Nikon D5600 Review

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

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

Producing a truly fantastic compact DSLR isn’t nearly enough nowadays due to declining camera sales as well as competition from smaller mirrorless versions as well as 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 of a drain on your battery life as is humanly possible.

As a result, the primary difference between this model and its predecessor, the D5500, is the inclusion of the SnapBridge feature. It might seem like a minor adjustment, but we believe that it will either make or break this model. We also believe that 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 of the competing manufacturers appear to be doing.

Nikon D5600 Body & Design

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

On the rear of such a little camera, the touchscreen is 3.2 inches, which seems enormous. Nikon has also made an effort to carve out a comfortable grip for the camera, despite the fact that the camera is so compact. The viewfinder, on the other hand, is a compact pentamirror design that has 95% coverage in each dimension. This means that it is not particularly big, bright, or accurate for framing, which is one feature that suffers as a result of the 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, are able to make effective use of the dynamic range of the sensor 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 color response of the camera is not up to par with the very best of its competitors, but it is typically not unpleasant, and of course, this is largely 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 that are 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 in focus, 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 that they are on par with the through-the-viewfinder experience in terms of 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×
Screen / viewfinder
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 upnight portraitnight landscapeparty/indoorbeach/snowsunsetdusk/dawnpet portraitcandlelightblossomautumn colorsfood
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 frameContinuous (low, high)Quiet shutter releaseSelf-timerInterval timer
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
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 on the market, but the majority of its core capabilities are quite well-developed. The user interface is (for the most part) well designed for the audience that 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, despite the fact that it isn’t always as smooth and easy as it should be in its use. There is currently no camera that makes it simpler to transfer photos from a camera to a mobile device, and this will remain the case until the D5600’s competitors develop implementations that are equivalent to or superior to the D5600’s.

Good For
  • Good ergonomics, aided by touchscreen
  • Excellent image sensor
  • Solid JPEG output, great Raw quality
Need Improvements
  • Touchpad operation only useful to right-eye shooters
  • Video autofocus is poor and there’s no aperture control while you’re
  • SnapBridge isn’t dependable on all devices
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The Nikon D5600 is the company's entry-level DSLR, but it's also their most compact and best-connected model to date. Nikon has been on somewhat of a run as of late, producing great DSLRs that have nice ergonomics, consistent metering, some of the best image sensors,...Nikon D5600 Review