D5600 Pre­view

Nikon’s lat­est D-SLR to sport Snap­Bridge boasts apretty fea­ture-packed spec sheet

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We take a closer look at the lat­est of­fer­ing in Nikon’s en­thu­si­ast-level line-up

Nikon is tak­ing wire­less im­age shar­ing very se­ri­ously. Now that its Blue­tooth-en­abled Snap­Bridge trans­fer tech has made it into the D500 and D3400, it was only nat­u­ral to in­clude it in the D5500’s suc­ces­sor. This means the D5600 can au­to­mat­i­cally trans­fer im­ages to your smart de­vice as though it was wire­lessly teth­ered, mak­ing it ef­fort­lessly easy to up­load a D5600’s shots to so­cial me­dia. Un­like the D3400, though, the D5600 also fea­tures Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity, so can also be re­motely con­trolled by your smart de­vice.

There is one mi­nor draw­back, how­ever, and that’s the omission of the in­frared re­mote sen­sors that were in­cluded on the D5500. This means that the D5600 can only be re­motely con­trolled via Snap­Bridge, or Nikon’s MC-DC2 re­mote ca­ble.

Else­where, the D5600’s changes are more sub­tle, but no less use­ful. It in­her­its the frame ad­vance bar from the D5 and D500, en­abling faster scrolling through im­ages in play­back mode us­ing its 3.2-inch touch­screen dis­play. This touch­sen­si­tive in­ter­face has been fur­ther re­fined with the ad­di­tion of a fea­ture for in-cam­era im­age crop­ping, and touch con­trol can also be use­ful dur­ing viewfinder shooting: not only can you use the screen to con­trol the au­tofo­cus point while you’re look­ing through the viewfinder (al­beit at the risk of chang­ing the AF point with your nose), the D5600 adds a new op­tion for en­abling or dis­abling au­to­matic ISO sen­si­tiv­ity con­trol. Nikon’s Time Lapse Movie fea­ture has also been im­ple­mented in the D5600, al­low­ing im­ages cap­tured us­ing the cam­era’s built-in in­ter­val­ome­ter to be au­to­mat­i­cally com­piled into a time­lapse .MOV video file. Fi­nally, if you’re wor­ried that Nikon might have down­graded the D5600’s flash power and omit­ted au­to­matic sen­sor clean­ing, as it did with the D3400, you’ll be re­lieved to hear that both fea­tures are thank­fully un­changed from the D5500.

In fact, in this and most other re­spects the D5600 is very sim­i­lar to its pre­de­ces­sor. Nikon’s ven­er­a­ble 24.2MP DX sen­sor is re­tained, and

it still lacks an anti-alias­ing fil­ter in or­der to max­imise im­age sharp­ness. The sen­sor’s na­tive sen­si­tiv­ity range (ISO100-25600) re­mains un­changed, and the D5600 also has a 39-point AF sys­tem with nine cross-type points. In-cam­era dual ex­po­sure HDR is an­other fea­ture in­her­ited from the D5500, which also do­nates its EXPEED 4 im­age pro­ces­sor, re­sult­ing in a 5fps max­i­mum burst rate. If that isn’t fast enough to cap­ture the ac­tion, the cam­era will record Full HD video at up to 60fps, though with the same pro­cess­ing power as the D5500 un­der its hood, it’s no surprise that the D5600 can’t record 4K footage.

Build & handling

Ex­ter­nally, you’ll have a very tough time telling the D5600 apart from the D5500. Both sport the same 124 x 97 x 70mm all-plas­tic cas­ing, al­though the new cam­era is a whop­ping 5g lighter, at 465g with a card and bat­tery. De­spite the D5600’s rel­a­tively shal­low over­all depth, Nikon has man­aged to sculpt out a sur­pris­ingly deep hand grip, so the cam­era feels more com­fort­able in the hand than many more con­ven­tion­ally shaped D-SLRs. The D5600 also boasts Nikon’s vari-an­gle 3.2-inch, 1037k-dot touch­screen dis­play, and ev­ery­thing’s still fu­elled by an EN-EL14a recharge­able Li-ion bat­tery that’s ca­pa­ble of the same 820-shots per charge as the D5500.

Ex­pect the D5600 to be avail­able as a kit with Nikon’s AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens for an RRP of £800, while spec­c­ing it with an AF-S 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR will set you back £990. US avail­abil­ity and pric­ing are still to be con­firmed.

AF -P au­tofo­cus Like the D3400, the D5600 can be bun­dled with Nikon’s step­ping mo­tor AF-P 18-55mm lens for faster, qui­eter and more pre­cise aut­o­fo­cus­ing than the AF-S ver­sion of the lens of­fers. Movie mak­ing With Full HD video cap­ture at 60fps, built-in stereo mi­cro­phones, and full-time servo au­tofo­cus in Live View, with min­i­mal fo­cus drive noise from the AF-P kit lens, the D5600 is well equipped for shooting video footage. Touchy-feely The D5600’s touch­sen­si­tive LCD not only makes im­age re­view­ing eas­ier with swipe nav­i­ga­tion and pinch-to­zoom, it can also be used to con­trol many cam­era set­tings and the ac­tive fo­cus point. A new per­spec­tive 24.2MP DX sen­sor Not only is the D5600’s screen touch-sen­si­tive, it’s also hinged to flip, tilt and ro­tate, mak­ing high- and low-an­gle shooting a breeze. It’s also a must-have fea­ture for selfie shoot­ers. Nikon’s tried and tested 24.2MP DX sen­sor makes an­other ap­pear­ance here, and it con­tin­ues to do with­out an op­ti­cal low-pass fil­ter so the sen­sor can re­solve max­i­mum de­tail. The new cam­era boasts the same pro­por­tions as the D5500, but that’s no bad thing – the deep grip con­tin­ues to in­spire con­fi­dence

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