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.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Nikon D5600

AWB Colour:8/10
Dynamic Range:7/10
Image quality:8/10
LCD viewfinder:8/10


  • - 24.3MP APS-C sensor
  • - Articulated touchscreen LCD
  • - Records time-lapse sequences in camera
  • - Features Nikon SnapBridge image sharing app
  • - Lightweight DSLR
  • - 3.5mm mic input


  • - Very similar to D5500
  • - No 4K-video recording
  • - Touchscreen cannot be disabled
  • - Struggles to keep focus on fast erratically moving subjects


Nikon D5600 Review – a likeable entry-level DSLR


Price as reviewed:

£649.00 (Kit)

Nikon D5600 review – Performance and AF:

Autofocusing speeds are generally pleasing, locking onto the target quickly and accurately in the majority of situations. When light is low, the focusing light is helpful in helping the lens to find focus – the lens may hunt back and forth trying to find focus if the light is particularly low.

Nikon D5600 Review

The camera is reasonably capable of following predictably and steadily moving subjects, but struggles a little more with very fast or erratic subjects – if sports and action are your thing, this probably isn’t the camera for you.

Inside this camera is a processor which is a couple of generations old. This is probably the reason that it can sometimes take a 2-3 seconds for an image to displayed on the back of the screen – a little frustrating when you’re trying to quickly check if something has come out well and want to carry on shooting. Flicking through images in playback is pretty quick, as is changing settings.

Nikon D5600 review – Kit Lens

Nikon D5600 Review

Most will probably choose to buy the D5600 with the 18-55mm f/3.5 – 5.6G VR kit lens. This is a decent performer as your first lens, and it’s useful to have to get started with. It’s not the fastest focuser in the world, but generally it always gets there – even in lower light conditions. You may want to consider upgrading to an additional lens or two once you have got your head around how the D5600 works.

The lens collapses down, which makes it easier to store the camera in your bag when not in use. You have to manually extend the lens when you want to use it – you’ll probably want to leave it extended if you’re planning on taking several photos in reasonably quick succession.

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