The D5600 is the DSLR Nikon offers you if you’re a step-up from its most basic entry-level model (the D3400). It has a range of features which are designed to give you a little more from the camera, in a more expensive package.
Nikon D5600 review – Image Quality
Just like its predecessor, the D5600 is capable of producing some beautiful images – you really get the most from the sensor if you invest in some better glass than the kit lens (just as with most DSLRs).
Colours are nicely saturated, without having too much pop. They’re also on the warm side, making them appealing without being unrealistic.
The camera’s automatic white balance setting copes very well with artificial lighting, producing pleasingly realistic images that don’t generally have the yellowish tint that can mar lesser cameras. If you want something which is ultra-realistic, you may want to consider switching to a more specific white balance setting, but it’s not generally needed.
All-purpose metering (called Matrix metering on Nikon DSLRs) can struggle if the scene is reasonably high contrast – and that can include backlit scenes. You may find you need to dial in some exposure compensation to make sure that you get a balanced image. Shooting in raw format allows you to bring back any lost details in the shadows in post-processing.
The overall impression of detail is great – something we’d expect considering that there’s no anti-aliasing filter. Low light performance is also good, with images looking great all the way up to around ISO 12800. The ISO 25600 setting can be useful if you’re desperate and only want to share the images online at small sizes, but is best avoided if you want the best possible quality. If you examine images shot at ISO 6400 at 100%, it’s possible to see image smoothing and a painterly effect in some areas of the image, but this should only prove to be problematic if you want to perform heavy crops or print at huge sizes.
Nikon D5600 review – Video
If you’re after 4K video recording, then the D5600 isn’t the camera for you. However, it can shoot Full HD in a variety of frame rates up to 60p.
It’s also got a mic socket, so you can use it with an external microphone. It’s probably not going to be the camera of choice for serious videographers, but for videographers who like to shoot the odd movie, it should serve you well.
Footage is smooth and high quality – pull focus is a little jerky, but you might fare better with other lenses aside from the kit optic. You can also take manual control of the video, which leaves you with a fair amount of creative options.