Nikon D5600 Review: Evolution Rather Than Revolution

What's changed in the D5600? Not much, but that doesn't make it a bad camera.

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Nikon’s entry level cameras powered by crop sensor have always been extremely popular for their image quality and handling. The D5xxx series, in particular has been very successful. This is the series that is in direct competition with Canon’s Rebel series crop sensor cameras. The recently released Nikon D5600 is the latest in a long line of extremely popular cameras. Let’s find out more about it.

Sensor

The D5600 comes powered with the same 24.2 megapixel sensor that the D5500 came with. Just like the D5500 before it the sensor on the D5600 do not have an anti-aliasing filter. The absence of the anti-aliasing filter means the sensor can pick up a much higher amount of detail. At the same time, the sensor is likely going to suffer from moiré and false colors, especially when photographing fine repeating patterns.

Image processing

Image processing hasn’t improved since the D5500. Nikon has persisted with the EXPEED 4 image processing engine just like the previous camera.

SnapBridge

This is the first camera in the D5xxx series that comes with Nikon’s SnapBridge technology. The connection is established using Bluetooth. Once connection is made, images can be automatically and seamlessly transferred from the camera to a compatible device. You can further set-up Nikon Image Space and have your images uploaded seamlessly as they are shot. This works perfectly when you are outdoors shooting and want to have a backup copy of the images for safety or for someone editing your images back home.

The SnapBridge connectivity allows your compatible smartphone to be used as a remote for your camera. You can adjust some settings and make your exposures without ever having to physically touch the camera.

Additionally, when shooting videos the faster Wi-Fi connection is used to transfer movie clips to a compatible smartphone / device.

Auto-focusing

Auto-focusing hasn’t been upgraded either. The same Multi-CAM 4800DX 39-point AF sensor powered auto-focusing, just as the older D5500, remains. 9 out of those AF sensors are cross-types. The camera also employs a separate 2016 pixel RGB sensor to assist in 3D tracking of moving subjects. Apart from the phase detection sensors, the camera also has contrast detect sensor powered auto-focusing when shooting in live-view.

ISO Sensitivity

ISO sensitivity on the new D5600 also remains the same. The native ISO range is 100-25600.

Still Shooting

Make no mistake about it, the new D5600 isn’t cut out for sports or fast action or bird photography. You need something faster and of course with a much larger sensor with a clean ISO performance than the one on the D5600. The fastest this camera can shoot on continuous mode is 5 fps, far from at least the 8 frames per second that you need for shooting action.

Then again, this camera is not designed for that kind of tasks. It is an excellent all-round performer. You can shoot everyday photos, vacations, weddings, engagements, flower, food, landscape and everything else that you may fancy.

The D5600 has a built-in time-lapse feature. You won’t need an intervalometer for the purpose of doing interval shooting.

Video Shooting

The D5600 is a capable video shooter as well. It shoots full HD videos at a maximum of 60 fps. Built-in stereo microphone is also provided.

Connectivity

Apart from Bluetooth SnapBridge connectivity, the new D5600 also has NFC and built-in Wi-Fi capabilities.

Rear LCD Screen

The rear LCD screen retains the same 3.2” dimensions and 1.037m-dot resolution as the older D5500. The vari-angle nature of the screen ensures that you can shoot from hitherto impossible angles without having to break your back.

Build Quality and Weather Sealing

Not much is provided about the weather sealing capabilities of the camera. Going by the existing cameras in the line-up it is safe to assume that the D5600 is not a weather sealed camera.

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