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As the D5500 is now so hard to find, it can be pretty much forgotten about entirely, with the D5600 considered entirely in its own right. In that sense, it's a good, solid entry-level model.
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 slightly more experienced users, especially those that don't feel the sway to more modern mirrorless alternatives.
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.
If you're looking to spend a little less, then take a look at Nikon's D3500. The autofocus system isn't as advanced as the D5600, while there's also no pull-out screen. However, it's a very capable beginner DSLR at a decent price. One of our favorites.
Read our in-depth Nikon D3500 review
Canon EOS Rebel T8i / EOS 850D
Perhaps the closest rival to the D5600, the EOS Rebel T8i (EOS 850D outside the US) sports a great 24.1MP sensor, along with an excellent vari-angle touchscreen display and a smart user interface - it's also much newer than the D5600. One of the best entry-level DSLRs going, but due to its newness, it's quite a pricey option.
Read our in-depth Canon EOS Rebel T8i / EOS 850D review
Panasonic Lumix G95 / Lumix G90
Panasonic's Lumix G95 (or Lumix G90 if you're outside the US) is a cracking mid-price mirrorless. Its 20MP 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 G95 / Lumix G90 review
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