Nikon d5600 reviews

There are a lot of models to choose from if you are looking to the DSLR camera market. Doing the research for each and every one you feel may suit your needs can be a daunting task - so let's narrow it down a bit. In this article, we will be going over the Nikon D5600 as well as some of its competitors to see where it ranks among similar models.

The Nikon D5600 is an entry-level DSLR camera, so many of the following models will fit in or around that range as well.

Comparison Table

What Is the Nikon D5600?

The Nikon D5600 aims to help photographers make the leap into DSLR functioning and settings. It has the bells and whistles that many full-fledged DSLR cameras have while also incorporating some of the bridge or point and shoot set up. Each entry-level model is different in how they balance this mix. For the Nikon D5600, it is the structure or set up of the menus that new users will recognize, while the functions and increased abilities may be new.

Product Specs  

Man holding a nikon d5600 camera and capturing photo

Photo by Ba Phi from Pexels

As an entry-level DSLR, the Nikon D5600 offers 24 megapixels and an EXPEED 4 processer, which is fairly standard. However, also built into this model is a fast 1/4000 to 30 seconds shutter speed, 39 AF points, 1080p video, as well as NFC, Bluetooth, and GPS - all of which is accessible on the camera body or through the handy tilting touchscreen.

The ISO range is decent at 100 to 25,600, but with only 5 frames per second possible, we question its ability to shoot well in low light environments. We also question how well the 39 AF point system works, as other model have higher points and more cross referencing points (this model has 9).


Camera prices are always changing, so it is best to do your research before diving into a marketplace. For now though, we have found the Nikon D5600 for around $$$. This is just for the body, which is what we would recommend if you own other Nikon DSLRs as the lenses are interchangeable.

Here are some places to look if you are hunting for the best deal:

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How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare. We wanted to keep this comparison between siblings in the Nikon family, so we chose models that can perform similarly and have rated them on five crucial elements.  

  • Nikon Z7
  • Nikon COOLPIX B500
  • Nikon COOLPIX W100

Nikon D5600 24.2 MP DSLR Camera + AF-P DX 18-55mm & 70-300mm NIKKOR Zoom Lens Kit + Accessory Bundle
  • This Camera Bundle comes with All Standard Nikon Supplied Accessories + 1 Year Nikon USA Limited Warranty
  • Stand out from the crowd with photos and videos so impressive, they'll inspire you to keep shooting and learning
  • Out of the box, you can leave things up to the camera and immediately start taking great photos and videos without the learning curve
  • IN THE BOX: D5600 Digital SLR Camera | EN- EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery | MH-24 Quick Charger | DK-25 Rubber Eyecup | AN-DC3 Strap | BF-1B Body Cap
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Sandisk Ultra SDHC 32GB UHS Class 10 Memory Card, Up to 80MB/s Read Speed | Deluxe Digital SLR Case | 67mm UV, Polarizer & FLD Deluxe Filter Kit (Set of 3 + Carrying Case) | 12" Rubberized Spider Tripod | Wired Shutter Release Remote Control | Bounce Zoom Slave Flash | 67mm/58mm Step Down Ring | 0.43x Wide Angle 58mm Lens | 2.2x Telephoto 58mm Lens & More

Ease of Use

While the camera itself performs well and is easy to understand and navigate, the Snapbridge feature Nikon uses for connections like Bluetooth is where this rating is knocked down. Many users have reported issues in connectivity, often having to start the process from scratch multiple times before establishing a connection. Transferring photos is also not fast or convenient - as it was designed to be - which is unfortunate for the traveling photographer who needs to upload on the go. Apps can always be updated though (which is what Snapbridge is), so there is hope.


Unfortunately, Snapbridge strikes again in this category. Using Snapbridge is the most effective way to drain your battery. Which means that while you fiddle with finnicky connections, your battery plummets. 

Aside from that aspect, though, the Nikon D5600 performs well and holds up its end of the bargain in terms of features and specs. Many have used this as a traveling camera because it offers both a full auto and a full manual mode - so quick shots and creative shots are both equally possible and with equal quality.

Design Quality

As a DSLR, there is a little weight in the Nikon D5600, however it is lighter than some of its competition - which is great if you are taking this camera around the world, around the city, or just around anywhere. It will not wear down your shoulders and neck as fast as other models will.

Overall, it seems well built. Customers have enjoyed using it for long periods of time and have had not issues, and if you are not using Snapbridge, your battery life should be good to go as well.


Nikon has a limited warranty for parts and labor in terms of manufacturer errors that we feel adequately covers this model given its price and durability.


  • Bluetooth, NFC, and GPS
  • Tilting touchscreen
  • Good performance


  • 5 fps
  • Snapbridge

Nikon Z7 FX-Format Mirrorless Camera Body
  • New larger Z mount for revolutionary optical performance
  • Nikon-designed 45.7MP backside Illuminated image sensor with no optical low pass filter (OLPF)
  • 493-Point on-sensor phase detect AF system and up to 9 fps; Detection Range: -1 to +19 EV (-4 to +19 EV with low-light AF) Detection range (ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)
  • 4K ultra-HD video; 8K time-lapse; 120/1080P slow motion
  • Compatible with new Z nikkor lenses, over 360 F-mount nikkor lenses and a variety of Nikon system Accessories

We are stepping a little away from the entry-level DSLRs with this one, but think of it as a drawn comparison from what a DSLR camera is really capable of and what we are looking at here. The Z7 is a full frame camera with almost 46 megapixels to offer, which is more than double what your entry-level DSLRs will offer. To combat the 39 AF points of the Nikon D5600, this model offers 493 - yes, you read that right. Those two numbers alone make it a great camera for landscapes and portraits especially.

Add in 4K video, and EXPEED 6 processer, and 64 to 25,600 (expandable to 32 to 102,400), and you have a pretty fancy camera.

Ease of Use

We are ranking this camera on how easy it is to use for those seeking out an entry-level DSLR (which this camera is not). This camera is for the pros. It has a lot of experience-needed settings and functions that will likely take some serious time to understand if you are not already familiar with this level of camera.

As a side note, if you are familiar with this level of camera, then here is the biggest concern users had for this model here: menu navigation is not well thought out. There needs to be at least one, but really 2, more button short cuts on the actual body to avoid scrolling through menus to find the setting you need. It really takes a hit out of those photographers needing a fact-paced camera.


For the most part, this camera does well at giving you what it says it will give you. It backs up its talk. If you are really top of the line in photography, we are sure there are flaws to see with this model as it is Nikon's first attempt. However, many users were happy with the results and claimed it lived up to the expectations it promised to (which is saying something). 

Design Quality

This is the area most users had issues in. While the camera is well built, small, and light weight, it has had issues with battery life and third party lenses. While your camera is not likely to die on you six shots in, it should not be something you are worried about at this level either; however, users have reported it dying sooner than they expected. 

In terms of third party lenses, this is not something a camera brand will advertize. However, it is a definitely disappointment when you discover the $$$ camera you just bought does not work (or work well) with most of your lens collection.

One other aspect that was disappointing to users was only having one SD card slot. Typically, cameras of this caliber will have multiple because the industry that demands this quality demands lots of it.


Nikon has a limited warranty for parts and labor in terms of manufacturer errors that we feel does not quite adequately cover this model given its price. We would expect that something at this level would have better protection.


  • Great megapixels
  • Great AF points
  • Opens user to new line of lenses
  • 4K video
  • Good ISO range


  • Body and menu navigation could be better
  • Poor battery life
  • Only one card slot

Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera (Red)
  • ISO 6400, 74 fps Continuous Shooting. WiFi: Yes
  • 18 Scene Modes, Easy Auto Mode
  • Remote Control via Smartphone or Tablet Supplied with: Four LR6/L40 AA Alkaline Batteries, UC-E16 USB Cable, AN-CP21 Strap, LC-CP31 Lens Cap
  • 40x Optical Zoom Lens, 80x Dynamic Zoom
  • 3" 921k-Dot Tilting LCD

We are moving back toward the simpler cameras with this model (which may seem a little bland after that last one). This camera actually sits just on the other side of the line, with the Nikon D5600 as an entry-level DSLR and the B500 as an upgraded point and shoot model, just the step before a DSLR.

This camera offers 16 megapixels and a 40x optical zoom, 80x Dynamic Fine zoom, full HD video, as well as Bluetooth, Wi-fi, and NFC capabilities. This paired with a tilting screen and a variety of functions makes it a great beginners' or travelers' camera.

Ease of Use

This model was designed to be easy to pick up. It even offers an "easy auto mode" for those who just want the camera to do the work. Menu navigation and set up is simple and straightforward as well. The only thing users were concerned about what the lack of detail in the users' manual - which did indeed leave a lot of room for the imagination. 


Some users had a great time with this camera, others had another story to tell. It all depends on what you want to shoot. Users shooting in daylight with optimal lighting and not in the ends of the optical zoom range seemed to have great photos. Others who were shooting on gray days, in low light, or focusing on a subject that was not well lit tended to have much poorer outcomes. Especially using the 80x zoom option - most users had no luck at decent pictures there.

The bottom line is that if you are just looking for a basic camera to document events or take photos with, then this model should work well. If you are going for anything else though, this model will likely fall short.

Design Quality

The zoom seems to be where most of the negative experiences circle around. Optical zooms can be finicky, and it seems this one is no different. Though the 40x and 80x zoom may sound impressive, it is really only as good as the megapixels, ISO and other settings. The megapixels especially are not high in this model, and the further out you zoom, the more you can tell.


Nikon has a limited warranty for parts and labor in terms of manufacturer errors that we feel adequately covers this model given its price and durability.


  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • Good for beginners


  • Low megapixels
  • Poor zoom quality
  • Poor focusing

Nikon COOLPIX W100 (White)
  • Nikon COOLPIX W100 (White)
  • Beautiful pictures are easy to take on land or in the sea. Waterproof down to a depth of 33 feet, shockproof from a 5.9 feet drop, freezeproof down to a temperature of 14°F.
  • Stay connected with Nikon's SnapBridge app on a compatible smartphone or tablet and unlock exciting new capabilities with the COOLPIX W100. Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth low energy (BLE) maintain a connection between the app and your camera
  • 13.2 MP CMOS image sensor and genuine NIKKOR 3x optical zoom glass lens/6x Dynamic Fine Zoom
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) : Approx.109.5, x67.0, x38.0mm (4.4, x2.7, x1.5in.), (excluding projections)

This camera sits on the same side of the fence as the previous one. It is a high tech point and shoot model instead of a DSLR. This model's focus is on durability though. It is waterproof for up to 33 feet, shock proof from a 6 foot drop, and freeze proof down to 14 degrees. It includes Wi-fi, Bluetooth, and NFC, with 13 megapixels and 3x optical zoom. It is simple to use and great for snorkeling and for younger users.

Ease of Use

This is a great model for on the go users who need to capture an image fast. It is very responsive and very intuitive in design. It is simple and straightforward - the only thing we wish it had was a swiveling screen, as that would make snorkeling much easier to shoot.


As is the case with most underwater cameras, there are mixed reviews. However, for the most part, this model has been reviewed as a good underwater camera that is actually waterproof. Being underwater is what it was designed for, so your watery pictures will likely turn out much better than your dry ones. With only 13 megapixels and little to no manual adjustment options, that should come as no surprise though.

Design Quality

As we said, there are always issues with waterproof cameras, but for the most part, this camera has lived up to that. The only issue we had was that occasionally the screen would fog up underwater (which is probably one of the more annoying things it could do, to be honest).


Nikon has a limited warranty for parts and labor in terms of manufacturer errors that we feel adequately covers this model given its price and durability.


  • Water, shock, and freeze proof
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Performs well underwater


  • Does not perform well on land
  • Fog builds on screen sometimes
  • No tilting screen


A person is carrying a nikon d5600 camera

Image via Pexels

Alright, let's get back to the Nikon D5600. We have seen a little bit on both ends of the spectrum surrounding this camera, and hopefully that has helped flesh out where it stands among its competition. Overall, we have been happy with the Nikon D5600. Snapbridge has been its biggest downfall, but all that needs is an update and you will be good to go. This model seems to bring in a little bit of everything—simple auto shooting, creative manual shooting, video, connectivity, and a good overall performance in terms of specs and features. Given that as well as the average megapixels and ISO range.

Featured Image by PIRO4D from Pixabay

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