Contributing writer: Dan Tennant
For too long, it’s been easier to share the photos you take with your smartphone than those grabbed with your trusty DSLR. No matter how great your DSLR might be or how fine your skills are, when you just want to share that perfect moment to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, using your smartphone is a guarantee that your friends and family will quickly see what the fuss is about. Using your camera means waiting until you can get home and fiddle with SD cards and oversized images.
No longer. At CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Nikon announced that it has integrated Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth into one of our top picks for entry-level DSLRs: the 24.2MP D5600. It’s a move that could change the photo sharing game.
Why You Should Care
With its new and improved connectivity, every time you take a picture using a D5600, a low-res version gets automatically uploaded to your phone via Nikon's Snapbridge app – no more SD cards to transfer or cables to hook up between your camera and a computer. On top of that, the D5600 is one of the few DSLRs to sport a touchscreen, which means you can use your fingers to focus, shoot, crop and edit your pictures.
The D5600 also has a dedicated mic port and supports 1080p video recording at 60 fps, which makes it a good choice for budding filmmaker. Other specs include a 24.2MP sensor, 5 fps continuous shooting and an ISO range from 100 to 25,600.
Pricing & Availability
The D5600 will be available in late January 2017, starting at $799 for a kit including an 18-55mm lens. There will also be a kit featuring an 18-140mm VR lens for $1,200 and a two-lens kit with an 18-55mm lens and a 70-300mm lens for $1,150.
The D5500 was already among our favorite DSLRs under $1,000, and with its new built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth, as well as simpler sharing and new touch-based controls and cropping, the D5600 is well-worth a $100 increase in price over its predecessor.