Do your world justice and capture your best images yet with the D5500. Lightweight and powerful, this slimline D-SLR with familiar touchscreen operation frees you to do more with your photography.
From fast movement to challenging low-light situations, the D5500 doesn’t disappoint. Even when printed large or shown on a big screen, your photos and movies will be crystal-clear reflections of the way you see the world.
The responsive vari-angle touchscreen offers intuitive operation, and built-in Wi-Fi makes it simple to share your high-quality photos via a smart device. Exceptionally portable and incredibly comfortable to handle, this D-SLR puts perfection within your reach.
Leave image-blur behind and enjoy vibrant, richly detailed images. From fast movement to low-light situations, your shots never looked this good.
Control your camera like a smartphone. Flip, tilt or rotate the touchscreen to compose shots from exciting angles, and then tap to focus and shoot.
Your smart device will be one of your favourite camera accessories. Use the built-in Wi-Fi function to easily share impressive photos via a compatible smartphone or tablet.¹
Curve your fingers around the deep grip and you won’t want to put this camera down. Combined with its lightweight, slim-line body, the D5500 is all about comfort.
Shoot brilliant photos and movies even when the light is scarce. With an ISO range of 100–25600, you’ll achieve crisp, clean images more often than ever before.
Record smooth, finely detailed Full HD video clips you’ll be proud of, at frame rates up to 50p/60p. Continuous Live View autofocus keeps your subjects sharp, even when the action is fast.
Nikon’s class-leading 39-point autofocus system is always on target. Advanced 3D subject tracking maintains focus on even the smallest subjects, however unpredictable their movements may be.
See how the best lenses lead to the best photos and movies. Use a fast prime lens for beautiful background blur, a telephoto lens for distant subjects, or a wide-angle lens for dramatic effect.
See every detail of your photos and movies as you shoot from exciting perspectives. The large 8.1-cm (3.2-in.) vari-angle LCD monitor boasts a wide-viewing angle and high 1,037k-dot resolution. Compose or review shots and apply special effects with clarity whether you’re shooting indoors or out.
Create distinctive photos and movies using a range of special effects. Try Pop to brighten colours or use Toy Camera to create a retro effect. You can preview your chosen effect and adjust its intensity as you shoot.
Full 24.2-megapixel power: enjoy a level of image detail that never fails to impress. Specifically designed without an optical low-pass filter (OLPF), the D5500’s image sensor makes the most of its 24.2-megapixel resolution to sharply capture even the finest textures, and render images with incredibly crisp detail.
5 fps continuous shooting: capture fleeting gestures or facial expressions at exactly the right moment. Capable of shooting action at a swift five frames-per-second, the D5500 captures every move.
EXPEED 4: enjoy high-speed operation and crystal-clear images with true-to-life colour in any light. Nikon’s fast and powerful image processor boasts advanced noise reduction capabilities and enables smooth movie recording.
Streamlined design: the exceptionally portable D5500 will be your camera of choice more often than you’d expect. Boasting a lightweight yet robust monocoque structure, this slim D-SLR is the perfect photography partner on any occasion.
Touch control: feel completely in tune with what you’re doing. The responsive touchscreen makes the D5500 as intuitive to shoot with as any smart device. Simply tap the screen to focus and shoot, or adjust settings such as aperture, ISO and shutter speed. Swipe to scroll though images, or pinch-to-zoom during playback.
Touch Fn: quickly adjust key settings with a finger swipe when shooting through the viewfinder. You can assign up to eight settings to the Touch Fn function, including focus points, AF area modes, aperture and ISO sensitivity.
Picture control 2.0: perfectly reflect your creative vision. Picture Control makes it easy to take complete control over sharpening, contrast, brightness, hue, and saturation when shooting stills and video. Choose between seven modes: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape and Flat, which retains all the details and preserves rich tonal information, making it the ideal choice if you plan to retouch images after shooting.
Optical viewfinder: see what the camera sees and shoot with absolute clarity. Put your eye to the viewfinder and you can follow your subjects in real time, without delay or distraction. To make the shooting process even smoother, the D5500 automatically displays the image you’ve just shot on the LCD monitor the moment you take your eye away from the viewfinder.
Expand your system: extend your creative options with Nikon’s D-SLR system accessories. Discover how simple flash photography can be with a portable Nikon Speedlight, or achieve the best quality sound recordings possible with the optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone. No matter where you want your photography to go, Nikon has the tools to get you there.
¹ To use the built in Wi-Fi function, simply download Nikon’s free Wireless Mobile Utility to your smart device. The Wireless Mobile Utility is compatible with iOS™ and Android™ smart devices, and can be downloaded from Google Play™ and the Apple App Store™. Android, Google, Google Play, YouTube, and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Nikon F mount
Effective angle of view
Nikon DX format; focal length equivalent to approx. 1.5x that of lenses with FX format angle of view
DX, 23.5 mm x 15.6 mm CMOS
Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required)
Image size (pixels)
(L) 6000 x 4000, (M) 4496 x 3000, (S) 2992 x 2000
Storage file formats
NEF (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 System
Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
SD, SDHC (UHS-I compliant), SDXC (UHS-I compliant)
DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.3, PictBridge
Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Approx. 0.82x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m-¹)
17 mm (–1.0 m-¹; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
-1.7 – +0.5m-1
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Instant return, electronically controlled
Autofocus 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. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focalplane shutter
1/4000–30s, in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; Bulb; Time
Flash sync speed
X=1/200s, synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), Self-timer, Interval timer shooting, delayed remote, ML-L3; quick-response remote, ML-L3
Frame advance rate
Approx.5 fps. L: Up to 3 fps. H: 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.
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1-9 exposures
Matrix metering: 3D color matrix metering II (type G, E, and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses). Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame. Spot metering: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Metering range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)
Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0–20 EV. Spot metering: 2–20 EV
Exposure meter coupling
Auto 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)
Can be adjusted by –5 – +5 EV, in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, in P, S, A, M, SCENE, and night vision modes
3 frames, in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
100–25600, in steps of 1/3 EV. Auto ISO sensitivity control available
Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, Off
Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5–3 m/ 1 ft 8 in.–9 ft 10 in.)
–1 – +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Autofocus (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
39, can be selected from 39 or 11 focus points
Single-point AF, 9-, 21-, or 39- point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait, party/indoor, pet portrait, super vivid, pop, photo illustration, toy camera effect: Auto flash with auto pop-up. P, S, A, M, food: Manual pop-up with button release
Approx. 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
TTL: 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
Auto, 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
-3 – +1 EV in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, in P, S, A, M, and SCENE modes
Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; blinks after flash is fired at full output
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System
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
AS-15 sync terminal adapter (available separately)
Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning.
White balance bracketing
3 shots in steps of 1
Live view - lens servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F). Manual focus (MF)
Live view - AF-area mode
Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, Subject-tracking AF
Live view - autofocus
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Live View - Automatic scene selection
Available in auto and auto, flash off modes
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie - frame size (pixels) and frame rate
1920 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.
Movie - file format
Movie - video compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie - audio recording format
Movie - audio recording device
Built-in or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Movie - ISO sensitivity
8.1cm (3.2–in.) diagonal. TFT vari-angle LCD touch screen with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, brightness adjustment, and eye-sensor controlled on/off. Approx.1037k-dot, (720 x 480 x 3 = 1,036,800 dots)
Full-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)
Hi-Speed USB; connection to built-in USB port is recommended
Type C HDMI connector
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter); supports optional ME-1 stereo microphones
Wireless remote controllers: WR-1, WR-R10 (available separately). Remote cords: MC-DC2 (available separately). GPS units: GP-1/GP-1A (available separately)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standards
IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) communications protocols
IEEE 802.11b: DSSS/CCK. IEEE 802.11g: OFDM
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) operating frequency
2412–2462 MHz (channels 1–11)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) range (line of sight)
Approximately 30 m/98 ft (assumes no interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) data rates (actual measured values)
54 Mbps. Maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard. Actual rates may differ.
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) security
Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK. Encryption: AES
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) access protocols
Arabic, 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
One EN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery
EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (available separately)
1/4–in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 124 x 97 x 70 mm (4.9 x 3.9 x 2.8 in.)
Approx. 470 g (1 lb 0.6 oz), with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 420 g/14.9 oz (camera body only)
Operating environment - temperature
Operating environment - humidity
85% or less (no condensation)
Rubber Eyecup DK-25, Body Cap BF-1B, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14a (with terminal cover), Battery Charger MH-24 (plug adapter supplied in countries or regions where required; shape depends on country of sale), Strap AN-DC3, USB Cable UC-E23, Audio/video cable EG-CP16
Unless otherwise stated, all measurements are performed in conformity with Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) guidelines.
All figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery.
Nikon reserves the right to change the specifications of the hardware and software described in this specifications at any time and without prior notice. Nikon will not be held liable for damages that may result from any mistakes that this specifications may contain.
All-round lens kit. Includes the D5500 camera and the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm VR lens. This lens boasts a 5.8x zoom for superb versatility and Vibration Reduction to reduce the effects of camera shake.
All-round zoom lens kit. Includes the D5500 camera and the powerful AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm VR lens with versatile 7.8x zoom range and Vibration Reduction to reduce the effects of camera shake.
Versatile double zoom VR lens kit. Includes the D5500 camera, the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm VR wide-angle zoom lens, and the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm VR II telephoto lens. The portable 18-55mm VR lens focuses quickly and is ideal for shooting video footage with practically no drive noise. The 55-200mm lens is the perfect telephoto partner for smaller DSLR cameras like the D5500. Both lenses feature Vibration Reduction to reduce the effects of camera shake.
Versatile zoom lens kit for great everyday photography. Includes the D5500 camera and the compact AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G VR lens. The lens boasts Nikon’s Stepping Motor, which focuses quickly and is ideal for shooting video footage with practically no drive noise. Nikon’s impressive Vibration Reduction keeps images sharp, even in low light situations.