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Nikon D610 Review

The Nikon D610 was first introduced in 2013, and in comparison to more recent competitors, it is beginning to exhibit signs of its age. Although its age means you are more likely to discover it at a reasonable price, we believe the time has come for it to be replaced.

If you desire a Nikon full-frame DSLR, however, we recommend that you try to stretch your budget so that you may get a D750. In any case, look at our selection of the full-frame DSLRs that are now available.

When it was first launched in September 2012, the Nikon D600 was met with positive reception from the photography community. In addition to having a control layout that fits comfortably within Nikon’s enthusiast SLR range and being the company’s most affordable full-frame camera, it was designed to be the natural progression for DX-format users who wanted to take their photography to the next level and try their hand at full-frame photography.

Everything was going smoothly up until the point when people started saying that the camera’s sensor was prone to becoming filthy. It was hypothesized that the dirt was lubricant, and the shutter mechanism was identified as the most likely origin of the substance.

Nikon D610 Features

The Nikon D610 incorporates a CMOS sensor with a resolution of 24.3 million pixels and an FX-format, and it also features an EXPEED 3 processing engine. No EXPEED 4 is available for the D610; that feature is only available for the Nikon D5300.

This enables a continuous shooting pace of up to 6 frames per second, as was previously described. When the Continuous Quiet mode is activated, the maximum frame rate is reduced to three frames per second, and the volume of the sound is muted.

In addition, the sensitivity may be changed anywhere between the original range of ISO 100-6400 and the expanded range of ISO 50-25600 using the expansion settings.

In the same way as previously, there is a 2,016-channel RGB sensor that collects data to provide input to the Automatic Scene Recognition system. The Metering and White balance algorithms then use this information to achieve accurate exposure and color.

Nikon has utilized the same Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus module found in the D600. This module contains 39 points and nine cross-type points. The central seven autofocus points can function at an aperture of f/8, while the remaining 33 AF points work at effective maximum apertures that are either slower than f/5.6 or faster than f/8. This comes in handy when employing telephoto and teleconverter combos that result in a maximum effective aperture of f/8 produced by the camera.

Nikon D610 Build Quality

You probably have guessed that the Nikon D610 has the same physical characteristics as its predecessor, the D600. Even though it is smaller and less tank-like than the Nikon D4 and does not have the monocoque structure of the D5300, the body is made of a part-magnesium alloy and feels very durable. There are additional seals that prevent moisture from getting in, allowing you to continue using it even if the weather becomes worse.

The hefty finger grip on the front of the camera and the thumb ridge on the rear both have a covering that feels like rubber, guaranteeing a pleasant and stable grasp on the camera. Due to the camera’s tiny size, even those with hands of ordinary proportions will discover that their little finger slides under the body rather than onto the grip. This is because the camera is relatively small.

Nikon has gained considerable expertise in developing digital SLR cameras capable of recording video, so the layout of the controls on the D610 makes a lot of sense and is typically intuitive.

Additionally, it would be convenient if the information display’s customizable settings, which can be reached by clicking the Info button twice, could be personalized to the user’s preferences. They appear to be an exciting collection that provides a shortcut to specific capabilities that you are not likely to wish to use very frequently. This is because of the way they are currently organized.

Nikon D610 Performance

The Nikon D610 maintains the same high level of performance as its predecessor, the Nikon D600. It is no surprise that it generates photographs that are highly comparable to those produced by the camera that it replaces, considering that it has the same CPU and (we presume) the same 24—MP sensor as the D600. Most pictures have adequate exposure, and the colors seem nice.

The noise level is well under control, and when viewed at 100% on a computer screen, there is very little speckling apparent in the photographs captured at an ISO setting of 3200. Even with the most sensitive option, ISO 25600, there isn’t an enormous amount of chroma noise, and the luminance noise isn’t too distracting. On the other hand, it is prudent to save the high expansion settings for times of crisis when you are content to retain any prints at a size smaller than A4 paper.

Nikon D610 Image Quality

The D610 and the D600 employ a comparable sensor in the Sony Alpha SLT-A99; however, the D610’s image processing engine is distinct from that of the D600. Only the D800 and the Sony a7R have a more excellent resolution than the D610’s 24.3 megapixels, making it one of the highest resolution full-frame DSLRs on the market. It can produce high-quality photographs in various lighting conditions, including dimly illuminated environments.

The image quality of the D610 is superb over the whole ISO sensitivity range of 100-6400, just like the image quality of the D600. The full-frame CMOS sensor of the D610 performs an excellent job of maintaining fine detail while reducing chroma and luminance noise while shooting at high ISO settings.

It is possible to prevent edge halos caused by excessive sharpening or aggressive smearing at the highest settings using the JPEG settings that come pre-set on the D610. These settings generate files that have a natural, grainy appearance.

Nikon D610 Specs

Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloy top and rear, polycarbonate front-plate
Sensor
Max resolution6016 x 4016
Other resolutions4512 x 3008, 3936 x 2624, 3008 x 2008, 3008 x 1688, 2944 x 1968
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 3
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
Image
ISO100 – 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 – 25600 with boost)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (4)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
File formatNEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressedJPEG
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points39
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesProgram (P)Shutter-priority (S)Aperture priority (A)Manual (M)
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingle-frame [S] modeContinuous low-speed [CL]Continuous high-speed [CH]Mirror-up [Mup]Quiet Shutter ReleaseSelf-timer
Continuous drive6.0 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedAverageSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing(2, 3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (2 or 3 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3 mired)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
WirelessOptional
Wireless notesWu-1b mobile adapter
Remote controlYes (Optional, wired or wireless )
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes (Water and dust resistant)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)900
Weight (inc. batteries)850 g (1.87 lb / 29.98 oz)
Dimensions141 x 113 x 82 mm (5.55 x 4.45 x 3.23″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSOptional
GPS notesGP-1

Nikon D610 Verdict

The Nikon D610 is far more costly than the Canon 6D, even though it is a superior camera capable of capturing a great deal of information inside photographs that have deep tones, adequate exposure, and pleasing color.

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