Nikon D5600 review (2023) with best features and performance

The Nikon D5600 is a compelling product.

The Nikon D5600 is an APS-C DSLR camera with built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. You can use it with the Nikon SnapBridge app to send photos to your phone or use your phone as a camera remote. Even with a high ISO setting, it takes clear, detailed pictures, and it’s easy to use. Its autofocus system works well enough to keep up with moving subjects.

Nikon D5600: Description

In addition to the hardware changes, Nikon finally updated its terrible SnapBridge app (Android and iOS) at the end of November 2017, bringing it up to par with other manufacturers’ apps in terms of features and supposedly making it run better and be more stable. The D5600 is the best all-around choice if you want a camera with an APS-C-size sensor that costs $800 or less for the kit. It takes photos that are noticeably better than competitors like the Canon T7i.

Its closest competitor is probably the Pentax K-70, which has a lot of nice features like a weatherproof body, but Pentax is becoming less popular and may be going out of business. Its closest mirrorless rival is the Sony A6300, which is faster and smaller but costs a little more. With their smaller Four Thirds sensors, Olympus and Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds cameras, which have similar prices, just can’t match the image quality of APS-C cameras. However, the Olympus cameras are faster.

Nikon D5600: Pros and Cons


  • High resolution sensor
  • Good image and video quality
  • Articulating touchscreen display
  • Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity


  • No image stabilization
  • No 4K video recording
  • No headphone jack for audio monitoring
  • Limited physical controls compared to higher-end DSLRs

Specification Table

Camera TypeDSLR
Lens MountNikon F
Sensor24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS
ProcessorEXPEED 4
ISO Range100-25600 (expandable to 51200)
AF System39-point autofocus system with 9 cross-type sensors
Image StabilizationNone
Shutter Speed1/4000 to 30 sec
Continuous ShootingUp to 5 fps
Video RecordingFull HD 1080p at up to 60 fps
LCD Screen3.2-inch touchscreen with 1,037,000 dots
ViewfinderOptical pentamirror viewfinder with 95% coverage
ConnectivityBluetooth and Wi-Fi
Battery LifeUp to 970 shots per charge
Dimensions124 x 97 x 70 mm (4.88 x 3.82 x 2.76 in)
Weight465 g (16.4 oz) (body only)
Warranty1-year limited warranty
Official linkVisit Website

Nikon D5600: Design

Nikon D5600 review

The box is pretty much the same for all entry-level DSLR cameras, regardless of brand. It’s a small, unassuming unit with separate spaces for the kit lens (more on that later), lens caps, the wall unit charger, a few documents, and a Nikon-branded neck strap. When you look at the Nikon D5600 without a lens attached, the first thing that stands out is how small and light it is. It’s almost funny how light and small it is for an SLR camera, and it’s almost as light and portable as the brand’s and competitors’ mirrorless SLR alternatives.

Still, it feels good in your hand, thanks in large part to a deep recess on the right side of the camera that acts as the traditional SLR hand grip. Because it’s so small, we also like how close all the controls and buttons are to the right hand, and we didn’t find it hard to control each one with our thumb from a standard one-handed hold. One word of caution, though: people who have trouble seeing far away may have trouble.

On the left side of the camera, there is a 3.5mm jack for an external microphone, a mini-USB port, and an input for a remote shutter release. There is also a small logo on the camera that says it has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This is pretty standard in 2021, but it’s still nice to see on a camera that costs less than $800. On the other side of the camera, above the battery compartment, there is a slot for a standard SD card and a slot for an HDMI cable that can be used to connect the camera to an external screen. Again, this is a nice feature on a unit that is good for beginners.

Nikon D5600: Ease of Use

Nikon D5600 review

The Nikon D5600 replaces the D5500 as the company’s new mid-range DSLR model. It fits between the D3400 and D7200, not only in terms of features and functions, but also in terms of size and weight. It’s not as small and light as the D3400, but it’s not as big and heavy as the D7200, either. The D5600 is a little bit lighter than its predecessor, the D5400.

It has a monocoque design, which makes it one of Nikon’s lightest DSLRs. Given the size of the camera as a whole, the right-hand grip is very deep, even deeper than on the D5500. This makes it comfortable for photographers with big hands and/or long fingers, and the back of the body has a rubber thumb rest that comes in handy.

Nikon D5600: Image Quality

With the same sensor as the D5500 and almost the same as the D5300, the 24.2MP chip didn’t give us any nasty surprises when we first tested it, and it still does a good job in terms of image quality. With so many pixels on the sensor, it’s no surprise that the resolution is very good. The lack of a low-pass filter lets you capture fine details, but you’ll need something better than the 18-55mm kit lens to get the best results.

There’s also plenty of room to make good enlargements. When the camera’s sensitivity is low, the images it takes look very clean, with little or no noise. At ISO800, a little bit of luminance noise starts to show up in the shadows, but this doesn’t hurt the images. It’s not until ISO6400 or higher that the D5600’s processing really starts to hurt image quality.

At ISO6400, details start to get blurry, and both luminance noise and chroma noise become very noticeable. Beyond that setting, images are still usable, but detail keeps getting worse, and at the highest sensitivity, saturation gets less noticeable. Lastly, the dynamic range is great, and it’s possible to get a lot of shadow detail back in raw photos taken at low ISOs. This range does get smaller as you make the camera more sensitive, though, and ISO1600 is about the highest setting where you can expect shadows to hold up under close inspection.

Nikon D5600: Performance

Nikon D5600 review

The SnapBridge system doesn’t look as good. It worked fine, if slowly, with an Android phone, but the iPhone’s operating system makes you choose a Wi-Fi connection by hand. Autofocus, white balance, and exposure all worked well on the D5600. Most of the time, you can trust that the camera will figure out the right settings on its own. The camera is especially good at showing small details, and unlike many kit lenses, the new AF-P 18-55mm stays sharp all the way to the edges of the frame and at longer zoom settings as well.

Final Words

We really liked using the Nikon D5600, and we think it lives up to its reputation as a great buy in the world of entry-level to mid-level cameras. The image quality in both JPG and RAW sets it apart from many other cameras of this type, and we think the real benefit of the unit now is how cheap it is compared to entry-level or mid-level SLR or mirrorless cameras that are brand new. It has a fast and accurate autofocus, and the kit lens that comes with it is surprisingly good. The feel, handling, weight, and ergonomics of the body are also good.

It’s not perfect, especially when it comes to using the menus, and some people may be disappointed that it doesn’t have 4K video, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s still one of the best cameras for a beginner or enthusiast photographer who wants to move up from a compact or bridge model.


Why was D5600 discontinued?

Nikon announced last month that it was getting rid of two of its cheaper DSLRs, the D3500 and D5600. The company said it wanted to put more of its attention on “mid- to high-end cameras and lenses aimed at professional and hobbyist photographers” and improve its products for younger users “for whom video is the main focus.”

What rank is Nikon D5600?

Technically, the Nikon D5600 scores 59, which puts it in the top 25% of its category and in the top 88 of all cameras in our database. The Nikon D5600 weighs 465 g and is 124 mm long, 97 mm wide, and 70 mm thick.

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