Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600 front
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 465g - 124 x 97 x 70mm
  • Launched November 2016
  • Superseded the Nikon D5500
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon D5600 overview

Nikon D5600 is Nikon's Entry-Level DSLR camera originally introduced on November of 2016. It includes a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000.

Nikon brought out this camera to improve the earlier Nikon D5500 (Read Full Comparison)

The D5600 is scored #6 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & all round #113 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to use our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your personalized requirements.

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Here is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon D5600 family

The Nikon D5600 has a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can check out all previous and more recent models along with key specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D3500 front thumbnailNikon D3500
D5600 vs D3500
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2018
Nikon-D5600 front thumbnailNikon D560024MPAPS-C5.0 fps2016
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Nikon-D3400 front thumbnailNikon D3400
D5600 vs D3400
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2016
Nikon-D5500 front thumbnailNikon D5500
D5600 vs D5500
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2015
Nikon-D3300 front thumbnailNikon D3300
D5600 vs D3300
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
Nikon-D5300 front thumbnailNikon D5300
D5600 vs D5300
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
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Nikon-D5200 front thumbnailNikon D5200
D5600 vs D5200
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2013
Nikon-D3200 front thumbnailNikon D3200
D5600 vs D3200
24MPAPS-C4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D5100 front thumbnailNikon D5100
D5600 vs D5100
16MPAPS-C4.0 fps2011
Nikon-D3100 front thumbnailNikon D3100
D5600 vs D3100
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Nikon-D3000 front thumbnailNikon D3000
D5600 vs D3000
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
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Nikon-D5000 front thumbnailNikon D5000
D5600 vs D5000
12MPAPS-C4.0 fps2009
Nikon-D60 front thumbnailNikon D60
D5600 vs D60
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
Nikon-D40X front thumbnailNikon D40X
D5600 vs D40X
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2007
Nikon-D40 front thumbnailNikon D40
D5600 vs D40
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Nikon-D50 front thumbnailNikon D50
D5600 vs D50
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005

Nikon D5600 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of pluses and minuses of the Nikon D5600 based on factors that are often viewed as crucial in a camera.

above average high ISO (25,600)
above average min ISO (100)
comes with focus by touch
comes with phase detect autofocus
connects via bluetooth
does have external microphone socket
does have HDMI socket
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
good battery (820 CIPA)
good MP (24MP)
good sized screen (3.2 inches)
has built in flash
manual focus
NFC connection
saves RAW formats
screen articulates fully
selfie friendly screen
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports face detection autofocus
supports tracking autofocus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
touchscreen functionality
very good screen resolution (1,037 thousand dots)
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames per second)
missing headphone socket
no image stabilization
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Nikon D5600 Sensor details

The Nikon D5600 is run by the Expeed 4 chip. The spec of the sensor on the Nikon D5600 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor is able to resolve 6000 x 4000 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor has 24MP and features a native ISO range of 100 to 25600. RAW photos are supported therefore the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

Nikon decided to skip the anti aliasing filter for the Nikon D5600. This could result in more detailed images but could cause moire under certain situations.

The graphic below shows the D5600's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The D5600 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is shown in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D5600 dimensions

Nikon D5600 is 1.03 lb (465g / 16.40 oz) & has outside measurements of 124mm x 97mm x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8"). The weight of normal Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g and the Nikon D5600 is lighter in comparison with its competitors.

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Listed below is a pic of the Nikon D5600 besides a soda so you can get a sense of its scale.

Nikon D5600 dimensions scale

The top view below will show the button layout on the D5600.

Nikon D5600 topview buttons dials

Nikon D5600 Lens specs

The D5600 uses the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses to select from. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the D5600.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-AF-S-DX-Nikkor-55-200mm-f4-5.6G-VR-II lensNikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f4-5.6G VR II55-200mmf/4.0-5.6 335g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-14-24mm-f2.8G-ED lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8G ED14-24mmf/2.8 970g
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Nikon-AF-S-DX-Nikkor-18-135mm-f3.5-5.6G-ED-IF lensNikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-135mm f3.5-5.6G ED-IF18-135mmf/3.5-5.6 385g
Sigma-APO-Macro-180mm-F2.8-EX-DG-OS-HSM-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM180mmf/2.8 1640g
Tamron-AF-55-200mm-F4-5.6-Di-II-LD-Macro-Nikon-F-DX lensTamron AF 55-200mm F4-5.6 Di II LD Macro55-200mmf/4.0-5.6 300g
Samyang-20mm-F1.8-ED-AS-UMC-Nikon-F-FX lensSamyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC20mmf/1.8497g
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Tokina-AT-X-Pro-11-16mm-f2.8-DX-II-Nikon-F-DX lensTokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f2.8 DX II11-16mmf/2.8 560g
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Nikon D5600 Connectivity

The D5600 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to send photos and oftentimes adjust settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Several applications even enable a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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Nikon D5600 Video specs

The maximum video resolution on the Nikon D5600 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution is an excellent balance between quality and file sizes but FULL HD isn't going to give you any room to downsample. Although the camera offers a microphone socket, it is unfortunately lacking a headphone socket which means you will not have the option to check your sound levels.

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Nikon D5600 Weather Sealing

Nikon D5600 doesn't include weather sealing so damp conditions may ruin the camera.

Nikon D5600 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon D5600 includes a 3.2 inch fully articulated display supporting a resolution of 1,037 thousand dots.

It includes a selfie friendly display for self portraits and group photos if required. Moreover the display is touch friendly which means you are able to change focus point and adjust settings by using your finger.

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The View Finder specifications for Nikon D5600 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • Coverage 95%
  • Magnification 0.55x

Viewfinders are quite useful during bright outdoor situations which may make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.

Nikon D5600 Shutter specs

Nikon D5600 is able to shoot continuously at 5.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Nikon D5600 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Nikon D5600 features both built in flash as well as external flash ability. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/200 sec.

Nikon D5600 Autofocusing specs

Nikon D5600 features both Phase Detect Autofocus plus Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & precise in comparison with Contrast Based focusing. The camera includes Face detect which is handy for portrait photography.

The Sensor includes 39 focus points to select from. Nikon D5600 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers to shift focus. It also features Tracking Autofocus for moving things. Nikon D5600 supports manual focusing in case it is required during low light scenarios or you require more precise focusing control.

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Nikon D5600 Battery life

The battery (EN-EL14) in the Nikon D5600 is made to last for 820 photos as per the CIPA specifications making it above standard ın comparison with its category. The general Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x offers the highest possible (1900) battery life within this type of cameras.

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Nikon D5600 for various styles of photography

The following bar chart shows a summation of the Nikon D5600 for various styles of photography. To look at more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Nikon D5600 Portrait photography information

The Nikon D5600 receives a score of 80 which is excellent, meaning that it is a excellent option to use for portraits. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW photos in addition to the potential to work with off-camera flash.

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focusing manually
MP count good (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
has face detect autofocus
saves RAW files

Nikon D5600 as a Street photography camera

Getting a above average points tally of 74, the Nikon D5600 is a good fit to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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screen can move to multiple angles
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
provides focus by touch
great ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D5600 as a Sports photography camera

A very good sports photography rating of 69 suggests the Nikon D5600 is a good option for shooting sports. A camera needs to have fantastic tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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good resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
great battery (820 shots)
has phase detect AF
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D5600 as a Travel photography camera

Size is extremely crucial in choosing a camera for travel. Over-all, the Nikon D5600 gets a very high 81 for a travel camera which makes it a tremendous option to take on your vacations.

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great battery power (820 per charge)
has bluetooth
has touch to focus
megapixel count good (24MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display

Nikon D5600 as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody planning to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the most essential aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon D5600 with it's terrific rating of 79 as a landscape camera is a fantastic option among it's competition.

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has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice screen size (3.2 inch)
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
doesnt have low pass filter
great high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
great battery power (820 per charge)
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D5600 Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera ought to have a articulating display, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Nikon D5600 is a respectable fit for vlogging as it receives a very good score of 74.

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selfie friendly screen
provides face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has mic port
no image stabilization

Nikon D5600 Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the D5600, here is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall into the category of Entry-Level DSLR.

The graph underneath provides you an overview of the D5600 versus it's top ranked competitors mentioned earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you may view as alternate options. To browse through a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon D5600
Entry-Level DSLR
Physical type
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Expeed 4
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Full resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
Cross type focus points
Lens mount type
Nikon F
Amount of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fully Articulated
Display sizing
3.2 inches
Resolution of display
1,037 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
5.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Max video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
465g (1.03 lb)
Physical dimensions
124 x 97 x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8")
Battery life
820 images
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Card slots
Retail cost