Nikon D5600 Review – Best Mid-Range DSLR For Starters

The Nikon D5600 was first released in the spring of 2017, It is the most recent camera in the mid-level Nikon’s D5000 series of APS-C DSLR cameras. It was intended to lay in the mid-range between the D3500 and the D7500. It’s a decent camera for beginner photographers and first-time users as it offers a high-quality sensor and all the manual controls you need with ease of use and a reasonably affordable price. It aimed to replace its predecessor D5500 with improved performance and features.


Pros To Nikon D5600

Image Sensor

The Nikon D5600 offers a high-resolution 24.2MP APS-C format sensor which is more than enough to produce high resolution and detailed images and that directly influence the overall image quality. The sensor can generate images up to 6000 x 4000px so it proves to be useful when you need to crop the pictures and zoom in without losing the picture quality, moreover, it’s useful in printing large-size photographs and portraits to make them looks sharp with crisp details. Also, the camera supports a continuous shooting burst rate of 5 frames per second when shooting in JPEG.

The internal camera sensor estimates a 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor. It’s the advanced delicate part in the camera that is responsible for capturing the light data so larger sensors mean more light to capture, consequently, better low-light performance. It’s reasonably large enough as it is the same size in all Nikon’s entry-level DSLR, notwithstanding, sensors are much larger in high-end full-frame cameras like the 35.9 x 24.0 mm sensor in the D750 so that is one of the principle motivations to consider a full-frame camera despite their high price.  Moreover, it offers a decent ISO sensitivity with a range of 100–25600, it has not the best noise reduction system but it’s good so images can be usable up to ISO 3200.


The D5600 has 39 autofocusing points, of which 9 are cross-type, giving it a great overall AF performance compared to only 11-points in the Nikon D3500 which is one of the major reasons to consider the D5600. The continuous autofocusing performance is also good and works extremely well with the face-detection feature.

nikon d5600Video Specs

As for the video department, the d5600 supports video recording up to 1080p at 60 fps so it still doesn’t support 4k videos as you can get this feature in the higher-end D7500. Also, it has a time-lapse function, that allows users to capture time lapses only using the camera. It also has a built-in exposure smoothing feature that will even out any variations in lighting and prevent any exposure changes. This gives you a seamless and perfect, fully rendered time-lapse video, without the need for any post-processing. The continuous auto-focus works well with videos and supports face detection, in addition to the articulating display makes it a great opportunity as a vlogging camera for aspiring vloggers.

Battery life

The Nikon D5600 battery life is good but not the best. It is rated for 820 shots per charge, and could be a downside in heavy-duty outdoor usage. In addition to these features, the D5600 has a bright and sharp optical viewfinder with over 95% coverage of the frame. Also, with LiveView the LCD touchscreen allows users to perform multiple functions directly through touch control.


The camera support WI-FI, NFC, and new Bluetooth capabilities that give the D5600 the ability to connect to a smartphone through Nikon’s Snapbridge app. Once it is connected, Bluetooth gives the camera the ability to instantly connect to a paired device and automatically transfer images from the camera to the phone. Also, unlike the D3500, the camera supports a direct microphone input port, great for people who want to use an external microphone for better audio capture. The camera supports a built-in stereo microphone is directly in front of the hot shoe, which is fine for personal use and recording personal events but the external microphone is necessary for professional use to get much better audio quality.

nikon d5600 up viewDisplay

The D5600 3.2” touchscreen fully-articulated LCD display is one of the major highlights to consider over the fixed non-touchscreen display in the D3500. It’s a very useful feature as there’re many tricky situations that you can’t see the camera’s display on fixed screens so it comes in handy when shooting low or high ground-level shots, selfies, vlogging, and being able to get a more accurate visual of what a final photo will look like prior to shooting, also, you can flip the screen up-side-down to protect it when it not in use. Moreover, the touchscreen makes it faster and more straightforward to navigate the camera’s controls and touch to recalibrate autofocus in live view.


The overall design in the D5600 is great and the buttons layout is well-planned and the controls are easy to reach so there is nothing to complain about aside from assuming that you’re looking for an ultra-portable camera. The camera’s body is well fabricated and feels sturdy, it is comfortable to hold and fits well for those with larger hands and overall it is a good-looking and attractive camera.

Cons to the Nikon D5600 

The D5600 does not have a built-in focusing motor as expected in entry-level DSLRs, but this is not a huge issue as most Nikon lenses have a built-in focusing motor and are fully compatible with the camera so any previously released Nikon D lenses will be manual focus only.

This camera only records video in live view mode, which makes the viewfinder unessential while in use. This could be a little precarious when shooting in direct daylight that could make the LCD difficult to see. Speaking of video, the D5600 also does not shoot in 4K video. This is not a huge deal for most people who will be using the video, but for those wanting 4K, you will need to spend a little more money on a higher-end camera. 

Nikon D5600 vs Nikon D5500

This camera keeps the vast majority of the wide features and specifications of the previous D5500 while adding in a few new ones. These upgrades incorporate wireless smartphone connectivity, an updated time-lapse enhancement, and a much better touch screen navigation. Even though the D5600 is very simple and straightforward, it is much more than your basic DSLR.

Is the Nikon D5600 Worth the Money?

Even by today’s standards, the Nikon D5600 bundle is an excellent camera for beginner amateurs and starters looking for a solid camera at a decent price or wanting to upgrade from a basic point-and-shoot camera to their first DSLR. While it is predominantly pointed towards photography, it is also a great option for those wanting to get started in videography as well.

This camera is very easy to operate, has plenty of functions and features, and isn’t extremely hard to figure out how to utilize. It provides great results, comes in at a great price point, and is still one of the best options out on the market. 

Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR and 70-300mm Lenses + 128GB Card, Tripod, Flash, and More (20pc Bundle)
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  • Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera Body (Import Model)- 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor ,EXPEED 4 Image Processor , 3.2" 1.037m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen ,Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps ,Multi-CAM 4800DX 39-Point AF Sensor ,ISO 100-25600 and 5 fps Shooting ,SnapBridge Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with NFC ,Time-Lapse Movie Recording

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