Nikon D5600 Review 2021: Detailed Analysis

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The Nikon D5600 is the sixth camera in Nikon’s D5000 lineup. The first model, D5000, was released in April 2009.

Nikon D5600 is a 24 Megapixel entry level DSLR camera with a fully equipped touch screen, APS-C sized CMOS sensor; and it comes with Nikon F lens mount. The older version was Nikon D5500, which got replaced by D5600. This is a part of the Nikon 5000 series. This model was launched in the year 2016 and it weighs approximately 465 grams. 

The Nikon D5600 has one of the largest ranges of lenses with 309 native lenses available for the mount. It comes with a Nikon F mount having backward compatibility which means that you can even use older models of F mount lenses. 

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Features To Look Out For In Nikon D5600

Following are the main features of the latest addition to D5000 series by Nikon;

1) Image Sensor

  • 1.52 × crop factor
  • It has a 24 mp CMOS
  • It comes with a sensor cleaner
  • It has 1.5 : 1 aspect ratio
  • 15.6 × 23.5 mm

2) Dimensions Of The Camera

  • 124 × 97 × 70 mm

3) ISO (Manual)

  • ISO 100 ~ 25600

4) ISO (Auto Mode)

  • The auto mode also runs from ISO 100 ~ 25600.
  • The D5600 has the most flexible and outstanding auto ISO settings including defining the slowest shutter speed and it also has the option to allow the camera to set the slowest speed automatically depending upon the lens focal length. After that, you may change the speed on the basis of -2 from the focal length.

5) Maximum Shutter Speed And Shutter Durability

  • The maximum shutter speed that you get is 1/4000 to 30 sec.
  • The shutter durability is 100,000 cycles.

6) Video

  • 1920 × 1080 at 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p and 23.976p
  • 29:59 is the maximum take length
  • 1280 × 720 59.94p and 50p
  • The camera can also take time-lapse videos and movies.

7) Audio

  • There’s a built-in stereo microphone.
  • There’s also a mic-in jack with a plugin port that overrides the built-in mic.

8) Size Of The Image

  • 6000 × 4000 pixels at 24 mp
  • 4496 × 3000 pixels at 13 mp
  • 2992 × 2000 pixels at 6 mp

9) LCD Screen/Monitor

  • The 3.2″ diagonal touch screen comes with a glass cover.
  • The aspect ratio is 1.5:1 with a 170-degree viewing angle.

10) Memory

  • SD
  • SDXC
  • SDHC

11) Self-timer

  • The self-timer options available in the camera are 2 seconds, 5 seconds, 10 seconds or 20 seconds.
  • It has exposure settings between 1 to 9.

12) Built-in Flash

  • There’s a built-in TTL flash system that pops up.
  • Manual control is an option as well.
  • GN 12 meters/39 feet at ISO set at 100.

13) Battery

  • The camera comes with a Lithium-ion EN-EL 14a battery.
  • The battery provided by Nikon gives a shooting life of 820 shots according to the CIPA standards. Although the battery life here is pretty average, it is manageable for short span shoots. You might want to consider buying backup batteries for long shoot schedules.
  • The D5600 can only be charged through a dedicated battery charger. Although the camera does have a USB port, it cannot be charged through the same port.

14) Charger

  • The D5600 comes with a Nikon Folding-plug MH-24 charger.

15) Snapbridge

  • SnapBridge lets you see live view remotely and also take pictures, although it is not much sophisticated yet to let you control other camera settings.
  • With SnapBridge, your photos instantly transfer to a compatible smartphone or tablet for fast, easy sharing. Definitely a cool feature!

16) Build Of The Camera And Handling

  • Nikon D5600 is smaller in size and lightweight, just like any other mirrorless SLR camera. The grip is really good and you can hold it comfortably. For photographers who don’t use neck-straps, the build is solid enough that you won’t feel worried about dropping it.
  • The buttons are smaller in size, but that doesn’t affect their operation. It does not have as many buttons and options as higher-end cameras do and this works to the disadvantage for the camera.
  • The all-new AF-P 18-55 mm lens is a boon for the camera’s live view performance. Although it’s not as fast as a mirrorless camera, it’s responsiveness and speed are really noteworthy.

Nikon D5600 Pros

  1. Bluetooth and NFC connectivity is available.
  2. Touch screen monitor for easy navigation and usability.
  3. The option of an external microphone port.
  4. Lighter bodyweight with about 465 grams – doesn’t feel heavy while shooting for long hours.
  5. Very good low-light ISO – 1306.
  6. There are nine cross-type focus points.
  7. Comes with a 24.0 mp high sensor resolution.
  8. The camera is best suited for selfie lovers and vloggers with a lighter weight and a good quality touch screen.
  9. There’s an in-built optical viewfinder.
  10.  It has a flash sync port and also supports remote control with any smartphone.
  11. It comes with face detection focusing which is crucial for photography as well as cinematography.
  12. The D5600 has a built-in Optical Viewfinder, so it makes your work easier when it comes to shooting in direct sunlight where the screen isn’t visible properly.
  13.  You get free cloud storage with the Nikon Image space. The feature is secure and automatic.

Nikon D5600 Cons

  1. Lack of image stabilization. This is a crucial part Nikon misses out on. 
  2. There is no AF micro-adjustment.
  3. No front command dial in the camera.
  4. No environmental scanning option.
  5. There is a lack of an Anti-Aliasing filter. It increases the chances of the occurrence of moire in the scenes, although it increases the sharpness.
  6. Although there’s a SnapBridge facility, the system still needs improvement.
  7. There is no 4k time-lapse recording.
  8. There is only one command dial instead of two.
  9. For an entry-level DSLR, the D5600 has no built-in autofocus motor which can be worked upon.

DxO Mark Sensor Score For Nikon D5600

The DxO Mark is a set benchmark organization that performs an assessment of the image quality of camera sensors scientifically.

Based on the detailed analysis, Nikon D5600 gets an overall score of 84 for its image quality.

1) Overall Performance

The Nikon D5600’s white balance, exposure systems, and Autofocus work really well. Even in outdoor conditions, the settings are sorted without much hassle. 

The carbon fiber composite body feels just as sturdy as some more advanced cameras in Nikon’s lineup, which makes it one of the most sought-after cameras in the entry-level range.

With the AF-P 18-55 mm lens, the sharpness is top-notch with clear shots right till the edges of the frame. 

As with the D5500, I believe that beginners would enjoy the in-camera effect modes and scene pre-sets and shall also like the auto re-setting of the camera when functions like the self-timer are used or when the flash is switched off.

The in-built flash of the camera is able to record an evenly balanced exposure across the camera’s sensitivity range with the lens at 157 mm.

There’s more data that you will get in the finder than what most people need, although there isn’t any indication of the P, S, A or M exposure mode.

Talking about the indicator light on the rear panel, there has been a slight improvement in image processing time, as compared to previous models of the D5000 series. On average, the camera takes about 0.5 seconds to process one JPEG file, 0.8 seconds for one NEF.RAW file and just 1.1 seconds for a JPEG RAW file. 

2) Autofocus Performance

With the 39-point Multi-cam 4800DX, the Nikon D5600’s autofocus system is good enough for taking photographs of subjects that are moving quickly, including sports. It works really well in low-light conditions and tracks the subjects well.

This is the lowest end focus system but is definitely a reliable one – although it isn’t perfect either. It tends to lose fast-moving objects quite easily when you compare it with other high-end autofocus systems, which means that you may not find that your optimal composition matches the autofocus sensors exactly.

3) Image Quality

The image quality of the D5600 is one of the top tier DSLRs out there. The few disadvantages of this model have nothing to do with the image quality. It can easily be comparable to high-end cameras as far as the image quality is concerned. That being said, although it can deliver high-resolution images, if anyone wants full exposure control, then this camera won’t suit them.

 You will be able to capture a decent quality image with the D5600 if you shoot 14-bit RAW, although the files as a result, will be larger than a compressed JPEG file. The image quality has not much to do with the camera but with the technique that you use to capture images.

4) Video performance

The videography performance of the Nikon D5600 is decent with respect to an average entry-level DSLR camera. With the highest resolution of 1920 × 1080, you can get satisfactory quality for your videos.

The available frames per second for the camera are 60, 50, 30, 25, and 24 fps and you can save the video in H.264 and MPEG-4 formats. For most situations, the Full High Definition resolution of the camera will be sufficient. The camera also has an in-built stereo microphone and a mono speaker.


Best Lenses For The Nikon D5600

1) For General photography

  • Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200 mm f/4-5.6 G ED VR II

2) For Macro photography

  • AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40 mm f/2.8 G

3) For Portrait Photography

  • AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 85 mm f/3.5 G ED
  • Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35 mm f/1.8 G

4) For Landscape photography

  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20 mm f/4.5-5.6 G


The Nikon D5600 is a Light-weight and compact camera with everything the family photographer needs, and also maintains its position as a great general-purpose DSLR for its price class. It doesn’t place too much emphasis on its video capabilities. If you’re already familiar with the Nikon ecosystem, then it’s definitely worth considering. 

It is a great upgrade option for those who wish to switch over from a point and shoot camera to a Digital SLR. This camera is easy to operate with an efficient control layout and although it has minimal control set, it still remains competitive in terms of ergonomics, interface, image quality and all the features offered by Nikon.

For all those who already have a Nikon D5000 series and want an upgrade to their current model, reconsider D5600 because it’s perhaps the rebranded version of D5500 with minor changes and improvements. So unless you want the additional features like SnapBridge and an updated touchscreen that it offers, D5500 is not far behind.

FAQs on Nikon D5600

Q1. Is Nikon D5600 Best For Beginners?

Yes, D5600 is an entry-level DSLR camera and is easy to use. Those who are familiar with the point and shoot camera can also operate it without much difficulty.

Q2. What Is The Zoom Capacity Of The Camera?

The zoom capacity of D5600 is 16.67x.

Q3. Which Lens Is The Best For Nikon D5600?

18-140 mm lens kit is the most commonly used and best suited for this camera.

Q4. Does The Camera Have A Rotatable Display?

Yes, it comes with hinges which will help you rotate the screen as well as pull it out.

Q5. Does It Support Bluetooth, WiFi And NFC?

Yes, it supports Bluetooth, Wifi as well as NFC.

Q6. Is D5600 A Full-frame Camera?

No, it’s a crop sensor camera and not a full-frame camera.

Q7. What Is The Maximum Continuous Shooting Speed Of The Camera (FPS)?

It has a max shooting speed of 5 frames per second, which is 0.5 fps slower than any other DSLR camera on average.

Q8. Does Nikon D5600 Come With A Weather Sealing?

Unfortunately, it doesn’t have weather sealing.

Q9. Does It Have A Touch Screen Monitor?

Yes, the Nikon D5600 comes with a touch screen monitor.

Nikon d5600 Review – Worth Your Money?

Just like the D5500, Nikon D5600 is a trustworthy, reliable, and competent camera that can fulfill the requirements of an entry-level DSLR market. For photography, it’s definitely one of the best in the market as it gives great still shots, even in low light conditions, and considering the time it was released and the price at which the camera is offered, it’s a purchase you won’t regret.

For videography though, there are a few lags that are visible and don’t offer the best of incentives for the owners. Quite unfortunately, D5600 is not something that excites the audience because there aren’t any new technological advances, and is just a slightly upgraded version of its predecessor, Nikon D5500.

That brings us to the end of our review. I hope that all the points that you might consider while purchasing a new camera were covered by us. We hope that with the available details, you can find your dream DSLR!.

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Marco Downs is our second founder and he is the creative head of this website. Marco stumbled upon photography only in college when he joined the photography club. His parents could never afford a camera for him as a child and it was in college that he saved up and bought his first camera. He now writes in-depth buyer guides and informational articles to assist the buyers. 
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