Nikon D5600 Review

The Nikon D5600 is the company’s entry-level DSLR, but it’s also their most compact and best-connected model.

As of late, Nikon has been on somewhat of a run, producing great DSLRs with excellent ergonomics, consistent metering, some of the best image sensors, frequently excellent (often industry-leading) autofocus, and a JPEG engine that provides results that a lot of people appreciate. As a result, Nikon has been on a roll.

Producing a fantastic compact DSLR isn’t enough nowadays due to declining camera sales, competition from smaller mirrorless versions, and the convenient and always-available smartphone. The Nikon D5600 is designed to address this issue by making it as simple as possible to transfer images from the camera to your phone. As a result, you can enjoy the numerous advantages of a camera with a large sensor while experiencing as little drain on your battery life as humanly possible.

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As a result, the primary difference between this model and its predecessor, the D5500, includes the SnapBridge feature. It might seem like a minor adjustment, but we believe it will make or break this model. We also think it makes more sense to focus on improving this model rather than adding a plethora of clever but bewildering additional features and modes, as many competing manufacturers appear to be doing.

Nikon D5600 Body & Design

The body of the D5600 is mainly identical to that of the D5500; however, given the need to include a full-sized F-mount mirror box, the D5600’s body is about as streamlined as possible. It is not a discernible change, but it indicates how much work has gone into making this camera as compact as it is. Somehow, Nikon has reduced the previous model’s weight by 5 grams (0.2 ounces).

The touchscreen on the rear of such a small camera is 3.2 inches, which seems enormous. Nikon has also tried to carve out a comfortable grip for the camera, even though the camera is so compact. On the other hand, the viewfinder is a compact pentamirror design with 95% coverage in each dimension. Unfortunately, this means that it is not particularly big, bright, or accurate for framing, which is one feature that suffers from downsizing.

Nikon D5600 Image Quality

The image quality of the D5600 is on par with that of any other camera in its class. JPEGs have a vivid color palette and, as a result of the Active D-Lighting technology, can effectively increase the sensor range even when photographing subjects in high-contrast environments. Raw picture quality is the best we’ve seen for an APS-C camera, both in terms of dynamic range when shooting in excellent light and noise performance while shooting in low light. This is true regardless of the amount of available light.

The camera’s color response is up to par with the very best of its competitors, but it is typically not unpleasant. Of course, this is mainly dependent on personal preference. Both the camera’s default sharpening, which makes the images appear a little bit soft if you look at them on a pixel-by-pixel level, and its noise reduction, which is a little bit unsophisticated, are minor flaws that do not detract from the overall likeability of the results.

Nikon D5600 Autofocus

The autofocus of the D5600 is the same as that of its predecessor, which is to say that it is among the most capable systems now available for the price. Even though DSLR autofocus does not guarantee perfect accuracy, it is lightning quick and astonishingly adept at tracking your subject across the frame and keeping it focused, with very little intervention required from the photographer.

When using a Nikon AF-P lens, Live View and video autofocus are unquestionably better; nevertheless, this does not mean they are on par with the through-the-viewfinder experience in dependability.

Nikon D5600 Specs

Body typeCompact SLR
Body materialComposite
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Other resolutions4496 x 3000, 2992 x 2000
Image ratio w h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 4
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 100 – 25600
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (Nikon NEF, 12 or 14-bit)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View.
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points39
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots1,037,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor
Live ViewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.82× (0.55× 35mm equiv.)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesAutoProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
Scene modesportraitlandscapechildsportsclose upright portrait night landscape party/indoor beach/snowsunsetdusk/dawnpet portraitcandlelightblossomautumn colors food
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash Range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear-curtain
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingle frame continuous (low, high)Quiet shutter release self-timer interval timer
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10, or 20 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weighted spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with Bluetooth 4.1 LE and NFC
Remote controlYes (MC-DC2 (wired), WR-1/WR-R10 (wireless))
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionEN-EL14a lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)970
Weight (inc. batteries)465 g (1.03 lb / 16.40 oz)
Dimensions124 x 97 x 70 mm (4.88 x 3.82 x 2.76″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPS notesOptional GP-1/GP-1A

Nikon D5600 Final Verdict

The Nikon D5600 isn’t the most cutting-edge camera, but its core capabilities are pretty well-developed. The user interface is (for the most part) well designed for the audience it is intended for, it has an ability that is very good for its class in terms of keeping moving subjects in focus, and most importantly, it can easily take excellent photos.

The SnapBridge function of the D5600 is a very helpful differentiator when it works well, even though it isn’t always as smooth and easy as it should be in its use. Unfortunately, no camera inherently makes transferring photos from a camera to a mobile device more straightforward. This will remain until the D5600’s competitors develop implementations equivalent to or superior to the D5600’s.

Nikon D5600 FAQs

Is Nikon D5600 a good camera?

The Nikon D5600 is a decent camera for its price range. It provides excellent picture quality and features for photographers who are just starting or who have some experience under their belts.

Is Nikon D5600 outdated?

The D5600 has not become obsolete but has been superseded by more recent versions in Nikon’s product inventory.

Can I take professional photos with Nikon D5600?

Compared to higher-end cameras, the Nikon D5600 may have some shortcomings in autofocus and picture processing capabilities; however, it can still produce professional-quality photographs.

Is Nikon D5600 good at night?

The D5600 can generate noise at higher ISO settings, even though it functions reasonably well in low-light conditions.

Is Nikon D5600 full-frame or crop?

The Nikon D5600 is a camera that uses a zoom sensor.

Why did Nikon discontinue the D5600?

Although Nikon did not stop producing the D5600, it has since succeeded with more up-to-date versions.

Is Nikon D5600 good for a portrait?

As a result of its high level of picture clarity and sophisticated autofocus capabilities, the Nikon D5600 is an ideal camera for portrait photography.

Is the Nikon D5600 mirrorless or DSLR?

The Nikon D5600 is a single-lens reflex camera (DSLR).

Is Nikon D5600 good for street photography?

Because of its small dimensions and high autofocus performance, the D5600 is an ideal camera for shooting street photographs.

Is the Nikon D5600 good for food photography?

The Nikon D5600 can be used for culinary photography; however, you may need a macro lens to get close-up photos of the food.

How long does a Nikon D5600 last?

The Nikon D5600’s lifetime is determined by how it is used, but it has the potential to last for several years if it is properly maintained.

Is Nikon D5600 weather sealed?

The Nikon D5600 does not feature a weather-sealing mechanism.

Does Nikon D5600 have face detection?

Face recognition autofocus is available on the Nikon D5600.

What are the limitations of the Nikon D5600?

Autofocus functionality is the primary area where the Nikon D5600 falls short, along with the camera’s restricted buffer depth.

What is the lowest price of the Nikon D5600?

The Nikon D5600 can be purchased brand new for approximately $700 at the very least.

Does Nikon D5600 have a touch screen?

The Nikon D5600 features a touch screen that enables users to examine captured pictures and adjust the camera’s settings.

Why are my pictures blurry, Nikon D5600?

There are several reasons why photographs come out blurry, the most common of which are an incorrect focus setting, camera movement, or inadequate lighting.

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