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Nikon D5600 DSLR Review - Verdict

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Nikon D5600 DSLR (7)

Value For Money

The Nikon D5600 is available for £729 with kit lens which makes it good value for money considering the features on offer, with built-in touch-screen, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Alternatives to look at include the following cameras:

Canon EOS 750D, 24mp, 3inch vari-angle touch-screen, Wi-Fi, NFC, £649 with 18-55mm lens
Pentax K-70, 24mp, 3inch vari-angle screen, Wi-Fi, Weather-sealed, £749 with 18-135mm lens
Sony Alpha A68 (SLT), 24mp, 2.7inch tilting screen, no Wi-Fi, £629 with 18-55mm lens

You could also have a look at a mirrorless camera with EVF, including the Panasonic Lumix G80 (£629 body only), Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II (£499 with lens), Sony Alpha A6000 (£539 with lens), or Fujifilm X-T10 (£599 with lens).

You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Nikon D5600 Verdict

The Nikon D5600 offers a larger than normal 3.2inch touch-screen, and a surprisingly compact DSLR camera body. The body is ergonomic despite the small size, with a large hand-grip. The 24-megapixel sensor features no optical low-pass filter, which gives improved image quality when shooting with high-quality lenses. We'd recommend using prime lenses to get the best out of the camera.

With built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC, you can quickly setup a connection to your smartphone to enable transfer of images from your camera to your smartphone. Using Bluetooth, this uses less power than Wi-Fi, and means it can continue transferring images even when the camera is switched off (there is an option to switch this feature off entirely if you want to preserve your battery life). This is a great way to transfer images, however it's quite slow, so patience is recommended.

The 3.2inch touch-screen looks great, and battery life is improved, with the camera offering up to 970 shots, although it is drained by Bluetooth (when in use). Unfortunately, Live-view focus isn't as quick as other cameras, so for the quickest performance it's recommended you shoot using the optical viewfinder. 

As a whole, when combined with the compact AF-P 18-55mm kit lens, the compact camera gives excellent handling, and this is a great entry into Nikon Digital SLR shooting. Like the Nikon D5500 before it, the D5600 provides excellent image quality, with a compact stylish Digital SLR body, with useful features including built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth, and an excellent 3.2inch touch-screen. With a 24.2 megapixel sensor, with no OLPF, the camera is capable of taking some very detailed and sharp photos, making it a camera you can grow into, and if you are prepared to invest in additional lenses, then you should be able to get the best out of the camera. 

Nikon D5600 Pros

  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Good ISO performance
  • 2-year warranty
  • Large 3.2inch touch-screen
  • Touch-screen is easy to use 
  • Improved battery life of 970 shots
  • 24-megapixel sensor without AA filter
  • Good colour reproduction
  • Compact and well-built camera
  • Night vision mode
  • Built-in help

Nikon D5600 Cons

  • No automatic panoramic mode
  • Slow live view focus speeds
  • Controls could be improved further
  • Bluetooth transfer is slow
  • Limited remote shooting app

Features5/5
Handling4.5/5
Performance4/5
Value4/5
Overall Verdict



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Photographs taken using the Nikon D5600

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