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Nikon Unveils Compact DX Format D5500 DSLR

LAS VEGAS – Nikon is using International CES to introduce a new compact DSLR for entry level interchangeable lens camera enthusiasts.

The Nikon D5500 DSLR features a new 24.2-megapixel DX format CMOS sensor, no low-pass filter, the latest Xpeed IV image processing engine, up to 5fps burst shooting speed at full resolution, an ISO range from 100-26,000 (no Hi 1 setting), and a 3.2-inch 1.37 million-dot articulating vari-angle LCD touchscreen (the first of its kind in a Nikon DSLR).

The camera will capture video in up to FullHD 1080/60p and includes a built-in stereo mic in addition to a stereo mic input.

For video shooters, Nikon is bringing down the Flat Picture Profile feature used in the D810 and D750 models to provide the most dynamic range possible from compressed movie files.

Also added is a new Clarity setting, in addition to Sharpness and Saturation, for mid-tone contrast control in both still images and video files.

Nikon also adds built-in Wi-Fi capability, which it is branding “Snapbridge,” to connect with a smartphone or tablet app to move images to the secondary device to share over the internet or via email.

The phone can also be used as a remote control to both monitor images and control camera settings from a distance.

An Eye Sensor that automatically recognizes when someone’s eye is held up the viewfinder and shuts off the live view LCD screen is also included.

The battery captures about 820 shots by SEPA standards per charge.

The special effects mode includes new vivid, pop and a photo illustration filters, and the camera enables continuous shooting in excess of 100 frames, which is indefinite when used with shutter speeds slower than 4 sec. long.

Nikon said the feature is useful for shooting star-trail photographs by capturing a series of images and then stacking them via third-party software to achieve the effect.
The D5500 will be available as a body only (in a choice of black or red) for a $899.95 suggested retail.

Nikon is also introducing a 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 ($349.95) DX lens using a retractable barrel design, offering four stops of VR, and a 7-blade rounded diaphragm for a smooth bokeh effect.

For FX sensor-format camera users, Nikon is adding the Nikkor model AFS 300mm f/4 E PF ED VR telephoto lens ($1,799.95), with electronic aperture control, and Phase Fresnel elements for reduced size and weight (1.66 pounds).

The camera and both new lenses will ship to retail at the end of January, Nikon said.