In less than a year the Nikon D610 replaces the hugely popular full frame 24mpix D600 and features a new, improved shutter mechanism and some minor improvements to the auto white balance system. Although the firm didn't announce any improvements to the sensor and imaging pipeline, we were intrigued enough to put it through our labs to find out.
When Nikon announced the D600 in the days leading up to Photokina 2012, the $2,000 full frame 24-mix camera looked destined to become one the most popular models in the firm's line up. Twelve months later, the camera has been replaced by the D610, a slightly revamped model that bears all of the original's specification plus a few new minor features, including a faster continuous framing rate along with a ‘quiet’ burst shooting option.
Naturally, the new model retains the full-frame 24-Mpix CMOS sensor of the original with ISO 100-6400 (expandable to ISO 50-25,600 equivalent) sensitivity and the 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type AF points and familiar well-made, part alloy, part plastic outer shell. The D610 also retains the same video capabilities as its predecessor including Full HD video clips at 1080p and with the option of 30/25/24fps and mono sound with a jack for headphone monitoring.