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Nikon Unveils D5500 Compact DSLR At CES

LAS VEGAS – Although Nikon has championed full-frame sensors in cameras like its D750 FX DSLR ($2,299 body only) introduced late last year the focus was on the smaller DX format at International CES.

At the show, Nikon unveiled a more entry DSLR class by unveiling its compact DX format D5500 featuring a 24.2-megapixel DX (APS-C) 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 D5500 will be available as a body only (in a choice of black or red) for an $899 suggested retail, and two different lens bundle configurations: the body with an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II ($999) and the body with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR: ($1,199).

Nikon also introduced a 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 ($349) DX lens using a retractable barrel design, offering four stops of VR, and a seven-blade rounded diaphragm for a smooth bokeh effect. For FX sensorformat camera users, Nikon is adding the Nikkor model AFS 300mm f/4 E PF ED VR telephoto lens ($1,999), 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.