Nikon 5600 on a round wicker stool

A Travel Camera Review of Nikon D5600 DSLR

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Looking for a camera for your travels? I am reviewing the Nikon D5600’s suitability as a travel camera.

After our last proper trip I decided it was time to upgrade from our original Nikon D3300 and 18-55mm lens and get something with some additional features and range. We loved our Nikon D3300 and it was a fantastic beginners DSLR but with the amount we were using it and the trips we are going on we could justify upgrading.

Monkey eating a big banana

The D5600 comes with everything you can expect from a lower mid-tier DSLR camera. I’m not going to go into too much detail on the higher end features with this camera as this is a travel review and I’m going to focus on features important to travellers.

I am in the process of writing a beginners guide to DSLR travel photography so stay tuned for more information about that. Suffice to say the Nikon D5600 has the ability to take beautiful pictures at a high resolution but this completely depends on you as the photographer and the lens you have.

Large white cottage with long driveway and grass either side

What Are You Looking For?


An important feature for many travellers seems to be connectivity, the ability to take pictures and instantly have them on your phone.

With older DSLR’s you took the picture, connected it to a laptop and then had to put it on your phone to upload it to Instagram (Instagram only allows you to upload on portable devices). This means that the vast majority of your instagram pictures will be from your phone camera as you can’t be bothered with the hassle.

With the D5600 you connect it to your phone after downloading the Nikon SnapBridge app and choose individual pictures to have on your phone, or other portable device, as soon as you have taken the picture. Phone cameras are good but cannot compare to a shot from a good DSLR.

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Portability and Size

Strangely enough the D5600 is smaller and lighter than the camera I had before, even though it has more features. I put this down to technology getting smaller and faster over time.

Obviously if you buy a huge lens and stick it on the end then portability is going to come straight down. However the camera itself is very travel friendly. When coupled with our Nikon 35mm prime lens its extremely light and a pleasure to use.

A man holding the Nikon 5600 with the extendable screen out

If you were to go up a range and look at the Nikon 7 Series or another brands equivalent, I believe the weight would start to become an issue. Walking around the woods, climbing mountains and even a stroll in the city can start to become tiresome with a camera too heavy.

It’s also difficult to tell in a shop because all cameras feel light enough when you pick it up for 5 minutes. Remember you will be holding this camera for hours at a time.

Rotatable Screen

We have all been there when we need to balance the camera on a rock and we can’t see where the camera is facing or if it’s pointing the right way.

Stone wall with patterns of people and carts

Sometimes you’ve got the camera above your head so can’t see the screen or the viewfinder and your just guessing where to point. Or you’re taking a picture of you and your friends and you have to take 2 or 3 pictures before everyone is in the shot.

The Nikon D5600 comes with a rotatable screen so you can always see what the camera can see wherever you are. If you’re too far away you can even turn on remote photography on your mobile device and you get a live feed of what your camera is seeing. Then you can simply tell the camera when to take a picture.

Nikon 5600 with extendable screen and a photo of a woman and a man on it

This has helped immensely for me. Before I wouldn’t even bother trying to get certain shots as people can’t always be arsed to faff about long enough to get the right picture.

The screen can be turned around for storage so it won’t get scratched on that long haul flight or when it’s kicked under that train seat.

Battery Life

We have never run out of battery on this camera. I would advise to turn the touch screen off always as it’s a useless feature that they have added for no reason. It drains battery and is not as fast as using the buttons whilst also sometimes doing things when it touches your clothes.

Windsor Castle with some tourist in front

If you’re planning on doing something with no power outlets for more than 2 days then get another battery.

If you have been looking at mirror-less cameras as an alternative to a DSLR then this is the one point where the DSLR range is definitely better. Because the mirror-less cameras are smaller the batteries are also smaller.


It is difficult to recommend a lens as it entirely depends on what you’ll be doing. We have an 18-300mm super-zoom for when we don’t know what we will see. It gives us the ability to photograph on a huge range of zoom. However it is heavy and can get tiresome.

We also have a 35mm prime lens which is tiny and lightweight. It is also capable of taking some absolutely beautifully artistic pictures due to its low aperture.

2 glasses of prossecco on a wooden table in windsor england

If you are looking to travel and have no idea what you might see, for example, a leapoard in the distance one second and then a snap of your lunch the next, then go for a superzoom. Either an 18-200 or 18-300mm.

I would advise looking at some guides and recommendations specific to your needs.


I would give negatives if there were any. It’s light, small and has a very good range of features. I love the ability to instantly have pictures on my phone and I have had no issues with the Nikon SnapBridge app. The screen is still in perfect condition because we can fold it away when we travel and it takes gorgeous images.

Do you have any questions about the D5600? Have you recently reviewed or have experience with other travel worthy cameras (in particular mirror-less)? Please let us know in the comments below.


  1. This is a great post! Its so important when you’re travelling to have a camera you can depend on, after all you’re going to take pictures to last a lifetime! It’s also so important to be able to carry it and transport it easily, its a key feature!

  2. Really appreciate your article! Have you used the D5600 in any cold winter conditions. If so, any problems with the tactile screen? I live in northern Quebec, Canada where winters are cold! Thanks!

    1. I recently visited Iceland with it which only got down to -5celcius and I also used it during the Beijing winter which got down to -15celcius, however that wasn’t extensive. I never had a problem with it in either condition. Thanks for the comment!

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