It evolves the line by adding SnapBridge (Wi-Fi + Bluetooth) while shrinking the size of the camera body. Like its D5500 predecessor, it uses a 24MP sensor and EXPEED 4 processor. The D5600 also maintains a 3.2" fully articulated LCD, but adds a few new functions: enabling and disabling auto ISO is now possible via the touch Fn button and the D5's frame advance bar touch interface has been adopted. In-camera time-lapses are also offered with an auto exposure smoothing feature to make varying exposures due to changes in lighting look less jarring. (dpreview)
The official announcement of the Nikon D5600 should be near because the first picture and pricing of the new camera already leaked online. As I already reported, I expect the D5600 to be announced this week (most likely tonight). The main improvements from the current D5500 model will be SnapBridge and better dynamic range (still no 4k video). Here is the D5600 Japanese pricing (tax included):
Nikon released their financial results for the first half of the year ending on September 30, 2016:
Profits are up 54%
Operating income is up 23.8%
Sales are down
Nikon also "decided to conduct a fundamental company-wide restructuring in order to enhance its ability to generate profit and create value"
"Nikon Corp. reported that its net income attributable to owners of the parent for the first half of the year ended September 30, 2016 was 17.74 billion Japanese yen, up 53.5 percent from last year's 11.56 billion yen. Earnings per share for the half-year period were 44.65 yen, higher than 29.08 yen last year." (Nasdaq).
Thom Hogan posted a nice graph showing Canon versus Nikon in terms of unit volume for 2016 (the same scale is used in both charts):
"Just a reminder: Nikon is still a profitable company, and according to the numbers, healthily so. They’re not going out of business. But as I predicted, they’re getting smaller." (DSLRbodies)
Here are some unit sales numbers for the first nine months of 2016 collected and calculated by Thom: