Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera Review

The Nikon D5600 is a compact, competent, and connected DSLR that combines multimedia imaging capabilities with flexible wireless technology to create a stylish and adaptable camera. The camera is built around a 24.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor and an EXPEED 4 image processor, which allows it to operate in a wide range of lighting conditions.

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The sensor and processor combination also allows for continuous shooting at up to 5 frames per second, which is useful when working with moving subjects. It is also possible to record full HD 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second, and time-lapse movies may be generated right in the camera.

Despite its small dimensions, the D5600 is equipped with a huge 3.2-inch display “The camera has a rear LCD touchscreen with 1.037 million dots and a vari-angle design to make working from high and low shooting angles more convenient.

The SnapBridge function, which can be used to wirelessly share photographs to your mobile device using Bluetooth low-energy technology, is also included. This feature allows for the automated transmission of resized images between the camera and your mobile device, allowing for smooth online sharing.

There’s also Wi-Fi with NFC, which is useful for transferring bigger files, like movies, to a paired device.

Sensor with a resolution of 24.2MP DX-Format and an EXPEED 4 processor

Its 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 4 engine work together to create images with outstanding clarity, dynamic range, color accuracy, and low-light sensitivity up to ISO 25600.

The sensor’s architecture also does not have an optical low-pass filter, which allows it to capture the maximum degree of sharpness and detail from its subject matter.

As a result, the EXPEED 4 CPU provides a significant boost in overall performance across the camera system, including the capability for Full HD 1080p movie recording and a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 5 frames per second.

Nikon D5600 WiFi & Bluetooth

The D5600 has a built-in SnapBridge connection, which allows for smooth image transmission from the camera to a mobile device. This allows for a plethora of sharing and tagging options. Wireless contact between the camera and a smart device is enabled by BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) technology, which allows for automated low-resolution image uploads as you shoot while shooting.

When installed, SnapBridge may be used in conjunction with Nikon Image Space for backing up data and sharing photographs. It can also tag transferred images with date and time information to make it easier to keep track of your travel itinerary.

Additionally, once the mobile device and the camera are connected, the mobile device may remotely trigger the shutter and display a live-view image from the camera, allowing for remote working.

Bluetooth is not the only wireless technology available; Wi-Fi with NFC is also available, and it enables the wireless transfer of both full-resolution photographs and videos to smartphones and tablets. SnapBridge will seamlessly transition between the two technologies, allowing for a more efficient wireless workflow.

Nikon D5600 Autofocus

The camera’s effective autofocus mechanism, which utilizes 39 different AF points, including nine cross-type sensors, to swiftly acquire focus in a variety of lighting settings ranging from -1 to +19 EV, contributes to the great image quality.

When tracking moving subjects, the camera’s 3D tracking mode makes use of the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor, which is typically reserved for exposure metering. This allows the camera to keep a crisp focus on moving targets. To better fit certain subject matter while working in autofocus modes A or C, you may use the Dynamic-area AF mode.

This option lets you to pick between nine, twenty-one, or thirty-nine-point arrays for increased subject tracking and identification, even if the subject quickly exits the frame. Single-point AF, 3D tracking, and Auto-area AF are all options, as are a variety of other modes.

When working in live view, whether for still or video photography, a contrast-based AF system is used to acquire focus precisely. This system can also operate in continuous, full-time servo mode, which is more suitable for dealing with subjects that are in motion.

Additionally, when working in live view, four AF-area options are available: face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, and subject-tracking AF. Face-priority AF is the default setting.

Nikon D5600 Body

3.2 in the rear “In addition to browsing settings menus and playback, the 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD provides an easy way of filming in live view and navigating menus. The screen also features a vari-angle design, which allows you to operate from a variety of angles, including high, low, and front-facing. The eye-level pentamirror optical viewfinder gives a natural manner of composing still images while shooting video.

If you are using the optical viewfinder, you may use the back touchscreen to select a focus point and alter the exposure settings while still shooting. The touchscreen also allows you to navigate your imagery during playback by utilizing a frame advance bar to browse through a large number of photographs and videos easily. When operating in low-light circumstances, the built-in pop-up flash may be employed to give extra lighting. In addition, a hot shoe is provided for use with an optional external flash as necessary.

Nikon D5600 Video

Several frame rates for full HD 1920 x 1080p recording are supported, including 60, 30, 25, and 24 frames per second. HD 720p and SD 480p recording are also supported in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec at a variety of frame rates. In addition to face identification and subject tracking, full-time focusing is available throughout the recording, allowing for consistent sharpness across a wide range of subject types.

Alternatively, a 3.5mm microphone input has been included in the body design to allow for the use of an external microphone for more control over audio recordings. A built-in stereo microphone records high-quality sound.

Additionally, Time-Lapse Movie recording is available, which allows for the creation of imaginative depictions of subjects evolving over time. This mode will automatically transform your image sequences into movie files so that they may be played again in a seamless manner.

Nikon D5600 Specs

MSRP$700/€820 body only, $800/€930/£800 w/18-55 AF-P, €1090 w/18-105, $1200/€1140/£990 w/18-140
Body typeCompact SLR
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Other resolutions4496 x 3000, 2992 x 2000
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 4
ISOAuto, 100 – 25600
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points39
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots1,037,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.82× (0.55× 35mm equiv.)
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with Bluetooth 4.1 LE and NFC
Remote controlYes (MC-DC2 (wired), WR-1/WR-R10 (wireless))
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionEN-EL14a lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)970
Weight (inc. batteries)465 g (1.03 lb / 16.40 oz)
Dimensions124 x 97 x 70 mm (4.88 x 3.82 x 2.76″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPS notesOptional GP-1/GP-1A

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