Nikon D5600 vs Nikon D500 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Amateur DSLR cameras.

D5600 vs D500 - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Nikon D5600 vs Nikon D500 Specs


  • Introduced in November 2016
  • Amateur DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C (DX)
  • 24 megapixel
  • 5 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta mirror)
  • 81.00mm (3.2") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount F
  • WiFi built-in
  • 124.0 x 97 x 70mm³ (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8")
  • 465g (15.0 oz.)

All specs: Main page for D5600


  • Introduced in January 2016
  • Amateur DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C (DX)
  • 21 megapixel
  • 10 frames/second
  • 100 - 51200 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta prism)
  • 80.00mm (3.1") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount F
  • WiFi built-in
  • 147 x 115 x 81mm³ (5.8" x 4.5" x 3.2")
  • 860g (27.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for D500

D5600 vs D500 Sensors

On the pictures below the sensor areas of cameras are highlighted.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: D5600 an D500 sensor comparison

D5600 vs D500: Viewfinder

D5600 has an optical viewfinder with penta mirror. It has magnification of 0.54x and covers 95% of view field.

The D500 has an optical viewfinder with a penta prism. It's magnification is 0.66x covering 100% of view field.

Viewfinder magnifications of compared cameras. The black area shows a magnification of 1x, relative to native size; in red is a magnification of 0.85x.

D5600 (0.54x)

D500 (0.66x)

Simulated viewfinder of the D5600Simulated viewfinder of the D500

Better choice: Nikon D500

Nikon D5600 VS Nikon D500 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Nikon D5600 a better choice



Wider resolution (5, megapixel)24.2020.90
Built-in flash (2)
Weighs less (2)465g
(15.0 oz.)
(27.7 oz.)
More portable (2)842cm³

Conclusion: Advantages of the D5600 are the higher resolution, the built-in flash and the lower weight than the D500. Another advantage over the D500: the more compact size.

The D5600 scores 11 points.

Otherwise why to choose Nikon D500



Higher speed (4, frames/second)510
Auto Focus points (4)39153
Better sensibility (4)100 - 25600 ISO100 - 51200 ISO
Better viewfinder (4)Penta mirrorPenta prism
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.042.36
Better Video (2)1920 x 10803840 x 2160
Longer battery life (3, photos)9701200
USB 3.0 (2)
Environmental sealing (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the D500 are that the camera is faster, the faster and more accurate auto focus and the larger sensitivity. We also like the better viewfinder, that the display has a higher resolution and the superior video recording. A recommendation of the D500 is made easy by that the battery has more stamina, the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video.

Yields 25 points for the D500.

Common Specs for both cameras compared



Sensor formatAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor cleaning
Lens selection200200
Articulated screen
Touch screen
External microphone
Nikon D5600 VS Nikon D500 Dimensions

Look at front view of the D5600 and D500

D5600 und D500, front viewD5600 und D500, front view

Top view of cameras

D5600 und D500, view from aboveD5600 und D500, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Nikon D5600

Nikon D500


We recommend Nikon D500 as better choice.

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