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Nikon D5500 w/ 18-55mm VR II camera

A 24-megapixel camera from Nikon with an APS-C sensor, a 3.2-inch LCD, and an image stabilizer.

About

The Nikon D5500 w/ 18-55mm VR II is part of the Camera test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Camera models like the D5500 w/ 18-55mm VR II are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Image quality: Image quality is based on tests performed in auto and manual mode using regular photos, low-light photos, and flash photos with consideration of their performance in terms of color reproduction, dynamic range, resolution, distortions, reflections, image stabilization, as well as movie quality.

Video quality: Video quality mostly reflects footage shot in regular and low light, with audio quality and macro (close-up) capability also considered.

Flash photos: Flash photo tests assess the quality of the built-in flash's light output and evenness of illumination at various distances.

Features

Full frame Full frame A full-frame image sensor is the size of one frame of 35mm film and significantly larger than sensors found in many other digital cameras. Often, this type of sensor handles a wider variety of lighting situations more accurately. It also limits the amount of visual noise that can distort and degrade an image.
No
Swivelling screen Swivelling screen A swivel screen allows you to frame difficult-angled photos in the camera’s LCD screen. It is also called an articulated display, which when used on a tripod allows you to tilt the LCD screen to avoid either having to stand on your toes or to crouch to the level of the LCD screen to be able to see it. A fully articulating screen allows you to shoot selfies and to see how it is framed when standing in front of the camera while shooting photos or video.
Yes
Hot shoe Hot shoe A hot shoe is located on top of the camera and is used to attach a flash unit and other compatible accessories. It is a bracket, which surrounds an electrical connection between camera and accessory for standard, brand-independent flash synchronization.
Yes
Memory card Memory card Memory cards indicates the types of memory cards a model can accept if it has a built-in memory-card reader for playback of MP3 audio files or JPEG picture files.
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Color space Color space This refers to computerized models of color ranges that a camera can reproduce. The two most common are sRGB and Adobe RGB. In terms of size, Adobe RGB has a larger color range than sRGB. Another model, ProPhoto RGB, has one of the largest ranges. Color spaces can generally be set via your SLR's menus.
sRGB/Adobe RGB
PC flash sync jack PC flash sync jack Although the hot shoe is the most common method, you can also use this terminal to connect your flash to your SLR body.
No
Maximum aperture Maximum aperture The maximum aperture (lens opening) for wide and telephoto shots. A single number indicates that the camera does not have a zoom lens.
3.5
Touch screen Touch screen Display that is sensitive to finger contact, letting you select and move screen objects, launch programs, choose from menus, scroll through photo libraries, and the like. Some touchscreens have "multi-touch", letting you use more than one finger to resize and rotate objects.
Yes

Specs

LCD size (in.) LCD size Diagonal measurement of the LCD monitor screen.
3.2
Max. ISO Max. ISO This is the SLR's highest sensor sensitivity at full resolution.
25600
35mm equivalent multiplier 35mm equivalent multiplier Many SLRs have sensors that are smaller than the actual size of one frame of 35mm film, which changes a lens's effective focal length. To determine the equivalent focal length, you multiply the lens's focal length by the appropriate multiplication factor. Most Nikon SLRs have a 1.5x factor, which changes the effective focal length of a 50mm lens to 75mm. An Olympus SLR's 2x factor would change a 50mm lens to 100mm.
1.5
Shutter speed range Shutter speed range Shutter speed controls the length of time that the camera lets in light to expose the camera's sensor. This specification shows the range of selectable shutter speeds by defining the minimum and maximum shutter speeds.
30 - 1/4000
Height (in.) Height The height of the camera body is measured in inches and rounded to the nearest tenth of an inch.
3.8
Width (in.) Width The width of the camera body is measured in inches and rounded to the nearest tenth of an inch.
4.9
Depth (in.) Depth The depth of the camera body is measured in inches and rounded to the nearest tenth of an inch.
3
Total weight (oz.) Total weight For cameras with interchangeable lenses, it is the total weight of the camera body plus the lens it was tested with. The battery and memory card are also included in the total weight for all cameras.
24