Nikon D5500 / 18-55mm Kit
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Nikon D5500 / 18-55mm Kit Review
They say that not all cameras are created equal. And true to that, some cameras are created more equal than others. Say hello to the 24.2 MP entry level DSLR that comes with an 18-55mm lens. If you have come across the Nikon D5300, then expect a better camera out of this baby. It’s actually an updated D5300. You will experience a better camera that feels and works in a better way than its predecessor.
Although there were great tweaks on the noise reduction software, the image quality is still the same as the other D5X00 line of cameras. However, with better handling this one makes it a better camera. If you don’t have a problem digging deeper into your pockets for a better handling experience, then this is definitely a better camera than the other models in the D5X00 line. What does it have to order?
The Nikon D5500 / 18-55mm Kit comes with a new style of body. It feels lighter and it’s also smaller in size compared to the D5300. However, the new design isn’t really about making it miniature. It weighs 420g which is about 60g lighter than the D5300 and also smaller at 124 by 97 by 70mm. Nevertheless, Nikon were looking for a different approach in terms of design. Like you will find out with the Nikon D750 it has a deeper grip than other Nikon DSLR.
Nikon also used different materials in addition to their new design approach. In place of the normal plastic or magnesium alloy, you will be using a camera made of carbon fiber composite. I learned that this was done to reduce the amount of material used but at the same time achieve the desired strength. You will realize that the feel is a bit different but the layout and look are same as the D5300.
There isn’t much to write home about the Nikon D5500 / 18-55mm Kit’s performance. In fact, there is nothing striking about its image quality as compared to the other Nikon models on the price range. It’s actually similar to the D5200 and D5300 and so this isn’t a dynamic camera. Nevertheless, you will realize that this isn’t something that we need to dwell on much.
The thing is that the Nikon D5500 / 18-55mm Kit is just a fine camera that can produce good quality images, feels great and performs just fine for general shooting. It will stack up well to its competitors but I don’t see the need to upgrade from the D5300. However, if you don’t mind the extra money that you pay for a new grip, tweaked design and a touch screen, then you should check out the Nikon D5500 / 18-55mm Kit. All in all, the Nikon D5500 won’t break any world records but its performance is rock-solid and its handling is excellent. You may consider this baby if you want to experience a whole new level of excellence in terms of handling.