Nikon D5600

24MP APS-C CMOS sensor | 39-point AF system | 3" rotating touchscreen

What we like:

  • Excellent image quality with wide dynamic range
  • Compact body with well-designed grip
  • Focus tracking is impressive

What we don't:

  • Lacks a second control dial
  • Buttons a bit small
  • No aperture control of Auto ISO in video mode
  • Limited buffer memory
The Nikon D5600 is the company's midrange APS-C digital SLR. The only real change from its predecessor is the addition of 'SnapBridge,' Nikon's term for wireless connectivity. The excellent 24MP CMOS sensor, 39-pt AF system and fully articulating touchscreen all remain.
The D5600 is one of the smallest DSLRs you can buy. Despite that, the grip is perfectly designed so it fits well in the hand. Buttons are on the small side, however, and the single control dial may not be what enthusiasts are looking for. The 3.2" fully articulating LCD is useful for video capture, and the touch features are generally well-designed.
The D5600 remains a top choice for those seeking a compact digital SLR that's both easy-to-use and capable of excellent-quality images
While not Nikon's latest and greatest, the 39-pt autofocus system on the D5600 performs very well. It's both responsive and able to track moving subjects with relative ease. The camera can shoot continuously at 5 fps, though the buffer fills quickly. It can capture 970 shots on a single battery charge, which is excellent.
Image quality is excellent, with wide dynamic range, high levels of detail captured and pleasing color in JPEGs. Noise levels at high sensitivities are among the lowest in the D5600's class.
The D5600 may not be the best choice for video capture, as the autofocus isn't great, the aperture cannot be controlled and recording tools are very limited. While 1080p video quality is good, the D5600 does not support 4K like some of its mirrorless peers.
As with its predecessors, the D5600 remains a top choice for those seeking a compact digital SLR that's both easy-to-use and capable of excellent-quality images. It's not the best choice for video enthusiasts or those who require a second control dial, but for those looking for a camera to grow into, the D5600 is a great choice.

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