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Nikon D5600 Review – a likeable entry-level DSLR

August 21, 2017

Overall Rating:

4

Nikon D5600


  • Features: 7/10
  • Build/Handling: 8/10
  • Metering: 7/10
  • Autofocus: 7/10
  • AWB Colour: 8/10
  • Dynamic Range: 7/10
  • Image quality: 8/10
  • LCD viewfinder: 8/10

Pros:

  • - 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

Cons:

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

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Price as Reviewed:

£649.00 (Kit)

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.

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Verdict

If you’re looking for your first DSLR and want to step-up a little from the most basic Nikon offering, the D5600 makes a lot of sense. But then again, you could also say exactly the same thing about the D5500 which features the same sensor and other specifications but is available at a cheaper price.

So, what would draw you towards the D5600? Well, it’s likely to come down to how badly you want SnapBridge. If you like to share your photos on social networking, it’s worth considering because it makes everything so much easier. Yes it’s more expensive, but anything that is going to make your life simpler can be worth investing in.

If, on the other hand, you’re someone who rarely shares their stuff online – especially directly from the camera – there’s really not much incentive to buy this over the D5500. Instead, save yourself some cash – you could even invest the saving in an additional lens or other accessory.

The Nikon D5600 takes some beautiful photos, and you can get a heck of a lot from it if you stick with it and perhaps even invest in additional lenses.

It’s a great first-time DSLR, and is arguably a better investment than the D3400 as you’re more likely to be able to learn with it and keep it for longer than the more entry-level model which you may quickly outgrow.

  • Sensor: 24.2-megapixel APS-C (DX Format) sensor
  • Output size: 6000x4000 pixels
  • Focal length mag: Nikon DX format; focal length equivalent to approx. 1.5x that of lenses with FX-format angle of view
  • Lens mount: Nikon F mount
  • Shutter speeds: 1/4000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb, time
  • ISO: 100-25,600
  • Exposure modes: PASM, auto, scene, special effects
  • Metering system: TTL exposure metering using 2016-pixel RGB sensor
  • Exposure comp: +/-5EV in 1/2EV or 1/3EV steps
  • Drive mode: 5fps
  • Video: Full HD (1920x1080) 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p
  • External mic: Yes (no headphone output)
  • Viewfinder: Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
  • Display: 3in, 921k-dot vari-angle LCD
  • Focusing: 39-point AF system
  • Memory card: SD, SDHC or SDXC
  • Power: EN-EL14 battery
  • Battery life: 820 shots
  • Dimensions: 124 x 97 x 70 mm
  • Weight: 465

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