NIKON'S D5600 camera offers superb image quality, fast autofocus, is comfortable to handle and has the advantage of a touchscreen interface.
But it's not a huge upgrade on the D5500 so many reviewers have suggested that the earlier model remains the best mid range buy for those wanting to venture into DSLR photography.
We road-tested the D5600 camera during holidays on the Sunshine Coast and were very impressed with the range of photos it could capture - from ships passing at a distance in cloudy morning conditions to fireworks in the distance over the night sky.
The big addition to the D5600 is the inclusion of Nikon's Snapbridge technology which allows you to transfer images from the camera to a smart phone or tablet.
It's a feature that is very appealing to many of us who may want to share 'better' photos from birthday parties or holidays with family and friends on social media.
Our past experiences with SnapBridge have been a little patchy, but this time around we had a lot more joy,so that was a pleasant surprise.
SnapBridge works through a constant Bluetooth low energy connection between the camera and your phone.
Still images are sent across at 2 megapixels in size, making them ideal for sharing on social platforms like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. RAW or TIFF images cannot be transferred in this way.
The beauty of the application is that it continues even when the camera is turned off. By the time we had returned to our holiday apartment, the images shot that morning were already on my phone.
The DX-format camera also has the time-lapse movie function from the more advanced Nikon D7200. It's something that might appeal to weather watchers, those shooting the night sky or changing beach scenes.
An exposure smoothing function suppresses variations in exposure caused by changes in lighting.
Time-lapse movies recorded with the camera can also be transferred to a smart device via SnapBridge.
The camera records good video with stereo sound, though only at 1080P resolution rather than 4K.
The 3.2 inch vari-angle LCD monitor is certainly a big plus when you are going into live view mode.
The compact and remarkably light camera also has built-in Wi-Fi for wireless video transfer and remote shooting.
The touch screen functions are the same offered on the D5500 with the addition of frame advance bar adopted for the high-end D5 and D500 for scrolling through images in full-frame playback.
The touch Fn function has also been expanded to support the enabling and disabling of auto ISO sensitivity control and operation with viewfinder shooting has also been improved.
When it comes to image quality, there is little difference between the D5500 and the D5600.
Both cameras offer an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels and are equipped with a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor without an optical low-pass filter.
The camera supports a decent range of sensitivities with ISO 100 to 25600.
We found even when shooting in low light, images were detailed with little noise in the photographs.
With online deals putting the D5600 with an 18-55 lens at well under $1000, it's a good package, though many will be tempted to buy the now cheaper D5500 with a better lens for the same sort of money, especially if they not a fan of the SnapBridge technology.
- APS-C CMOS sensor, 24.2MP
- 39 point AF system
- 3.2-inch, vari-angle touchscreen, 1,037,000 dots
- SnapBridge connectivity
1080p video capture