Nikon D5600 DSLR camera announced

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The rumored Nikon D5600 DSLR camera is now officially announced worldwide but not in the US (?).

Nikon D5600 UK pre-order links: Jessops | WEX

What's new in the D5600:

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 main D5600 features are:


  1. SnapBridge support for constant connection of the D5600 to a smart deviceSupport for the SnapBridge app means that with one-time setup, a constant connection between the D5600 and a smart device is maintained, realizing simple automatic transfer of photos. In addition, a number of convenient functions, including automatic upload to Nikon's photo sharing service, NIKON IMAGE SPACE, the addition of copyright information and comments to photos, and automatic synchronization of camera date/time and location information with that of the smart device, can be used. What's more, the D5600 also supports the high-speed transfer of selected still images, movie transfer, and remote capture of still images when Wi-Fi is enabled.
  2. A vari-angle LCD monitor that makes capturing creating photos easy from any angleThe D5600 is equipped with a 3.2-inch vari-angle LCD monitor that enables shooting from low angles, high angles, and even selfies. A touch screen has also been adopted. Naturally, it supports the same touch operation available with the D5500, but it also features the frame advance bar adopted for the high-end D5 and D500 for scrolling through images in full-frame playback. In addition, the touch Fn function so popular with the D5500 has been expanded to support the enabling and disabling of auto ISO sensitivity control, and operation with viewfinder shooting has also been improved.
  3. An effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels and support for a broad range of sensitivities — ISO 100 to 25600 — enable expression with superior image qualityThe camera offers an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels. It is equipped with a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter. This achieves capture of images that make the most of the superior rendering characteristics of NIKKOR lenses. The EXPEED 4 image-processing engine has been adopted, and a broad range of standard sensitivities are supported — ISO 100 to 25600, the combination of which enables capture of highly detailed images in which noise is effectively suppressed, even with shooting in dark or dimly lit surroundings.
  4. Equipped with the same time-lapse movie function found in more advanced modelsThe D5600 is newly equipped with the time-lapse movie function, which allows users to easily compress long periods of time into short ones, entirely within the camera, to express changes that occur over time, such as the shapes of clouds as they roll by, or the movement of people and cars through city streets. In addition, the exposure smoothing function makes capturing beautiful time-lapse movies easier by suppressing variations in exposure caused by changes in lighting that occur naturally, such as when the sun comes up or goes down. Time-lapse movies recorded with the camera can also be transferred to a smart device via SnapBridge.

Press release:

Entry-level DX-format Digital SLR Camera with Seamless Connectivity Ignites Creativity and Sharing by Transforming Social Storytelling


TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the D5600, an entry-level DX-format digital SLR designed for photography hobbyists and content creators to explore different creative and artistic expressions. With convenient connectivity features, the D5600 is also built for easy sharing and social storytelling.

The D5600 is equipped with a range of features that encourages users to capture and communicate their stories. Featuring a vari-angle LCD monitor that flips out and rotates, it is possible to shoot from nearly any angle for greater creative freedom. The touch-screen operation so popular with the D5500 has been further enhanced in the D5600 with the addition of a crop function for use during playback zoom, and a frame advance bar that allows scrolling through images in playback mode easily. The D5600 also incorporates a time-lapse movie function equivalent to that of the more advanced Nikon D7200, enabling users to capture changing scenes over a time period and create stunning time-lapse videos.

In addition, a constant connection between the D5600 and a smart device is possible using the SnapBridge app and Bluetooth® low energy (BLE) technology. Images captured are automatically transferred to the paired smart device and users can upload and share high-quality images in a seamless, integrated process. The image transfer continues even after the camera has been turned off. SnapBridge also enables automatic image upload to NIKON IMAGE SPACE. Furthermore, wireless video transfer and remote shooting are possible via Wi-Fi®.

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  • srghyc

    Looks like I’ll be purchasing a D5500 on the cheap.

  • Fly Moon


  • RMJ

    Sounds like the same sensor as in D3400. We’ll see.

  • Alex

    1. 3.5mm mic input is still there
    2. Flash power is not reduced
    3. The front infra-red receiver seems to be removed
    4. WIFI doesn’t work on its own any more (have to use Snapbridge)

    I’d say grab the D5500 while you still can. It’ll probably be the peak of the D5xxx series.

    • Jim Huang

      I’d probably get the D5300. Even cheaper and it has GPS.

      • C_QQ_C

        mm the text suggests that you may be able to als use WiFi on its own this time.. will have to see…

        • Alex

          Unfortunately, “The camera cannot be directly paired with a smart device using Wi-Fi.
          Wi-Fi can be used by enabling it after the camera has been paired with
          the smart device using Bluetooth”

      • dabug91

        The GPS is really only a minor feature that can easily be remedied with various smartphone apps, and it costs battery life. There’s usually only a $100 or so difference in price between the D5300 and D5500 (although right now they both are actually priced at $700 on Amazon), but the D5500 has a substantially better grip and is much more comfortable to hold and a bit more slimmed down.
        The D5300 will be bundled in 2-lens kits on black friday at various places for $600, but I’d still go with a D5500 over the D5300 any day.
        I would also choose a D5500 over the D5600, and a D3300 over the D3400. Both the D5600 and D3400 take 2 steps forward and 3 steps back from their predecessors.

  • RMJ

    D5500 was the longest living D5000 (D90) series model since D5000, lasting 7 quarters!

    D5000 did full 8 quarters (2 years).

    • Max


    • Thom Hogan

      D90 begat D7000, D7100, D7200, not D5xxx.

      • RMJ

        Oh sorry, I meant to write D60.

        • Captain Megaton

          D5xxx line is the ugly stepsister to the D40~D3400 inbred with the D90.

  • Mehr

    I was planning to purchase D5500, does it make sense to get this one instead?

    • Eric Calabros

      If you do timelaps, yes. Otherwise, not really.

    • Nikos Chazaridis

      even if you do timelapse you can post process the pictures, so just get the D5500 and save up for a decent lens

    • Mauro Schramm

      For birders, auto ISO shortcut is a welcome fetaure.

    • JXVo

      No….unless you want Snapbridge and you want to pay more.

  • Eric Calabros

    with only 5g difference, you wouldn’t notice “lighter than before” feature (did they just remove a component they thought is unnecessary?). DSLR can’t be lighter than this, but marketing department don’t like to believe that.

    • Eledeuh

      Yeah, if you look at the camera from the top, it pretty much looks like a mirror-box with a handle. It will be hard to get much smaller/lighter than that 😉

    • Max

      the infrared sensors must’ve weighed 2,5g each

      • HD10

        LOL but likely accurate!

  • Max

    Can the d5500 use af-p?

    • KnightPhoto

      Yes D5500 is fully AF-P compatible. Handle the 70-300 AF-P if you want to try a truly light small lens and according to Thom and MTF looks to be very sharp.

      • MonkeySpanner

        He also said the af-p lenses seemed to perform much better in live view on the d3400 than they did on the d500. And since the d500 is newer than the d5500, I assume the d5500 would have the same live view performance as the d500 – meaning slower than the d3400 (and I assume slower than the d5600).

  • Aditya Mendiratta

    Still waiting to the D820 or whatever they going to call it. Sigh…

    • Nikonland

      Still waiting for the D5x 😉 maybe early next year ? 🙂

  • JL

    Camera announcements were never that exciting.

  • NikonFanboy

    HI Admin,

    It looks like Nikon is releasing all the base models to prepare for the more important upgrade coming year. I hope they start off from D810 replacement.

    thanks NFB

    • It has been Nikon’s practice to update the “cheaper” models first, so I would expect a new D610 or D750 refresh before the D810.

      • RMJ

        D600/D610 (they are practically the same) is so old that it has to be updated very soon or it is being abandoned altogether. Even if we don’t count the original D600, D610 is over 3 years old now!

      • jbourne

        Hi Admin,
        Good afternoon! What a big surprise for me, a new D5600 DSLR.
        Why is it that Nikon should upgrade the cheaper models so SOON or so very often? (Here’s my scenario) Most of my friends, husbands and wives, their friends, and girlfriends, etc..People I have met and knew about their DSLR cameras are contented already with their VERY OLD D40x/D70’s or D3000/D3200 etc, or Canon rebels and Sony cheaper models too as they told me. They said there’s no need to upgrade to newer models every few years. They said, those upgrades are only for most professionals (or pretend to be professionals like me).
        Maybe these cheaper models could be for newer families or consumers who are just beginning to buy DSLR cameras? (I believe)
        Whereas, most of us here are clamoring for a new D900 upgrade/replacement or whatever that name is.
        (*D800/D800e was introduced in 2012, D810 was in 2014)
        What do you think Admin?

        • I think the logic is that if you buy the cheaper model, you may upgrade to the more expensive model later – for example D3400 – D5600. That way Nikon will sell two cameras.

  • Sripal TAD

    nikon d5600 should be called d5500s or d5500 snapbridge version

    • Eno

      D5506 🙂

    • Max

      I agree with you, but consumer or entry cams will never get the d500 sensor. If anything they will rather get a higher mix sensor

    • Mauro Schramm

      Buy a D500 instead.

  • Jim Huang

    So I’m just looking at my brother’s D5300 thinking…apart from the touch screen and snapbridge, is there any other function I’ll gain from D5600? Also, why does it still use EXPEED 4 from 2013?

    Sort of off topic: Anyone know why Nikon doesn’t put any on sensor phase detection on their DSLR? They have it on their 1 inch sensor cameras.

    • RMJ

      EXPEED 4 is cheaper than 5 and uses less power which prolongs battery life.

      But no, D5600 nor D5500 gives almost nothing over D5300. I’d go with the cheapest I could find if I had to buy one.

  • Spy Black

    I don’t understand why Nikon bypass’s direct Wifi connectivity for the sake of Snapbridge. Why not just make it an even/or option?

    • Mauro Schramm

      Nikon being Nikon.

    • Thom Hogan

      As I wrote recently: solving wrong problem. Nikon thinks that “pairing” is the problem. The real problem is “sharing.” I’d take more pairing steps to share better over fewer pairing steps to share worse.

      • Eric Calabros

        few months before Nikon released new Snapbridge I was suggesting exactly same thing in a reply to one of your comments here in NR. I remember I said it should be like “on the fly jpegs” sent to smartphone by BT as soon as you press the shutter button! Amusingly I thought Nikon really read my comment and tried to make it real 🙂 But now I see I was wrong. That idea was wrong. Because its still slower than smartphone, even if implemented perfectly. For many of us, posting procedure is like this: opening cam app>take pic>exit>open gallary>select recent image>open with editor>adjust>save for web>open social app>browse gallery>select edited image>write few words>share! But I see many people doing like this: open social app>take pic>write few words>share! The main difference? They start with social app! They start with purpose! You can’t compete with iPhone shooters if you start from steps back. Camera must connect to the internet DIRECTLY. Send to Assistant should be an in-camera app, Send to Agency should be another app. Send to FTP, Send to Twitter, …etc. you tap on any of this based on your plan (purpose) before you take the shot, unless you have no idea at the moment what you gonna do with the image, or its just for print. Without this platform, we stay behind.

        • Thom Hogan

          Still not quite right. The problems are multiple, and they all need to be solved. It’s the reason why I suggested communicating, programmable, modular cameras 10 years.

          The tricky part is that both the physical method of communication and the API for communicating with the social sites evolves and changes over time. If you do it the way the camera companies are trying to do, you end up with either a product that gets outdated fast, or the “push the problem off to someone else” type of thing you describe (phone app, and buried in the phone app).

          The D500 is a great example: we have touchscreen entry of text. Why can’t I add my text in the camera and select Send to Twitter? The image then moves in some way (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, whatever is supported by the camera) to my mobile device or laptop or desktop and software at that end recognizes that I’ve given it an image that says “use this text and send to Twitter.” So the app does that first chance it gets.

          And then there’s other complete FUBARs in SnapBridge. If I’m shooting raw, SnapBridge is inactive. Why the hell can’t the camera look at the embedded JPEG and create the 2mp proxy from that automatically? Because engineers are lazy or designers don’t know what to design, that’s why. All the ability to do what is needed is already built into the camera ;~).

          The camera companies have only themselves to blame for the decline in camera sales. They missed a turnoff, and continued to accelerate down the wrong road. Now they want you the user to hike cross country to get back to the right path.

          • El Aura

            One question is, should the camera manufacturers have developed a Twitter client (as well as an Instagram, Snapshat and whatever else exists there) themselves? Or should they create an app platform, like Sony has done with Playmemories? I’m not sure either approach is working too well, not least because a lot of social media platforms might not allow third-party apps. Should they run something like BlackBerry’s Android emulation layer?

            Which brings up the question: Are some camera companies doing better in this and are gaining market share as a result? I guess, until my camera can be used like just another device in either the iOS or Android ecosystem, it’ll be at a disadvantage compared to my smartphone camera. Maybe something like the car integration of iOS and Android could work in principle but I think latency issues will make that an inferior experience.

            And that is before considering the always-with-me advantage of my smartphone, even tablets are to some degree loosing out against smartphones because of always-with-me, fits-into-my-pocket advantage of smartphones). In other words, more compact devices will be beat bigger devices as the shooting envelope of the more compact devices expands (see 1″ compacts) and primary devices (ie, anything you will be carrying no matter what) will beat secondary devices.

            • Thom Hogan

              My position was (and mostly still is) that you need to develop a way to develop ;~). Playmemories would probably be okay if Sony actually opened it up to outsiders and actively evangelized Twitter, Facebook, The APIs and priorities of the social media companies keep changing, so you really want them to be updating their support, not trying to follow them yourself.

              I don’t think anyone is gaining market share on workflow ;~). First, almost none actually promote and market what they’re doing well. Lots of confusing acronyms and names for the potential customer to learn. The message HAS to be “shoot and share instantly.” No more than that. And the product has to live up to that. None do.

  • Nikoniser

    For the love of god Nikon, put a front control wheel on the D5xxx series ! Canon are doing it, Sony are doing it, its the best way to have control of the camera.

    • Max

      You mean a second wheel? Yes please.

      • silmasan

        Yeah, 760D just leveled up with that ‘extra’ dial (aka “quick control dial” in canon’s lingo), which really should be standard at that price.

        Nikon D5x00 is not quite at the same price level though.

        • Max

          interesting i always thought the 760d only had a top plate display extra

  • C_QQ_C

    lol, the link for the brochure gives me a japaneese version… bit hard to read for me.. 🙂

  • C_QQ_C

    ok, then the fail continues, and Camfi sales also continue..:-)

    • J. Effingham Bellweather

      “…fail continues…” Indeed.

  • They were always leaping ahead of Canon with (sensor) performance… why the sudden stop after the D5300? Just small insignificant updates, rather than evolutions (let alone revolutions).

  • doge

    Seems pretty lame to me.

    Adding an auto ISO touch feature and a frame advance bar (what is that?), and correct me if I’m wrong, are both features that could have (and probably should have) just been added to the D5500 via firmware.

    Weak update. Keep your D5500s. Keep your money and buy a D5500.

  • This camera isn’t meant to be an upgrade from D5500. It’s about getting new recruits. If you are a D5500 owner and want to upgrade, isn’t it going to be to a D7200 or D500?

    • KnightPhoto

      Good points

    • ZoetMB

      Yes. This is what people don’t understand about new models of any type of any manufacturer, whether it’s a car, smartphones, TV’s, cameras, etc.

  • TinusVerdino

    No reason to upgrade

  • Willy Marthinsen

    Is it compatible with the new SB 5000?

  • Pirate Booty

    These cameras should cost around $600 with a kit lens to entice the average buyer to pick them up.

    But they’ll probably be $850 or so for just the body without kit lens.

  • Manuel Ferreira

    I think it does’nt worth to buy. D5300 remains the best bet in this segment !

  • Manuel Ferreira

    Want a 4K video camera on the cheap ? Buy the bridge B700 !

  • HD10

    When shooting on a tripod, the combined use of the delayed shutter release and the IR port for a hands free shutter release have been very useful for taking the sharpest image possible.

    Doing away with a wired shutter release which can be difficult to mount when working in the dark at night, the IR remote is priceless.

    Compared to pairing the camera to a phone via BT or WiFi, the IR remote is fast and quick to deploy, does not drain the battery of the camera or the phone in any significant way, and preserves night vision when working outdoors in the dark.

    Nikon doing away with the IR ports (front and rear) in the D5600 to save a few pennies is ill-advised and short sighted.

    • Manuel Ferreira

      D5600 has an IR port on it’s back only.

      • HD10

        I do not see any IR port in the D5600 rear. Moreover, IR is not mentioned in the D5600 specs while it is specifically mentioned in the D5500 specs.

        Here are the specs of the D5500 Release Mode:

        “S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), Self-timer, Interval timer shooting, delayed remote, ML-L3; quick-response remote, ML-L3”

        Here are the specs of the D5600 Release Mode:

        S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), Self-timer; interval timer photography supported

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  • manattan

    LOL. Announced everywhere but America. Maybe Trump banned that “Asian” stuff 😉

  • Aldo

    not much of an update… I hope they redeem themselves with an awesome d850/d760

  • nukunukoo

    No better bitrate nor 4K. The art of digging a deeper hole…

  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    Seeing a 5g reduction in weight (probably from the missing front and rear IR remote eyes?) and that Nikon didn’t do anything about the shutter shakes on the D3400, I will guess that Nikon didn’t do anything on the D5500 to quell the shutter shakes either.

  • AYWY

    It bothers me that some of the touch-screen GUI/control improvements listed could be available to D5500 users with a firmware update. Canikon still live in the era where they expect you to pay for a whole new camera for every little new feature.

    Fortunately for us, their competition has proved that reasonable features can indeed be added via firmware – and opened our eyes to how inefficient or/and greedy the big 2 are.

    E.g. are they purposely not releasing a D500 update to enable 9-point Dynamic Area AF? >:( Can’t let it be as good as the more expensive D5 huh?

    This biz practice is insincere. ATM I have freeze all purchase of Nikon products despite saving a up little for year-end. If the time comes when I want to replace equipment and Nikon has not improved, I will become a Fuji or Sony user.

    • dabug91

      As if Sony is doing much better, coming out with an A6000, A6300, and now A6500 and a plethora of A7 models while offering lenses that are often pricier than their Nikon or Canon counterparts.

  • HD10

    The Nikon D5600 lost both front and rear IR ports … and is lighter by 5g than the D5500. Even the recently released decontented D3400 at least retained the front IR port but now, the D5600 doesn’t even have any IR port.

    Nikon saved some pennies but made the D5600 very much less appealing. The D5600 is now verboten in my list and I will advise against getting this by those who ask me for camera purchase recommendations.

  • true

    Now THIS is what I call innovation! It has 1080 video that we’ve all grown to love. The design is the same, because why change? There still isn’t AF fine tuning presented, but that’s what their service is for (it’s free for new lenses). What else do we need from a box that takes pictures ????

    Also all this wi-fi and stuff? Those are for hipsters, real photographers use different mediums for transferring their photos.

  • ZoetMB

    So why isn’t anyone discussing the possible reasons why this camera hasn’t been announced for the U.S. as yet. Is this part of a trend? The two 70-300mm AF-P lenses were also delayed coming to the U.S. – they were sold in the UK long before they were available here.

    Is it something stupid like ‘the guy who updates the U.S. website wasn’t available this week’ or does Nikon have limited inventory and decided not to send any to the U.S. yet or did Nikon USA decide that there’s still too many units of the D5200, D5300 and D5500 in the supply chain or ?

    • I think Nikon does that because of reduced inventory/production capacity and I think we will see more of it in the future. I just cannot believe that they will not announce the D5600 in the US.

    • Allan

      The reason they haven’t released it in the US is color. They can’t decide between red and rose.

      • Allan

        I think this qualifies as stupid.

  • Bob Cozzi

    Isn’t Expeed 4 the OLD processor? Are the worried if it’s too fast it’ll grab market share from the D500? (that was sarcasm). Their menu response time and startup time is painfully slow as it is. I’d love to give this to my kids by gosh it’s slow at start up and review. Oh well, maybe the next FX model/follow on will have the Expeed 5 in it or the 5+ otherwise what’s the point?

    • KnightPhoto

      Even D500 isn’t particularly snappy on first-press of playback button. Cards are so freakin big these days and may be a factor (I never buy less than 64Gb now). I wonder if it takes time to navigate in to the directory/file structure of the card to establish things – i.e. handshaking that must go on between camera and card. Might be a latency thing on the card side as opposed to the camera.

  • Justtakethepicture

    More of the same. Step your game up Nikon. You need to innovate.


    i dont see the point of this camera

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