Nikon D5600 vs Nikon D7200 In-depth Comparison

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In today’s comparison of the Nikon D5600 vs Nikon D7200, we’ll look at all of the key details that differentiate these two popular DSLRs.

I love the fact that both of these cameras are now pretty much affordable.

But if you’re struggling with deciding which one of these is right for you, I’m hoping this comparison of the Nikon D5600 vs D7200 will help you make an informed buying decision. Let’s get started!

Nikon D5600 vs Nikon D7200 Results Summary

Here’s the thing;

With every Nikon D5600-related review we do, we usually assign scores to our cameras’ key aspects. That score is based on not just our observation but also considering other experts’ observations and consumer reviews. 

This is what we have for the Nikon D5600 vs Nikon D7200;

Nikon D5600Nikon D7200
Picture Quality 9.59.5
Video Recording99
Features/Specs8.59
AF Performance99.5
Ease of Use8.58.5
MSRP$599.95
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$1199.95
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Nikon D5600 vs D7200 Specs Comparison Chart

Again, what we have is a tight race between the D5600 and D7200.

This is reminiscent of our review of the Nikon D5600 against the Nikon D5500. But before anything else, here’s a side-by-side comparison of the two cameras under review;

Nikon D5600Nikon D7200
Nikon D5600 vs D7200 ComparisonNikon d5600 vs d7200 Buying Guide
Released 20162015
Image Sensor24MP – APS-C CMOS Sensor24MP – APS-C CMOS Sensor
Image resolution6000 x 40006000 x 4000
ProcessorEXPEED 4EXPEED 4
AutofocusNikon Multi-CAM 4800DX AF sensor with 39 focus pointsNikon Multi-CAM 3500DX II AF sensor with 59 focus points
Video resolution1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 60pNo 4K capability1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 60pNo 4K capability
Max FPS5fps6fps
ISO rangeISO 100 – BaseIS0 25,600 – MaxISO 100 – BaseIS0 25,600 – Max(expands to 102400)
Optical viewfinderYes, 0.55x magnification, 95% coverageYes, 0.63x magnification, 100% coverage
TouchscreenYesNo
ConnectivityBluetooth, SnapBridge, Wi-Fi, NFC, HDMI, USB 2.0SnapBridge, Wi-Fi, NFC, HDMI, USB 2.0
GPSNoNo
Environmental SealingNo Yes
Battery life970 shots per charge1110 shots per charge
Size/Weight124 x 97 x 70 mm, 465 g136 x 107 x 76 mm, 765g

Body, Build & Design Review 

I find this part very interesting;

The first thing you’ll notice when comparing the D5600 to the D700 is the difference in their body sizes. Nonetheless, here’s a quick rundown of the Nikon D5600 vs Nikon D7200 body comparison;

  • First, the Nikon D5600 is the more compact camera. It measures 124 x 97 x 70 mm and weighs 465 g. 
  • Secondly, the Nikon D7200 is more of a mid-size DSLR. At 136 x 107 x 76 mm and weighing 765g, it takes up more space and weighs 300g more than the Nikon D5600. 

But that’s not all;

While the D7200 is bulkier, the body is weather sealed. Unlike the D5600, this protects it against dust particles and harsh environmental conditions. 

Furthermore, the two cameras also have 3.2” LCD screens.

While the screen on the D5600 is a swiveling touchscreen display, the D7200’s is fixed and not touch-sensitive. The touchscreen feature makes for easy control of camera settings. Screen flexibility on the D5600 also means the screen can be turned front-facing to shoot selfies or vlogging. 

I personally prefer the fully articulated screen on the D5600. 

That said, the 3.2” screen on the Nikon D7200 has a screen resolution of 1.229k dots. This gives it an 18% higher resolution than the 1.229k dots screen on the Nikon D5600. Finally, while the D5600 is available in black and red, the D7200 is only available in black. 

Nikon D5600 vs Nikon D7200 Features Comparison

Reviewing features is my favorite part of camera comparisons. 

While this is not the be-all and end-all of reviews, features and specifications offer a somewhat reliable insight into any camera’s potential. Here’s our review of the key features and specifications differences between the Nikon D5600 vs D7200;

Autofocus systems on both cameras are different.

The D5600 uses the Nikon Multi-Cam 4800DF autofocus sensor. That sensor has 39 focus points with 9 cross type focus points. The Multi-Cam 3500DX II AF sensor, however, boasts 59 focus points and 15 cross type focus points.

Both cameras use the EXPEED 4 image processor.

This processor is not the Nikon’s best but it offers decent operational speed, low noise operation, and faithful color reproduction. 

There are a lot of other features I’ll touch on in the later parts of this comparison of the Nikon D5600 vs Nikon D7200. But some of the other features worth mentioning here include;

  • Video recording of up to 1080 x 1920 at up to 60p
  • Burst mode of 5fps and 6fps on the D5600 and D7200 respectively
  • Shutter speed of 1/4000s on the D5600 and 1/8000s on the D7200
  • ISO sensitivity range of 100 – 25,200 on both cameras. The D7200’s ISO sensitivity range can, however, expand to 102400. 

Sensor Comparison 

One of the main areas of interest for many intending buyers is the Nikon D5600 vs D7200 image quality comparison.

And because sensor quality is directly related to image quality, there’s always a section dedicated to sensor reviews in most of my camera comparisons. 

Here’s what I have to say about the Nikon D5600 and D7200 sensor;

There’s hardly any difference between the sensors of both of these cameras. 

The Nikon D5600, as well as the Nikon D7200, has an APS-C sized 24MP resolution sensor. Both cameras have the same pixel size and density. 

The only thing I see that could seem like a difference here is the time of release. The D5600 was released a year after the D7200. Although they both have the same sensor specs, the D5600 might have benefited from sensor technological advancements, over this period. 

Both cameras don’t have an anti-aliasing (AA) filter. Hence they’re able to capture super-fine and well-detailed pictures. This lack of an AA filter, however, puts them at risk of moire, in some cases. 

That said, here’s the DxoMark Sensor test of both cameras compared against each other. 

DxoMark Sensor test for Nikon D5600 and D7200

 Nikon D5600Nikon D7200
Color Depth24.124.0
Dynamic Range14 Evs14.6 Evs
Low light ISO13061333
Total score8487

Connectivity options for D5600 and D7200 

How does connectivity work on both of these cameras?

Well, on the D5600, you have connectivity options that range from Nikon SnapBridge and Bluetooth to Wi-Fi and NFC, as well as HDMI and USB 2.0.

On the D7200, there’s no Bluetooth connectivity but you do have SnapBridge, Wi-Fi, NFC, as well as USB 2.0 support. 

Both cameras have Hotshoe ports but while the Nikon D7200 has a port for headphones, the D5600 does not. Lastly, both the D5600 and D7200 misses out on GPS connectivity. 

Available lenses for the Nikon D5600 vs D7200

You’re probably interested in the number of lenses available for your camera, whether it’s the Nikon D5600 or D7200. 

Both of these cameras use the Nikon F lens mount. 

This means they can all use the same compatible lenses. The Nikon F  lens mount has 309 available lenses in the market. Of these 309 native lenses, 106 lenses have optical stabilization feature. 

Battery Life

There’s a slight difference in battery life for both of these cameras.

The Nikon D5600 comes with an EN-EL14 EN EL14A Lithium-ion battery capable of giving you up to 960 shots per charge.

On the other hand, the EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery on the Nikon D7200 can give you up to 1110 shots on a single charge. That’s about 50 more shots per charge than the D5600’s capacity.

Price comparison

If you’re like most people, the price of a camera can determine whether or not it’s something you might want to buy.

The good thing is that both of these cameras are now very affordable. After spending about five years on the market, they are now heavily discounted and are within the reach and budget of most people.

The D5600 has an MSRP of about $599 at release.

You can get the Nikon D5600 nowadays for less than $500 for the body only. Although the D7200 is the more expensive option, costing about $1199.95 at release, it’s now available for less than $600.

Both cameras represent great value.

But we’ve also compiled a list of the best Nikon D5600 bundle packages, as well. If you’re looking to get even more value from your camera purchase, the bundles we reviewed pack other accessories you may need alongside the camera body, at heavily discounted prices. 

Which should you buy? Nikon D5600 or D7200?

There’s no one-size-fits-all camera so I find it very challenging at times when I’m asked to recommend one of two or more cameras. 

Choosing a camera will depend on your needs. 

So, what makes sense to you, might make much less sense to another. But I’ll go over the reasons why either of this camera might appeal to different photographers, for one last time;

Why Nikon D5600 is better than Nikon D7200?

Here are some reasons why you might find the D5600 a better option compared to the Nikon D7200;

  • The LCD on the D5600 is fully articulated. This makes it perfect for a variety of flexible shooting positions. 
  • Swiveling LCD screen is touch-sensitive, making it far easier to control camera settings.
  • Rotation of the LCD makes for easy selfie shots or vlogging and other activities. 
  • Bluetooth connectivity option adds more variety for connectivity.
  • Lightweight and compact build mean the D5600 is far more portable than the D7200.
  • Less expensive, compared to the D7200.

Why Nikon D7200 is better than the D5600

Here are some of the advantages of the Nikon D7200 over the Nikon D5600;

  • Higher Viewfinder magnification and coverage. 
  • Faster burst mode (1 fps faster) and faster mechanical shutter.
  • Longer-lasting battery with more shots per charge than the D5600.
  • Environmental sealing feature helps protect the camera in harsh environmental conditions.
  • Better high ISO performance on the Nikon D7200.
  • AF motor in the camera body, and
  • Available of an extra card slot (2 in total) for storage, compared to just one on the D5600. 
  • Now far more affordable compared to when it was first released.

By now, you should be able to choose which camera is right for you. 

Throughout this Nikon D5600 vs Nikon D7200 comparison, we’ve touched a variety of areas, from key features and specs to battery life and pricing. 

What you deem as a priority will determine whether the Nikon D500 or D7200 makes more sense for your use. These are two great cameras though, and either one you decide to buy will help you get your job done, and nice. 

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