Nikon D5500

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Updating their ‘tweener’ DSL-R camera lineup is Nikon with the introduction of the D5500 digital still camera. Why tweener? Because many people believe that it’s the perfect camera to go in between the entry level and the super serious enthusiast. That description is substantiated though. The D5500 comes loaded with a 24.2 megapixel DX-format (APS-C or cropped) CMOS sensor delivering plenty of pixels within a smaller body. Light from the lens goes straight to said sensor, without going through an optical low-pass filter for crisper images. This is similar to the tech employed in the higher-end D800E FX-format camera that Nikon has delivered in the past. At the back of the D5500 is a fully-articulating 3.2-inch LCD to let you shoot at crazy angles and thereby getting a new perspective on your shots. This LCD is also a touchscreen, letting you manipulate several of the camera’s features, including selective autofocus with just the touch of your fingertips. You can even activate the shutter through the touchscreen, in case you’re missing the smartphone way of shooting images (i.e. triggering a shot without mechanical buttons). Video shooters will also welcome a flat picture profile to tame the colors of your scenery while you’re shooting it. Of course, you can always tweak the mood in post process if you so prefer. After taking your photos and videos, you can instantly upload your shots via the web, thanks to the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi capability. The Nikon D5500 is compatible with hundreds of lenses available in the Nikkor lineup and it’s available for preorder now. $897+.

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