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Nikon D5600 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed Mar 10, 2021 at 09:34 am
Nikon D5600 Picture
7.5
Travel Photography
7.5
Landscape Photography
7.0
Sport & Wildlife Photography
6.2
Vlogging
3.5
Studio Video
2.9
Action Video
Body Type
DSLR
Mirrorless
No
Sensor Size
APS-C
Tested Lens
Nikkor AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

The Nikon D5600 is an APS-C DSLR camera with built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatibility, so you can use it with the Nikon SnapBridge app to transfer your photos to your smartphone or use your phone as a camera remote. It takes sharp, detailed images even at high ISO settings, and it's comfortable to use. Its photo autofocus system also does a satisfactory job tracking moving subjects. Unfortunately, it doesn't support 4k video, and video recorded in FHD isn't very detailed.

Our Verdict

7.5 Travel Photography

The Nikon D5600 is good for travel photography. Images are sharp and detailed even at high ISO levels, and its wide shutter speed range lets you capture clear images of fast-moving subjects or take long-exposure shots of a starry night sky. Its autofocus system does a decent job tracking moving subjects and keeping them in focus, too. However, its bulky build isn't the most portable.

Pros
  • Impressive image quality.
  • Comfortable to use.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
7.5 Landscape Photography

The Nikon D5600 is good for landscape photography. It's comfortable to use, and its impressive image quality allows for photos that are sharp and detailed. You may have some difficulty reading its screen in bright sunlight. The camera itself is slightly bulky, and it doesn't have the most impressive build due to its plastic construction.

Pros
  • Impressive image quality.
  • Comfortable to use.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
7.0 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Nikon D5600 is decent for sport and wildlife photography. Its image quality is impressive, and its fast maximum shutter speed can help you capture clear images of fast-moving subjects. Its autofocus system does a satisfactory job tracking moving subjects and keeping them in focus. Unfortunately, with a maximum shooting speed of just five images per second, it isn't really suitable for burst photography. Also, it has a loud shutter operation, even in silent mode, which could scare off animals.

Pros
  • Impressive image quality.
  • Satisfactory autofocus performance.
Cons
  • Low maximum shooting speed.
6.2 Vlogging

The Nikon D5600 is mediocre for vlogging. While it's a bit bulky, its fully articulated screen makes it easy to monitor yourself while you record, even when the camera's facing you. It also does an excellent job smoothing out camera shake in handheld video. That said, its video quality in FHD is disappointing, resulting in footage that isn't very sharp or detailed. It also struggles to track moving subjects using its video autofocus system.

Pros
  • Amazing FHD video stabilization performance.
  • Fully articulated screen.
Cons
  • Can't record 4k video.
  • Disappointing FHD video quality.
3.5 Studio Video

The Nikon D5600 is bad for studio video. Its video quality in FHD is disappointing, resulting in footage that isn't very sharp or detailed. Its video autofocus system also struggles to track moving subjects and keep them in focus. You also can't record 4k footage using this camera. It has some inputs for accessories, including a microphone jack, but it lacks an input for headphones.

Pros
  • Microphone input.
Cons
  • Can't record 4k video.
  • Disappointing FHD video quality.
  • No input for headphones.
2.9 Action Video

The Nikon D5600 isn't designed for action video. It's too big to be mounted on a chest or helmet rig, and it doesn't have any advertised weather resistance, though we don't currently test for this. It can't record 4k video, and it doesn't support high frame rates in FHD, so you can't record smooth slow-motion videos. On the upside, it does an excellent job smoothing out camera shake in handheld video.

Pros
  • Amazing FHD video stabilization performance.
Cons
  • Can't record 4k video.
  • Lacks very high-speed frame rate recording options.
  • 7.5 Travel Photography
  • 7.5 Landscape Photography
  • 7.0 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 6.2 Vlogging
  • 3.5 Studio Video
  • 2.9 Action Video

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
5.7
Design
Portability
Height 3.9" (9.9 cm)
Width 4.8" (12.3 cm)
Depth 3.0" (7.5 cm)
Volume
55.7 in³ (913.0 cm³)
Weight
1.04 lbs (0.47 kg)
Weight With Lens
1.46 lbs (0.66 kg)
7.0
Design
Build Quality

  • Body is made of plastic
  • Buttons feel okay and provide good physical feedback
  • Input doors are hinged flaps
  • HDMI port covered by a sturdy, hinged door

Design
Body
Water Resistance
No
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
1
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
F Mount
Built-In Flash
Yes
Design
In The Box

  • Nikon D5600 camera body
  • Nikkor AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
  • Lens cover
  • Lens cap
  • 1x Nikon EN-EL14a battery
  • Shoulder strap
  • Sensor cap
  • Battery charger
  • User manual

7.5
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
Yes

  • Handgrip is comfortable with a textured surface that provides a secure hold
  • Customizable button can be mapped to your liking
  • Shutter speed is easy to adjust using the dial
  • Adjusting ISO and aperture requires multiple button presses, and they can't be changed just using the command dials
  • Some buttons on the front right side of the camera are impossible to reach if shooting with one hand

8.5
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Nikon SnapBridge

  • Menu is easy to use due to the camera's limited feature set
  • Video options are merged with still shooting functions since there isn't a dedicated video mode
  • No dedicated ISO button; you can only adjust ISO through the 'i' menu or the settings menu

Design
Viewfinder
Type
Optical
Advertised Coverage
95%
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Advertised Magnification
0.82
8.8
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
493 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.037 million dots
Size
3.2" (8.2 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
24.2 MP
Processor
EXPEED 4
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
ISO Minimum
100
ISO Maximum
25,600
Tested Firmware
Version 1.10
7.6
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Nikon EN-EL14a
USB Charging
No
Use When Charging
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
970 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
110 min
6.6
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Interchangeable
Maximum Aperture
3.5 - 5.6
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
f/5.4
Minimum Focal Length
18 mm
Maximum Focal Length
55 mm
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
84 mm
Luminance
76.2%
Light Falloff
53.4%
Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
NEF
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Minimum Shutter Speed
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/4,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Focus Peaking
No
Zebra Pattern
No
Histogram
No
Time Lapse
Yes
5.3
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
5 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
N/A
Raw Buffer Size
10,000 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
10,000 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
0 s
7.4
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
39
Manual Focus Assistance
No
Face Detection Distance
59" (150 cm)
Eye Detection
No
Face Tracking Success Rate
68.8%
Object Tracking Success Rate
91.2%
9.2
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
No
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/4 s
8.2
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
9.32 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
6.85
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
34.22 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
1.533 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
32.7 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
1.767 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
31.71 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
2.037 pixels

ISO Setting Sample Photo
ISO 100 Photo
ISO 200 Photo
ISO 400 Photo
ISO 800 Photo
ISO 1600 Photo
ISO 3200 Photo
ISO 6400 Photo
ISO 12800 Photo
ISO 25600 Photo

6.6
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 39.02 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 37.07 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 34.71 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 32.1 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 29.31 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 26.33 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 22.88 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 19.15 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 15.99 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 N/A
Sample Gallery
Sample Gallery
The Skate Park

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Polish Church

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Studio

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Stairway

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

General Video
General Video
Video Feature
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
No
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
No
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
No
General Video
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
Yes
General Video
Video Exposure Assistant
Zebra Line
No
Histogram
No
Waveform
No
General Video
Recording Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
0
4k Video
4k Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
No
24 fps In 4k
No
Crop At Max Available fps
N/A
0
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
N/A
Face Detection In 4k
N/A
Face Tracking In 4k
0
Object Tracking In 4k
0
not tested
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
N/A
Walking Test In 4k
N/A
Running Test In 4k
N/A
Crop
N/A
0
4k Video
4k Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
N/A
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
N/A
Chroma Sampling In 4k
No
Bit Depth In 4k
N/A
Record Time Limit 0 min
Overheat Recording Interruption
No
0
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
0
4k Rolling Shutter
N/A
Full HD Video
8.5
Full HD Video
FHD Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
4.3
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
No
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Tracking In FHD
1.8
Object Tracking In FHD
6.7
8.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
Walking Test In FHD
4.57 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
13.06 pixels/frames
Crop
1
6.9
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
35 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
35 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8
Record Time Limit 20 min
5.0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
6.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
5.4
FHD Rolling Shutter
6.60°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
7.8
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
Micro USB
HDMI
Mini (Type C)
Headphones
No
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Nikon D5600 comes in 'Black'. We tested this camera with its NIKKOR AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens, and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

You can also use this camera with other F-Mount lenses, and you can also purchase it without any kit lenses at all. However, we haven't tested the camera in other configurations, so we can't confirm its performance.

If you come across another version of this camera, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

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