Similar to how mobile devices have risen to challenge of competing with point and shoot DSLR’s, it seems that Nikon’s entry level options are rivaling their higher models’ capabilities. The idea of being a photo hobbyist in today’s developing times entails far more promise in image quality and camera features than ever before.
A few days ago the Nikon Corporation announced the release of the D5600, an entry-level DX-format digital SLR (but not in the US yet), feature rich for the photo-enthusiast. Designed for “photography hobbyists and content creators to explore different creative and artistic expressions” the D5600 comes feature rich for the modern day photographer:
Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
The D5600 is the replacement to it’s younger sibling announced in January 2015, the D5500. It is equipped with a 3.2-inch vari-angle LCD monitor, an improvement from the D5500, which was Nikon’s first touch-screen DSLR. The new fangled monitor is engineered to flip/rotate to make it possible to shoot from “any angle for greater creative freedom”.
Superior Image Quality
Enabling users to make the most of the remarkable rendering characteristics of NIKKOR lenses was at the forefront of Nikon’s D5500 renovation. While the D5600 retains the same internal hardware found in the previous model, including the 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor without an optical low pass filter (increased sharpness), 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 the two “enables capture of highly detailed images in which noise is effectively suppressed, even with shooting in dark or dimly lit surroundings”. It also sports a 39-point auto-focus system, giving users wide image coverage to “keep track of your subjects with remarkable precision”.
Bluetooth Backup Through SnapBridge
In response to the need for instant gratification, Nikon implements both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth backup procedures that enables users to send photos (JPEGs only) to any smart device without completely draining camera battery. The process is deployed through SnapBridge, where the user can decide between transferring full-resolution files or two-megapixel compressed versions. The app also enables easy camera remote control from any smart device.
Timelapse Movie Function
The timelapse function is definitely one of the most interesting upgrades the D5600 receives as it allows users to “easily compress long periods of time into short ones, entirely within the camera”. It includes an exposure smoothing function that suppresses variations in exposure caused by drastic changes in light, which is easily the greatest downfall of most timelapse clips.
Mysteriously, the camera won’t be available for US residents for purchasing until a later date next year, however, almost every other country will have it in stock. See all the new and improved Nikon D5600 features here: