Nikon D5600 Review- A Fantastic DX Format Mid-range DSLR

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Highlights

Rs. 53,450

Pros

• Brilliant image quality
• Captures precise colors
• Great low light performance
• Tons of features
• Fantastic Autofocus
• Super fast touchscreen
• Snapbridge works well
• External Microphone support

Cons

• Focus gets tricky in low lighting (depends on lens as well)
• Still a Pentamirror viewfinder
• Video recording captures too much of lens sound
• Lacks facial recognition

Nikon D5600 is a mid range entry level DSLR that features a 24-megapixel image sensor with Expeed 4 image-processing engine and a touch screen LCD display to painlessly take photographs at narrow angles.
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Introduction

After reviewing the Nikon D3400(Review), we finally prepared the review of Nikon’s D5600 DSLR for you. And the review was equal fun as that of D3400. Well, indeed both the cameras are priced differently and there’s no point of comparing the two, however there are still some points that we’ll discuss upon in the later section of the review. Now, let’s get back to the Nikon D5600, the Mid-range DSLR that features tons of features and lots of competence in a light weight Carbon-fiber monocoque body (nothing but plastic).

Nikon D5600 DSLR

Also Read- Nikon D3300 Review

The Nikon D5600 is a successor to the Nikon’s D5500 camera with some intuitive technological upgrades. The DX format D5600 features the latest Bluetooth low light technology that enables you to playback images or captures images on the Nikon’s Snapbridge smartphone application. It has a professional looking casing that allows you quickly scroll through photos and videos with no trouble. And the new Timelapse function gives it an additional boost for the price tag it comes at.

Before we start the review, let’s look at some key specifications of the camera.

  • Sensor size- 23.5 mm x 15.6 mm
  • Image sensor type- CMOS
  • Total Pixels- 24.78 million
  • Effective Pixels- 24.2 million
  • Supported File Format- NEF (RAW): 12- or 14 bit, compressed JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
  • Frame Coverage- Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
  • Shutter Speed- 1/4000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; Bulb; Time
  • ISO Sensitivity- ISO 100 to 25600 in steps of 1/3 EV Auto ISO sensitivity control available
  • Autofocus system- Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in.)
  • Frame size and frame rate- 1920 x 1080; 60p (progressive), 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p 1280 x 720; 60p, 50p Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; options support both high and normal image quality
  • LCD display-  8.1 cm ( 3.2 –in.) diagonal, TFT vari-angle LCD touch screen with 170 ° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, brightness adjustment, and eye-sensor controlled on/off
  • Monitor Resolution- Approx. 1037 k-dot (720 x 480 x 3 = 1,036,800 dots)
  • Connectivity- Hi-speed Micro USB connector, Type-C HDMI, Stereo mini 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi.
  • Weight and dimensions- approx. 415 g/14.7 oz (camera body only) and Approx. 124 x 97 x 70 mm ( 4.9 x 3.9 x 2.8 in.) in dimensions.
  • Frame rate- 5FPS maximum in Ch, 4FPS in CL
  • Flash- 1/200 sync speed, Built-in with a range of upto GN 12 meters
  • Battery- 7.2V, 1230mAh capacity and can capture upto 970 shots or nearly 70 hours of video

Read the complete specifications on Nikon Website.

Further, the camera is available with various kit lenses at the following price tag.

  • Camera Body + D-ZOOM KIT: AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR + AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR)= Rs.69,450
  • Camera Body + AF-S 18-140mm VR Kit Lens) = Rs.71,950
  • Camera Body + AF-P 18-55mm VR Kit Lens) = Rs.58,950

Check the link for some additional combo offers: Nikon D5600 Price

Design

Nikon D5600 features

The Nikon D5600 features a rugged light weight body that weighs 415grams without lens. The controls of the camera are well divided across its body. All the frequently used controls are placed on the right side of the camera body with only menu key placed on the top of the LCD panel. Although, the menu key is seldom used, the size of the key on D5600 was too small. However, that didn’t trouble at all while controlling the camera.

Nikon D5600 usb

On the left partition of the Nikon D5600, there are menu, ISO and lens removal keys. There is a proximity sensor placed on the top of the viewfinder, while the dioptre control is placed on the right side of the viewfinder. Auto Exposure/Auto Focus key and Information keys are placed adjacent to the viewfinder. Playback, Zoom, trash can and other keys are positioned in an easily accessible with the right hand thumb. 90-percent of the camera controls are crammed in the right side of the camera, this makes using the DSLR very easy.

Nikon D5600 Micro SD card slot

A couple of keys are placed on the left side of the Nikon D5600, none of them trouble too much except the ISO key which could take some time getting used to.

The Nikon D5600 features the Micro SD card slot and connection ports on either side of the camera, while the battery compartment is placed beneath the body.

Nikon D5600 keys

All the controls are well placed in the proximity region of both the hands. It hardly took me 15-20 minutes getting used to with the DSLR as its mostly similar to any other D5000 series camera from Nikon. Camera weight is equally distributed and I never felt the camera slipping out of palm, as it fits well and the grip is also sturdy. The 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen is swift and works as great as a smartphone. You can control everything from it without fiddling around the controls at all.

Performance

The camera performance on any Nikon D5000 series camera is fantastic. Also, any DX format camera performance is as great as the Full frame camera now. The Nikon D5600 is one such incredible DSLR that you can use for both professional and personal use. Let’s look at some of the camera samples with settings. We mostly used the camera with 35mm prime lens and a 50mm kit lens.

Nikon D5600 sample

Camera Settings- F-5.6, 1/100, ISO-400

Nikon D5600 sample

Camera Settings- F-7.1, 1/200, ISO-100

Nikon D5600 sample

Camera Settings- F-7.1, 1/200, ISO-100

Nikon D5600 sample

Camera Settings- F-5.6, 1/500, ISO- 125

Nikon D5600 sample

Camera Settings- F-6.3, 1/500, ISO- 200

Nikon D5600 sample

Camera Settings- F-5.0, 1/500, ISO-250

Nikon D5600 sample

Camera Settings- F- 5.0, 1/400, ISO-100

Nikon D5600 sample

Camera Settings- F-1.4, 1/60, ISO- 16000

Nikon D5600 sample

Camera Settings- F-16, 25sec, ISO- 250

Nikon D5600 sample

The images captured by the camera have precise saturation levels. Images pack so much of details and everything is too clear in low light as well as daylight conditions. The D5600 features a robust autofocus system that instantly focuses on any subject you point it at. However, the Nikon D5600 struggled a couple of times capturing low light portraits as close up angle. Although the D5600 only captures 1080p 60fps videos, the videos captured by the camera are incredible. Saturation levels, contrast ratio and the details may impress you the most. However, just like any other DSLR, you’ll have to record the audio from an external microphone, otherwise the lens autofocus noise will ruin your videos.

Snapbridge application for smartphone works great. Although, it could be a little tricky connecting the smartphone instantly, once it’s done, you’ll be impressed by the capabilities of the application. It’s easy, fast and accurate.

Battery Life

In our testing period, the Nikon D5600 lasted more than 900 shots, sometimes close to a 1000 shots, which impressed us very much. You can use the camera for a whole day without worrying about the battery at all. You can record a full one hour crisp video on the camera as well.

Final Verdict

The Nikon D5600 is a DX format DSLR that performs as great as a full frame camera. Images captured by the camera have accurate colors, precise details and tons of information packed inside them. The D5600 has a crisp and swift live display that can be used to control the camera instantaneously. Snapbridge smartphone application works great. And the video performance of the DSLR impresses equally. So, if you want a mid range DSLR that can get your professional tasks done at the same time fulfilling all you hobbyist DSLR needs, Nikon D5600 is a great choice to look at. However, if you want something similar at a much cheaper price, Nikon’s D3400 (Review) is a great choice you can look for.

Bikram Singh Negi

Bikram Singh Negi

Holding camera at extreme destinations or playing games in metro train his love for tech never ends. Phones, Apps, Updates, Cameras and Tech gossip all in one roof, he’s a complete tech-package. Travelling or sampling new cuisine nothing would distort him from his passion.