As content creators, we understand that visual aids – be they image stills or videos – are essential to effectively deliver a message. In the case of Gaya Travel Magazine writers or any other travel enthusiasts, we complement the stories of our journeys we took by not only recording the beautiful panoramas of the destinations we visited but also the precious travel moments and emotions that accompany the journeys. Hence, a top-quality gear during a trip is a must.
So, we searched the gadget universe for the ideal camera that fits such purpose, and we came across some promising products. And one of them happens to be Nikon D5600, an entry-level camera that promises quick, easy and stunning shots. Mind you, this is not the camera for the photography snobs who prefer the more advanced models to play with, but rather for budding hobbyists who need a versatile contraption that combines strong image quality, rich feature sets and some manual control.
First, the camera comes in a compact body with approximately 124 x 97 x 70 mm dimensions, and weighs around 670 grams with battery and kit lens attached, making it light enough to carry around for a full day of sightseeing and small enough to fit in your backpack. The body is also sturdy and offers a comfortably good grip even for long shoots or shoots done in hurry, while the finely-honed buttons and dial interface keep things simple and easy for beginners. There is a handy ‘i’ button near the rear display that users can tap to access a variety of common options without having to bother with the more extensive main menu.
Speaking of the display, Nikon D5600 is equipped with a slightly larger-than-average 3.2-inch vari-angle LCD touch screen monitor that flips out and rotates for greater creative freedom. In fact, such feature would be a great plus for self-recording creators who at times need to appear in the frame too. Above the display, there is an optical viewfinder that helps users frame the shot with 95% coverage and approximately 0.82 times magnification.
Nikon D5600 offers an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels and is equipped with a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor, including an EXPEED 4 image-processing engine that allows burst shooting up to five frames per second. The camera’s 39-point autofocus quickly tracks and locks onto the subject, enabling fast-moving subjects such as an energetic dance performance or a moving stampede to be captured easily. On top of these, the camera also has a wide sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 25,600 and a built-in pop-up flash that make shooting in ultra-low light condition a breeze.
Though we would much prefer it if the camera is supported with 4K video recording, users can still capture spectacular movies in full 1080p HD, with a choice of 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p and 24p frame rates. Additionally, the Nikon D5600 also has built-in time-lapse movie function that allows users to easily capture the gradual changes of a scenery or situation occurring over time such as movements of people or the rising and setting of the sun.
The camera’s SnapBridge technology, on the other hand, would be the icing on the cake. It uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to transfer 2-megapixel version of your images automatically into your connected smartphone or tablet for quick and easy sharing and social story-telling. It can also act as a remote control for the camera so that users can work their way into the frame too. This SnapBridge app can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store® and Google Play.
Nikon D5600 can be purchased body-only, but it can also be bundled up with NIKKOR AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens, ideal for wide-angle shots, portraits, fast action, HD video and enhanced low-light capabilities.
In a nutshell, Nikon D5600 is the right pick if you want a great, lightweight and easy-to-use DSLR. It delivers in terms of performance and does make life easier, especially when it comes to content-sharing. Social media mavens would surely love it!
D5600 body only – RM3468.00
D5600 kit with AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR – RM3898.00
D5600 kit with AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G VR – RM4648.00