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Nikon D610 review

Nikon cleans up its full-frame act with the D600 upgrade

The Nikon D600 is an excellent camera marred by a problem that disappears after around 3000 or so shots have been taken and the sensor is given a good clean. The Nikon D610 is a similarly good camera with a few very minor changes and a new shutter mechanism that appears to resolve the D600's dirty sensor problem.

So few are the changes made with the D610 that we have to wonder if it would exist if the D600 hadn't had the sensor problem. Probably not.

There are likely to be some bargain D600s available for a while and some photographers may be willing to put up with cleaning the sensor until the shedding problem dries up to save some cash. They will find they have an excellent camera and it seems unlikely that there will be another upgrade in the very near future.

Putting the matter of the new shutter mechanism and what it is designed to achieve aside, the D610 is a very good camera that offers a superb introduction to full-frame photography. It has a wealth of features and produces excellent images.

We liked

At $1997/£1962 body only the D610 isn't a cheap camera, but it's a relatively affordable step into full-frame photography for Nikon lovers. A full-frame sensor brings benefits to wide-angle shooting and depth of field control.

The D610 has a nice, solid feeling body and there are plenty of direct controls so that adjustments can be made quickly and easily.

We disliked

Nikon appears to have missed the opportunity (or not had the time) to include a few features that are becoming popular. Wi-Fi connectivity is fast becoming expected as people want to be able to control their camera remotely via a smartphone and transfer images wirelessly without having to buy an optional extra.

A vari-angle screen would've been nice for those who like to shoot from awkward angles, and a touchscreen would have elevated the camera making it the first full-frame SLR with touch-control.

We'd also like the Information display to be rethought a little, or perhaps made customisable so that only key features that need to be accessed frequently are available.

Final verdict

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Nikon D610 review

What camera should I buy? Your options explained

While the Nikon D610 is an excellent camera that's capable of recording plenty of detail in images with rich tones, good exposure and pleasant colours it is considerably more expensive the Canon 6D which can be bought for around $1899/£1475.

Those photographers who aren't tied to Nikon by a stash of lenses may feel tempted to invest in the Canon camera instead. It may not have the same pixel count as the D610, fewer AF points (11) and a slower maximum continuous shooting rate (4.5fps), but it's nevertheless extremely capable, produces superb images and has Wi-Fi and GPS technology built-in.

Existing D600 users are liable to have worked their way through the dirty sensor problem and are unlikely to feel tempted by the D610. Those looking for their first Nikon full-frame (FX) camera, however, will find that the D610 is a great choice.

While the D610 can't resolve more detail than the D7100 ($1,147/£839), thanks to its larger photosites it has greater dynamic range and a higher signal to noise ratio. This means that it produces cleaner images with greater tonal range. The FX sensor also means that depth of field can be more easily restricted to blur backgrounds (and foregrounds) and FX format lenses show their full width. These benefits don't come cheap, however - the D610 costs around $750/£636 more than the D7100.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution24.3 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
PictBridgeYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Eye-Fi Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I)
Image StabilizationNo
ColourBlack
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
DurabilityWater Resistant, Dust Resistant
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, External Flash Shoe, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function, Face Detection
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC, H.264
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)760 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Image Sensor Size35.90 mm x 24 mm
Maximum Image Resolution6016 x 4016
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height113 mm
Width141 mm
Depth82 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD610
Product NameD610 Digital SLR Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA430AE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing InformationExperience the true power of full-frame photography with the D610.

Equipped with professional Nikon technology, this powerful D-SLR delivers the kind of image quality that only the FX format can offer.

The 24.3-megapixel FX-format sensor captures every detail with lifelike sharpness, offering brilliant photos with rich colours and smooth Full HD movies. You can capture action at a fast six frames-per-second, and Nikon's new Quiet Release burst mode allows you to shoot in near-silence: Perfect when you want to photograph wildlife.

Fully weather-sealed, the D610 is tough enough to go anywhere, and you can share the full splendour of your images via a smart device using Nikon's Wireless Mobile Adapter.
Package Contents
  • D610 Digital SLR Camera
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • DK-21 Rubber Eyecup
  • BM-14 Monitor Cover
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (with Terminal Cover)
  • MH-25 Battery Charger
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • AN-DC10 Strap
  • UC-E15 USB Cable
  • Software CD
Limited Warranty1 Year