Review Nikon D5600: ALWAYS CONNECTED
The Nikon D5600 is a new SLR camera from Nikon with an APS-C ("DX") sensor. The camera looks like a twin of the Nikon D5500 and shares nearly all that camera’s technology. What’s new on the D5600 is SnapBridge. That ensures that the camera can easily connect and stay connected with smartphones and tablets. You can thus share pictures easily.
The Nikon D5600 has largely the same body as the D5500. Both models are a good deal smaller than the D5300, which they replace. The camera is amply equipped with setting options and has a great LCD screen that can fold out and turn, and which also functions as a touchscreen. That touch option ensures that the switch from a smartphone to a real camera like the D5600 is not such a big step. The D5600 has the same sensor and auto focus module as the D5500, although according to Nikon there have been small improvements made. What disappears are the infrared sensors for the remote control. That is a logical result of the addition of BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and NFC on the D5600. With a free app on your smartphone, instead of an extra IR remote control, you can operate the Nikon D5600 remotely.
USER-FRIENDLY WIRELESS CONNECTION
The D5600 has SnapBridge. SnapBridge can make a connection with a smartphone or tablet via a Bluetooth connection, which uses very little energy. That low energy usage is a big plus relative to Wi-Fi. This means the camera can stay connected all the time, as long as you don’t turn it off and the smartphone stays in range of the camera. Thanks to NFC (Near Field Communications), you can also make the connection the first time very easily with smartphones that have the same technology. Once that has happened and SnapBridge is on, you don’t have to do anything else. Using SnapBridge, the camera can send a 2-megapixel jpeg version of every photo you take to the smartphone. That happens in the background, without you having to do anything for it. When you then want to share or send a photo, you just have to go to the camera roll on the phone and choose the right photo. To transfer larger files to the phone, you do have to select those files. Then SnapBridge makes a Wi-Fi connection to send these files quickly.
Nikon D3400 vs D5600
D5600 is the best Nikon for starters
Relative to the Nikon D3400, the D5600 has so many extras that a D5600 becomes a serious contender for even a starting photographer, even though the D5600 is a few hundred euros more than the D3400. First, the D5600 has an automatic dust filter, so that you will not have as much trouble with dust on the sensor. However carefully you change lenses, at a certain point you will get dust on the sensor. With a Nikon D3400, you will have to remove that manually (or have that done). The automatic dust filter on the D5600 avoids that.
A difference that might be even more attractive is the screen that folds out and turns, so that you can create a good composition from impossible angles. The D5600 also offers a number of features that ensure that you will not have to buy a new camera at a later stage, when you start using the camera in new ways. The Nikon D5x00 cameras, for example, have a built-in AF motor, and the D3x00 does not. For modern lenses, that makes no difference, but if you decide to buy older lenses on eBay, the built-in AF will be a big plus for the D5600. All of that means a starting photographer is going to get off easy if as the love for the hobby grows, because the D5600 can keep up.
With the D3400, you can only send files wirelessly with a maximum size of 2 MB. That’s more than enough for social media, but if you want to transfer your RAW files wirelessly, that’s not enough. The D5600 gives you extra freedom with that. If you don’t look too closely at the pixel level, then the D3400, D5300, D5500 and D5600 differ little from each other when it comes to image quality.
|Support CameraStuffReview and buy your camera here|