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Nikon D5600 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 10, 2021 at 09:34 am
Nikon D5600 Picture
7.6
Travel Photography
7.4
Landscape Photography
7.1
Sport & Wildlife Photography
6.0
Vlogging
3.5
Studio Video
3.2
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

7.6 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.
7.4 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.
7.1 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.
6.0 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.
3.2 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.
  • 7.6 Travel Photography
  • 7.4 Landscape Photography
  • 7.1 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 6.0 Vlogging
  • 3.5 Studio Video
  • 3.2 Action Video
  1. Updated Apr 22, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.
  2. Updated Jan 17, 2022: Corrected 'Manual Focus Assistance' field from 'No' to 'Yes'.
  3. Updated Aug 10, 2021: Corrected input error in '4k Video Stabilization'.
  4. Updated Mar 10, 2021: Review published.
  5. Updated Mar 05, 2021: Early access published.

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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

Design
Viewfinder
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
1.04 million dots
Size
3.2" (8.2 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
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
Assistance Functions
Level Display
No
Grid Lines
Photo & Video
Histogram
No
Zebra Pattern
No
Focus Peaking
No
Waveform
No
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
Optical Image Stabilization
Yes
Luminance
76.2%
Light Falloff
53.4%
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
24.2 MP
Processor
EXPEED 4
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
Native ISO Minimum (Base ISO)
100
Native 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
Photo General
Photo General
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
Raw File Format
NEF
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Slowest Shutter Speed
30 s
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/4,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
5.4
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
5 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
N/A
Raw Buffer Size
6 Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
100 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
0 s
7.9
Photo General
Photo Autofocus
Object Tracking Success Rate
91%
Face Tracking Success Rate
69%
Face Detection Distance
59" (150 cm)
Eye Detection
No
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
39

Update 01/17/2022: This camera does have a manual focus assistance feature. Pressing the magnifier button when in Live View while the camera is set to manual focus lets you zoom in on the image, so you can ensure your subject is in focus. We've corrected 'Manual Focus Assistance' from 'No' to 'Yes'.

9.2
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/4 s
In-Body Image Stabilization
No
Photo Image Quality
8.7
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
SNR 18% After Exposure Recovery
28.68 dB
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
11.8 f-stops
Dynamic Range At ISO 800
10.4 f-stops
Dynamic Range At ISO 3200
9.1 f-stops
8.7
Photo Image Quality
Photo Sharpness
JPEG Sharpness At Base ISO
1.133 pixels
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
0.9845 pixels
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
1.469 pixels
RAW Sharpness At Base ISO
2.974 pixels
RAW Sharpness At ISO 800
2.826 pixels
RAW Sharpness At ISO 3200
2.901 pixels
9.0
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Color Accuracy
Color Difference (dE2000) At Base ISO
7.99
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 800
7.36
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 3200
7.35
7.7
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Noise
SNR 18% At Base ISO
37.38 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 800
35.68 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 3200
33.58 dB
7.1
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
RAW SNR 18% At Base ISO
39.85 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200
37.94 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400
35.89 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800
33.42 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600
30.69 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200
27.56 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400
24.45 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800
20.86 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600
17.29 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200
N/A
Photo Image Quality
Test Scene Pictures Download
JPEG Picture At Base ISO Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 1600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 3200 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 6400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 12800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 25600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
RAW Picture At Base ISO Download
RAW Picture At ISO 400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 1600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 3200 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 6400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 12800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 25600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
Pictures Sample Gallery
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Skate Park Picture
JPEG Skate Park Picture Download
RAW Skate Park Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Polish Church Picture
JPEG Polish Church Picture Download
RAW Polish Church Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Studio Picture
JPEG Studio Picture Download
RAW Studio Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Stairway Picture
JPEG Stairway Picture Download
RAW Stairway Picture Download
Video General
Video General
Video Features
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
Video General
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
Yes
Video General
Video File 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 Video 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
4k Crop At Max Available fps
N/A
0
4k Video
4k Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
0 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
0 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
No
Bit Depth In 4k
0 Bit
Record Time Limit In 4k
0 min
Overheat Recording Interruptions in 4k
N/A
0
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
0
Face Tracking In 4k
0
Face Detection In 4k
N/A
Eye Detection In 4k
N/A
not tested
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
Walking Test In 4k
N/A
Running Test In 4k
N/A
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
N/A
4k Video Stabilization Crop
N/A

Update 08/10/2021: Corrected input error showing a 4k running test graph, as this camera doesn't shoot video in 4k.

0
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
0
not tested
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
N/A
Full HD Video
8.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video 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
FHD Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
6.9
Full HD Video
FHD Video 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 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
20 min
4.4
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
6.7
Face Tracking In FHD
1.8
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Eye Detection In FHD
No
8.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
Walking Test In FHD
4.57 pixels/frame
Running Test In FHD
13.06 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
FHD Video Stabilization Crop
1 x
5.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
6.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
5.4
6.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Rolling Shutter Effect
FHD Rolling Shutter
5.3°
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
Inputs / 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.

Compared To Other Cameras

Nikon D780

The Nikon D780 is a better DSLR than the Nikon D5600, but they're aimed at photographers of different experience levels. The D5600 is an entry-level camera with an APS-C sensor, while the D780 is a full-frame model aimed at enthusiasts. The D780, therefore, has a more advanced control scheme and more customizable options. Unlike the D5600, it can record 4k video. It has a more advanced and effective autofocus system and delivers better image quality, particularly in low light at high ISOs. That said, the D5600 is significantly lighter and more portable.

Sony ZV-1

The Sony ZV-1 and the Nikon D5600 are different cameras aimed at different types of shooters. The Nikon is an entry-level DSLR with an APS-C sensor, while the Sony is a compact vlogging camera with a smaller sensor. The Sony is significantly more portable than the Nikon and is much more suited to shooting video, with 4k video capability and more frame rate options. It also has a more effective autofocus system. That said, its battery life pales in comparison to the Nikon's. The Nikon also feels more comfortable to shoot with, thanks to its optical viewfinder and large handgrip, and it's more versatile for photography because you can switch out different lenses.

Sony α6600

The Sony α6600 and the Nikon D5600 are both APS-C cameras, but they use different camera technologies. The Sony is a mirrorless camera with an electronic viewfinder, while the Nikon is a DSLR with an optical viewfinder. The Sony is more portable, has in-body image stabilization, has a better autofocus system, and has a faster burst rate, making it better for capturing fast-moving subjects. It's also a more capable video camera, with 4k recording capability and more frame rate options. However, the Nikon has a much more user-friendly menu system and a wide selection of compatible DSLR lenses.

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