Released in November 2016, Nikon’s D5600 is a high-performance D-SLR that employs a DX-format (APS-C size) CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of approximately 24.16 megapixels. In the following, I will highlight eight features of this compact and lightweight but yet highly functional camera. (Photo and report by Noboru Sonehara)
One of the most prominent features of the D5600 is the camera’s compatibility with SnapBridge, a free app designed exclusively for smart devices. With the power-saving Bluetooth Low Energy technology, you can leave your smart device connected to the camera via the app at all times without causing the battery of your device from running out quickly. Each time you capture a photo, the high-resolution image produced by the D-SLR camera is automatically transferred to the smart device. In addition, you can also load movie data manually via a Wi-Fi connection. With the SnapBridge app, you can share your favourite photos instantly with your family members and friends on social media.
By using SnapBridge, a free app by Nikon, images captured can be transferred easily to a smart device. It also enables remote control of the camera. Check out the video below for more information.
Link to Nikon SnapBridge instruction video page
The size of the D5600 is approximately 124mm in width, 97mm in height and 70mm in depth. While the measurements are the same as those of the D5500, the body weighs about 415g, which is 5g lighter than its predecessor (approximately 420g). Also, by adopting a monocoque structure that makes use of reinforced plastic, the body of the D5600 is amazingly slim for a D-SLR camera.
With the thickness of the body reduced, the grip is now deeper, which delivers a firm hold despite the small size of the body. The D5600 offers both a compact size that makes it highly portable as well as an excellent design that provides a stable grip.
AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f /4.5-6.3G ED VR/ FL: 200 mm(equivalent to 300mm in FX/35mm format)/ Aperture-priority Auto(f/6.3, 1/60 sec)/ ISO 400/ WB: Auto
The D5600 employs Nikon’s DX-format (APS-C size) CMOS sensor with an effective resolution of about 24.16 megapixels and the EXPEED 4 as the image processor. The high-resolution image sensor works together with the image processor to reproduce the details of the subject beautifully. This is illustrated in the example above with the fine feathers of the bird faithfully resolved.
The DX-format CMOS sensor of the D5600 boasts an effective resolution of approximately 24.16 megapixels. This, combined with the EXPEED 4 image processor, achieves an ISO sensitivity setting of up to 25600, which allows users to photograph a nightscape or in a dimly-lit room without having to worry about camera shake.
Compared to the 1/2.7-inch sensor size used on conventional smartphones, the DX-format sensor of the D5600 boasts an area that is about 17 times larger. This allows it to receive a large amount of light, which contributes to the fine quality of the resulting image. Besides delivering a high resolution of 24 megapixels, aspects such as tone rendition and high ISO sensitivity shooting performance are also excellent. The superb image quality produced by the image sensor is able to satisfy even the needs of professional photographers.
There are 39 focus points in total when shooting through the viewfinder. They cover a wide area on the screen, and are able to capture the subject clearly even when it has complex movements. Each of the nine focus points at the centre employs a cross-type sensor, which allows for focusing with greater precision.
One of the most strongly recommended features for viewfinder photography is “touch Fn”. You can choose the role to assign to touch Fn from eight different features including ISO sensitivity and AF-area mode. If focus-point selection has been assigned, you can move the focus point freely by sliding your thumb on the LCD monitor while looking through the viewfinder.
As many as 39 focus points are arranged to cover a wide area of the viewfinder screen. Each of the nine focus points at the centre employs a cross-type sensor that is useful for capturing subjects with vigorous movements.
The LCD monitor of the D5600 supports touch-screen operation. Touch Fn is a customisable features that comes in extremely handy during viewfinder shooting.
Autofocus during live view shooting makes use of contrast detect AF, which offers users a stress-free experience by establishing focus speedily once the shutter button is pressed down halfway. When used in combination with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens, which adopts a stepping motor for AF drive, quieter autofocus operation at a higher speed can be achieved. Besides still photography, live view autofocus is also suitable for movie shooting. Not only so, it also supports touch autofocus, which allows you to establish focus on the desired point quickly.
You can touch any part of the screen on the LCD monitor of the D5600 to establish focus on the point you have selected. In this example, focus is achieved on the subject inside the rectangular focus point frame at the centre of the image.
The D5600 comes with a separate live view switch. Pushing the switch down you switches the shooting mode to live view immediately.
The large 3.2-inch LCD monitor employs a TFT liquid-crystal display with approximately 1.04 million dots. Also, the vari-angle mechanism of the LCD monitor makes it easy to capture high-angle shots with the camera positioned over the head or low-angle ones with the camera placed close to the ground surface. With it, you can compose your shots freely while maintaining a comfortable posture.
Offering a convenient way to release the shutter simply by touching the screen, you can enjoy photography from a slightly unconventional approach with the D5600. By combining the vari-angle LCD monitor with touch autofocus, it will be easy to capture photos from a refreshing perspective.
The D5600 offers a diverse variety of features that help to enhance the expressive power of your works, such as the “special effects mode” that adds an artistic touch and “time-lapse movies” that condenses motion over a long period of time into a short movie. The special effects mode comes with a total of 10 different options, including Super Vivid which is applied in the example above, as well as Pop, Toy Camera Effect and Miniature Effect.
To make use of the special effects mode, turn the mode dial to EFFECTS and select an effect option by rotating the command dial.
The time-lapse movie function on the D5600 is a feature which can be used to create time-lapse movies easily by capturing still shots automatically at the predetermined intervals and combining them inside the camera. It allows motion over a prolonged period of time to be condensed into a short movie, such as sunset in the evening and the starry sky at night. However, the photographer will need to predict how the image will change from the start until the end of the shoot.
The D5600 uses the EN-EL14a lithium-ion rechargeable battery. According to the CIPA standard, the number of shots that can be recorded (battery life) is approximately 970 shots. Power consumption is extremely low compared to other digital cameras of the same class. This comes in really handy when you are travelling to a destination with lots of photo opportunities.
The battery can be charged using the MH-24 battery charger that comes with the camera. Unlike conventional compact digital cameras, it is not a built-in charger. By purchasing an additional battery in advance, you can make use of the camera for shoots while charging the spare battery with the charger.