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Nikon D5600 Review (South Africa)

A review about Nikon D5600

In this Nikon D5600 review, we will be looking at the specifications as well as the key features, camera performance and image performance of the Nikon D5600 DSLR camera.

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A Quick Overview of our Nikon D5600 Review:

Nikon D5600 specifications at a glance

Body typeCompact SLR
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ISOAuto, 100 – 25600
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots1,037,000
Max shutter speed1/4000 sec
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries)465 g (1.03 lb / 16.40 oz)
Dimensions124 x 97 x 70 mm (4.88 x 3.82 x 2.76″)

Nikon D5600 Overview

The Nikon D5600 is a 24MP compact frame, APS-C format DSLR camera with an EXPEED 4 processor and a metal Nikon F lens mount. It was launched in November 2016.

The camera is Nikon’s somewhat higher-level entry level DSLR camera, but it packs a punch. Nikon have the ability to add functions with each successive model number. From the D5200 to D5300 Wi-Fi, GPS, a sharper screen and some extra battery life was thrown in for good measure. With the D5500 they took the GPS away, added a touch screen and gave some more battery life. The Nikon D5600 is built with the prior models but SnapBridge has been added, which allows you to view and take images remotely.

Built specifically with entry level photographers in mind and incorporates built in features such as a built-in-guide mode, as well as a built-in effects mode. This camera is designed in such a way that someone new to photography can pick it up, easily find their way around the camera and start taking picture without having to go through a very steep learning curve to do so.  It has a 3.2-inch fully articulating touch screen LCD with fixed LCD screen with 1.037M dots and an incredibly easy to use and understand user interface. The camera also comes out with a big mode wheel assisting beginner photographers which includes the additional shooting modes such as Programmed Automatic (P), Aperture priority (A), shutter priority (S) and Manual (M) shooting modes which one would expect to see.

The rear buttons have been moved around at the back of the camera they all sit at the right-hand side of the rear of the camera.

Being in the entry level region and designed with beginner photographers in mind, but with more features such as 5 fps in burst mode, the camera is very easy to operate and is a very good choice, with a EXPEED 4 processor.

Nikon D5600 Design and operation

The camera body of the Nikon D5600 is plastic and the lens mount is metal, non the less it feels very robust and ergonomic in one’s hands. The buttons do feel plastic, and the camera does not have the feel of a hi top end DSLR, but then again one pays for these features and cameras like that do not fall into this price bracket. The viewfinder is not very big. The body of the camera is not weatherproofed.  Some buttons on the camera are multifunction and functions are depicted in white.

Nikon D5600 Performance

The 24 MP sensor of the Nikon D5600 gives more dynamic range, less noise and a much sharper image by incorporating the EXPEED 4 processor. The camera is designed so that new photographers can learn about photography without feeling intimidated. Camera function and functionality is easy to understand.  The camera is definitely a valuable tool to any beginner or entry level photographer.  

The bigger 3.2” fully articulating touch screen LCD screen is equipped with 1.037M . With an ISO range of Auto, ISO 100 – 25600, a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000sec. With a maximum shooting speed of 5fps and 39 auto focus points the performance is better than some other entry level DSLR cameras.

Nikon D5600 Video capabilities

The Nikon D5600 camera has the ability to take HD video at 1080/60p.

Nikon D5600 connectivity

The camera connects via USB 2.0, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It also allows pairing via NFC via SnapBridge allowing for NFC so you can transfer images from camera to a smartphone.

Nikon D5600 Pros and Cons


  • EXPEED 4 processor.
  • Built with new photographers in mind, very easy user interface and functionality
  • Specifications are much better than some of the other lower end entry level class of DSLR cameras
  • Surprisingly good build quality
  • Big 3.2” fully articulating touch LCD screen


  • Primary function is to taking still images, it can capture HD video, would have been nice if it could capture 4K video
  • There is only one command dial
  • No dedicated ISO button
  • No custom options on dial to save settings


If you are in the market for a good entry level DSLR camera which is also priced well then, the Nikon D5600 is a good model to consider.  It has good specifications, and is built surprisingly well and with key features that are specifically designed around the newbie photographer in mind. With 5fps in burst mode the camera performs better than other entry level DSLR cameras. It is however designed primarily with photographers in mind, its video capabilities are however left wanting.

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