I had hands-on time recently with the Nikon D5600. Is it a solid mid range DSLR? Let’s find out! I compare this to my Canon EOS Rebel SL2 and also comment on what type of person the D5600 might be a good fit for. The D5000 series is Nikon’s step up from their entry level with a little bit more of everything over the 3000 series. The stand out feature of this camera is the fully articulating screen.
Specifications (full info)
- 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor (6000×4000 photos) with an ISO range of 100 to 25600.
- Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder, Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical, Approx. 0.82x magnification.
- 1/4000th of a second maximum shutter speed with 1/200th of a second flash sync speed.
- Frames per second of: CL: Up to 3 fps, CH: Up to 5 fps (JPEG and 12-bit NEF/RAW) or 4 fps (14-bit NEF/RAW). Note: Frame rates assume continuous-servo AF, manual or shutter-priority auto exposure, a shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster, Release selected for Custom Setting a1 (AF-C priority selection), and other settings at default values.
- Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in.)
- 1920 x 1080; 60p (progressive), 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p 1280 x 720; 60p, 50p. Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 and 23.976 fps respectively; options support both high and normal image quality. Maximum clip length of 29 minutes and 59 seconds.
- Monitor size of 8.1-cm/3.2-in. (3:2), approx. 1037k-dot (720 x 480 x 3 = 1,036,800 dots), TFT vari-angle LCD touch screen with 170 degree viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, brightness adjustment and eye-sensor controlled on/off.
- EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
- Sized aprox. 124 x 97 x 70 mm/4.9 x 3.9 x 2.8 in. Approx. 465 g/1 lb 0.4 oz with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 415 g/14.7 oz (camera body only)
- Rated temperature range of: 0 to 40°C/32 to 104°F; humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)
Compared to the SL2
I’ve owned a Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (200D), which is similar in price and features to this camera. They are similar, but I think the Nikon is better for photos and the Canon better for video. You will need to decide which task is more important.
- The biggest feature is the fully articulating screen. Both cameras have a very similar design here.
- D5600 has a better sensor. Better PDAF for photos. So I think it’s better for action photos than the Canon.
- D5600 has a bigger battery (~300mAh extra).
- SL2 has better live view autofocus, especially in video mode.
- Canon WIFI app has video capability and a lot more. The Nikon Snapbridge app was updated a while back, but still lacking.
- The D5600 has 5fps continuous shooting with a 39-point phase detection AF system. The Canon SL2 has a 9 point AF system with 3.5fps continuous.
- The camera is surprisingly thin in some areas. Of course, the mount area is long due to F-mount registration distance. These cameras are a sign of things to come.
- Fully articulating touch screen that is nice and large.
One adjustment dial.
- Info, i, AE-L/AF-L, Video record button, exposure compensation button, flash/f-comp, Fn, drive mode button, mini-hdmi with an interesting gasketed port door.
- Wired shutter release, mic port, usb port.
- Touch screen AF point selection when the screen is off. It includes an eye sensor. There is an evident focus on touch. The back control buttons are small a far off to the grip side of the camera.
- 95% coverage viewfinder pentamirror based viewfinder. This isn’t great but fitting for the D5000 series.
- One SD card slot that is easy to access.
If video work is on your list, I’d suggest something like the SL2. Both have 1080p 60fps, but the SL2 has more versatility and better live view autofocus in this case. I’ve had 5000 series cameras in the past and have used them for videos on my YouTube channel. They are certainly good enough, but there are better options as I mentioned.
Of similar cameras in this range, I think this one is a solid still photo camera. The autofocus system is robust for the price and you have a lot of lens options. The D5600 has a high quality sensor with a focus on moderate action use. If your entry point is at this price range, it seems like a good starter option.
Hey, this is Scott of Photography Banzai. In this video I'll be talking about the Nikon D5600. Thanks to Camera Craft in Rockford Illinois for let me try this out at their shop. The D5600 is in the middle of the entry level cameras in Nikon's lineup. I have used a few 5000 series cameras throughout the years. Mostly for video. The really big standout feature of this line of camera is the fully articulating screen. I do own a Canon EOS Rebel SL2 which is very similar in price and features to this camera. So I'll be comparing these two throughout this video. The D5600 has a 24 megapixel APS-C sized sensor. 5 frames a second continuous shooting. 39-point phase detection auto-focus system. 1080p video at 60 frames/sec. It does use the EN-EL14a batteries. It also has Wi-Fi and bluetooth with the Snap Bridge application. Some of the more important photographer features that it does have is bracketing as well as an interval timer. In the Nikon world, this level of camera does not have an in-body focus motors. So all of the D-type lenses and earlier will not focus on this camera. It also doesn't have the powered aperture, so in live view when you're recording video you will not be able to adjust aperture.* As I mentioned I have the Canon EOS Rebel SL2. It's very similar to this camera features wise. They both have the 24 megapixel sensor. However the Nikon sensor is quite a bit better from an image quality standpoint. Especially in low light situations. The Nikon also has a better phase detection auto-focus system you got 39 points versus 9 points. So that is a big difference in that case. The battery also has a little bit more power on the Nikon. 300 mAh hours more, so you'll probably get more shots on the Nikon than the Canon. However, the SL2 has a significantly better auto-focus system in live view. Especially in video mode. That's the main reason that I did buy the SL2 is video mode auto-focus. Canon's Wi-Fi app does have video recording features in it. In the Snap Bridge application on Nikon side of things. Does not have that feature at the moment as far as I know. Another negative to the Canon compared to the Nikon is in continuous shooting mode. You can only do 3.5 frames/sec on SL2. But with the Nikon you can do 5 frames/sec. That said, I do think in the Nikon is more focused on still photography. And the Canon has got a lot of video related features... To help it work better in practice. I'm really big on economics and this camera is very nice in that regard. Of course, it is in the middle of Nikon's lineup. You're missing one of the control dials to adjust either aperture or shutter speed. You've only got the one single dial in this case. However with the touch screen. It gives you another access point for adjusting settings which is very nice to have. Of course, the SL2 also has a touch screen so there really isn't any big difference in that case. Nikon somehow managed to thin down this camera quite a bit. Looks very thin between the grip and the rest of the camera. Of course the registration distance on the Nikon f-mount is so long you really can't do anything about that from a size standpoint. But they have managed to slim down a lot of the camera around that mount. The fully articulating screen is very nice. It's big, especially compared to the SL2 screen. I have nothing negative to say about the touch screen. Nice and large, sharp, works well. I'm always big on tactile controls. The camera does have a decent amount of buttons and dials for direct control. In this case you will have to press a button and adjust with the one single dial. Not a huge extra amount of effort. It works well enough in many cases. On this camera you do have the info button and the 'i' button. I mentioned in my D750 video. You have direct control to certain features with those two buttons. Does have the usual video record button.. Exposure compensation.. Flash with flash compensation button. There is one function button.. Ports wise, you have mini HDMI with a really interesting door. There's kind of a gasket, which is nice to have. Wired shutter release port.. Mic port.. USB port. There is no headphone jack. The viewfinder in this camera it's not amazing. It's very standard of this line of camera. You have the pentamirror 95% coverage. It does have one SD card slot. Very easy to access, no issues there. I would not expect more than that in this level of camera. So who might benefit from the D5600? I'd say someone really focused on still photography. if they are already in the Nikon system, most likely a 3000 series camera or something even older. I do think this is a good option. Especially if they're focused on still photos. They have a pretty decent auto-focus system that should work well enough in many action situations. Of course the buffer is small, but if you're careful with it I do think the 39 points are pretty solid in this case. I have had one or two 5000 series cameras in the past mostly used for video. It did work well enough. That articulating screen is nice in those situations. Of course if you don't need auto-focus and video situations. There are many types of videography that do not benefit from auto-focus. Now for still photography, I do think the Nikon is a better option overall. Has a better sensor.. has the better autofocus system. Of course Canon and Nikon both have a lot of lens options available. That's about it for this video. I hope you enjoyed it. I do think for still photography the D5600 is a very nice option. Especially if you're already in the Nikon system at the entry-level. Again, thanks to Camera Craft in Rockford Illinois for let me try this out at their shop. Hope you enjoyed this video. If you did, please consider subscribing. that does help me out a lot. 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