Nikon D5600 Review

Nikon D5600 Review

With the Nikon D5600, Nikon introduced the successor of the D5500 at the end of last year. There aren’t many changes to the well-equipped Hobby DSLR, which ranks above the recently tested D3400.

We have a review of the Nikon D7500 in this article.

The Nikon D5600 now supports Nikon’s Snapbridge technology, which is based on Bluetooth and WLAN and was introduced last year. In addition, the solid equipment and features presented by Nikon, such as the APS-C sensor with 24-megapixel resolution or the 39-point autofocus as well as the rotatable and swiveling 8.1-centimeter touch screen with touchpad function, remains the same. In the test, the Nikon D5600 must now show what it is good for.

The 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, the 39-point autofocus, and the 8.1-centimeter, rotatable and swiveling touchscreen are just a few of the features that remain. New, however, is Snapbridge, which Nikon introduced at the beginning of the year and is equipping more and more cameras with it.

Thanks to Bluetooth, there is a permanent connection to the smartphone to transmit images and retrieve position data.

Pros And Cons Of The Nikon D5600

Pros

  • Good ergonomics with distinctive handle
  • Mobile touch screen with AF touchpad or Fn function
  • Very fast autofocus
  • Very good image quality up to ISO 1.600

Cons

  • Small viewfinder
  • No dimming function (depth of field preview)
  • For today’s conditions old serial picture function (only 5 fps for only 9 raw pictures)
  • Actually not so slow contrast autofocus in video occasionally overtaxed

 

The Nikon D5600 is slightly above the beginner class in the hobby class and offers a larger range of functions than the D3400. With this DSLR, Nikon wants to win smartphone photographers as new customers, among others, who can share their photos and videos online at any time via smartphone thanks to Snapbridge.

The Nikon D5600 with its 24-megapixel APS-C sensor promises a high image quality with many details and thanks to the interchangeable lenses, great flexibility to adjust to the subject with the appropriate lens.

As a DSLR, the Nikon D5600 offers a single-lens reflex viewfinder that works with a Penta mirror design. The viewfinder covers 95 percent of the image field and magnifies 0.82x, which is equivalent to 0.55x magnification for a small image. The fast phase autofocus with its 39 measuring points is only available when the viewfinder is used, of which nine work as high-quality cross sensors. The Nikon takes five continuous shots per second with autofocus tracking (AF-C).

In Live View, the autofocus is slower, but the photographer can use the 8.1 centimeters large, rotating and swiveling touch screen, which has a resolution of 1.04 million pixels.

By the way, the touch capability is also active when looking through the viewfinder, so that the autofocus point can be conveniently selected with the finger. A new feature is the scroll bar in playback mode taken over from the D5 and D500, which is intended to facilitate scrolling in large image quantities.

The Nikon D5600 records videos at maximum Full HD resolution with up to 60 frames per second. Thanks to built-in stereo microphones and an external microphone connection, there is also a good sound to the video. A new feature is the ability to combine photos taken with the interval shooting function into a time-lapse video.

But the biggest innovation of the Nikon D5600 is Snapbridge. This is a bundling on Bluetooth and WLAN, also NFC controls the Nikon. Bluetooth provides an energy-saving, durable connection to the smartphone.

In the background, the GPS data from the smartphone is transmitted to the camera and images in a resolution of fewer than 2 megapixels (or larger if desired) are transmitted to the smartphone, so that they are available at any time, for example for sharing in social networks.

WLAN is activated for the transmission of high-resolution images and videos. The WLAN connection is also used for the remote control function. The app, available free of charge for iOS and Android, then displays the live image of the camera and enables wireless remote triggering

Ergonomics and Workmanship

The housing of the 465 gram light Nikon D5600 is made of well-processed plastic (660 grams with the set lens AF-P 18-55 VR).

The workmanship makes an overall good impression with only small, but not always even gap dimensions, generous rubber leathering, and the pronounced handle with the deep engagement between grip bead and bayonet.

The case doesn’t give way even with a hefty grip and doesn’t make any trust-reducing noises either.

For small to medium-sized hands, the handle also offers enough space for the little finger. The thumbwheel is very easy to use, but Nikon, unfortunately, does without a second wheel. If you look at the SLR viewfinder, you’ll see that it’s quite a good viewfinder with a lot of information including grid fade in, but it’s not particularly large with 0.55x magnification equivalent to a small picture.

The slightly too small exit pupil provides a slight shading in the corners of spectacle wearers, the diopter correction is somewhat sparse. Too bad, because the viewfinder is one of the central arguments for a DSLR.

The Nikon D5600’s 8.1-centimeter touchscreen can be swiveled and rotated. The characteristic single-lens reflex viewfinder, on the other hand, is somewhat puny.

 

nikon d5600The Nikon D5600 is aimed at hobby photographers who expect a little more equipment than in the entry-level class and want to make use of Nikon’s wide range of lenses.

But the Nikon D5600 with its 8.1 centimeters large, rotatable, and swiveling screen knows how to convince. Once pulled on the practical Live View lever, it shows a clear, colorful, and high-contrast image; without Live View, it serves as an informative status display.

With the AF-P 18-55 VR used in the test, the 39-point autofocus is extremely fast, and regardless of the focal length selected, it focuses and triggers within 0.17 seconds. Especially when you consider that half of the time is needed to fold up the mirror, close the aperture, and open the mechanical shutter.

This, of course, only applies when looking through the viewfinder, because with Live View the Nikon D5600 has to fall back on the contrast autofocus, because the fast autofocus sensor, which makes up a DSLR next to the viewfinder and interchangeable lens bayonet, is “blind” in Live View through the upturned mirror.

But thanks to Nikon’s improvements and the lens optimized for contrast autofocus, even with Live View, “only” 0.7 to 0.8 seconds pass before the image is in the box, including focusing.

The release delay of a quarter of a second has a considerable part to play here. This makes the Nikon D5600 very fast compared to earlier DSLRs in Live View. The Live View is still not suitable for action scenes but offers more flexibility thanks to the movable screen.

The display is a touch screen, whose touch sensitivity is also active while looking through the viewfinder. Thanks to the proximity sensor above the viewfinder, the screen display switches off automatically.

While looking through the viewfinder, the touchscreen can be used as a simple giant function button or as a clever autofocus touchpad so that you can move the focus point with your finger on the screen when looking through the viewfinder. If you don’t particularly like the screen on your DSLR, you can also flip it upside down with the Nikon D5600, which also protects the screen from scratches.

In addition, the Nikon D5600 has a number of other dedicated controls such as the magnifying glass buttons, a video recording button, the important AE-L/AF-L button, and three additional buttons on the bayonet side. The flash button not only unlocks the flash but also allows you to select the flash program when you press it again.

Unfortunately, there are no specific buttons on the case, for example, to adjust the white balance or ISO sensitivity. The latter in particular is regrettable since ISO sensitivity is an important recording parameter in modern cameras in addition to exposure time and aperture.

Fortunately, there is not only the screen as a “function key”, but also another function button, which – the engineers have thought along – is preset with the ISO sensitivity setting.

What is definitely missing, however, and is actually part of the basic equipment of a DSLR, is a dipping button; such a function cannot be programmed on the function button either. This means that the photographer has no chance of getting a preview of the depth of field, an essential design feature of a camera with a large image sensor and a fast lens. For other important recording parameters that are not accessible via buttons, there is a quick menu that can be called either via the “i” button or the “i” button on the information screen. Other important recording parameters can be adjusted here.

The Nikon D5600 is also equipped with plenty of interfaces. On the handle side, there is the mini HDMI socket (type C) for a slide show on the home flat-screen TV. On the left side of the housing, there is a micro-USB interface that does not charge the battery.

In addition, a stereo microphone and a cable remote release connection can be found here. An infrared receiver for remote triggering is no longer available! The lithium-ion battery is located in the handle and can be removed from below for charging in the supplied plug-in charger.

One battery charge is sufficient for a sumptuous 970 shots according to the CIPA standard, even though the integrated flash with a guide number of twelve is ignited with every second shot. However, the Live View and the wireless functions are not taken into account; both are not at all to be sneezed at power guzzlers, while the Bluetooth still holds back well thanks to the energy-saving functions.

 

nikon d5600The Nikon AF-P 18-55 mm VR is not only compactly built, it also delivers solid image quality and has a rapid autofocus drive.

 

nikon d5600Thanks to the pronounced grip, the Nikon D5600 fits very well in the hand.

The SD memory card is conveniently removed from the side so that it can also be accessed on the tripod.

In addition, the tripod thread is located in the optical axis and far enough away from the battery compartment so that it is not blocked by a quick-release plate.

With the memory card, it’s worth taking a quick UHS-I model, as we were able to determine a write speed of just over 72 MByte per second. Especially in view of the somewhat small buffer memory, a fast card is doubly worthwhile.

Equipment And Features

The Nikon D5600 has a program selector wheel with eight positions. Three of these are reserved for beginner automatic functions, such as the fully automatic, the 16 scene mode programs, and the effects programs. However, a panorama function is missing.

In contrast to the automatic programs, the photographer has more influence on the shooting parameters in the classic creative programs P, A, S, and M. The automatic programs are not as easy to use as the automatic ones. For example, the aperture or the exposure time or, optionally, both can be manually preselected.

If you want to use the ISO automatic, you have to activate it in the menu. Here the Nikon D5600 behaves quite confusingly. If the ISO automatic is activated in the creative programs, you can still set the ISO sensitivity. Then the camera uses the highest ISO sensitivity. So if you set ISO 100 and the automatic control wants to control ISO 400, the automatic control wins. If you set ISO 800 and the automatic system wants to set to ISO 400, the manual setting wins. This also works with manual exposure, even with exposure compensation, which in this case must be set via the quick menu.

Only in the scene mode programs does it work as you would expect it to. Below ISO 100 is the position for the ISO automatic, so that you can conveniently switch between automatic and manual settings with the function button programmed to ISO.

The Nikon D5600 records exposure series with a maximum of three images, whereby the gradations between 1/3 and 2 EV can be finely selected. Those who like to take HDR shots can have them taken by the camera, which takes two photos and automatically charges them. How strong the HDR effect should be can be pre-set or left to the automatic control. The Active-D-Lighting function, which brightens the shadows in selectable levels or also by automatic control and thus makes more details visible, offers no real HDR effect, but an image improvement with hard contrasts.

The continuous advance function works at a rate of just five frames per second. What used to be regarded as fast is now almost slow in the age of mirrorless system cameras, which sometimes reach twice the speed in this class.

The Nikon D5600 only has a small buffer memory, which only holds 9 raw or 21 JPEG images. Thus, it is possible to record some reasonably long series in JPEG, especially as with a fast memory card, even with a full buffer, one still achieves more than four series images per second. After 100 pictures at the latest, however, it’s over why Nikon has built in this limit.

By the way, those who choose 14 bits instead of 12 bits color depth in the raw data format have to be content with four instead of five serial images per second. In any case, the 39-point AF is able to easily follow a moving subject with the help of the AF-C.

Of course, a video function should not be missing with a modern DSLR. Despite the 24 megapixel resolution of the sensor, however, this is limited to the Full HD resolution, but at least with a smooth 60 frames per second. The integrated microphone records in stereo and the level are also shown on the display. An external stereo microphone can be connected on request. However, continuous autofocus (AF-F in Live View) works only moderately well in video recording.

It reacts with a slight delay to changing recording distances and then adjusts the sharpness with a slight pumping action. Sometimes he doesn’t focus either and keeps filming out of focus. The video function is therefore still not a strength with DSLRs, at least not for automatic videographers. The aperture setting has no effect on video recordings, by the way, but the integrated microphone picks up operating noises all too clearly.

 

nikon d5600

The APS-C large image sensor of the Nikon D5600 delivers with its 24 megapixels resolution up to ISO 1.600 a very good image quality.

 

nikon d5600The metal tripod thread of the Nikon D5600 sits in the optical axis, the far-away battery compartment can also be opened easily with the quick release plate attached.

The integrated flash unit opens automatically in the scene mode programs and also offers good performance with a guide number of twelve.

In addition, the Nikon D5600 has various flash modes, such as long-term synchronization or flash at the end instead of at the beginning of the exposure. The flash sync time of 1/200 seconds is fine, flash exposure correction can also be activated. Red-eye reduction is achieved by using the white AF auxiliary light, which blinds the subject before the actual shot so that the pupils narrow and do not reflect a red flash.

Thanks to the TTL system flash shoe, Nikon’s well-developed system flash program can also be used. However, it is not possible to control external flash units wirelessly with the integrated flash; a system flash unit must be plugged onto the camera for this purpose.

Nikon’s Snapbridge function is one of the biggest innovations of the Nikon D5600. So far our experiences have been rather mixed, which is mainly due to the rudimentary, not particularly reliable app. Unfortunately, nothing has changed. The Bluetooth connection with or without NFC worked reliably with the Nikon D5600.

Photos with two megapixels resolution were transferred to the smartphone in the background if the function was activated. The time synchronization and the GPS function also worked reliably. It looked different from the WLAN connection.

We couldn’t get a Sony Xperia Z with Android 10.0 in its May 2020 update to connect to the Nikon via WLAN in order to transfer high-resolution photos or remotely control the camera. A cheap Chinese smartphone with Android 6.0, on the other hand, could be coupled without any problems.

The remote control function with Live-View and only one activatable self-timer, however, lags further behind the functionality of similar apps from other manufacturers, which allow extensive configuration of the recording parameters.

Also, a pure remote release function, for which the Bluetooth connection would be sufficient, unfortunately, does not exist. This is reserved for Nikon’s key mission action cams, for which Nikon offers a small Bluetooth remote control. Too bad, that would have been an adequate replacement for the missing infrared interface.

Picture Quality Of The Nikon D5600

Good image quality continues to be one of the main features that people associate with a DSLR and it is often for this reason that they choose such a camera, even if many buyers make little use of the flexibility of interchangeable lenses. With a 24 megapixel sensor in APS-C format, the Nikon D5600 has good prerequisites for meeting the expectations that have been set.

For our test, the Nikon D5600 took part with the relatively new set lens AF-P 18-55 VR, which not only has a compact design, but also very fast autofocus, even in Live View (see the section “Ergonomics and Workmanship”).

With a focal length of 27 to 83 millimeters (conversion factor 1.5) equivalent to a small image, it covers an everyday area. The picture quality is also good. Thus the lens already has a high resolution with an open aperture, the resolution hardly increases when stopped down.

Up to 60 line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm) in the 35mm equivalent are achieved at short and medium focal lengths in the center of the image, while at 57 lp/mm it is hardly less at long focal lengths. At the edge of the image, however, up to 33 percent fewer line pairs are resolved. However, the edge resolution increases more strongly during dimming than in the center of the image, so that at approx. F8 to F11 it is possible to photograph with quite uniform resolution and high edge sharpness (50 to 53 lp/mm). Further than F11, one should not continue dimming down if possible, because the diffraction then starts massively and reduces the resolution considerably.

 

nikon d5600Nikon has placed the HDMI socket and the NFC chip on the handle side of the Nikon D5600.

 

nikon d5600On the left side of the Nikon D5600, there are important control buttons: The freely assignable Fn button is sensibly preset with ISO sensitivity, the button at the bottom activates the self-timer or the continuous shooting function.

 

The edge darkening also becomes better (i.e. less) when you dim. In wide-angle, this achieves 1.3 f-stops with an open aperture, which corresponds to 60 percent light loss in the corners. But not only dimming down, zooming in and out also reduces edge darkening. The distortion is also strongly dependent on the focal length and naturally occurs most strongly in the wide-angle angle, where it clearly catches the eye with its 3.5 percent ton shape. At medium and long focal lengths, however, the approximately 0.5 percent distortion is barely noticeable.

A further point of criticism has to be made of the lens with regard to chromatic aberrations. On average, these are hardly of any importance, but in the wide-angle at the edge of the picture, they are extremely powerful and cannot be overlooked. Like all inexpensive set lenses, the Nikon AF-P 18-55 VR shows some weak points, especially at the lower end of the focal length, but overall it’s a quite decent set lens.

The camera itself shows a very good image quality up to ISO 1,600. The signal-to-noise ratio does not fly high but is within the acceptable range of over 35 dB up to ISO 1,600. The fine noise grain only becomes coarser with greatly increased ISO sensitivity.

Brightness noise becomes slightly visible from ISO 3,200 and more visible from ISO 12,800, while color noise plays no role with the exception of slight visibility at the highest sensitivity setting of ISO 25,600. The noise reduction works well without visibly reducing fine textures up to ISO 800. Only at ISO 1.600 do the finest structures become somewhat softer, but even at ISO 3.200, sufficient details are still visible. However, this makes the images unmistakably softer.

The dynamic range moves up to ISO 800 on a solid level of just over ten f-stops, at ISO 1.600 it is just under ten. Only at ISO 6.400 the dynamic range becomes significantly worse, especially at ISO 25.600. The tonal value curve is balanced in order to provide crisper contrasts, especially in medium brightness.

Sharpness is also well-tuned so that the sharpness artifacts do not interfere with the image with a maximum of ten percent, while the images give a sharp impression. The Nikon D5600 doesn’t do quite as well with the output range. Here in particular strong differences in the color channels are to be noticed, i.e. considerably more brightness gradations are shown in green than in red, blue lies even under it.

While the brightness channel performs very well at ISO 100 (over 224 of 256 possible gradations) and is just good up to ISO 1,600 with just under 160 gradations, the blue channel starts at ISO 100 with less than 160 gradations in the only acceptable range and even falls just short of the 128 gradations mark at ISO 1,600, which is just half of the 256 possible gradations. However, it only becomes critical above ISO 6,400, where the value even drops below 100. In practice, this means that color gradients, especially if they run within a color channel, can sometimes appear somewhat stepped. In the case of blue, for example, in the sky.

 

nikon d5600Nikon D5600 memory card and battery compartment.

The white balance, on the other hand, works well, even the color rendering shows only slight deviations on average, but with some typical maxima such as a stronger saturation of violet and magenta hues or a slightly red-heavy orange or blue-heavy cyan. All in all, this can be summarized under the term “Nikon colors” and in the end, it doesn’t provide a true to original color reproduction, but it does provide a subjectively beautiful color impression. This impression can be applied to the entire image quality.

In JPEG, the Nikon D5600 has a well-balanced image processing with a beautiful image reproduction. Colors, contrasts, and resolution are moderately enhanced for a pleasant image impression, but without any great drawbacks. For those who like it more exact or more individual, JPEG offers numerous possibilities to adjust the corresponding image parameters in the camera.

The Nikon can also record in raw data format, which gives the photographer full freedom on the PC anyway, starting with the choice of the raw data converter up to all individual image parameters.

 

Bottom line: Is The Nikon D5600 Worth It?

All in all, the Nikon D5600 leaves a positive impression. The case is neatly finished and the features´ list leaves little to be desired.

Ergonomics are also good, not only when touching, but also when operating. Especially the APS-C-DSLR doesn’t disappoint with the image quality and delivers what one expects from it, namely very good image results up to ISO 1.600, but also at ISO 3.200 the images are still good.

The Nikon D5600 has to put up with light criticism for its somewhat puny viewfinder, whereas it scores with the rotatable and swiveling touchscreen.

The Snapbridge works very well in parts, for example with the Bluetooth connection and thus the GPS connection. The remote control functions, on the other hand, are very rudimentary. Even more annoying are the connection problems, which strongly depend on the smartphone model used.

Both are also reflected in the user ratings of the Snapbridge app. Nonetheless, the Nikon D5600 is a good camera that performs its main function very well without serious weaknesses.

Firmware For Snapbridge Error Correction

Nikon provides new firmware updates for download for the DSLRs D3400, Nikon D5600, D7200, D500, D750, D810, and D810A as well as for the system flash SB-5000 and the WLAN module WT-7.

The versions C 1.11 for the D3400, C 1.01 for the Nikon D5600, and C 1.12 for the D500 only fix a connection problem of the camera to the Snapbridge app under iOS 10.2. The D7200, D750, D810, and D810A now support the WLAN adapter WT-7, in addition, numerous bugs are fixed.

The WLAN adapter WT-7 itself also requires a firmware update to version 1.1 to support the four new DSLRs. In addition, a problem has been fixed which prevented PASV mode connections to certain FTP servers and the HTTP server mode is now available in more languages.

The firmware update C 1.02 for the Nikon D7200 ensures, besides the support of the WT-7, that for photos taken in Live-View with lenses with electromagnetically controlled aperture (lens types E and PC-E), the exposure is now optimal, which was sometimes not the case before.

In addition, a problem with Auto-Distortion Correction is fixed. Although this was enabled, distortion could be visible at the edges of photos taken with the image quality setting to NEF (RAW) + JPEG Fine and the image size setting to M. Also, sometimes no images were recorded at all. It should also be noted that the settings are lost during this firmware update.

However, it is possible to save them to a memory card beforehand using the corresponding menu function and reload them after the firmware update.

The D750 also struggled with the problems of image recording and distortion correction, which the firmware update C 1.11 fixes. In addition, the RGB histogram display is corrected during playback because it sometimes displayed incorrect values. In addition, the setting selected for Individual function f5 (dials) > Function assignment in the Individual functions menu of group f (controls) was not saved if the Save settings command was executed in the System menu under “Settings” on a memory card.

The image recording and distortion correction were also a problem with the D810, which is solved with the firmware update C 1.12 in addition to the compatibility to the WT-7. Also, multiple exposures were not recorded correctly, and the RGB histogram display showed incorrect histograms for some images during playback.

Furthermore, photo shots could be incorrectly exposed immediately after changing the lens.

Also, the Protected Files icon was not displayed correctly. Another problem was the Auto Distortion Correction turned on: it could happen that the camera stopped responding if the user wanted to take pictures with the following settings: NEF (RAW) + JPEG Fine for image quality, S for NEF (RAW) settings > image size and RAW primary, JPEG secondary for secondary memory card slot function.

The last problem resolved was the exposure times for the “electronic 1st curtain shutter”, which were sometimes shorter than 1/2000 sec.

 

nikon d5600Nikon WT-7

 

 

nikon d5600Nikon SB-5000

 

However, the changes in firmware update C 1.02 for the D810A are minor: The camera sometimes stopped responding when a WR-R10 radio remote control with firmware version 3.00 was installed.

The firmware update 14.002 for the SB-5000 fixes a problem with the zoom function that did not work as expected at low temperatures.

In addition, the AF Assist Light was not activated when the flash mode was set to AF Only (no flash transmission, only AF Assist Light mode) after the camera was turned on or woken when the shutter-release button was pressed until the first pressure point.

The firmware updates can be downloaded from the Nikon website and installed by the user according to the instructions provided there. Anyone who does not have the confidence in this process should be able to get help from their specialist dealer or the Nikon service.

 

Specifications Of The Nikon D5600

Fact sheet
Manufacturer Nikon
Model Nikon D5600
Sensor CMOS APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm (crop factor 1.5) – 24.8 megapixels (physical) – 24.2 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 3.9 µm
Resolution (max.) 4.496 x 3.000 (3:2)
Video (max.) 1.920 x 1.080 60p
Lens Nikon AF-P 18-55 mm 3.5-5.6G DX VR (Zoom Lens)
Reflex viewfinder Mirror viewfinder, 95 percent image field coverage, 0.82x magnification (sensor-related), 0.55x magnification (KB equivalent), 17 mm eye distance, diopter correction from -1.7 to 0.5 DPT, fixed focusing screen
Monitor 3.2″ (8.1 cm)
Disbandment 1.037.000 pixels
tiltable
rotatable yes
swiveling yes
Touchscreen yes
AV connector HDMI Mini Output (Type C)
Fully automatic yes
Automatic objective control
Scene modes 16 scene odes are available
Program automation yes
Program shift yes
Aperture priority yes
Aperture priority yes
Manual yes
Bulb long time exposure yes
HDR function yes
Panorama function no
Exposure metering Matrix/multi-field measurement (2,016 fields), center-weighted integral measurement, spot measurement
fastest shutter speed 1/4.000 s
Flash built-in flash
Synchronous time 1/200 s
Flash connection Hot shoe: Nikon, standard center contact
WLAN yes
NFC yes
GPS external, permanent smartphone connection|wired or plug-on receiver
Remote release yes, cable release, remote control via Smartphone/Tablet
Interval shooting yes
Storage medium
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I)
Sensitivity
automatic ISO 100-25.600
manually ISO 100-25.600
White balance
automatic yes
manual measurement yes
Kelvin input
Fine correction yes
Autofocus yes
Number of measuring fields 9 Cross sensors30
Line sensors
Speed Phase autofocus: 0.17 sLive View autofocus: 0.73 s to 0.77 s
AF auxiliary light LED
Dimensions (mm) 124 x 97 x 70 mm
Weight (ready for operation) 465 g (housing only) 661 g (with lens)
Tripod socket located in the optical axis
Zoom
Zoom adjustment manual on lens
Battery life 970 images (according to CIPA standard)
– = “not applicable” or “not available”

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Good ergonomics with distinctive handle
  • Mobile touch screen with AF touchpad or Fn function
  • Very fast autofocus
  • Very good image quality up to ISO 1.600

Cons

  • Small viewfinder
  • No dimming function (depth of field preview)
  • For today’s conditions old serial picture function (only 5 fps for only 9 raw pictures)
  • Actually not so slow contrast autofocus in video occasionally overtaxed

Nikon D5600 Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm (crop factor 1.5) 24.8 megapixels (physical) and 24.2 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 3.9 µm
Photo resolution
4.496 x 3.000 pixels (3:2)
4.240 x 2.832 pixels (3:2)
2.992 x 2.000 pixels (3:2)
Picture formats JPG, RAW
Color depth 36 bits (12 bits per color channel), 42 bits (14 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.3), DCF standard (version 2.0)
Video resolution
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 60 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 24 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 60 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 50 p
Video format
MOV (Codec H.264)
Audio format (video) LPCM

Lens

Lens mount
Nikon F

Focusing

Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus with 9 cross sensors, autofocus working range from -1 EV to 19 EV, contrast autofocus
Autofocus Functions Single Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus, Manual, AFL Function, AF Assist Light (LED), Focus Magnifier

Viewfinder and Monitor

Reflex viewfinder Reflex viewfinder (95 % image coverage), 17 mm eye relief with 0.82x magnification (0.6x KB equivalent), diopter compensation (-1.7 to +0.5 DPT), grating can be faded in
Monitor 3.2″ (8.1 cm) TFT LCD monitor with 1,037,000 pixels, viewing angle 170°, anti-reflective, brightness adjustable, tiltable 180°, rotatable 270°, with touch screen

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 2,016 fields, spot measurement (measurement over 3% of the image field), AF-AE coupling
Exposure times 1/4,000 to 30 s (automatic) 1/4,000 to 30 s (manual)
Bulb function
Exposure control Fully Automatic, Program Automatic (with Program Shift), Aperture Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual
Bracketing function Bracket function with maximum 3 shots, step size from 1/3 to 2 EV, HDR function
Exposure compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV with step size from 1/3 to 1/2 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 100 to ISO 25.600 (automatic) ISO 100 to ISO 25.600 (manual)
Remote access Remote release, cable release, remote control via smartphone/tablet
Scene modes Flowers, Twilight, Indoor, Candlelight, Kids, Landscape, Night Scene, Night Portrait, Close-up, Portrait, Sunset, Food, Sports/Action, Beach/Snow, Animals, and one more scene mode
Picture effects High Key, Low Key, Miniature Effect, Selective Color, Toy Camera, Vivid, 4 more Image Effects
White balance Auto, Cloudy, Sun, White balance bracket, Fine-tune, Shadow, Flash, Fluorescent lamp with 7 presets, Incandescent lamp, Manual
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
Continuous shooting 5.0 fps at the highest resolution, 4 frames per second (14-bit RAW)
Self-timer Self-timer with intervals of 2 or 20 s, Features: 1 to 9 shots
Timer Timer/interval recording with max. 9,999 recordings, start time adjustable
Shooting functions Mirror lock-up, AEL function, AFL function

Flashgun Of The Nikon D5600

Flash built-in flash (hinged) flash shoe: Nikon, standard center contact
Flash range Flash sync time 1/200 s
Flash number Guide number 12 (ISO 100)
Flash functions Auto, Fill-in flash, Flash on, Flash off, Slow sync, Flash on second shutter curtain, Red-eye reduction by the lamp, Flash exposure compensation from -3.0 EV to +1.0 EV

Equipment And Features

Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
Memory
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I)
GPS function GPS external (permanent smartphone connection|wired or plug-on receiver)
Microphone Stereo
Power supply Power supply connection
Power supply 1 x Nikon EN-EL14a (lithium-ion (Li-Ion), 7.3 V, 1,230 mAh) 970 pictures according to CIPA standard – Nikon EH-5a power supply – Nikon EH-5B power supply
Playback Functions Red-eye retouching, video editing, image cropping, image rotation, image protection, highlight/shadow warning, playback histogram, playback magnifier, image index, slide show function, zoom out
Voice memo Voice memo (LPCM format)
Face recognition Face recognition
Picture parameters Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Special functions The grid can be faded in, orientation sensor, Live View
Ports Data interfaces: Bluetooth, USB – USB-Type: USB 2.0 High SpeedWLAN
: available (Type: B, G) NFC: available
AV connectors AV output: HDMI output Mini (Type C) Audio input: yes (3.5 mm jack (stereo, 3-pin)) – Audio output: no
Supported direct printing methods PictBridge
Tripod socket 1/4″ in the optical axis
Features and Miscellaneous Active D-Lighting Contrast adjustment (5 levels) incl. exposure bracket, eye sensor, time lapse, SnapBridge

Size and weight

Dimensions W x H x D 124 x 97 x 70 mm
Weight 465 g (ready for operation)

Other

included accessories Nikon AN-DC3 Storage AccessoriesNikon
BF-1B (Case Cover)
Nikon DK-24 (Eyecup)
Nikon EG-CP16 Audio / Video CableNikon
EN-EL14a Special BatteryNikon
MH-24 Charger for Special BatteriesNikon
UC-E23 USB Cable
optional accessory Nikon BF-1B (Case Cover) Nikon DK-25 (Eyecup) – Nikon EH-5a Power SupplyNikon EH-5B Power SupplyNikonGP-1 (GPS Receiver)
Nikon MC-DC2 Cable Remote TriggerNikon
ME-1 (Microphone)NikonMH-24 Charger for Special BatteriesNikon
WR-1 (Wireless Remote Control)
Nikon WR-R10 Wireless Remote Control
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Peter Dench
I am Peter Dench. Digital Photographer, born in London 1972, currently living in Deerfield, near Chicago. I have numerous photography expositions and also working in model photography. In this website, PhotoPoint, I usually review cameras provided by local dealers in Illinois and by the manufacturers. Sometimes I, Peter Dench, review lenses too, but only when I have a suitable camera for them. Please let me know in the comments if I can improve any of these articles.