• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon D5600 advantages over Canon SL2

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    ~0.20 vs 0.6 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 970 vs 650 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More AF points
    39 vs 9
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 22 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    8 vs 5 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Canon SL2 advantages over Nikon D5600

  • Less expensive
    $699 vs $847
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster RAW shooting
    5.1 fps vs 4.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Neither provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Compact camera body; Very good touchscreen display; Excellent image quality for its class; Good overall performance.

  • Not many improvements compared to its predecessor, with some downgrades; No 4K video recording.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D5500

Nikon D5600
Nikon D5500
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • NFC
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon SL2
Nikon D5500
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon T6i

Nikon D5600
Canon T6i
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More cross-type AF points
Canon SL2
Canon T6i
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More AF points

Compared to Nikon D3400

Nikon D5600
Nikon D3400
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Canon SL2
Nikon D3400
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Pentax KP

Nikon D5600
Pentax KP
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon SL2
Pentax KP
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon T7i

Nikon D5600
Canon T7i
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More cross-type AF points
Canon SL2
Canon T7i
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More AF points
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