Nikon D610 review: What's new?

By Kevin Carter - Friday, October 18, 2013

Camera Review
Introduction | Nikon D610, one of the best sensor measured | Nikon D610 vs competition | Conclusion
Nikon D610 review: What's new?

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 Twelve months later, the camera has been replaced by the D610, a slightly revamped model that bears all of the original's specification plus a few new minor features, including a faster continuous framing rate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.

Key specifications:

  • 24-Mpix Full-frame CMOS sensor (10-Mpix DX-format crop mode)
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to ISO 50-25,600 equivalent)
  • Maximum 6fps burst mode (up from 5.5fps)
  • Additional quiet burst mode at 3 fps
  • 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type AF points (7 with f/8 sensitivity)
  • Revamped auto white balance system
  • Wireless flash control
  • 3.2-inch (921k-dot) LCD screen
  • Dual SD card slots
  • 1080p 30/25/24fps video
  • Uncompressed video recording via HDMI

Nikon D610, one of the best sensor measured

Nikon D610 versus competition

Conclusion