Nikon D5600 in the Test

The Nikon D5600 is different at first glance hardly from the D5500, compact and solidly built despite plastic housing. The test.
The D5600 is not a new camera, but an optimized D5500 which sent Nikon a Snap Bridge function with embedded Blue tooth interface. The D5600 appeals to a coveted audience: all those “who want to so far have taken photos with your Smart phone and now extend their fotografischen game room”.

Nikon D5600 in the Test

To match the improved wireless communication skills as well as the swivel touchscreen acquired from the D5500, the downright dainty for an SLR, 462 g light housing and the price: 700-750 euro without, 820 euro with standard lens AF-P DX 18-55 VR.

Compact Plastic Housing

As in this price class, Nikon produces the one batter housing mainly plastic and saves the splash water protection. Nevertheless, especially the D5600 acts quite solid processed. Their Large area applied rubber coating has a coarsely-structured surface and offers stable hold – together with the ergonomically shaped handle big especially for delicate hands.Fails the optical Pentamirror viewfinder small: he shows only 95% of the image field and effectively just comes to 0, 52 x magnification. For this, he hides grid lines as an alignment aid (individual menu d3 “Grid lines”) thanks to a LCD’s in the beam path on request. Eyeglass wearers have a diopter adjustment from 1.7 to + 0.5.
The monitor will flip itself 180 degrees out of the housing, rotate around its own axis and also in front of the camera, with overhead or ground-level shots comfortably overlook. A decent 3.2 inch display with 345 666 RGB pixels inside the D5600. There’s a fünfstufigen brightness control for adverse lighting conditions. The fold-out Flash with a guide number 9 is standard with Nikon’s entry-level SLRs.

Exposure Control, and AF

The D5600 not record-breaking needs “only” 0.37 to 0.39 s for focusing and raising – but absolutely in order. In live view mode the Nikons have to change all of them unfortunately on an AF contrast measurement, and which is the patience of the photographer on a hard test: with well over a second shutter delay are snapshots and LV shooting moving subjects to the challenge. Video and series feature the films usually too long to react to a changing subject distance hesitates the focus tracking.
The D5600 offers a touch screen as an additional layer of control. Thus, you can do many steps by touch, wipe or finger gestures for example the positioning of the AF point, navigating in the menu, settings in the quick menu or scrolling through the available image resources. Practically: Even if the photographer is looking in the viewfinder and the monitor display then automatically disappear, he can use the touch screen for a predetermined task. This defined it best under “Assign touch function” (individual menu f3). Important: In the system menu to the “touch controls” and “Automatically hide Guide” must be enabled.
The image quality requires moderate edge reinforcement, what sharpness decently, but not unnatural stresses. She lifts the contrasts restrained. That affect the DL values, also with up to 1046 (DL high contrast) and 998 holt a (DL low contrast) LP/bra plus of more than 100 LP out. Furthermore, it has the Visual noise well under control: between ISO 100 and 1600 he rises from 1.1 to 1.7 UN. The resolution is at ISO 100 with 1950 and at ISO 400 in 1805 to 1786 LP/bra.

Wireless Connection Wi-Fi and Blue tooth

The most important innovation of the Nikon D5600 is the ‘ Snap Bridge ‘ feature for wireless transfer with Smart phone and tablet. On their counterparts the Snap Bridge app must be also installed to do this – it is available free for iOS version 8.4 and Android version 4.4 for download.Snap Bridge enables a power-saving and constant request transmission of images, position and time data via Bluetooth 4.1, on the other hand the significantly faster transfer of high-resolution images and videos, as well as the remote control via Wi-Fi. The connection succeeds quickly and simply via near field communication NFC.
Data transmission via Bluetooth 4.1 should have a range of 10 m and be less prone to conflicts with LTE networks than older versions.Theoretically, the power consumption is limited to 10 mA, the data rate to 1 Mbit / s. M comparison: the theoretical NET data rate of an IEEE 802.11 g- WLANVerbindung is located at about 22 Mbit / s.
The current base model D3400 although Snap Bridge aboard, supports only Bluetooth, not Wi-Fi. And the older SLRs D5500/5300 offer only a “Wi-Fi”-option that is approached by the app “Wireless Mobility Utility” on the part of the communication partner.


The D5600 brings no revolutionary progress compared to the D5500, but in addition to the Bluetooth interface a significantly faster AF and minimally better image quality. As a small, light, very solid entry-level SLR, she deserve a recommendation.