise. However, with a complete lens this defect is not particularly noticeable. But the smaller weight of both the "carcass" and the complete lens, on the contrary, greatly facilitates the work; This is especially noticeable when you wait a long time to make a shot – the brush is much less tired.

The case of Nikon D5500, of course, is made of plastic panels, which is quite standard for a relatively inexpensive DSLR. However, the quality of plastic is high, and it resembles a metal surface remotely. The build quality is high, and some flaws in the test sample were not noticed. The assembly was carried out at the company's Thai plant. When you try to twist and squeeze the body does not give in and does not make any sounds, which has long been a good tradition for most modern DSLRs.

Above there is a lifting flash, in the base of which there is a "hot shoe" and a pair of microphones. To the left of the flashes, only the system loudspeaker, and to the right – the mode selection dial, supplemented with the LIVE switch to the Live View mode, the video recording keys, the introduction of exposure compensation, the release button with the power lever and the already mentioned modified control dial. It should be noted right away that the new disc due to small edges has become less convenient, and in particular it is noticeable when working with the camera in the heat, when the disk simply slips under a wet finger. In general, here either the edges need to be made larger, which slightly breaks the concept of taking market share from mirrorless cameras, or the ledge of the disk above the surface should be slightly larger, and its stroke slightly more soft. However, in the case of the D5500, you will already have to use it as it is.

At the bottom of the case there is only a tripod mount connector and a battery compartment.

In the left part there is a flash-up button (it also calls the menu for selecting its mode of operation), a programmable button and a pull-mode selection button, and the connectors for wired remote control, microphone and USB / AV cable are hidden under the rubber cap. But the HDMI-connector crawled to the right side surface, where he acquired a separate rubber stopper. Also on the right behind the plastic spring-loaded door is a slot for installing an SD memory card.

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