Nikon D5600 vs Nikon Z5

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D5600 and Nikon Z5. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


These cameras are both manufactured by Nikon.

Nikon D5600 were released 2016 and Nikon Z5 was released 2020. That is a 4 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D5600 2016
Nikon Z5 2020

Type of camera

Nikon D5600 is a DSLR camera while Nikon Z5 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D5600 has a "DX"-sensor while Nikon Z5 has a "FX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D5600 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Nikon Z5 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)


Nikon D5600 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon Z5 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D5600 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000
Nikon Z5 24 MP
24160256 pixels
6016 x 4016

Nikon Z5 has a 1 % larger resolution than Nikon D5600. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon Z5 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D5600. Nikon Z5 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D5600 has 100 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5600 100-25600
Nikon Z5 100-51200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Nikon Z5 has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D5600 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D5600 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5600
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z5

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D5600 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Nikon Z5 can shoot up to 4,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5600 5
Nikon Z5 4,5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Nikon D5600 and Nikon Z5 can shoot movies.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon Z5 weighs 675 gr (equal to 1,49 lb) which is 45% heavier than Nikon D5600 and its 465 gr (or 1,03 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D5600 465 gr
1,03 lb
Nikon Z5 675 gr
1,49 lb