I love walking around the Johannesburg city centre and today I had a chance to do that with the latest piece of kit from Nikon.

Nikon South Africa officially launched its latest DX-format DSLR, the Nikon D5500, by taking members of the media for a photowalk in Jozi. The D5500 replaces the older D5300, which makes it the second cheapest of SLR in the Nikon stable.

And it’s a poky little beast too: it boasts a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter (OLPF) and a new 3.2-inch Vari-angle touch operation LCD display. It is aimed at entry-level DSLR adopters who would still like to do a little bit of social media on the fly. The D5500 has built-in WiFi connectivity and worked pretty seamlessly when connected to the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app on my iPhone 4.

The D5500 is one of the lightest entry level DSLRs that I have played with, but it does not come across as cheap, the finishing is good and button placement perfect for street scenes.

This image is as it was shot, downloaded from camera and nothing done to it.
This image is as it was shot, downloaded from camera and nothing done to it.

The JPEG images straight of out of the camera were good, being able to download them to my phone, edit in Snapseed and send to social media was

I was told that it also has the ability to capture HD video with ease, but did not really get a chance to play with this.

The camera is available as a kit with the 18-55mm VRII lens for R15799.00 or if you have lenses you can purchase just the body for R14299.00.

The price of this camera may put it out of the reach of some of the “entry level” market, but I will reserve my judgment until we have had some more time with the camera.

[Main image – Image made on Nikon D5500, sent via WiFi to my iPhone 4, edited with Snapseed and posted to Instagram.]