Nikon D5500 firmware update version 1.02 released

Nikon released firmware update version 1.02 for the D5500 DSLR camera ($549). The following issues were fixed:

  • The camera would stop responding if the multi selector was pressed right with Add items > CUSTOM SETTING MENU > c Timers/AE lock selected in MY MENU.
  • The shutter would sometimes not be released in response to live view touch shutter controls if autofocus was used with an SB-800 flash unit attached.
  • Optimal exposure would sometimes not be achieved in photographs taken during live view with lenses that support both autofocus and electronic aperture control (type E lenses).
  • If image review was enabled during viewfinder photography, the camera would sometimes display shooting information in place of the most recent picture when the user removed their eye from the viewfinder after shooting.
  • The camera would sometimes fail to store the option selected for a Autofocus > a3 Built-in AF-assist illuminator in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU after the mode dial was rotated to another setting.
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  • HD10

    I would have purchased a D5x00 to use as my compact camera alternative in lieu of my m43 system if this model had an AF Fine-tune feature.

    • doge

      Which m43 system are you using? I love my 5500, but I’ve often thought it would be beneficial to have a system about half size and weight for my ski tours and mountain climbing trips. I typically try to carry lens from 17-300 on trips. Once in the mountains though I usually end up with just a 17-50 lens.

      • HD10

        I use both Olympus (primarily for stills – E-M1 x 2 and E-M10) and Panasonic (primarily for video – all GH series though I recently got a G85).

        In 135mm “FF” terms, the FOV of the m43 lenses I have can cover 14mm to 300mm. The Panasonic 7-14mm f/4, 12-35mm f/2.8 and 35-100mm f/2.8 are very good compact and light lenses. Though I also have the Olympus equivalent f.2.8 zoom lenses, these are much bigger and heavier. Recently, Panasonic has released the 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0 and the 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0. You may want to look at these as well.

        • doge

          That G85 is bigger in almost every way expect height when compared to the D5500. And the 5500 weighs less.

          The E-M10 is smaller all around. The E-M1 weighs more and is wider than the D5500.

          Pretty hard argument to make to switch to a different interchangeable lens format.

          Which is one of the reasons I was excited for the DL line….

          • HD10

            The camera size is not as much as an issue because one cannot grow smaller hands. The primary benefit of thr m43 as a compact system alternative is in the lens. Just compare the size and weight of the different lenses for DX and m43 and younwill quickly understand this.

            • Indik

              Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 is not equivalent to Nikon 17-50 f2.8, that`s the main reason why is it lighter and smaller. It`s a 16-47 f/4 equivalent in terms of Nikon DX. But there`re no f/4 zooms for Nikon DX, so I can understand the compromise. I`d go for Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 for Nikon`s closest match. It`s 150g heavier, but it is longer and brighter. Tamron and Sigma 17-50 f2.8 are also a great alternative for under 500 grams.

            • HD10

              I am not getting into an extended discussion on this point. I understand the impact of pairing a smaller sensor and effect of a “shorter” focal length with regard to depth of field but consider this as either neutral, beneficial or detrimental dependent on the intended results.

              By the way, I use a Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G and unless Nikon has released a new Nikkor 17-50mm f/2.8 recently, you likely meant the Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G. The Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G is an exceptionally well made lens and is much more rugged than the rather fragile Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G and Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E VR. It stands on its own merits even as it has no equivalent in FX. I mention this as a way of highlighting that one need not necessarily seek an equivalent to appreciate the unique benefits and advantages conferred by different lenses. Ditto for the Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and the NIkkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4,0E VR that I also use.

            • Indik

              ” I understand the impact of pairing a smaller sensor and effect of a “shorter” focal length with regard to depth of field but consider this as either neutral, beneficial or detrimental dependent on the intended results.”

              Why depth of field only? Image quality as well. Bigger sensor = less noise, so f/4 on APS-C at 1 stop higher ISO gives approximately the same perfomance as f/2.8 on m4/3 with 1 stop lower ISO. This is easily proofable not only by aperture equivalence calculators, but also visually – by looking at DPreview samples from different cameras.
              There`s no way of cheating physics, f2.8 on m4/3 = ~f/4 on APS-C = ~f/5.6 on FF.

              That doesn`t mean I don`t respect m4/3 lenses, but they`re small for definite reason – they transmit less light. Which is perfectly fine for many people.

            • HD10

              I do not wish to go into a tail-chasing routine on something I know only too well. I use several cameras from Nikon, Fuji, Sony, Olympus and Panasonic and am more than familiar with the difference among all these. I use that which best meets my needs, including having small compact and light camera systems.

              As an aside, try actually using an m43 camera with the Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.2 and the Olympus 75mm f1/.8. Then try using this two side-by-sde for a full day’s hike: Nikon D810 + Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 vs Panasonic G85 + Panasonic 7-14mm f/4. This will help you to better understand what I speak of.

          • I got the tiny GX85 and wish I’d held out for the G85 because some of my M43 lenses are a little heavy for the small body (I have the amazing Olympus 12-40 f2.8 and I got a cheap Panasonic 100-300). M43’s big advantage is lens size and quality. Its weakness is AF performance.

            • HD10

              I set up all my m43 cameras for manual focus where very quickly, I can get a magnified view of the focus point with peaking with just a turn of the focus ring.

              If I want to use AF, a press of a button to function as an AF-on activates the AF. AF is generally very accurate due to the CDAF with no need for AF fine-tune.

              In this setup, i can instanteneously switch between the MF AND AF. This works very well with AF-S.

              It is in AF-C where my m43 cameras do not do as well as a dSLR. AF-C in face recognition works well and is very convenient when taking portraits. With the E-M1, I have the choice not just of focusing on the face but also specify that AF should be on the eye, with a further option of choosing whether to focus on the left or right eye. But in other instances, AF-C is not as quick and not as reliable as a dSLR like the D500 which is superb.

            • The manual focus support on the GX85 is great,and single shot focus on non of slow moving targets likewise, but the AF tracking is all but useless on even moderately difficult subjects.

          • Chewbacca

            I searched and used quite a few different smaller cameras to use when my D700 was not a favorable option for Backpacking and hiking long milage. I finally bought an entry level Olympus em 10 mark II and I really think it’s a nice camera. There are obvious differences but I think it’s the least frustrating small camera I have ever used once it’s set up. The kit lenses are pretty sharp as well. I’ve taken it on some pretty epic trips and it has served me well. It has two command dials like my Nikon and to be honest it seems more like my D700 in operation than an entry level Nikon DSLR just because of the dials. I haven’t gone all in with this format because I’m still holding out hope for a Nikon option that might keep the F mount so I can keep all my gear in one sensible package by one company but, it is a very enjoyable camera if you keep things in perspective.

      • JXVo

        I’m still carrying a D810 + 24-120 in the mountains and thinking a D5500 with 16-80 would be nice

        • doge

          It would be. But honestly, you’re still dealing with a large mass of gear to haul. It will weigh a bit less, but it’s still a large mass.

          • JXVo

            Yeah well I had high hopes for the 18-50 DL as a goto camera for climbing trips when fast & light is essential. For backpacking trips I still load up the D810, a tripod and a couple of lenses

        • HD10

          I use the D500 with the 16-80mm f2.8-4E. It has displace my D8xx and 24-120mm f4 as my medium travel setup The former is lighter and substantially much more responsive and better in many ways than the former for travel.

          • Jim Huang

            Yeah, +1 on the AF finetune.
            My brother has a D5300 and i ended up getting him the sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 C because of it. I can change the settings on the USB dock.

          • JXVo

            I also shoot a lot of wildlife and birding with 500f4VR and the old 300f4 AFS so I will probably sell my D800, keep the D810 and get a D500 with the 16-80 lens sometime this year.
            Will need to get a super wide DX lens again too.

  • Firmware update…hmmm. I was hoping they were announcing the addition of a metallic green option.

    • Gary

      Nope – that hardware feature will be the USP of the D5600.

    • Member

      If it were Fuji or Sony they would have done that with just a firmware update. Maybe they would have released an adapter which would even change the colour of third party lenses.

      • thundrrd

        I heard Fuji and Sony’s firmware update will make pixie dust and pigs fly right out of your ass…ets

        • Member

          And all that with 20 fps

          • decentrist

            20 fps… fat pigs per second

  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    The current two lens kit offer for this camera must be the deal of the century! I haven’t seen such a great combo of very capable body and very sharp, fast focusing lenses, all brand spanking new, with a full year warranty no less, for such a low price, ever! This is the same price BuyDig was charging for this same body but with the previous generation twin lens kit, all refurbished and with only 90 days’ worth of warranty, just a couple of months ago. I just ditched my Sony A7 (just hated the colors and exposure, so good riddance!) and I’m getting back to one of these babies as soon as eBay does a 10% bucks-back offer on them!

    • Member

      Despite the hype around mirror less, these entry level budget DSLRs are hard to beat.

      • CaMeRa QuEsT

        As per, the difference between the D5500 and the A7 in DR is but a 1/4 of an EV throughout their ISO range, and at base ISO they are basically the same: similar shots I’ve taken at the exact same exposure with both of them prove this, but since the A7 always underexposes, the RAW files come out almost always noisier than the D5500’s after post. Also, the kit lens that comes with the A7 is a total joke, absolutely unusable (soft, distorted and low contrast) compared to the gem the 18-55mm VR II is (hopefully the AF-P does not stray far from that lofty level). The A7 is barely worth the asking price for the D5500, and is an absolute rip off at twice its price.

        • Member

          I have never tried the A7 the only reason I’m interested in mirrorless is that you can work vibration free on microscopes. I looked at the alpha SLT but once I started using the Nikon 1 series I never looked back at it. The end result is better with 1″ than apsc or ff. The reason I have chosen for the D5x00 series is that they offer absolutely best quality for the money. And I use quite a few camera’s hence the budget models. And you’re right the 18-55 is indeed a gem.

      • JXVo

        So too the D810 and the D500 and the lens system and the flash system and the worldwide repair network and…..

        • Member

          Yes very True, these are very well rounded systems. Even on their own hard to beat.

  • Phil

    I hope this fixes the often 2 full stops over exposure I get in blazing sunshine (regardless of camera setting P, A, S,M) when using it with any Nikon lens via Nikon’s WMU wi-if app on a mast, even with the viewfinder covered over with their plastic widget. Returned the first body and the 2nd does exactly the same.

    • MB

      If you are shooting straight into the blazing sunshine you should not be surprised … maybe you should try some strong ND filter …

      • Phil

        No the sun’s behind me, hence the viewfinder cover. Only been shooting professionally for 15 years. No problems with other wifi enabled cameras. Use a D810 for everything else.

  • sickheadache

    Dear Nikon…could you please make a Red Camera for the DX Queens. Please. And Also Nikon Could you Never Ever, Ever Never make a Red Camera for the FX Kings! Please.

    • Like K said in Men in black 2, “Still a rookie”. Grow up man. You do know there are “emperors- MF, emperors of the universe-Large format” too. Don’t you?

    • The colored cameras are only there because consumers think it is prettier or more unique than a black one. Probably not a problem of the manufacturer but the consumer if it needs to look like a toy to get more attention. Thus you will never see this on enthusiast or professional ones.

    • Max

      That camera looks like iron man

      • sickheadache

        Iron Lady…Cheapo version.

  • Paul S

    This update slows down the AF-C with the 55-300mm Nikkor lens confirmed by Nikon tech support. Not sure what other lenses may see this issue.

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