Nikon D5600 at a Glance

According provided by Nikon D5600 camera with lens Nikon DX VR AF-P Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G many thanks Nikon official representative office in Ukraine.

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600 increase.

Nikon D5600 camera was officially introduced November 10, 2016 years and became a replacement for an older model Nikon D5500submitted January 6, 2015.

Please note that the Nikon D5400 model does not exist, this serial number has been skipped.

Nikon D5600 belongs to the amateur Nikon DX series of cameras D5x00. The line consists of six models: Nikon D5000 -> D5100 -> D5200 -> D5300 -> D5500 -> D5600.

D5x00 series cameras have a level slightly higher than the series cameras nikon D3x00: D3000 -> D3100 -> D3200 -> D3300 -> D3400 -> D3500. In turn, the D3x00 line is a logical continuation of a series of older cameras: D50 -> D40 -> D40x -> D60 (with a strange sequence of numbers).

The main difference between the D5x00 and D3x00 lines is the rotary display, but there are several other important features described in the table below.

D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D3500 + D40, D40x, D50, D60 D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500,D5600
Rotary display no Yes
Color depth selection for RAW only 12 bit 14 or 12 available to choose from (except D5000 which has only 12 bit)
Shutter Priority to Focus in AF-C or AF-S can't choose focus priority always works ('protection from the fool') can be set (except D5000)
Focus Modules weak, at 3, 5 or 11 points advanced 11 or 39 points
ADL (Active D-Lighting) Only ON / Auto or OFF Level can be set manually + Auto
Menu and number of settings The most simplified Extended

The cameras of the D5x00 and D3x00 series are rather limited in their functionality compared to the more advanced amateur cameras from the model range D7x00. The tablet with the main features by line can be found in the overview Nikon D7200.

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600

Briefly about Nikon D5600:

  1. Nikon D5600 uses a 24 MP CMOS sensor without an AA filter, the maximum image size is 6000 X 4000 pixels. ISO range from 100 to 25.600 (without any HI 1, 2, etc.). Most likely, this sensor is used in some other cameras, including the previous model Nikon D5500. Approximate data for sensors that use Nikon cameras can be see here. The Nikon D5600 sensor has high characteristics, the noise level at high ISO is at the level typical for modern APS-C sensors. High enough dynamic range. In real shooting conditions and in most situations, the pictures will be difficult to distinguish from more advanced models D7200 or D7100.
  2. Responsible for image processing EXPEED 4 processorwhich cameras use Nikon D810,D810a, D750, D7200, D5500, D5300, D3300, D3400, D3500 and even D4s.
  3. Focusing module Multi-CAM 4800DX, exactly the same as D7000, D5200, D5300, D5500. The camera uses 39 focus points, 9 of which are cruciform. This is a fairly advanced module, which in a modernized form was used even on full-frame cameras D600, D610 и Df. Multi-CAM 4800DX first installed on camera Nikon D7000 in 2010. In general, it is not bad, significantly better than what is used in the D3x00 models.
  4. Maximum burst speed is 5 frames per secondbut only for JPEG or RAW with 12-bit color depth. With a color depth of 14-bit, the speed drops to 4 fps.
  5. The camera supports high speed bus UHS-I for SDHC / SDXC memory cards.
  6. Minimum excerpt synchronization is 1/200 seconds, the minimum excerpt 1/4000 seconds. The camera does not support high-speed sync with external flash units.
  7. Metering module exposure on 2.016pixels. Exactly the same as the models D7000, D7100, D7200, D5200, D5300, D5500 и D600, D610, Df.
  8. Video: 1920 x 1080 60p, stereo microphone. H.264 codec, 'MOV' container. The maximum video length is 30 minutes. 3.5 mm jack for microphone. HDMI type C.
  9. Display 3.2 in and 1.037 million dots (720 x 480 x 3). The display is rotary and touch.
  10. The Nikon D5600 controls are very similar to previous models.
  11. On board, the Nikon D5600 has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC
  12. Together with a battery and a memory card and a bayonet plug, the camera weighs 470 grams
  13. The camera menu is hidden many useful settings and functions. In order to describe them all, I would need to reprint the entire manual for this camera
Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600


With disabled / enabled all additional features frame buffer D5600 is:

  • 6/3 RAW 14-bit
  • 8/4 RAW 12-bit
  • 5/3 RAW + JPEG L FINE, 14-bit
  • 6/4 RAW + JPEG L FINE, 12-bit
  • 11/4 JPEG L FINE

With fast memory card SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB / s 32 GB during burst shooting in 'RAW 14-bit' mode, brakes start after 15 frames. In JPEG format, continuous shooting practically does not stop even after a long time.

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600

Sample Photos

Converting original RAW files (14-bit) with the original Nikon Capture NX-D v 1.4.6 utility.

  • Picture Control Mode: SD (Standard with default settings 3, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0)
  • White balance: Auto (with default offset)
  • Active D-lighting: Auto
  • Vignette Control: OFF
  • Under. noise for long Exposure: OFF
  • Under. noise for high. ISO .: OFF
  • Auth. distortion control: OFF

Zeiss Milvus 2/35 ZF.2

Examples on the lens Zeiss Distagon 2/35 T * [Milvus 2/35 ZF.2], for which a special thank you to the store ProFotoSale:

You can download the original photos in RAW format at this link (15 files, 400 MB).

Nikon 18-105 / 3.5-5.6G VR

Examples on the lens Nikon 18-105mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED Nikkor VR AF-S SWM DX IF Aspherical:

You can download the original photos in RAW format at this link (15 files, 400 MB).

Nikon 18-55 / 3.5-5.6G VR AF-P

Examples on the lens Nikon DX VR AF-P Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G:

You can download the original photos in RAW format at this link (15 files, 400 MB).

My experience

If you need an entry-level amateur DSLR camera, the Nikon D5600 is a very good solution. There are no special complaints about the camera itself, but there are serious complaints about the development of the D5000-D5600 line.

It amazes me how slowly the D5200-> D5300-> D5500-D5600 develops. All the same basic functional units are transferred from camera to camera. Additional functionality is developed in very small steps. Differences between the models need to be examined through a microscope. The same goes for image quality. Synthetics lovers already make fun of it for a long time. Since the announcement D5200 nothing dramatically changed as an image. Even the burst speed with a 14-bit RAW in the Nikon D5600 could not pull up, and this is when using a processor from Nikon D4.

At the same time, Canon can offer amazing Live View autofocus for photos and videos with Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. For example, the Canon 850D and Canon 800D models, which roughly match the Nikon D5600 class, use Dual PixeL CMOS AF. The same technology is used in the Canon 250D, Canon 200D models, which roughly correspond to models from the Canon line. Nikon D3400 -> Nikon D3500.

The situation is also aggravated by the fact that since 2016 a replacement for the Nikon D5600 has not been released. Usually a new model comes out every one to two years: D5000 (2009) -> D5100 (2011) -> D5200 (2012) -> D5300 (2013) -> D5500 (2015) -> D5600 (2016).

At the same time, Canon came up with similar cameras that can shoot 4K video, which is now a very attractive feature for many users. We are talking about amateur cameras Canon 850D and Canon 250D. APS-C mirrorless cropped systems (that is, systems whose physical size of the photosensitive sensor is the same as the D5600) in the face of Sony and Fujifilm also went very far and far ahead as focus during video shooting.

Focusing itself while shooting video on the D5600 is pretty good, but it has one serious drawback - high-quality autofocus is available only with lenses. Nikon Nikkor AF-P type, that is, with those lenses that use a stepper focus motor. There are very few such lenses (exact list here).

But it's worth remembering about inability to control aperture during movie shooting when using modern G-lenses, the whole house of cards collapses again. The reason for this is the old and not completely resolved problem of the Nikon system related to the lever method of iris control. Details on this subject are described in detail. here.

Most often, the Nikon D5600 is sold with a whale (i.e. standard) lens. Nikon DX VR AF-P Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G, sometimes this kit is additionally equipped with a lens Nikon DX AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR... Such a set will be enough for most amateur photographers. I also recommend buying such a set. If fears of a simple 'whale' lens torment the future owner very much, then you can look at universal lenses for the D5600 Nikon 18-105 и Nikon 18-140.

Perhaps the continuation of the D5X00 line will not take place, and the line itself will be replaced by mirrorless cameras, such as Nikon z50. Then it will be safe to say that the Nikon D5600 was Nikon's best amateur digital SLR camera (not to be confused with advanced amateur ones).

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600

Materials on the topic

  1. Basic information on the Nikon system (lenses, cameras, compatibility, a lot of information).
  2. Nikon camera selection (models, recommendations, discussion)
  3. All Nikon digital cameras with interchangeable lenses. Their types and dates of announcements. Camera designations s, h, x, e, a.
  4. Methods and modules for metering Nikon cameras.
  5. Processors of Nikon cameras. Performance.
  6. Focusing systems for Nikon cameras.
  7. Sensors of Nikon cameras (who produces, which models are used)
  8. Which external flash to choose for Nikon cameras?
  9. Other articles on Nikon / Nikkor cameras and lenses.

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Comments: 171, on the topic: Overview of Nikon D5600

  • Dmitry

    Please help me choose! Nikon vs Sony. Or what is better for a photo in the format of a camera jeep? Choice between Nikon D5600(5500) or Sony A6000. At the price on the secondary market, they are the same with us (per carcass). Sony lenses are more expensive. Your every opinion is interesting!

    • B. R. P.

      jpeg = Only Fuji.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        you meant to write: Always D40

        • B. R. P.

          ☺☺☺ And this too ☺☺☺

        • Dmitry

          You mean Nikon D40? So he's a dinosaur

          • Arkady Shapoval

            Maybe this dinosaur changed its name and now it's not Nikon?

            • Dmitry

              Can you elaborate please!!!

              • Arkady Shapoval

                I say a6000 just right

          • Dmitry Kostin

            This “dinosaur” has a very nice color profile and CCD matrix.
            NEF can not be edited if you did not make a mistake with the BB and exposure.

      • Dmitry

        Hello. Which fuji model would you recommend in this price range? I found Fujifilm X-T1 on sale for 15 thousand UAH, but without a lens, another 10 thousand lens.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      It's more like a mirrorless / DSLR. I would definitely look at the a6000

  • Dima

    What is the second control dial responsible for? I see they only went with the d5500.

    • tmdev

      Where is he here? I can't find it in the photo. On older models it is present and is mainly responsible for the diaphragm. Conveniently, in this case, the exposure compensation button in manual mode works exactly as an exposure compensation button, and not as a button for changing the aperture, as on 3xxx and 5xxx

  • Konstantin

    People shout!!! There is a difficult choice between d5600 and xenon 800d!
    Or is it still a6000???

    • Dmitry Kostin

      Of these, it is better to look at the Sony or Fuji armored vehicles.
      The Nikon and Canon DSLR models you indicated have already been discontinued.

      • Konstantin

        Thank you!!! But Fujis cost a lot of money))) I’m writing this as a Fuji driver. For example, xt 100 costs as much as 800d on the secondary market, or even more. I’m not choosing for myself, so I’m a bit tired with the choice, since the issue is also relevant with inexpensive optics. And Canon has a fifty-kopeck 1.8, which you’ll agree is not so bad from the start.

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