Gear Guide

Nikon D5500 capabilities

Above you see a photograph of Ammersee pier that i taked on Januar 2018. While i was unpacking my camera gear i start to think about the contrast between the dark area of the pier and the bright sky. So i decide to go on safe side and took 5 images of different exposures (-1EV / +1EV, on 0.5EV steps) just to be sure that i have big enough dynamic range to recreate these beautiful scene in post processing. Once i returned at home and started with the image blending i realize that the image taken on proper exposure (+/-0EV) was pretty contrasted but the information that was included in the RAW file was just insane. Thanks to the dynamic range that provides Nikon D5500, i could get the same results without need of blending all those images in HDR format. For those who own already these camera just be sure that you shoot in RAW format and you are not overexpose your image, while the slightly underexposed images can be recovered in dark areas, the overexposed highlights are almost impossible to recover again.

  • 24.2MP CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter
  • Ultra-compact and lightweight body 640 g
  • Color Depth 24.1
  • Multi-CAM 4800DX 39-point autofocus system
  • 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor, used for 3D subject tracking in AF-C
  • Sensitivity range of ISO 100-25,600
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 1/4000 sec maximum shutter speed
  • 3.2″, 1.2M dot fully-articulating touchscreen LCD display
  • 1080/60p video with clean output over HDMI and Flat Picture Control
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • AE Bracketing Range ±2 EV
  • Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Timelapse Recording
  • Microphone Port
  • External Flash Shoe
  • Battery Life 820 shots

What makes the Nikon D5500 so attractive for the entry level photographers.

  • Price
  • Image quality and 24.2MP resolution
  • Dynamic range
  • Features (WiFi, fully-articulating touchscreen etc.)

What we miss on Nikon D5500

  • No possibility of Flash High speed synchronization, a big minus for those who are mostly in Portrait photography.
  • No in-body focus motor, that make it not compatible with older “AF” lenses that have not integrated auto focus motor.

Gear that I used:

Software and PC gear:

Tips for beginners: If you are looking for your next gear upgrade from a classic mobile photography or some outdated old dslr camera, the above list is recommended to keep your budget low while investing good quality gear products.

*For image edit you can also use any free open source programs (ex. GIMP). Just have in mind that the most free programs are not providing all the required tools to achieve the proper final results. It is highly recommend to invest in good software (ex. Adobe series) to make your post processing easy and professional.

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