Nikon D5600 vs Sony A57 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Amateur DSLR cameras.

D5600 vs A57 - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Nikon D5600 vs Sony A57 Specs

D5600

  • 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

A57

  • Introduced in March 2012
  • Amateur DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 16 megapixel
  • 12 frames/second
  • 100 - 16000 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount A Mount
  • No WiFi
  • 132 x 97.8 x 80.9mm³ (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.2")
  • 620g (20.0 oz.)

All specs: Main page for A57

D5600 vs A57 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 A57 sensor comparison

D5600 vs A57: Viewfinder

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

A57 has an electronic viewfinder with resolution 1.44 megapixel, it's magnification is 0.65x.

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)

A57 (0.65x)

Simulated viewfinder of the D5600Simulated viewfinder of the A57

Better choice: Sony A57

Nikon D5600 VS Sony A57 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Nikon D5600 a better choice

D5600

A57

Wider resolution (5, megapixel)24.2016.10
Auto Focus points (4)3915
Better sensibility (4)100 - 25600 ISO100 - 16000 ISO
Larger lens selection (3)20045
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.040.92
Touch screen (2)
External microphone (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)970550
Weighs less (2)465g
(15.0 oz.)
620g
(20.0 oz.)
More portable (2)842cm³
(53 cu.in.)
1044cm³
(66 cu.in.)
WiFi (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the D5600 are the higher resolution, the faster and more accurate auto focus and the larger sensitivity. We also like the larger selection of lenses, that the display has a higher resolution and the rather comfortable touch screen. A recommendation of the D5600 is made easy by the connector for an external microphone, that the battery has more stamina and the lower weight than the A57. Another advantage over the A57: the more compact size and the built-in wifi that permits remote shooting and image transfer without the need for a cable connection.

The D5600 scores 31 points.

Otherwise why to choose Sony A57

D5600

A57

Higher speed (4, frames/second)512
Image stabilizer (3)

Conclusion: Advantages of the A57 are that the camera is faster and the optical image stabilizer.

Yields 7 points for the A57.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

D5600

A57

Sensor formatAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor cleaning
Built-in flash
Articulated screen
Video resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
Nikon D5600 VS Sony A57 Dimensions

Look at front view of the D5600 and A57

D5600 und A57, front viewD5600 und A57, front view

Top view of cameras

D5600 und A57, view from aboveD5600 und A57, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Nikon D5600

Sony A57

31
7

We recommend Nikon D5600 as better choice.

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