NIKON IMPROVES ITS D-SLR CON­NEC­TIONS

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tin­ker with its D-SLR line-up, par­tic­u­larly the en­try-level mod­els that are fac­ing stiffer com­pe­ti­tion from mir­ror­less cam­eras. The new D5600 is es­sen­tially a mi­nor up­date of the en­try-level+ D5500 and gets a few new features, most no­tably a time-lapse movie func­tion, Nikon’s ‘SnapBridge’ Blue­tooth­based wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem, and ex­panded touch­screen op­er­a­tions. Us­ing Blue­tooth Low En­ergy (BLE) tech­nol­ogy, ‘SnapBridge’ al­lows for eas­ier ini­tial con­nec­tions with mo­bile de­vices and then main­tains that con­nec­tion so im­age trans­fer can con­tinue even af­ter the cam­era has been turned off. The cam­era’s built-in WiFi now of­fers the con­ve­nience of easy NFC con­nec­tiv­ity.

Be­yond these ad­di­tions, the D5600 is un­changed from the D5500, so it’s based on a 24.78 megapix­els (to­tal) ‘APS-C’ size CMOS sen­sor and Nikon’s ‘Ex­peed 5’ pro­ces­sor. The sen­sor goes with­out an op­ti­cal low-pass fil­ter (OPLF) to op­ti­mise its res­o­lu­tion, and the sen­si­tiv­ity range is equiv­a­lent to ISO 100 to 25,600. Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing is pos­si­ble at up to 5.0 fps with the op­tion of cap­tur­ing ei­ther 12-bit or 14-bit RAW files or JPEGs at one of three lev­els of com­pres­sion. Im­age files are stored on an SD mem­ory card and the D5600 is UHS-I com­pli­ant for SDHC and SDXC types. Video is recorded at the Full HD res­o­lu­tion of 1920x1080 pix­els at 50, 25 or 24 fps with stereo sound.

The key cam­era con­trol sys­tems are 39-point aut­o­fo­cus­ing (with nine cross-type ar­rays) and 2016-pixel RGB me­ter­ing. The shut­ter speed range is 30-1/4000 sec­ond with flash sync up to 1/200 sec­ond. The D5600 has a built-in pop-up flash, up to +/-5.0 EV of ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion, auto brack­et­ing for ex­po­sure and white bal­ance, a se­lec­tion of special ef­fect set­tings, Nikon’s ‘Ac­tive D-Light­ing’ pro­cess­ing for con­trast and ex­po­sure, and an 8.1 cm LCD mon­i­tor screen that’s ad­justable for both swing and tilt.

The Nikon D5600 is avail­able now and is priced at around $1099 with the AF-P Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR zoom lens. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.mynikon­life.com.au

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