As an upgrade to the D5500, the D5600 is a touch underwhelming - just like the D3400 update to the D3300, the changes are modest at best, while the SnapBridge technology featured still needs to be refined and become more stable.

Forgetting the D5500 for a moment, and viewed against its rivals, and the D5600 is a very good mid-range DSLR. 

While it does feel very much a sum of its parts rather than having one single standout feature that shines through, it's still a well-spec'd DSLR that should satisfy the appetite of both new or more experienced users.

It's a shame that there's not 4K video capture, but the high-resolution 24.2MP sensor produces very detailed images that won't disappoint - you'll have to get a full-frame camera to get better results. The articulating touchscreen adds refinement, while a decent 39-point AF system and polished handling make the D5600 one of the most well-rounded entry-level DSLRs available.


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Nikon D7200

The next step up in the Nikon range, the D7200 is packed with features, including an excellent AF system, making it an ideal camera for enthusiasts – especially if you already own some Nikon lenses. It's getting on a bit, but this makes it an ever better buy. 

Read our in-depth Nikon D7200 review

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Canon EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D

Perhaps the closest rival to the D5600, the EOS Rebel T7i (EOS 800D outside the US) sports a great 24.2MP sensor, along with an excellent vari-angle touchscreen display and new user interface. One of the best entry-level DSLRs going, but still quite a pricey option. 

Read our in-depth Canon EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D review

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Panasonic Lumix G80 / Lumix G85

Panasonic's Lumix G85 (or Lumix G80 if you're outside the US) is a cracking mid-price mirrorless. Its 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor might not be quite a match for the D5600's, but handling and AF are great, while there's also 4K video capture too.

Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix G80 / Lumix G85 review