Nikon D5500 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black)

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Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.82x
Viewfinder Type Pentamirror
Display Screen 3.2" Rear Touchscreen Swivel  LCD (1,037,000)
Diopter Adjustment - 1.7 to +1 m
Viewfinder Coverage 95%
Diagonal Angle of View 170.0°
Screen Coverage 100%


Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
AC Power Adapter EH-5b (Optional)
Battery 1x EN-EL14a  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1230 mAh


Weight .92 lb / 420 g body only
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8" / 124.0 x 97.0 x 70.0 mm


Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Continuous Shooting Up to 5 fps
Self Timer 2 seconds, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 20 seconds
Number of Shots: 1-9
Interval Recording Yes
Connectivity 1/8" Microphone, AV Output, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0

Kit Lens

Diaphragm Blades 7
Elements/Groups 11/8
Magnification 0.31x
Minimum Focus Distance .92' (28.04 cm)
Angle of View 76°
DX Picture Angle: 17° 50'
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 36
Filter Thread Front:52 mm
Focal Length 18 - 55mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27 - 82.5 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.34 x 2.60" (59.5 x 66.0 mm)
Weight 6.88 oz (195 g)
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes


Dust Reduction System Yes
Camera Format DX / (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 24.78 Megapixel
Effective: 24.2 Megapixel
Max Resolution 24MP: 6000 x 4000
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MOV
Audio: Linear PCM
Bit Depth 14-bit
Lens Mount Nikon F
Memory Card Type SD

Focus Control

Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 39, 9 cross-type
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)


Guide No. 39' (11.89 m) ISO100 
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Dedicated Flash System iTTL
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +1 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Max Sync Speed 1 / 200 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Rear Curtain/Slow Sync
Rear Sync
Red-eye Reduction
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction

Exposure Control

Remote Control MC-DC2 (Optional)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600 (Extended Mode: )
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Scene Modes, Shutter Priority
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 20.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Metering Method 3D Color Matrix Metering, Center-weighted average metering, Spot metering
Mirror Lock-Up Yes
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1/4000 second,  Bulb Mode

AV Recording

Aspect Ratio 16:9
File Size 1920 x 1080p (Full HD)
1280 x 720p (HD)
640 x 424p (SD)
Video Recording Yes
Exposure Control Auto
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Optional External Mic: With Video
ISO Sensitivity 100 - 25600
Video Clip Length 1920 x 1080
@ 60 fps: 20 min.
@ 30 fps: 29 min.
Focus Auto
Continuous Auto
Frame Rate @ 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
@ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps
@ 640 x 424: 30 fps, 25 fps
Expert Reviews
30 March 2015

The Nikon D5500 is a good entry-level option for those looking to buy their first DSLR. It’s a minor upgrade to the D5300, so it’s nothing to jump up and down about for existing Nikon owners; outside of the touchscreen LCD and expanded native ISO range, there’s no need for owners of the older model...

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    Quality 24MP stills, Decent 1080/60p movies, Vari-angle, touchscreen LCD, Great user interface for newbies

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    Less-substantial construction, Weak 18-55mm lens kit

Dp review.32823956
2 April 2015

The D5500 is a compact, lightweight, and very competent DSLR. Its image quality and continuous AF is impressive, feature set is broad, and performance is strong. It's not great for continuous Raw shooting and the lack of a second control dial may put off some enthusiasts, but overall the D5500 is...

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    Excellent image quality with wide dynamic range, Compact and light yet well-built body with perfectly designed grip, 3.2" fully articulating LCD ideal for video and tripod use, Touchscreen makes menu navigation and rack focusing easy, Impressive focus tracking despite low resolution metering sensor,...

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    Fine detail in JPEGs can get smudged at higher ISOs, Lacks second control dial found on most of competition, Limited buffer memory affects continuous shooting and bracketing when using Raw, No aperture control or Auto ISO in movie mode, No exposure simulation in live view, Buttons are very small,...

Imaging resource.34355410
27 January 2017

Nikon's mid-level DSLR line gets a solid upgrade in the form of the D5500, now the smallest and lightest DSLR yet made by Nikon. But don't let the small form factor fool you, as there's a lot of firepower packed inside this little gem.

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    Amazingly small for a DSLR; Great image quality for its class, including superb low light and high ISO performance; Generous JPEG buffer depth; High resolution., Amazingly lightweight and compact for a DSLR, Great image quality for its class, Excellent dynamic range, Excellent high ISO performance...

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    Buffer depths are shallow when shooting RAW; Lacks GPS from the predecessor; No AA filter means it's susceptible to aliasing artifacts., Auto and Incandescent white balance settings too warm in tungsten lighting, Shallow buffers when shooting RAW, Burst mode slows down with 14-bit RAWÂ files,...

Steve s digicams.32814386
24 June 2015

The Nikon D5500 is a fantastic mid-level dSLR, providing excellent image quality and performance. It is incredibly simple to use and sports some great features like built-in WiFi, and articulating touchscreen LCD, and more. Read more in our Full Conclusion .

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    Auto and Program modes are accurate and provide outstanding image quality, Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record, Nikon F mount allows you to use the huge selection of lenses, Excellent overall image quality at all ISO levels, 921k dot LCD provides great color and a ton of detail,...

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    Only one command dial slows down your adjustments when shooting manually, but keeps the body simple, Priced slightly higher than most entry-level dSLRs, but worth the extra cost

28 May 2015

Lightweight and compact with everything the family photographer needs, the Nikon D5500 maintains its position as a great general-purpose dSLR.

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    The Nikon D5500 delivers excellent photo quality as well as a performance that can keep up with your kids and pets.

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    The redesigned grip may not be comfortable for people with large hands, and Nikon really needs to update its Wi-Fi app.

Camera labs.32824899
29 March 2015

Nikon's D5500 is an upper entry-level DSLR aimed at photographers looking for a step-up from a budget model without the expense or complication of a higher-end camera. It shares the same 24 Megapixel resolution as the models above and below it, but remains the only model in the entire range to...

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    Low noise and potentially high resolution., Large, fully-articulated touchscreen., Fairly compact body for a traditional DSLR., Built-in Wifi, but unlike D5300, relies on phone for GPS., 1080p movies at a variety of frame rates.

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    Need to upgrade kit zoom to exploit full resolution., Relatively small viewfinder image size., Basic smartphone app and network open by default., Quiet mode isn’t that quiet., Continuous AF in Live View and movies can be noisy.

Pc magazine.32817846
26 March 2015

The Nikon D5500 D-SLR delivers images that are just as good as the D5300 it replaces, and manages to do so in a smaller body.

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    Omits optical low-pass filter. Sharp vari-angle touch display. Solid detail at high ISOs. 5fps continuous shooting. 39-point AF system. Quick startup. 1080p60 video. Integrated Wi-Fi. External mic support.

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    Smaller body means controls are somewhat cramped. Pentamirror viewfinder. No GPS. Will not autofocus with screw-drive lenses. Limited Wi-Fi remote control. Self-timer deactivates after use. Lacks depth of field preview.

3 July 2017

The measure of a camera is not its cost or features or even the size of its sensor. A camera is measured by the images it helps you capture and the depth, scope, and quality of these images. The Nikon D5500 let me capture some unusual moments. But is it the camera I’ve been looking for?

The star.34355488
11 May 2015

Nikon has been introducing DSLRs at a fairly steady pace, releasing the D810, then the D750 and now the D5500. The D5500 is the mid-range model in the lineup and is different from the lot, simply because the camera comes with a fully articulating touchscreen, which also necessitates having a button...

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    Amazingly small; very well designed grip; touchscreen features are welcome; feature-packed.

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    Viewfinder image could be larger; battery life is good but not great.

Good house keeping.34295999
9 September 2016

The Nikon D5500 is a great option for the family photographer or someone who is looking to get their first DSLR camera. The camera's 24.2 megapixel sensor captures high quality photos and its lightweight body makes it easy to tote around on vacations or at a party.

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    Great image quality for photos and videos, Lightweight, Collapsible lens reduces bulk, Great battery life

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    Collapsible lens opens a bit slowly

User Reviews
30 April 2016

If you buy it with 18 - 140 MM, you can save some money there compared to if you buy it with traditional 18=55 MM lens. Plus, 18-140 mm serves your all time purpose. Also, keep a room for buying that 35 mm Prime lens for that awesome portrait photography.

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    Touch Screen option to click pictures.

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    Outdated Wi-Fi Nikon App.

15 January 2017

I have been a Nikon camera owner for many years and so more used to the heaver mechanical metal cameras of the past and this looked plastic and cheap to the feel from the display shelf. I took this camera home and put it through many tests.

B h photo.32817553
14 June 2016

I just recently sold all of my FX equipment because of the weight of the camera and lens's. I bought the D5500 because of the weight and the 24 megapixel sensor. I coupled the camera with an 18-200 vrII lens and I am as happy as can be. Light weight and one lens covers all

30 December 2015

The one thing I wish was available are much clearer instructions, especially or the flash I received with this bundle. I'm lost and there is nothing online that can help me figure this out.

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    Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD

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    Noisy At High ISO

21 May 2016

Upgraded from the D-3200 to the D-5500 and what a great camera! The transition from the 3200 to the 5500 was VERY easy. The tilt feature of the rear screen is the best. Also the lighter /slimmer body style is great for heavier lens (55-300mm in the bundle).

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    Upgraded from the D-3200 to the D-5500 and what a great camera! The transition from the 3200 to the 5500 was VERY easy. The tilt feature of the rear screen is the best. Also the lighter /slimmer body style is great for heavier lens (55-300mm in the bundle).

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    None really.

30 August 2016

For the price I paid, it is a great camera. But it is important to note that I bought this camera body with Tamron 16-300 lens.Together it worked out well. It took nice pictures and most importantly the battery lasted longer.

Ritz camera.34752625
11 August 2017

I purchased this camera 2 weeks ago from The price was very competitive and arrived on the day three after placing the order with free regular shipping.Nikon D5500 is great and the picture quality is fantastic. The camera is very light and it's easy to use.

Sam s club.34820158
25 March 2017

I've been doing photography for years, including darkroom work, and decided to upgrade when I found a Nikon that had what I wanted on it. I've held off for a long time and finally found the price and features I wanted at Sam's. This package has Nikon glass.

1 September 2016

Very please this is a great product and at an affordable rate for what you get in the bundle. Already recommended you and this product to various friends and family. Return customer for sure.!

Dp review.33575663
9 August 2016

I have been shooting with the d810 as my primary body and decided to try the d5500 based on a few blogs I follow that suggested it was actually a very capable camera squeezed into a VERY small package. I could not agree more.

Product Highlights
  • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • 3.2" 1,037k-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi
  • Continuous Shooting up to 5 fps
  • 39-Point Multi-CAM 4800DX AF Sensor
  • Native Sensitivity to ISO 25600
  • DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Lens
Average Expert Score
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In The Box
  • Nikon D5500 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black)
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Lens
  • EN-EL14A Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery for Select Nikon Cameras
  • MH-24 Quick Charger for EN-EL14 Battery
  • EG-CP16 Nikon Audio/Video Cable
  • UC-E17 USB Cable
  • DK-25 Rubber Eyecup
  • AN-DC3 Camera Strap (Black)
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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