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Nikon D5600 DSLR Review - Performance

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Nikon D5600 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.1s / 0.25s Live view
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.15s / 0.65s Live view
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.15s / 0.8s Live view
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 0.5s
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.4s
Shot to Shot with Flash 0.6s
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
5fps (14 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW 4.5fps (6 shots)

Shutter response is excellent, and focus speeds are good with the new AF-P lens. Using live view focus and shutter response speeds are slow, making it a more frustrating process using the live view feature for photos, although there is an improvement over the D5500. Switch on time and continuous shooting speeds are good. The number of shots possible is lower than the D5500 - 14 continuous JPEG shot compared to 57 on the D5500.


Nikon D5600 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - The camera produces images with excellent colour reproduction and exposure is reliable. Portrait photos with flash shows no signs of red-eye, and detail is good. There are a number of options for capturing shots in a variety of conditions, including a Night Vision effect mode, and night shooting scene modes. D-Lighting improves photos, retaining more detail in highlights and shadows, however to extend dynamic range further you can use the HDR mode that combines a number of shots at different exposures for much more detail in highlight and shadow areas. The HDR mode can be used handheld in good light. 


Nikon D5600 Lens test images

Lens Performance - The AF-P VR kit lens performs reasonably well for snapshots, with a small amount of barrel distortion at the wide-angle end of the lens and a little pincushion distortion at the telephoto end of the lens, with the camera correcting for this when auto distortion correction is switched on. There is not much vignetting to be seen.

Purple fringing or chromatic aberrations aren't a problem, unless you go looking for it, where you may find it in the far corners of the image in areas of high contrast. There is a slight drop in sharpness in the corners of the image, and the lens is a little softer than we would have liked to see. The kit lens also gives good macro performance, although for the closest focus, manual focus is recommended. For a step up in image quality, and to get the best out of the sensor, we would recommend using a prime lens. 


Nikon D5600 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - ISO performance is good with low noise between ISO100 and ISO400, and this continues to be low at ISO800 and ISO1600 with just a slight drop in levels of detail, which is more noticeable at ISO3200. Detail is reduced further at ISO6400, but colour is good. Noise increases again at ISO12800, but results may still be usable. Noise becomes much more noticeable at ISO25600, with a noticeable colour shift. The camera gives a very slight improvement ver the D5500 in noise performance, but not enough if you have the D5500 already. The D5600 also gives very similar performance to the Canon EOS 750D, but does not quite match the performance of the Pentax K-70.


Nikon D5600 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a warm image under tungsten lighting, with the Tungsten / Incandescent preset giving a more neutral result. AWB performs well under fluorescent lighting, with the fluorescent preset also giving a good result. 

The D5600 doesn't feature control over the level of auto white balance correction, for example there are no "warm" or "white" correction options for auto white balance, unlike some of the other new Nikon Digital SLRs (or Canon's latest range of DSLRs, including their entry-level 1300D). 


Nikon D5600 Digital filters

Digital Filters - The camera doesn't feature a built-in panoramic mode, instead you will need to do this manually on your computer. Effects on the mode dial let you shoot with a number of different effects applied. The effects available are: Night vision, Super Vivid, Pop, Photo illustration, Toy camera, miniature, selective colour, silhouette, high key and low key.

A number of additional effects can be applied in playback. Picture control lets you choose from standard, neutral, vivid, monochrome, portrait, landscape or flat, and these can be customised letting you adjust sharpening, clarity, contrast, brightness, saturation and hue. The retouch menu has a large number of options available including: RAW processing, Quick retouch, Perspective control, and side-by-side comparison, to name a few.


Video - The camera has a number of video options including 60p, 50p, 25p and 24p frame rates, and stereo microphones built in, as well as a microphone socket. Audio options include a wind filter, microphone settings (auto or manual) and the movie mode can be used with manual controls. Quality is good, focus is quite quick, and lens noise is minimal. Additional videos from the Nikon D5600 can be found on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel

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Photographs taken using the Nikon D5600

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