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@Kaustubh Katdare • 06 Jan, 2015
At the CES 2015, Nikon's launched the much awaited upgrade in the Nikon D55XX series - the Nikon D5500, we informed you about few days in advance. Nikon's finally introduced the touch-screen in their DSLR; which their top competitor Canon did back in 2012. Make no mistake - this DSLR is ready to appeal to the photography beginners and enthusiasts as well. The pre-production unit was made available for display at the CES 2015 show in Las Vegas for the shutterbugs. Here's a quick overview of what's new in Nikon D5500.

The D5500 (and not 5400!) is a minor upgrade over the D5300 - the camera that already did almost everything a new DSLR user would expect. The key feature of the D5500 is the 3.2" touch screen LCD (with 1.37 million dots) and few changes in the ergonomics. It continues to be the 24MP shooter with DX-format sensor without optical low pass filter. If you aren't familiar with all the technical jargon - don't expect any improvement in the photo/video quality with the upgrade. Most of the camera's heart and brain's remained the same as in D5300.


No GPS: Nikon has decided to exclude the GPS from the D5500. This move comes as a surprise because your photos can't be geo-tagged anymore. The GPS in the D5300 was a battery sucker and often took time to engage with the satellites which meant that the camera would not always record the geo-coordinates when you did that fast-shot. Do let us your thoughts on removal of GPS. As a D5300 user, did you often geotag your photos?


Nikon says that the 5500 will be able to last for about 820 shots per battery charge, against 600 in D5300. If you are planning to buy an entry/enthusiast level DSLR, D5300 might prove to be a better deal over the D5500. The prices of Nikon D5300 are likely to go down around the world to make way for the N5500. Of course - your decision will largely depend on whether you want the touchscreen or not. Everything else, including the wi-fi features remain the same in D5500.

Update: Adding official Nikon D5500 Introduction Video:-

@Kaustubh Katdare • 06 Jan, 2015 Update: The price of Nikon D5500 will be $900 for the body only with $100 extra for the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. The kit with 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 lense would set you back with $1200. The camera is expected to be available in the USA in February and I've no information about the launch in India. I'd expect the same time-frame for the launch though.
@Kaustubh Katdare • 06 Jan, 2015 Okay, here's the official pricing:

  • Nikon D5500 body – INR 54,450
  • Nikon D5500 With Lens AF-S DX VR 18-55/ 3.5-5.6GⅡ – INR 59,950
  • Nikon D5500 With Lens AF-S VR NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - INR 72,950
  • Nikon D5500 With Lens AF-S DX VR 18-55/ 3.5-5.6GⅡ& AF-S DX 55-200/ 4-5.6G ED VRⅡ-INR 68,950

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