Nikon D5600 vs Nikon Z50

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D5600 and Nikon Z50. 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 Z50 was released 2019. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D5600 2016
Nikon Z50 2019

Type of camera

Nikon D5600 is a DSLR camera while Nikon Z50 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts of sensor (called "DX") which means that if you compare these cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras has a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the camera's sensor size affect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D5600 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Nikon Z50 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** 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 Z50 has 21 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 Z50 21 MP
20668416 pixels
5568 x 3712

Nikon D5600 has a 16 % larger resolution than Nikon Z50. 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 Z50 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D5600. Nikon Z50 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 Z50 100-51200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Nikon Z50 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 Z50

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 Z50 can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5600 5
Nikon Z50 11

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 Z50 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 D5600 weighs 465 gr (equal to 1,03 lb) which is 3% heavier than Nikon Z50 and its 450 gr (or 0,99 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D5600 465 gr
1,03 lb
Nikon Z50 450 gr
0,99 lb