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Nikon D5600 vs D7200: Which Should You Buy?

What’s the difference? For most photographers, the new Nikon D5600 will be more than sufficient, but certain photographers will need a couple of features that are missing.

The Nikon D5600 is a very minor upgrade over its predecessor (the D5500), but still offers strong competition to the more expensive D7200, providing identical image quality. If you’re having a hard time deciding which one to buy, my general advice is always this: buy the least expensive camera that will meet your needs, and buy the best lenses that you can afford. Below, I’ll cover the differences between these cameras and explain which types of photographers will find the different features useful.

New In the D5600

But first, if you’re deciding between D5600 and slightly older D5500, here’s the difference:

  • the D5600 now supports continuous wireless communication with a smartphone or other mobile device with the use of Nikon’s SnapBridge App and NFC. This facilitates easier direct uploads to the the internet
  • minor improvements have been made to the touch functionality of the swiveling touch-screen
  • the time-lapse functionality has been improved to match the capabilities of Nikon’s higher end DSLRs, in case you don’t use your phone or another device as a time-lapse controller

That’s it! The D5500 and D5600 are virtually identical otherwise, so as the price drops on the D5500, many photographers who don’t care about these minor upgrades will be able to pick it up at a great price. Currently, the D5500 body costs $596 while the newer D5600 body costs $596.95.

The Nikon D5500 and D5600 side by side, front view

The Nikon D5500 and D5600 are almost identical, with only minor internal differences.

Nikon D5600 vs D7200: What’s the Difference?

To begin with, we can take a look at the most significant specs for the D5600 and the D7200.

 Nikon D5600Nikon D7200

Price (body)
$596.95$978.99
Price (with 18-140mm kit lens)$896.95$1,296.95
Body MaterialSereebo, (carbon fiber reenforced plastic) body-chassisPartial Magnesium Alloy Frame, Plastic
Dust/Weather Sealed BodyNoneYes
Sensor Resolution24.2Megapixels
24.2 Megapixels
Anti-Aliasing Filter
(Reduces sharpness, prevents moire)
NONO
ISO Range100-25600100-25600
Total AF Points3951
Cross-Type AF Points915
AF Motor In Body
(For Using Older AF Lenses)
NOYES
AF Light Level Range-1 to +19 EV-3 to +19 EV
Autofocus Fine Tuning
Adjustments
NOYES
Shutter Speed Range1/4000th - 30 sec.
+bulb
1/8000th - 30 sec.
+bulb
Max Frame Rate5 fps6 fps
(7 shots in 1.3x crop mode)
Max RAW Burst
(buffer size)
6 shots, compressed 14-bit18 shots 14-bit
Max JPG Burst
(fine, Large)
100100
Flash Sync Speed1/200th sec.1/250th sec.
Wireless Flash
(Built-in Commander)
NOYES
Auto FP Flash Mode
(High Speed Sync)
NOYES
Media Slots1 SD / SDHC / SDXC2 SD / SDHC / SDXC
LCD Size3.2"
1,036,800 pixels
3.2"
1,228,800 pixels
LCD ArticulatedYESNO
LCD TouchscreenYESNO
Built-in WiFiYESYES
Body Weight420g (no battery)
470 (with battery)
675 (no battery)
Body Size124 x 97 x 70 mm136 x 106.5 x 76 mm
Battery Life820 shots
CIPA Standards
1,110 shots
CIPA Standards
Viewfinder Coverage95% Frame
.82x Magnification
100% Frame
.94x Magnification
Video CodecMPEG-4 / H.264
.mov
MPEG-4 / H.264
.mov
Video Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50i, 30, 25, 24 fps)
1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps)
1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps)
1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps)
640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Headphone JackNOYES
Back view of Nikon D5600 and D7200

Back view of the Nikon D5600 and D7200. The D5600 has a swivel-screen, while the D7200 does not.

 

Build Quality

Perhaps the most obvious difference between the D7200 and the D5600 is in their construction. The D5600 body is significantly smaller and lighter, built of carbon-fiber reenforced plastics (Sereebo), while the D7200 is heavier and built for durability, with a metal (magnesium alloy) back and top, and importantly, it is weather sealed. Since the D5600 also uses a smaller battery, the carry-around weight of the D7200 is about 40% more1 than the D5600.

Whether this is an advantage or disadvantage depends on your photographic needs; some photographers (especially those with larger hands) prefer a larger camera with some ‘heft’ to it, while others prefer something more lightweight and easy to carry around, especially travelers and hikers. Needless to say, those who work in harsh conditions will usually prefer the D7200’s weather sealing and heavier-duty construction, as a matter of practicality.

Nikon D7200 with grip

Nikon D7200 with optional battery grip

The Sensors : Exactly the Same

Like the previous generation, Nikon’s D5600 and D7200 both have 24-megapixel sensors, and neither one makes use of an anti-aliasing filter. Consequently, if you shoot RAW files, you will not be able to detect any difference in image quality between these two cameras, and since both cameras use the same processor, the JPGs should be equally indistinguishable, though shooting JPG creates many opportunities for differences to creep in.

More AA Filter Info
The success of the D800e may have led directly to Nikon’s decision to produce an APS-C camera without an optical low-pass/anti-aliasing (OLP/AA) filter, but whatever led to the fact, the D7200’s sensor is naked. Before the D800e, all of the major SLRs produced their sensors with an AA filter: essentially an extra layer in front of the sensor that blurs the image slightly, in order to reduce the jagged edges and moire 1 that have traditionally been associated with digital capture. With modern improvements in image processing software, though, Nikon was confident that the moire and jaggies could be avoided without the AA filter, so they opted to remove it2 and allow the cameras to capture finer image detail.

With the success of the D7100, Nikon also decided to remove the AA filter from the D5300 and D5500’s sensors, and now the D7200 and D5600. For all practical purposes, there is no difference between the sensors the D7200 and D5600, so there should be no difference in image quality if you shoot RAW. Though this lack of AA filter does provide the potential to for the camera to produce sharper images, don’t expect too much.

Why does that matter?
Comparisons of images produced by the D800 (AA Filter) and D800e (no AA Filter) have shown that the principle works; there are subtle improvements in fine detail in the D800e’s images. However, we should not expect such significant improvements in the D7200’s images. The receptors on the 24 megapixel sensor of the D7200 are already much, much smaller than those of the D800e. In fact, the D7200 and D5600 fit about 56% more pixels into the same sensor area as the D800e.

Why does that matter? Even with the much larger receptors of the D800, lens resolution has become a serious bottle-neck for image quality. Nikon has already produced a special list of lenses that can allow you make the most out of your D800 sensor. The dramatically higher pixel density of Nikon’s 24-megapixel APS-C sensors (which is even higher than that of the Canon 5DS R’s 50 megapixel sensor) will tax lens resolution even more, meaning that the D7200 and D5600’s images won’t get much sharper unless lenses get sharper first.

Auto Focus Systems

When the Nikon D5500 was announced, its 39-point autofocus system (9 cross-type, adopted from the Nikon D7000) was significantly better than its competitors like the Canon T6i and 70D, which had only 19 auto-focus points (though all 19 were cross type; click here for an explanation of what cross-type points are and why they’re so important). However, while the D5600 was announced with no upgrade in the AF system, Canon has upped their game, with the 80D and now T7i/77D housing AF systems with 45 AF points, all of them cross-type.

The D7200, however, shares the same AF system with the once-flagship Nikon D4 and the D810: 51 AF points, including 15 cross-type… the best system available in a Nikon body.

For all but the most dedicated action photographers, though, the system in the D5600 will be more than sufficient, even if you’re buying a camera primarily for shooting sports. If your paycheck is going to depend on your focusing system, though, the extra several hundred dollars will be well spent on the D7200.

Speed

When it comes to speed, the differences between the D5600 and D7200 are more modest that you might expect. The D7200 does have a top shutter speed that is one full f-stop faster than the D5600’s (ie, 1/8000th vs 1/4000th). When it comes to shooting bursts of photos, though, the D7200 only provides an additional frame per second over the D5600’s 5 fps (unless you’re shooting in 1.3x crop mode, in which case it will give up an additional frame per second, at 7fps).

However the D7200 has a significantly larger buffer, allowing longer continuous bursts of shooting. While the D5600 (and D7100) can only shoot 6 14-bit RAW files in a row before filling the buffer and getting bogged down, the D7200 can shoot 18 RAW images in a row, three times more than the D5600.

Shooting JPG gives you even more freedom to hold down that shutter button. The D7200 can shoot bursts of 100 frames or more (at 6 fps), just like the D5600. The D7100 was only capable of shooting 33 in a row.

The D5600’s Downfall

Flash. With the popularity of off-camera lighting (aka,“Strobist”) techniques over the past several years, flash photography has become increasingly important to amateur and professional photographers, and this is where the D5600 falls short: it lacks high-speed-sync3 (Auto FP Flash, henceforth AFP) and external flash control with the built-in flash. External flash control may not be a big deal; many of us prefer to use radio-units anyway… though the built-in IR system can be very useful with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS). Hot-shoe mounted flashes with commander-mode capabilities (such as the SB500, SB700, SB5000) can be used on the D5600 and D7200 to control CLS slave flashes.

The Nikon D7200 and D5600 with pop up flashes and hot shoe mounted flashes

The pop-up flash of the D5600 can not be used as a wireless controller for other flash units, but you can use radio triggers or hot-shoe mounted flash units for that purpose.

The lack of AFP, however, is a serious problem. Consider this situation: you’re shooting a portrait outdoors during the day, and you want to use a large aperture to blur the background… perhaps f/2 or f/1.4 . Even at ISO 100, this will push your shutter speed beyond 1/1000ths of a second, much higher than the camera’s 1/200th sec. maximum sync speed. So, if you want to use a flash to soften the shadows or create a catch-light in the eyes of your subject, forget it: the flash will not sync. The same is true if you want to use flash for sports and a high shutter speed, and while you can purchase external command modules or radio transmitters for off-camera-flashes, there’s nothing you can buy to work around the lack of AFP. You’d need to buy the D7200 instead.

In some instances, a neutral density filter can be used to bring the shutter speed down within the range of the D5600’s sync speed. There are several problems with the method, though: the image through your viewfinder can become quite dark, making it hard to frame your shot and making it hard for your camera’s AF system to pull focus, you lose flash power, if you’re shooting with a telephoto lens, shutter speeds at the camera’s sync speed might not be safe for hand-holding, and they’ll always be too slow for sports or fast action (if you’re balancing flash and ambient light).

Nikon SB-910, SB-700, and SB-500

A Nikon Flash Trio

All the Little Things

There are a few other assorted differences that deserve mention here, but they’re mostly the same differences that we saw between the D5000 and D7000. First, the D5600 does not have an autofocus motor built into the camera body, so it will not be compatible with the full range of (old school) Nikon lenses, while the D7200 does posses the motor. And speaking of “focus”, the D7200 is capable of micro focus adjustments to correct for front or back-focus problems on lenses, while the D5600 is not.

The Nikon D5600 with swivel screen extended

The Nikon D5600’s swivel screen can be rotated up, down, and even forward.

As should be obvious from the images above, the D5600 has an articulated LCD screen, which some people find helpful for ground-level shots and video but others find a breakage hazard (or just a bit amateurish), and it’s also a touchscreen.

The D7200 has dual SD card slots. It can be nice to have two slots if you want to record JPGs to one card and RAW to the other, perhaps sending JPGs to an Eye-Fi card, for example. However, if you only need storage space, a single slot is fine. These days, a good, single 128GB SDXC card costs only $50, and I rarely shoot more than 64GB per day, even at all-day events.

Additionally, the D7200 has two User Preset positions on its mode dial (U1 and U2), allowing photographers to store commonly used groups of settings for quick access later. I’ve never found this necessary, but some photographers find them very useful, and they’re not available on the D5600.

Top view of Nikon D7200 and D5600

Overhead view of the Nikon D7200 (left) and D5600 (right). Note that the mode dial of the D7200 has “U1” and “U2” positions for storing two user-preset modes, which are popular with some photographers.

As mentioned above, the D5600 can sustain a full-time connection to your smartphone, if you’re the type of photographer who likes to immediately take a shot and publish it to Instagram or some other social media site.

Finally, if you are interested in video, the D7200 has been given a headphone jack for monitoring audio while you shoot. The jack is absent in the D5600 (and D5500). All of these cameras can shoot video at up to 1080p 60fps.

Which Should You Buy?

The Nikon D5600 and D5500 are great cameras, and I’d recommend them for the vast majority of photographers, with the exception of those who need superior flash capabilities.

To summarize, you should buy the D5500 or D5600 if you:

  • want a great, all-around camera
  • shoot primarily with natural light (or manual flash)
  • need an articulated LCD screen for video or photos
  • really care about the weight of your camera
  • think you’ll really enjoy using a touchscreen
  • want to save money to buy the best lenses possible! At Amazon, the current price for the D5600 body is: $596.95

Buy the D7200 if you:

  • shoot lots of action, especially in long bursts
  • are hard on your equipment and need a more durable body
  • use flash for action or fill, and need high-speed sync
  • use Nikon’s CLS and want to use the built-in command module
  • shoot macro (or other focus critical work) and need to make micro adjustments to your lenses
  • shoot a lot of video and want a simple headphone jack on your camera
  • don’t need to worry about spending a little more. At Amazon, the price for the D7200 body is $1097

For the sake of simplicity I’ve tried to focus on only the differences that, in my experience, will actually be important. There are, of course, numerous differences between the two cameras, though, and some features may be more important to particular photographers. If you think that I’ve left out something important, please feel free to let me know.

Please Comment!

If you have additional questions or comments, please let me know, below. I’ll do what I can to answer questions and clear up any confusion.

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  1. Actually 38.6%
  2. To be more precise, the Nikon D800e does have an AA filter, but it also has an AA-canceling filter, so it does not have one in practical terms. The D810 does not have an AA filter at all, nor do the D5500/D5600 and D7200.
  3. For a quick explanation of what high-speed-sync is, watch our video here.

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Hi Matthew,
I had a hard time deciding between the D5600 and the D7200 but your article helped me pretty well. I guess, I will go with the D5600 but I still have one concern.
I am heading to India in a few month and I will mostly take street photography as well as landscape and architecture with focus on architectonic features. A big role play temples and temple caves. Temples and temple caves are not very well lit but I will need a good image quality of the ornamentations, reliefs and sculptures. Will the D5600 do? What lenses would you recommend? I don’t want to carry a lot of lenses with me and don’t want to switch too often. Will the 18-140mm zoom and the 50mm/f1.8 or 35mm/f1.8 do (especially in dark places)? What about the flash SB-300?

Thanks, Karina

Jyotirmoy
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Jyotirmoy

Hi Matthew,
How nice and informative information. I am basically a Wedding video photographer. Presently I want to switch over still wedding photography. I have read this article carefully and inclined towards D7200 due to old lenses compatibility as well as flash. But confused about video recording which is also important to me. I came to know from your article that there is canon 80D which have all 45 cross AF and capable for good video recording. My question is, can Canon 80D give same Image quality like D7200 or D5600? Google also confused me more. I do not need 4K video. Full HD and HDR are sufficient for me. Help me a camera with good video and D7200 like photo with this price range.

Maegan
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Maegan

Matthew, Thank you for all the wonderful informative information! I’ve been wanting to get into photography for a long while. My husband and I will be going to Hawaii next year and I’d love to get a camera before hand and learn the ends and out before the trip! We also have a toddler who I’d love to also photograph as she grows. So between the 5600 and 7200 I have discovered a couple of kit options at our local camera shop and was wondering which one you might recommend?! First kit is 5600 with a AF-S 18-140 lens, second kit is 5600 with two lenses 18-55mm VR and a AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm, and last but not least the third kit 7200 dual zoom AF-P 18-55mm VR and AF-P 70-300? I know you say buy the base I need and a better lense so if there is a setup you would recommend instead I’d greatly appreciate it! I’m leaning more towards the 7200 because it’s weather sealed but I’d love your thoughts! Thank you!

Ravindra
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Ravindra

Hi Matthew
I am planning to buy my first DSLR, i don’t have any idea on DSLR’s and i request your suggestion whether to choose Canon / Nikon / Sony / FujiFilm. Traditional DSLR / Mirrorless.

Thank you in advance,
Ravindra

Akshat Bhargava
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Akshat Bhargava

I have Nikon D-5600 and love to shoot wildlife and Birds photography. Is it worth to use Nikon 200 – 500 Lens with D-5600?

Nirmal
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Nirmal

Hi Matthew,
I am planning to get an ultra wide angle lens for my nikon D7200. I have sort listed
1. AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
2.Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8 ATX Pro DX II Lens for Nikon APS-C (DX) Digital SLR Cameras
3.Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM ELD SLD Aspherical Super Wide Angle Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

I am confused which one should I get? Please help me.

Bob
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Can’t figure out why a swivel/articulated screen would be considered ‘amateurish’. Wouldn’t a Pro need ‘all the angles’ and an amateur tend to just stand there and shoot straight? I am a Pro and I love the swivel, especially for video. I lament high end cameras with a fixed screen… ridiculous. Notice D500, D7500 and others are starting to at least have TILT. It’s about time!

nycdan
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nycdan

Matthew,

Thanks for this perfect article. We are looking to replace/upgrade our D3100 before a trip next month. One of my biggest issues with it is the delay, particularly in lower-light, between pressing the button and the picture being captured. Some of this may be my own lack of complete understanding of how to manage that, but my question is whether either or both of these bodies will be faster to shoot from the button press and if so, will there be a noticeable difference between them as well.

I probably have a few more questions but let’s start with that.

Thanks.

-Dan

Marco A Casco
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Marco A Casco

Great site you have !!!! Thanks !!!!
I have a Nikon D5100, an old D3100 and an old D40…..enough for me, not a pro, they take great pictures…carry one of them with me everyday (most of the time I use the D40 since it’s lightweight and flash synchs at 1/500 !!! along with a Nikon 18-300 lens, and a Nikon 35 mm 1.8 (don´t mind the lens weight of the 18-300 mm lens, good workout !)….
question is: what lens would you suggest for taking pictures indoors, in close quarters that’s not as bulky as the 18-300? One that’ll give me some wide angle and some close up too, the kit lens seems to be a bit blurry at 18 mm. at the sides of pictures. Any suggestions?
Love this site. Thanks Matthew !!!! Keep it up !!!!!

MIGUEL ANGEL ORTIZ VALENZUELA
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MIGUEL ANGEL ORTIZ VALENZUELA

Thanks for this great review.
Right now im a D3300 user, and since a few months, i start to feel short with the features, and this two are my candidates so far.
Its going to be very helpfull to make the decision.

SALUDOS desde Chile.

Udayakiran
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Hi Mathew,

I have a D5100 with NIKKOR 50MM for portraits and Tamron 18-400 for travel lens. I am facing auto focus and fast focus issues with both these lenses. Since i have not used any other body, i want to know if i should upgrade my body for D7000 series for faster focus and good auto focus?

Anil
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Anil

Hi,

For pre wedding type of photography, i thought d7200 is enough but with budget constraints, i thought to step down for D5600.

so with a d5600 and 1.8 sigma 18-35 mm lens, does that make a good gear for my work?

Kristy H
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Kristy H

Hello! Thank you for such a good review! I have been using a d3300 for about 2 years and have learned some good basic photography with it. I have mainly used it for landscapes on a myriad of travels in the last couple years (and plan to continue to travel and take landscapes). I am also about to start doing portrait photography and thought it would be a pretty good time for an upgrade. Lenses: I have the Sigmas 10-20 3.5, Nikon 35 1.8, NIkon 50 1.8, Nikon 18-55 kit lens, and Nikon 55-300 basic lens. I just got the d7200 used and like the controls, but am unfortunately finding it a bit cumbersome and heavy. I have small hands and also have tendonitis in my hands and wrists. I am so thankful that photography has not been painful and would like to continue that! So my dilemma is- do I keep the d7200 even though I am already finding it a bit heavy and worrying about using heavy lenses (would also like to upgrade the kit lens for a good zoom/slightly higher focal length lens for landscapes to complement the wide angle). ….Or do I resell the d7200 and either just keep the 3300 for awhile or go to the d5500? I do like the articulating screen because I enjoy getting shots really low to the ground sometimes, but I really like the button layout on the d3300 and am not sure if there would really be an image quality upgrade from the d3300 –> d5500. Any advice would be awesome!!! Thanks so much!

Kevin
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Kevin

Hello Matthew,

After reading through your reviews I’ve decided to go for a 5600D, before then I usually ran on a cheap D3100. Thus I already got the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G and a 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G. My thoughs are right now to buy a 35mm f/1.8G lens and possible a 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G. My prime use for the camera will be landscape and portrait pictures since this is my hobby when I am not studying. Whats your thoughts and opinion? Should I go for a 50mm f/1.8G instead? Also what filters would you recommend? Is there other lenses I should try out? Love your reviews and keep rocking!

Thanks in advance,
Kevin

Steve Weinstein
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Steve Weinstein

I purchased the 5600 and like the 18-140 lens cause it gives me some wide angle and portrait zoom capability. I also have the 55-300 and 35mm f1.8 lens (which have not used much)

Daniel Ardeline
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Daniel Ardeline

You won’t find a better deal than the Nikon 35 mm f/1.8 for a combination of quality, price, small size and utility. Rarely do I use anything else. The 18-55 mm kit lens is cheaper, but much slower. I just took sixty night shots, alternating between the two of them. Note that the 35 mm doesn’t have VR, and I had taken a lot of shots by resting the camera on things (I have no tripod, and was taking 2 second exposures of fireworks). I personally only use wide angle lenses for photographing rooms in close quarters.

Gurpreet Singh Sidhu
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Gurpreet Singh Sidhu

Thank you Matthew for the detailed comparison between Nikon D5600 and Nikon D7200. I am looking to get my first DSLR soon. Nikon D5600 seems to be great option and it is in my budget too. However, I am still confused between Nikon D5600 and Canon 800D/T7i. Which is best for still photography? Thanks beforehand for your support and knowledge.
– Gurpreet Singh

Konner Rohrer
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Konner Rohrer

Hello, I am debating on these two models currently. I am a novice photographer and this will be my first DSLR. I will mainly use it for my pets (dogs) and their Instagram page. And also traveling with family. I was planning on going with the 5600 and spending around $500 on new lenses. Can you suggest some good prime or zoom lenses that would take the image quality of my pets to the next level? Which should I get first? Thank you!

Harikrishnan
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Harikrishnan

Hi, really good article and comparison. I had this doubt about taking 5600 or 7200, and chose D5600. I am planning to make a purchase for a good lens which will give the maximum result from my camera. I usually shoots with my 35mm DX 1.8G, and also interested in FX 50 1.8 & 85 1.8Gs. But then I saw the 16-80 which is a very good lens but costly compared to 16-85. What is your opinion in this regard.

Lee
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Lee

Hi Matthew,

I just came back from the trip last week and wanted to report that I LOVE the camera. It was so unfortunate that I didn’t have a lot of time to learn to use it before leaving for the trip and didn’t realize that the 16mm lens has something called “clutch” system where you can pull the focus ring to change the camera to manual focus and my lens got to that mode by accident. During the trip it was so crowded everywhere we went and we were on tight schedule so I didn’t have time to take a good look and research what was wrong with the camera. I noticed that the autofocus didn’t work when I pressed the shutter half way but also wasn’t sure if the problem was me not seeing it clearly because I didn’t wear my glasses so half of the pictures came out blurry. I also wasn’t sure what settings we should use for the conditions we had, most of the time it was cloudy or we were in a shade so tried to use low f-stop but that also contributed to the blurriness because the camera chose the low shutter speed to compensate that plus being in a crowded place and people rushing you all the time didn’t help either :-( That’s a learning process I suppose. Nonetheless, I still want to say that I love the camera, it’s very easy to use given the little time I had to practice before the trip but because the knobs and dials are out there making it easy to access even in a hurry. You can quickly change the settings and snap the shot. What I lack is the skills and experience picking the settings and good composition which I’m hoping to gain with more practice.

Anyhow, now I’m back and looking for another lens. I learned from the trip that there were times when I wished I had a longer reach so I’m thinking of getting a telephoto lens to add to my collection and also a tripod/monopod combo. I noticed from the trip that in most places we went, tripod is not very practical because of the crowd around you and a lot of places don’t allow them actually. In situations like that I can see monopod being a better choice plus it is lighter and more compact to carry around.

I realized that I’m probably in a wrong thread but don’t know where else to post and wanted to continue our conversation, so sorry for hijacking your Nikon thread :-) And if you are still thinking about the mirrorless, I strongly recommend the X-T2 and want to thank you again for pointing me in this direction.

David
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David

Lots of great information, but anyone considering the D5600 should realize that it is primarily a prosumer point and shoot, with less than ideal manual controllability while the D7200 is a midrange professional designed with tried and true Nikon usable overrides and manual controls. My adult daughter purchased the D5600 back in Aug ’17. Almost immediately she seemed to be fighting the camera. I thought it must be user error until I tried to use her D5600 and found that I too was fighting it. Throw the D5600 into full auto and it is a really nice point and shot, but try to use manual controls and you quickly find that the body lacks sufficient physical controls to allow intuitive override and manual control camera functionality. It was also incredibly difficult to say with certainty just how the camera was setup at any given time and the info was always buried in the touchscreen menus. Also the info in the viewfinder was virtually worthless outdoors it was impossible to glance and read it due to washout. She tried to make peace with the D5600 for over 2 months, taking several thousand pics, but in the end, gave up, traded up to a D7200 and immediately started getting the shots she wanted on a reliable basis. Let the D5600 control its world and all is well, but attempt to toss in some manual, creative control and the D5600 with its layered menus/touchscreen forces you to focus on the camera rather than the shot and that is NOT a good thing.

Glenn
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Glenn

Great review. I am upgrading my canon 300d this christmas. My main use will be photographing my kids playing rugby here in NZ and also a bit of motorsport mainly Rallying (if the WRC ever comes back here) I like the loo of the 7200 for the weatherproofing but I have never had a problem with the canon over the years. Do you think It would be worth me going for the 7200, or just sticking with the 5600 which is a bit smaller and lighter, considering most of my use will be for action. Thanks

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Victoria Sword

Hello! I am a former 35 mm minolta user who has been using a teeny Canon Elph (which is a great knockaround travel camera) and making the move back to a nicer camera. We are going on a Northern Lights adventure next year. While I will also be taking some refresher classes, I’d like my purchase to be geared to taking these types of photos (with everything else coming second).
BTW I still have my old Minolta and lenses which are in perfect shape. Can you recommend any place/ any one who could appreciate this camera? Love to sell it, but it is not worth much on ebay, so would like it to go to some good hands.
Thank you so much.

Nirmal
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Nirmal

Hi Matthew, Great Article. So Far I was inclined to D7200 but now I am thinking about D5600. Honestly, I am still confused which one to buy? I just want to explore photography as my hobby.
When I researched I found 5600 is basic level and one who is serious about photography should take 7200. definitely, 7200 is expensive I can afford but do not want to spend if it is a waste of money. So looking for an expert who can say that 7200 is not worth so that I can confidently take 5600.

While researching I found 7200 is better over 5600 on following major points –

1. Number of Focus Points – 51vs 39
2. Number of Cross Type Focus Points – 15vs 9
3. Viewfinder Coverage – 100%vs 95%
4. Max Shutter Speed – 1/8000svs 1/4000s
5. Low Light ISO – 1333vs 1306
6. AE Bracketing Range – ±5 EVvs ±2 EV
7. Min Focus Sensitivity- EV -3vs EV -1

Do these parameters affect photographs? I will do photography on marriage events, birthdays for friends and family. I will do outing so would like to do portrait, landscape etc.
Please suggest should I take 7200 or 5600 and which all lens would be best for me.
thank you again for this great article and awaiting your reply. Please reply so that I can take decision before ThanksGiving :)

Kare Karppinen
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Kare Karppinen

Hi Matthew,

I bought new D7000 body two weeks ago. It cost 375€ in Finland and it has Nikon full garantee. So I mean D7000 is still good option, if it is new or little used and price is reosanable.

T. Kare

Jossy
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Jossy

HI

I currently have the D5100 and it’s been useful but I feel I’m missing something when my pictures don’t seem to be as crystal clear as professional photos. Will I close that gap with the D5600 or should I go for the 7200?

Lee
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Lee

Hi Matthew,

I’m so glad I found your site! We are travelling to Japan next month and on Friday I did a quick Google search “best camera for travel” and found a recommendation for D3300 but when I was on Amazon I found that the price difference of the D3300 and D5300 wasn’t significant, without doing much research I decided to go with the D5300.

Last night I had more time so while trying to do some research on lenses, I came across a review that said D5300 can’t focus with non AF-S lenses and that D7200 is better. More googling brought me to your site and I’m sure glad it did. It’s so tempting because the D7200 seems like a great camera too but the only concern I have is the size and weight. Budget is not a big problem for me but I think the lighter weight of the D5300 will make it easier to carry it around and your articles confirm that the D5300 is still a good choice. I saw that you also like the Sigma 35mm F1.4 ART DG HSM Lens that I planned to get. Now the problem is I also noticed from your comment replies that mentioned the 18-140mm lens being a good overall lens but the D5300 I found a good price on ($489) comes with a kit lens 18-55mm. The option with 18-140mm lens for D5300 is not available at the same vendor but they have D5600 with 18-140mm at $900. Is the extra $500 worth switching to the D5600 because of the lens?

Also, I understand your recommendation is to get a cheapest camera and spend the money on the lenses. This will be my personal first DSLR and I plan to take some classes but for a start I just want to get a good camera and a good overall lens that I can carry around for family picture and trips to learn and practice. If I don’t want to be lugging around a big camera bag, can I get by with just the Sigma 35mm F1.8 lens as overall lens for the trip? Even if I went with the D5600 with 18-140mm lens, I think I will still get the Sigma 35mm. But that lens is not cheap so I don’t want it to be a duplicate if later I end up with more lenses for different purposes… long term thinking of course :-)

Thank you in advance for your help!

Luke
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Luke

Hi Matthew,

Sorry for bumping an old comment thread, but I found your review very useful. Thank you. I’m looking to get my first DSLR soon and I’m torn between the 5600 and the 7100. I can’t justify the higher price of the 7200 just yet.

One of my main concerns is weatherproofing (it is quite rainy in the UK as you know!). What is your experience, if any, for using a non-weatherproof camera in some rain? Or are there any accessories that can add/improve the weatherproofing of the 5600?

My other concern is the lack of AFP in the 5600. I’d be mainly shooting wildlife/nature, but should I be worried about this when just starting out with photography?

Thanks
Luke

John McDonnell
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John McDonnell

I read this article a few weeks back then bought the 7200. You should too, it’s great. I got mine from grey stock from a highly rated store on a popular auction site. As they freely admit, you don’t get the Nikon warranty but they give you a year themselves. As I’d had a Nikon before for three years without a single issue, I was happy to take the gamble the 7200 will be problem free after the first year. I’ve only had it a month so far but so far so good and I saved 20% on Nikon’s minimum selling price. Good luck

Linda
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Linda

Hi Mathew,
I was looking at the D7500, but it didn’t convince me to be better than the D7200 and worth the extra money. I don’t see any improvement in that foldable screen…

So I compared the D7500 to the D5600. I am traveling and hiking and my hands are not that big, so from the body the D5600 suited me just perfect. Your article supported my tendecy to go for the D5600 and save some money. BUT there are two major points I am missing in your article.

1. visionfield of the optical viewer
D5600 has just 95% compared to D7200 100% which means that if you are composing your Fotos while shooting, you will have to cut those ‘unwanted’ 5% later manually on a computer.
Furthermore the picture in the viewer is much smaller in the D5600.

2. preview (sorry, in German it’s the ‘Abblendtaste’ and I don’t know the correct term in English) the D5600 is totally missing that button. It is not possible to check your settings regarding focus and background unless you take a picture and check.
Usually with that button you can see it directly in the optical viewer.

Hope you get what I mean :)

SparkyJC
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SparkyJC

Finally time to upgrade my D70s (yes, its been a while) and I have a SB800, will D5500/D5600/D7200 all work as a remote trigger for this flash?

Thanks, and great article!
-Jeff

Gjøran
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Gjøran

Nice review. Thanx! This helped me a lot. Is the 5600 a lot better than the 5300? (there is a lot to save on going for 5300 vs 5600 and touchscreen is not on my “I really need that”-list. However. Higher ISO may be (if the quality in higher ISO is descent.)

Fairy Rose
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Fairy Rose

Hi, I’m looking to upgrade my old Nikon D90. Tempted by weight and ease of use I spontaneously bought a Coolpix B700 a few days ago. Whilst weight and ease of portability certainly are great I am already missing the speed of the DSLR – I’m taking a lot of photos of children and pets, and am getting many lost moments, heads turned, eyes shut etc – all of which are so much easier to avoid with a DSLR.
I asked in a photoshop which of the current Nikons would be today’s equivalent of the D90 and was advised it’s the D7200. Is that right? It seemed a great deal heavier…..
They also said that buying *any* of today’s versions will give me an upgrade compared to my old D90. Would you agree with that?
And would you definitely stick with Nikon? That’s my instinct, but if I’m missing out by ignoring Canon, then please say!
Thanks for any thoughts.

John Mcdonnell
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John Mcdonnell

Hi

Thanks for a great article. Currently looking to upgrade my D3100 (I already have some decent lenses). Whilst I don’t use social media a lot, I do like to be able to easily share pictures with family and friends so was just wondering if you’re able to comment on how easy it is to send photos taken on the D7200 to a mobile device (and whether that can be achieved while out and about, or do you need to be on your home WiFi network, for examaple). From your article it sounds like the D5600 would be better for that but that otherwise the D7200 is the better camera.

Also, I found your comment on using an Eye-Fi card in one of the D7200s dual SD card slots interesting – why would you need to have an Eye-Fi card if it has WiFi? I ask because I’ve given up with Eye-Fi. The X2 Pro was good but sometimes flaky before they effectively discontinued it and the one they replaced it with, which I did buy, makes you sign up to their storage/portal with a monthly fee. But perhaps some people like this which is why they may use an Eye-Fi card? But then didn’t I read somewhere that Nikon have a similar but free service in which you can back your photos up to the cloud (seems unlikely).

Any help clearing this up would be greatly appreciated!

Olivia Peck
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Olivia Peck

so I’m currently debating which one to get and I would like to thank you for making this article it helped me pick which one I want more which I’m currently looking at the D7200 which I’m planning to take places if I travel mainly to Thailand because my parents currently live there

Patrick
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Patrick

First of all let me say thank you Matthew for all the time and help you so generously publish on your website. I’m UK based so it is interesting to see so much of your recent work in Europe.
This comparison caught my attention because I have been pondering this problem myself. However one feature you don’t mention that interests me is the difference with viewfinders in these cameras. As I understand it the D5600 has a pentamirror and the D7200 has a pentaprism.
Bit of background. I’m ancient enough to have grown up for most of photo hobby time with Canon film cameras, including an A1 and ending up with a T90. A couple of years ago having retired I wanted to renew my interest in photography and started to compare digital cameras. My choice ending up between the Panasonic FZ-1000 and either a Canon or Nikon DSLR. I borrowed a Nikon D3200 which I quite liked but in the end the thought of lugging a bag of lenses around and the good reviews of the FZ-1000 I bought that camera. However what I found is that having been so used to using the viewfinder I rarely use the LCD screen and I just can’t get on with electronic viewfinder. So I am considering again going over to a DSLR for the ‘proper’ viewfinder.
One other point about the D7200 that concerns me is that as the back LCD screen is exposed all the time is subject to getting damaged in normal use?
I did wonder if the D7300 might arrive soon with the articulated LCD?
Really appreciate your thoughts.

Gee
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What about the D5300 for even a more less expensive option?

TN Args
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TN Args

Your comparison is way better than those others that look like a robot did it on auto pilot. Thanks for the extra effort. Also quite a sane, balanced perspective (you are wasted on the internet).

Perhaps worth mentioning that the D5600 does support CLS and external flash control including groups, but needs an SB-500 or bigger on its hotshoe to do so. People interested in this usually have quite a few flash units to hand, so it is not a big difference IMHO.

Rene Grothmann
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Rene Grothmann

I made the decision based on the weight and size, and then the 5600 is a clear winner. The only thing I missed so far are used defined presets. The most annoying feature of the D5600 was that the settings for the timer are lost after each shot. But for my travel photography those are minor points.