CES 2015: Nikon introduces entry-level D5500 DSLR with touchscreen

With use of DSLR cameras on the decline, we are beginning to see more ‘accessible’, mid-range cameras enter the market. Over at CES, camera giant Nikon has unveiled its first touchscreen DSLR, the D5500, which represents a small leap forward from its predecessor, the D5300.

The 3.2 inch vari-angle touchscreen is the biggest improvement on the last model, although it has to be said that other DSLRs have had this for a few years already. There’s a good spec on offer, too: as Slashgear notes, the D5500 boasts a pretty high 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with an equally high ISO range of 100-25,600 – perfect for low-light environments. You can also take HD video with the D5500, as it’s capable of shooting in 1080p at 60 fps.

With built-in WiFi, you can transfer photos to smartphones and tablets quickly and easily, and artistic filters and effects within the camera means you can retouch photos on the go. These devices can also be used to control the camera remotely (so high-quality selfies won’t be a problem).

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But perhaps the best thing about this camera is its size – as the Nikon USA website states: ‘The D5500 is designed to always be with you. It’s small and lightweight (just 14.9-oz), so you won’t mind taking it along. It’s strong and durable (thanks to a monocoque structure featuring long-fiber reinforced thermoplastics), so you won’t worry when conditions get rough.’

In other words: it’s compact and light enough to take almost everywhere. It comes with a rather hefty price tag at the moment, though: the D5500 will be available body only starting February in black and red color options with a price tag of $899,95 (¬£592). If you buy it With the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, it will cost $999.95 (¬£658). That’s a lot of money – you can decide if a touchscreen and compact size are worth it.

Images via Nikon USA

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Sadie Hale