Nikon D5500 Specifications and Key Features with Overview

A summary, as well as a brief explanation of the Nikon D5500 specifications and key features with details, are listed in this article. If you read this article till last, you’ll have a total overview of the Nikon D, despite not having the camera in your hands.


  • 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • No OLPF (Optical Low Pass Filter)
  • Optical viewfinder, magnification (approx. 0.82x)
  • 3.2-inch tilting vari-angle touchscreen, 1037k dots
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • ISO100 – ISO25600
  • EXPEED 4 image processor
  • 39-point AF, 9-cross type AF
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor with Nikon’s Scene Recognition System
  • Full HD movies at 1080/60p, 50p, 25p, 24p
  • HDMI output supported
  • Built-in stereo microphone and compatibility with Nikon’s ME-1 Stereo Microphone
  • HDR and Active D-Lighting
  • Special effects for still images and movies
  • 16 Scene Modes
  • 14-bit RAW recording

Advantages and Disadvantages


These are the pros of the Nikon D5500.

  •  Built-in Wireless (Wi-fi)
  •  Articulating Screen
  •  and FHD at 60fps Video Recording
  •  Touch Screen
  • Optical Built-in Viewfinder
  •  Face Detection Focusing
  •  Flash Sync Port
  •  Selfie & Vlogger Friendly LCD Screen
  •  Remote control with a smartphone
  •  Carbon fiber composite body elements
  •  Compatible with fast UHS-I cards
  • Absence of optical low pass filter results in higher detail
  • Good color rendition
  • Fast AF performance
  • Omits optical low-pass filter


These are the cons of the Nikon D5500:

  • Removal of GPS
  • Lacking manual control buttons
  •  No Sensor shift Image Stabilization
  • 0.55x magnification – Small Viewfinder
  •  No Environmental Sealing


TypeSingle-lens reflex digital camera
Release Date2015-01-06
Body TypeCompact SLR
ProcessorExpeed 4

Sometimes the tools we use to create are what inspire us. Consider the APS-C sensor featuring D5500, a small DSLR that can stimulate higher levels of creativity. You’ll start to view your photography in a new way the moment you flip the touchscreen Vari-angle display and take an incredibly sharp 24.2-megapixel snap. 

The Nikon D5500 can be converted into a flexible Full HD video camera with the flip of a switch. Record 1080 videos at a 60p high frame rate to capture moving objects or produce incredibly smooth slow-motion effects. Use star trail photos, interval-timer sequences, and HDR photography to break out of the norm.

Add creative filters and effects, even edit your photos from in the camera, and then instantly share your work with others using built-in Wi-Fi®. The D5500 is the new name for Inspiration.

A digital SLR needs a fantastic lens, a great image sensor, and superb image processing to produce stunning photographs and films. The D5500 has each of the three. Because it lacks an optical low-pass filter, its high-resolution sensor can capture the exceptional details offered by NIKKOR lenses. 

You can enlarge or crop your images without sacrificing any clarity or detail. For clear, sharply defined images in low light up to 25,600 ISO, 1080/60p movies, and an incredibly wide dynamic range, EXPEED 4 image-processing easily manages all of that data.

Dimensions and Weight

 (W x H x D)
Approx. 124 x 97 x 70 mm / 4.9 x 3.9 x 2.8 in.
WeightApprox. 470 g / 1.03 lb 16.57 oz with battery and memory card but without body cap; Approx. 420 g / 0.92 lb 14.81 oz (camera body only)

The Nikon D5500 measures 124 x 97 x 70 mm (4.88 x 3.82 x 2.76′′) and weighs 470 g (1.03 lb / 16.57 oz) with a battery, and memory card but without a body cap.

The only camera body weighs approximately 420 g / 0.92 lb 14.81 oz (camera body only).

Nikon D5500 body weight and dimensions

The Nikon D5500 is a relatively light camera for its class, especially when you consider that the average weight of DSLR-type cameras is 773g. It has an average thickness for its class, measuring 70mm.

Photography Features

Min Shutter Speed30s
Max Mechanical Shutter Speed1/4000s
Continuous Shooting5.0 fps
Shutter PriorityYES
Aperture PriorityYES
Manual Exposure ModeYES
Exposure CompensationYES
Custom White BalanceYES
Image StabilizationNO
Built-in FlashYES
Flash Range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Max Flash Sync1/200s
Flash ModesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear-curtain
External FlashYES
AE BracketingYES
WB BracketingYES

Video Features

Video Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps),
1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps),
640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Max Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Video FormatsMPEG-4, H.264
Microphone PortYES
Headphone PortNO

Image Sensor

Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Dimension23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area360.60 mm2
Sensor Resolution24MP
Total Pixels24.78 Million
Effective Pixels24.2 Million
Dust reduction systemImage sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX2 software)
Maximum Native ISO25,600
Minimum Native ISO100
RAW SupportYES
Max image resolution6000 x 4000

The Nikon D5500 sippports an APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor with a resolution of 24.0 MP. Processor 4 exceeding. You can capture images with aspect ratios of 3:2 with a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000 pixels. The D5500 can save files in RAW format and has a native ISO range of 100 to 25600, giving you more room for post-processing.

The APS-C camera with the lowest resolution is the Nikon D5500. With a 33.0MP sensor, the Canon M6 MII is the class leader.

Nikon D500 DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark is a benchmark for evaluating the image quality of camera sensors scientifically. DxO Mark evaluated the Nikon D5500 sensor and gave it an overall score of 84 for its ability to produce high-quality images. The specifics of their examination of the Nikon D5500 are available here.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

The absence of an anti-alias (Low-pass) filter on the sensor of the Nikon D5500 is a significant characteristic. While removing the anti-aliasing filter improves sharpness and detail, it also increases the likelihood that moire will appear in some scenes.


ViewfinderEye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverageApprox. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
MagnificationApprox. 0.82x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint17 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment-1.7 to +0.5 m-1
Focusing screenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Reflex mirrorQuick return
Lens apertureInstant return, electronically controlled

The built-in Optical (pentamirror) viewfinder of the D5500 makes it simpler to take pictures in bright sunshine and other circumstances when it could be challenging to see the LCD panel. The 95 percent coverage and 0.55x magnification of the viewfinder. 95 percent coverage indicates that the image you see while shooting will be slightly different from what you see in your viewfinder.


Image size (pixels)6000 x 4000 [L]
4496 x 3000 [M]
2992 x 2000 [S]
File formatNEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, compressed

JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression

NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control systemStandard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
MediaSD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
File systemDCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.3, PictBridge

Monitor Screen

Screen TypeFully articulated
ScreenTechnologyTFT LCD
Screen size3.20 inches ( 8.1cm)
Screen resolution1037k dots
Live viewYES
Frame coverage100%
Brightness AdjustmentYES
Touch screenNO

The Fully Articulated 3.20-inch LCD screen on the Nikon D5500 features a 1,037k-dot resolution. When opposed to just tilting or fixed screens, articulated screens are more video-oriented. However, people who are interested in photography tend to like tilting screens. The 3.20″ screen on the Nikon D5500 is larger than typical and has a resolution that meets class standards.

Because the LCD is a touch screen, you may use your fingers to adjust the settings and choose the focus point.

Because of its Selfie-friendly screen, the Nikon D5500 will make life easier for those of you who enjoy taking individual or group selfies. Vloggers and any other single-person video production teams will benefit from the LCD screen of the D5500 as well.


AutofocusNikon Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Lens servoAutofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status

Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus pointCan be selected from 39 or 11 focus points
AF-area modeSingle-point AF, 9-, 21- or 39-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing the shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing the AE-L/AF-L button

Both the Contrast Detection and Phase Detection autofocus (AF) technologies on the Nikon D5500 guarantee quick and precise focusing in the majority of circumstances. 39 focus points make up the AF system, 9 of which are cross-type sensors. Compared to single-type sensors, cross-type sensors are faster and more accurate at locking focus.

Additionally, the Nikon D5500 has face detection autofocus, which automatically locks focus when it detects faces in the frame.


AF ContinuousYES
AF TrackingYES
AF SelectiveYES
AF CentreYES
AF Multi-viewYES
AF Live ViewYES
AF Face DetectionYES
AF Contrast detectionYES
AF Phase-detectionYES
Number of focus points39
Number of cross-focus points9

Because the Nikon D5500 contains both Contrast Detection and Phase Detection AF systems, it can focus quickly and precisely in the majority of circumstances. 39 focus points make up the AF system, and 9 of these sensors are cross-type. When compared to single-type sensors, cross-type sensors focus more quickly and accurately.

Additionally, the Nikon D5500 has face detection autofocus, which uses intelligence to recognize faces in the picture and automatically lock the focus.

Video Recording

MeteringTTL exposure metering using the main image sensor
Metering methodMatrix
Frame size (pixels) and frame rate1920 x 1080, 60p (progressive)/50p/30p/25p/24p, ★high/normal

1280 x 720, 60p/50p, ★high/normal

640 x 424, 30p/25p, ★high/normal

Frame rates of 30p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) and 60p (actual frame rate 59.94 fps) are available when NTSC is selected for video mode; 25p and 50p are available when PAL is selected for video mode; actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps
File formatMOV
Video compressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording formatLinear PCM
Audio recording deviceBuilt-in or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Maximum length29 min. 59 s (20 min. in 1920 x 1080; 60p/50p, 3 min. in miniature effect mode)
ISO sensitivityISO 100 to 25600

You may record films with the Nikon D5500 at a maximum quality of 1920 x 1080 at 60, 50, 30, 25, or 24 frames per second and save them in MPEG-4 and H.264 codecs. Most of the time, the Nikon D5500’s Full HD resolution will be sufficient.

A Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker are both included inside the D5500. Additionally, the Nikon D5500 contains a connector for an external microphone, allowing you to use it to record high-quality audio. However, it is unfortunate that there is no headphone jack.

Compatible Lenses

Compatible lensesAutofocus is available with AF-S and AF-I lenses; autofocus is not available with other type G and D lenses, AF lenses (IX NIKKOR and lenses for the F3AF are not supported), and AI-P lenses;
Non-CPU lenses can be used in mode M, but the camera exposure meter will not function electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster

There are presently 316 native lenses that can be used with the Nikon D5500’s Nikon F lens mount. Nikon F mount has one of the widest selections of lenses and has backward compatibility, allowing you to use lenses dating back to the 1960s. Additionally, it is highly supported by lenses made by independent producers.

The Nikon D5500 has a minor drawback in that it lacks an internal focus motor, making it incompatible with older screw-drive autofocus (AF) lenses. Modern Nikon AF-S, AF-I, and G lenses still function flawlessly with the Nikon D5500, but older lenses may not.

Best Lenses for Nikon D5500

  • Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
  • Nikon 24-120mm f4G ED VR
  • Nikon 14-24mm f2.8G ED
  • Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 DX II
  • Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 VC
  • Nikon Fisheye-16mm f2.8D
  • Nikon Micro 40mm F2.8

Wireless Connectivity

StandardsIEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Communications protocolsIEEE 802.11b: DSSS/CCKIEEE 802.11g: OFDM
Operating frequency2412 to 2462 MHz (channels 1 to 11)
Range (line of sight)Approx. 30 m/98 ft (assumes no interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles)
Data rate54 Mbps; maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard; actual rates may differ
SecurityAuthentication: Open system, WPA2-PSKEncryption: AES
Wireless setupSupports WPS
Access protocolsInfrastructure

With the built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity of the Nikon D5500, you may upload your images wirelessly to compatible devices without the need for a physical connection. Using our smartphone as a remote to operate our D5500 is another function we like. Using a remote control app, you may adjust the camera’s settings, press the shutter, examine the LCD screen, and transfer files.

The HDMI port and USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) ports on the D5500 can be used to connect it to compatible devices.


TypeElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Speed1/4000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; Bulb; Time
Flash sync speedX=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower

With a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 second, the Nikon D5500 can shoot continuously at a maximum speed of 5.0 fps.


Release modeSingle frame, continuous low, continuous high, quiet shutter release, self-timer, delayed remote; ML-L3, quick-response remote; ML-L3Interval timer photography supported
Frame advance rateContinuous low: Up to 3 fps

Continuous high: Up to 5 fps (JPEG and 12-bit NEF/RAW) or 4 fps (14-bit NEF/RAW)

Note: Frame rates assume continuous-servo AF, manual or shutter-priority auto exposure, a shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster, Release selected for Custom Setting a1 (AF-C priority selection), and other settings at default values
Self-timer2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures


MeteringTTL exposure metering using 2016-pixel RGB sensor
Metering methodMatrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G, E, and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)

Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in the center of frame

Spot: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on the selected focus point
Range(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV

Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
Exposure meter couplingCPU
Exposure modeAuto modes (auto; auto, flash off); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset; dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colors; food); special effects modes (night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key)
Exposure compensationCan be adjusted by -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV in P, S, A, M, SCENE, and night vision modes
Exposure bracketing3 shots in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure lockLuminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)ISO 100 to 25600 in steps of 1/3 EV; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-LightingAuto, extra high, high, normal, low, off
ADL bracketing2 shots

Flash( Built-in and External)

Built-in flashAuto, portrait, child, close-up, night portrait, party/indoor, pet portrait, vivid, pop, photo illustration, toy camera effect: Auto flash with auto pop-up

P, S, A, M, food: Manual pop-up with button release
Guide numberApprox. 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Flash controlTTL: i-TTL flash control using 2016-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash modeAuto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
Flash compensationCan be adjusted by -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV in P, S, A, M, and SCENE modes
Flash-ready indicatorLights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; blinks after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoeISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700 or SB-500 as a master flash or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminalAS-15 Sync Terminal Adapter (available separately)

The D5500 includes an internal flash as well as a flash shoe for mounting external flashes.

Live View

Lens servoAutofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)Manual focus (MF)
AF-area modeFace-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
AutofocusContrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Automatic scene selectionAvailable in auto and auto flash-off modes


USBHi-Speed USB; connection to the built-in USB port is recommended
Video outputNTSC, PAL
HDMI outputType C HDMI connector
Accessory terminalWireless remote controllers: WR-1, WR-R10 (available separately)Remote cord: MC-DC2 (available separately)GPS units: GP-1/GP-1A (available separately)
Audio inputStereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter); supports optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone

Power Source and Battery Life

BatteryOne EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
AC adapterEH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5A Power Connector (available separately)

According to CIPA standards, the EN-EL14, EN-EL14a battery used in the Nikon D5500 has 820-shot battery life. Although its battery life is approximately average for its class, given that DSLR-type cameras typically have a battery life of 948 shots, it is still a good idea to get some extra batteries for extended picture excursions.

White Balance

White balanceAuto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning
White balance bracketing3 shots in steps of 1


PlaybackFull-frame and thumbnail (4, 12, or 80 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation, picture rating, and image comment (up to 36 characters)

Tripod Socket

Tripod socket1/4 in. (ISO 1222)

Operating Environment

Operating environmentTemperature: 0 to 40°C/32 to 104°F; humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)


Supplied accessories (may differ by country or area)EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-24 Battery Charger, DK-25 Rubber Eyecup, UC-E23 USB Cable, EG-CP16 Audio/Video Cable, AN-DC3 Camera Strap, BF-1B Body Cap

Supported Languages

Supported languagesArabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese


Nikon D5500 specifications and key features have made it clear that this camera is best for amateur use. The features are excellent and meet modern requirements. The camera provides all basic and advanced level options for good production. You should choose the lens for appropriate use in order to get the best results.


Is Nikon D5500 good for photography?

YES. The D5500 is unbeatable if all you want is great images quickly or a super-lightweight high-performance camera. Excellent image quality; incredibly sharp, fantastic highlights, shadows, and color, as well as excellent performance at high ISOs. fantastic built-in flash. extremely lightweight

Does Nikon D5500 have 4K?

NO. The D5500’s video quality is above average because Nikon, in contrast to several other DSLR manufacturers in the past, focused on movie recording with this model. Although 4K video recording would be excellent, the D5500’s full HD recording at up to 60 frames per second works extremely well for regular filming.

Does Nikon D5500 have touch screen?

YES. The D5500 has a touchscreen Vari-angle LCD, a first for Nikon DSLRs, providing exciting new shooting options and simpler handling. To get an intriguing new perspective, flip out the sizable 3.2-inch display. Then, just touch the area you want to focus on and photograph.

Does Nikon D5500 have image stabilization?

NO. D5500 does not feature image stabilization. Image stabilization lenses can be used to get better results.

Does Nikon D5500 have autofocus?

NO. D5500 does not have autofocus. All the cameras older than D5500 and the camera that replaced this camera i.e. D5600 do not have a built-in autofocus motor.

Is Nikon D5500 good for video?

YES. The video picture quality is really good, with the same pleasing colors as the camera’s JPEGs and sharp, fine details that fully utilize the 1080p resolution.

How long does Nikon D5500 battery last?

Based on the CIPA testing standard, Nikon estimates that the D5500 battery lasts for roughly 820 photos per charge.

How long does Nikon D5500 battery take to charge?

A drained battery should fully recharge in roughly an hour and 50 minutes, according to the D5500 reference handbook.

Does Nikon D5500 have clean HDMI?

YES. The D5500 can output a clear visual stream through HDMI. In light of this, recording video to an external recorder like the Atomos Ninja will result in a significantly better file than recording to the camera’s internal H. 264 file.

Does Nikon D5500 have high speed sync?

NO. Unfortunately, the D5500 does not support Auto FP Flash high-speed sync, even when used with external flash devices that do. When using the built-in flash as well as the SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-400, or SB-300 Speedlight strobes, the D5500 utilizes Nikon’s 2,016-pixel i-TTL flash metering.  

How do I get my Nikon D5000 to focus?

Look for the focus confirmation dot in the finder as you turn the lens’ focus ring. AF stands for autofocus, and I’ll explain how I use the D5000 in the paragraphs that follow. Many lenses, like the one pictured above, have the writing “A/M – M.” A/M signifies autofocus, and you can easily switch to manual focus at any time by grabbing the focus ring on the lens.