Nikon D5600 Field Test: Compact DSLR offers great image quality and Nikon SnapBridge compatibility


posted Friday, March 17, 2017 at 4:08 PM EDT


We've just published our Field Test of the new, compact Nikon D5600 DSLR. The D5600 follows very closely in the footsteps of its excellent predecessor, the D5500. The latest model uses the same 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor and processor, resulting in a camera, that while great, doesn’t give existing D5500 owners a very compelling reason to upgrade. New buyers, however, should certainly consider the D5600 and its new AF-P kit lenses an an excellent DSLR option.

The most notable addition to the D5600 is its new Bluetooth Low Energy capabilities and Nikon Snapbridge compatibility. Snapbridge combined with BLE allows you to transfer images automatically – either 2-megapixel or original size JPEG images -- from the camera to your connected mobile device. This is a neat feature and one which will surely appeal to photographers who enjoy quickly sharing their photos.

Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR AF-S at 500mm (750mm equivalent), f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 900. This image has been modified.

Besides this, there isn't much new. The D5600 still records Full HD video, which looks good and focuses quickly with AF-P lenses, and retains the same compact form factor and excellent tilt/swivel touchscreen display. There are a handful of other minor differences, which you can read about in our newly-published Nikon D5600 Field Test.

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VR AF-P at 50mm (82mm equivalent), f/8.0, 1.3s, ISO 100. This image has been modified.

Nikon D5600 Field Test