November 9, 2015

We know it’s more than a month away but we can’t stress how much we’re looking forward to the upcoming seasonal holidays – reunion dinners, cocktail parties, catching up with friends and family, gift exchanges (who doesn’t love presents?). It’s one of those rare times when everyone can actually make it to gatherings. So, instead of immortalising all those crazy memories with your smartphone camera, why not do it with a proper camera from a reputable, trusted brand like Nikon? This year, before you get into the spirit of Christmas, gift yourself with a new skill (and a new camera). You’ve got more than a month to pick it up before you’re on the way of becoming the next designated group photographer.

Most people would cower in their seats at the thought of picking up photography, but the Nikon D5500 makes it really easy for you to learn the essentials. This entry-level 24.2-megapixel camera is the brand’s first DSLR with touchscreen capabilities, and features a bunch of modes you can try out; like the Special Effects mode, which lets you expand your creative expression with 10 variable options including Super Vivid, Pop and Toy Camera. There are 16 options for you to choose from for the Scene Mode, with effects like Portrait and Child settings – something you’ll probably use most over the holidays – Night Landscape and many more. And if you want to take it up a notch. switch to Manual mode and you’ll have access to all the usual settings such as the shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity, and exposure compensation on the super intuitive 3.2-inch vari-angle touchscreen LCD monitor. You don’t have to go through layers of menu commands so they’re literally at your fingertips.

A great seasonal holiday isn’t complete without a few video montages here and there. The Nikon D5500 lets you create full HD 1080/60p videos with impressive clarity, no matter what environment – be it at dusk or a well-lit dining room – thanks to the camera’s ability to use up to ISO 25,600 while recording. The built-in stereo microphone on the D5500 will pick up crystal clear audio, perfect for those times when your friends or relatives say something silly.

CAMERA RESOLUTION: 24.78 million pixels
ISO RANGE: 100 – 25600
LCD SCREEN: TFT Vari-angle LCD Touch Screen with 170º Viewing Angle with 100% Frame Coverage
WEIGHT: 470g (with battery & memory card) / 420g (camera body only)

Nikon has a deep pool of tutorials on becoming a better photographer. Check them out on their website.

Nikon D5500 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Kit (Black), $1,229; Nikon D5500 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (BLack), $1,449. Available at authorised Nikon dealers. Every purchase of Nikon D5500 entitles you to a freee introductory class.

Photos taken with the Nikon D5500.