Nikon D5600 Review: Pros And Cons

By Josh Zielinski ● Jan 7, 2021


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  • These are some of the Nikon D5600 pros and cons that you should know about.

With a 24.2-megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor and an EXPEED 4 processor, the Nikon D5600 delivers high-quality images in a small and versatile package. Despite its growing age, the D5600 holds itself up as a capable upper-entry level shooter. These are some of the Nikon D5600 pros and cons that you should know about.

Pro: Size & Handling

The D5600 is comparable to a mirrorless camera in terms of size. It measures 3.9 in x 4.9 in and weighs slightly more than a pound. The small size allows the user to better use the camera in any situation and is especially easy to travel with. Despite the small size, image quality is not compromised and the handle is still deep enough to allow for a sturdy grip.

Pro: Image & Video Quality

As mentioned previously, the D5600 features a 24.2-megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor. As an APS-C size, the sensor has a 1.5x crop when compared to a full-frame camera. The smaller sensor is one of the aspects that allows the camera to be at such a small size. The 24.2-megapixel count covers the majority of common printing sizes that are below 11×14” very well, though you could certainly print larger than that and still get decent, if not good, results.

In terms of video, the D5600 can record up to 1080p at 60fps. While it doesn’t have 4K, the 1080p video quality is nonetheless satisfactory, especially at 60fps. The video component of the camera does have some drawbacks, though, which are discussed further on.

Pro: Autofocus

With its 39-point system, the autofocus in the D5600 is quick and reliable when shooting stills in both the viewfinder and Live View mode. It also features a touch control feature in which you touch a subject on the screen, it focuses on that subject, and then takes a picture.

Pro: Screen

The D5600 has a 3.2”, 1.04-million dot, fully-articulating touchscreen. These specifications give the user a clear view of the screen in almost any position. On top of this, the Live View ability allows the user to use the screen as the viewfinder.

Pro: Battery

The EN-EL14a li-ion battery that comes with the camera has a CIPA of 970 shots with Bluetooth turned off. While it entirely depends on the user’s usage of the camera and the temperature, the battery life should easily last a few days if not more with light shooting.

Pro: Wireless Connectivity/SnapBridge

The D5600 features both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities. And instant image transferring from the camera to a phone can be done through the SnapBridge app. Through this app, your phone can also be used as a remote control for the camera.

Con: No Aperture Control and AF Issues in Video

While the quality of the video from the D5600 is good, there are a couple of downsides to it. One is that you can’t change the aperture while a video is being recorded. And the autofocus can also be a bit disappointing in video mode at times. So it works very well with stills, but not always with video.

Con: Price

The D5600 starts at $599.95 for the body only and is $699.95 for the body and 18–55mm VR lens kit. This is a fair price that will only decrease as the camera continues to get older. While far from perfect, it benefits especially from great autofocus performance (with stills), a high megapixel count for its range, small size, and wireless connectivity, as well as the fact that it has few major downsides.

Pulse 2.0 Score

The D5600 has received a Pulse 2.0 score of 4 out of 5. While it is a solid camera based on the specifications, the pricing and video downsides brought the score down.

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