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A very nice small SLR that is easy to carry with lots of options for photos. Takes stunning pics. The lens is superb and really allows you to get long shots of animals or take pics in a market w/o people knowing or objecting. No need to spend a lot of money on a more expensive camera. This does it all.
Within 3 weeks of receiving my D5300 there was dust in the viewfinder prism area (which I couldn't access) that I could see every time I looked out the viewfinder. I would like to say this was an anomaly but I had the same problem with a Nikon D5300 that I also returned. Before I returned the D5300 though I did send it (on my dime) to Nikon USA to get it cleaned and they refused as it was a "Gray Market" camera made in Thailand. That also irked me as isn't Nikon a worldwide company? Shouldn't they work on a camera that is a Nikon no matter where it is made? I just wanted the dust removed for goodness sake.
Anyway, after the returning both Nikons I gave up and went MIRRORLESS and I bought a Panasonic/Lumix G85 (approx. the same price). It takes the same great photos, has more features than the Nikon and there is no dust to contend with as the viewfinder is electronic.
I will give the D5500 1 star for the quality photos that it took.
This is the second Nikon digital camera that I own, after having several Nikon film-based ones. While I acknowledge that my experience might be unique, I have to say I am very disappointed with these products. My first camera broke, out of the blue, despite being treated in the most cautious way. A piece inside the lens became loose and focusing (either auto or manual) was not possible anymore. Repair (now that Nikon does not allow private repair) would have been more costly than buying a new one. So I did! I bought this D5500, and I've treated it like a baby but once again a problem has appeared with the auto-focus. For unknown reasons, the camera stopped focusing. I've tried all remedies suggested online but unfortunately nothing worked. It is unacceptable that a product this expensive be so poorly built and last less than two years despite the care and relatively mild use (only ~ 1000 pictures in the past couple of years). I'm now debating whether, after all these years, I should change to Canon or anything else. I probably will.
I love this camera and lens combination, and it was priced competitively against other sources and models. My only issue was a lost viewfinder hood being lost while walking around with the camera hung around my neck. The flexibility of the shooting controls for various scenarios, ease of use, and wifi connectivity have impressed me as a medium level photographer.
I did a lot research before I purchased this camera. I really love it, the features are great. This is my first DSLR, so I am far from a professional. But somebody just learning, who wants to learn how to use a camera properly. I highly recommend!
This has been one of my best purchases ever. As an amateur photographer previously using point and shoot cameras and my phone to take photos, this camera has improved my results dramatically. The 18-140 zoom is a great boon and I no longer miss out on taking shots that I used to previously find impossible.Waited a while to buy it and I'm glad I did get it. Love it.