Nikon D5600 review
Nikon’s entry-level DSLRs can be split into two groups: the D3xxx series, embodied by the excellent D3300, offering a very affordable way in DSLR photography; And the D5XXX series of DSLRs designed for those looking for a few more features and greater creative control.
The D5600 is the latest camera in this latest series, replacing the 18-month-old D5500, which is now becoming difficult to detect.
As we saw with the recent D3400 upgrade to the D3300, instead of ushering in a large number of radical changes Nikon has opted for a more modest update, with the most notable new feature being the inclusion of Nikon’s snap bridge Technology, which facilitates easy and automatic transfer of images directly from camera to smart device.
NIKON D5600 SPECS
Sensor: 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS
Objective bezel: Nikon F-Mount
Screen: 3.2-inch Vari-Angle touchscreen, 1,037,000 dots
Burst shooting: 5fps
Auto Focus: 39-point AF
Video: Full HD 1080p
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth
Battery life: 820 shots
Excellent APS-C CMOS sensor with 24.2 MP resolution
Beautiful and large 3.2-inch, Vari-Angle touchscreen
1080p Video only recording
As far as the features go, the specs for the D5600 are practically identical to those of the D5500. Resolution remains the same in a decent 24.2 MP, with the APS-C-sized CMOS sensor again avoiding a low-pass optical filter in the search to pull out even more details from the recorded data.
The D5600 also uses the same EXPEED 4 image processor, with a range of native sensitivity ranging from Hispanic to 25,600 meaning should be quite comfortable shooting in a range of lighting conditions.
The optical viewfinder provides 95% coverage of the chassis (rather standard on an entry-level DSLR), so for some key shots it is advisable to check the composition on the rear display to ensure that nothing unwanted has crept into the edges Extremes of the frame.
Speaking of the display, there is the same 3.2-inch Vari-angle touchscreen display with a 1,037,000-dot resolution, although its operation has been improved. Now offers the frame-advance bar we have seen on both D5 and D500 to accelerate switching activation through images, as well as a cropping function for use during playback.
Another addition to the D5600 above the D5500 is the Nikon Timelapse movie feature, as described on the models higher up the Nikon range. This allows for Timelapse footage to be captured and put together entirely in-camera, with a smoothing exposure feature helping to uniforms-out lighting variations as the sequence is captured.
While other manufacturers are starting to offer 4k video capture as standard, Nikon has, somewhat disappointingly, decided to stick with 1080p capture here, with a choice of 60p, 50 cents, 30p, 25p and 24p frame rate. The D5600 has a small stereo microphone positioned right in front of the sled; If you want to use a dedicated mic, there is a 2.5 mm port on the side of the camera.
As we touched, the most pronounced difference between the D5500 and D5600 is the inclusion of Nikon SnapBridge connectivity. While the D5500 featured Wi-Fi and NFC for image transfer, SnapBridge creates a constant connection between the camera and the smart device, once you’ve downloaded the free SnapBridge application and the initial setup was Completed.
Using a low-energy Bluetooth connection, lots of images-or better 2MP JPEG versions to be precise-can be transferred automatically from the D5600 to the device, or you can select individual images to be transferred to full Size, although this is only JPEG-only.
SnapBridge can also be used to transfer movies wirelessly, and for remote capture of still images-in these cases Wi-Fi is used rather than Bluetooth.
The D5600 can only be purchased body, but it will more than likely be purchased with the bundle AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR Lens (there’s a non-VR version as well, but for a few bucks or more pounds It’s definitely worth the extra expense for a lens with anti-shake technology) .
The lens is nice and compact, as well as offering the new Nikon Silent AF and up to four stops of image stabilization. It’s more than up to the work of getting you started, and it’s fine for general photography, though to make the most of the camera’s 24MP sensor, you’ll want to think about investing in extra lenses along the line.
Excellent image quality
Worthy AF System
Snap Bridge needs work
1080p Video only
Pricey compared to rivals