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Canon EOS 200D (Rebel SL2) vs Nikon D5600

We compare the Canon EOS 200D (Rebel SL2) to the Nikon D5600: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

Both cameras belong to the Amateur DSLR category.

Here are both models side by side. The Canon EOS 200D / Rebel SL2 is on the left, the Nikon D5600 on the right:

EOS 200D vs D5600 - Side by side

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.

Canon EOS 200D / Rebel SL2 vs Nikon D5600: Specifications at a glance

EOS 200D

  • Introduced in June 2017
  • Amateur DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 24 megapixel
  • 4 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta mirror)
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount EF, EF-S
  • WiFi built-in
  • 122 x 93 x 70mm³ (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8")
  • 455g (14.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for EOS 200D

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

Our advice: From our own experience, we recommend SanDisk memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is fast enough for high-speed image sequences and 4K video:

Memory card for EOS 200D and D5600

The 64 GB Extreme will take up to 90 minutes of super high-res 4K video. For Full HD video we recommend the SanDisk Ultra.

EOS 200D vs D5600: The sensors

Both cameras use the same sensor format: APS-C (called DX by Nikon). This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: EOS 200D an D5600 sensor comparison

Note: 1-Euro coin for scale; the coin at 23.25mm diameter is slightly smaller than a US quarter.

The APS-C sensor built into both cameras has a total area of about 332mm² (13.1 sq.in.).

EOS 200D vs D5600: The viewfinders

The EOS 200D uses an optical viewfinder with a penta mirror. The viewfinder covers 95% of the field of view and has a magnification of 0.54x.

The D5600 features an optical viewfinder with a penta mirror that also covers 95% of the field of view, its magnification is c. 0.54x.

This infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnifications of both cameras. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size; indicated in red is a magnification of 0.85x, the highest value in a any camera on the market today.

EOS 200D (0.54x)

D5600 (0.54x)

Simulated viewfinder of the EOS 200DSimulated viewfinder of the D5600

Advantage: Tie

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Canon EOS 200D on the left, the Nikon D5600 in the right column:

Advantage Canon EOS 200D / Rebel SL2...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

EOS 200D

D5600

Larger lens selection (3)220200

Conclusion: Advantages of the EOS 200D are the larger selection of lenses.

The EOS 200D scores 3 points.

...and here's where the Nikon D5600 has an edge...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

EOS 200D

D5600

Higher resolution (5, megapixel)24.0024.20
Faster (4, frames/second)45
More AF points (4)939
Longer battery life (3, photos)650970

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 that the battery has more stamina.

Yields 16 points for the D5600.

...and here's what both have in common

EOS 200D

D5600

Sensor formatAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor cleaning
Sensitivity100 - 25600 ISO100 - 25600 ISO
Built-in flash
Monitor resolution (megapixel)1.041.04
Monitor articulated
Touch screen
Video resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
External microphone
Almost equal weight455g465g
Almost equal size794cm³842cm³
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Canon EOS 200D again on the left, Nikon D5600 on the right:

Front view of the EOS 200D and the D5600...

EOS 200D und D5600, front viewEOS 200D und D5600, front view

...and here we see the Canon and the Nikon from above:

EOS 200D und D5600, view from aboveEOS 200D und D5600, view from above

Our recommendation

Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:

Canon EOS 200D / Rebel SL2

Nikon D5600

3
16

CameraCreativ recommends the Nikon D5600.

Our rating of the Canon EOS 200D

The EOS 200D (US: Rebel SL2) is the smallest DSLR in Canon's lineup and follows the EOS 100D (US: Rebel SL1) of 2013. Featuring a new battery for greatly improved stamina, the compact camera also gains Dual Pixel Autofocus (DPAF) for better autofocus when recording videos and in Live View mode. The APS-C sized sensor records 24 megapixel and captures video with up to 1920 x 1080 pixel (FullHD). The connector for an external microphone is a plus for videographers.

Our rating of the Nikon D5600

Nikon's 5000 series is aimed at amateur photographers who outgrew typical entry-level DSLRs like the D3400. Compared to beginner cameras the D5600 brings faster autofocus, higher resolution and sensor cleaning. Also provided is an articulated display, very useful for selfies and many photographic situations like panos or macros.

For even more performance combined with a brighter and higher magnifying vierfinder have a look at Nikon's 7000 series, namely the Nikon D7200 and the Nikon D7500.

The D5600 is a worthy upgrade from older D5xxx Nikons, especially the D5200 and D5300, not so much from the more recent D5500.

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