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