Nikon D5600 vs Nikon D5100 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Amateur DSLR cameras.

D5600 vs D5100 - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Nikon D5600 vs Nikon D5100 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 April 2011
  • Amateur DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C (DX)
  • 16 megapixel
  • 4 frames/second
  • 100 - 6400 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta mirror)
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount F
  • No WiFi
  • 128 x 97 x 79mm³ (5.0" x 3.8" x 3.1")
  • 560g (18.1 oz.)

All specs: Main page for D5100

D5600 vs D5100 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 D5100 sensor comparison

D5600 vs D5100: Viewfinder

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

The D5100 features an optical viewfinder with a penta mirror that also covers 95% of the field of view, its magnification is c. 0.52x.

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)

D5100 (0.52x)

Simulated viewfinder of the D5600Simulated viewfinder of the D5100

Better choice: Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600 VS Nikon D5100 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Nikon D5600 a better choice



Wider resolution (5, megapixel)24.2016.20
Higher speed (4, frames/second)54
Auto Focus points (4)3911
Better sensibility (4)100 - 25600 ISO100 - 6400 ISO
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.040.92
Touch screen (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)970570
Weighs less (2)465g
(15.0 oz.)
(18.1 oz.)
More portable (2)842cm³
WiFi (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the D5600 are the higher resolution, that the camera is faster and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Nikon are the larger sensitivity, that the display has a higher resolution and the rather comfortable touch screen. A recommendation of the D5600 is made easy by that the battery has more stamina, the lower weight than the D5100 and the more compact size. Finally, there's the the built-in wifi that permits remote shooting and image transfer without the need for a cable connection.

The D5600 scores 30 points.

Otherwise why to choose Nikon D5100

No advantage for the Nikon D5100 compared to Nikon D5600

Common Specs for both cameras compared



Sensor formatAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor cleaning
Lens selection200200
Built-in flash
Articulated screen
Video resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
External microphone
Nikon D5600 VS Nikon D5100 Dimensions

Look at front view of the D5600 and D5100

D5600 und D5100, front viewD5600 und D5100, front view

Top view of cameras

D5600 und D5100, view from aboveD5600 und D5100, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5100


We recommend Nikon D5600 as better choice.

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