Nikon D610 DSLR Camera

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87% Gold Award
If you're looking for top-notch image quality in a tough weather-sealed body with enough versatility to handle most shooting situations, the D610 is a capable tool to execute your creative vision.”

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Key Features

  • 24.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 39-point AF system (9 cross-type)
  • ISO 100-6400 expandable up to 25,600
  • 3.2 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
  • 1080/30p, 25p or 24p or 720/60p, 50p or 30p HD video (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
  • 6 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • 2,016-pixel RGB TTL metering sensor
  • Single-axis level in viewfinder, dual-axis level in live view
  • 10.5MP DX-format crop mode
  • Uncompressed video recording via HDMI
  • Dual SD card slots

Product Description

The D610 replaces the D600 as Nikon's more affordable full frame option, an alternative to the 36MP D800. Compared to the D600, major changes include a quiet continuous shooting mode, improved auto white balance and faster continuous shooting (thanks to a redesigned shutter mechanism).

It boasts a 24.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor and offers burst shooting at a top speed of 6 frames per second, an in-camera AF motor and a 39-point AF system. A 10.5MP DX crop mode provides some versatility for those who might be upgrading from Nikon's APS-C format DSLRs. Build quality and ergonomics are close to that of the prosumer Nikon D7100, but in terms of functionality and video features, it has more in common with the D800. With sturdy environmental sealing, the camera body is resistant to dust and water damage

Specs

Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Sensor
Max resolution 6016 x 4016
Other resolutions 4512 x 3008, 3936 x 2624, 3008 x 2008, 3008 x 1688, 2944 x 1968
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 3
Image
ISO 100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost)
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes (4)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 39
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD monitor
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Continuous drive 6 fps
Self-timer Yes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Average
  • Spot
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 Bracketing Yes (2 or 3 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3 mired)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes Wu-1b mobile adapter
Remote control Yes (Optional, wired or wireless )
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 900
Weight (inc. batteries) 850 g (1.87 lb / 29.98 oz)
Dimensions 141 x 113 x 82 mm (5.55 x 4.45 x 3.23)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
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Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Performance
Movie / video mode
Value
Gold Award
Gold Award
87 %
Overall Score

The Nikon D610 brings full frame capabilities to a larger audience, while retaining most enthusiast-friendly features. Image quality at high ISO sensitivities is very good and a wealth of customization options enables quick access to most shooting controls. The slight improvements and fixes over the D600 make it a strong competitor in this part of the market.

Good For

Full frame shooters looking for a smaller, lighter and less expensive alternative to pro-level DSLRs. Enthusiasts who often shoot at high ISOs or want shallow depth-of-field.

Not So Good For

Sports shooters, travel shooters wanting something truly lightweight or anyone who regularly uses far off-center focus points.

User Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
  • jefenniejr, Dec 28, 2013 GMT:
    Really like the IQ and size

    Being an amateur (upgraded from d700 and don't regret it one bit) I shoot mainly landscapes and architectural with an occasional portrait.

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  • Araldite, Mar 24, 2014 GMT:
    Great Camera

    Been using this camera to take pictures of grandkids, their parents commented on great pictures. Some may feel that the optical low pass filter should have been removed as per the D7100 but this one has a smaller pixel density. Having said that and taken many pictures with it, for the price it's an excellent introduction to full frame and coupled with the 24-85 it really takes great pictures.

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  • AUP, Apr 7, 2014 GMT:
    From A77 to D610 to nothing...

    I had such high hoped for the Nikon D610 and after many months of sitting idle between cameras and looking at the Canon 6D I took the plunge…and now it’s going back. Why you ask – “spots” – about 15 of them all over my pictures after extensive 2 days of shooting. It took numerous hours of shooting, reading, testing, customizing and fine tuning – after it was all said and done I started to notice spots. This was brand new out of the box; me personally it’s just not something that I am willing ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

What extra travel lens aside my 24-85mm on my D610 ?

First of all DPREVIEW is a fantastic site. I learned a lot reading the forum. Thanks to this I bought a D610 + 24-85mm kitlens. Because my back problems, my system should remain lightweight. What I like about the kitlens is that it's relatively light and sharp and that it is very versatile for walkaround picture shooting. I was afraid the kitlens would be mediocre but apparently it is a very good lens. While travelling, I hate switching lenses on the road, I rather switch in my hotelroom and leave the detached lens there. Extra prime ? However, I also would like to shoot with a very good prime lense because of the sharpness and bokeh. I'm going on a trip to Java and Bali, and would like to buy one more lens. This should be a very sharp lens with a very nice bokeh. Focal distance from 35-200. Which one should you buy, and why ? I think about a 85mm 1.8G for portraits and night shots. Extra zoom ? If I would buy an extra zoom the 70-200mm F4 will be too heavy i'm afraid... maybe the ...

rstyling asked
3 months ago

ANSWERS

I'd prefer the 50mm f/1.8. It's generally easier to get a bit closer (or even crop a bit), but in a tight space, you often can't go further back Definitely not. If weight is important to you, stick with the 24-85 - it will be enough for most occasions, and you can always use the fast prime for low light Continue Reading

3 months ago

Interesting question, given your parameters.   The 50F1.8g sounds like a decent choice.  I have the 50F1.4g, and like other owners, I find it not particularly special, especially wide open or close to it.   Nice and sharp stopped down, but if I was going to shoot at F2.5, I'd just as soon go with the lighter, smaller, cheaper f1.8g. The 85F1.8g is nice.  I like mine a lot, but I do find it pretty specialized (for portraits). The Nikon 35F1.8FX sounds like a decent lens, though I've not tried one.   I have the Sigma 35f1.4 ART, which is a really good lens, but I suspect heavier than you would prefer. Really, all the F1.4 lenses I've seen are pretty heavy.   Of the F1.8 and F2.8 primes, all the G versions seem to perform a lot better than their older AF-D ancestors, at least wide open. I can't recommend the 24F2.8 AF-D.   And the 24F1.8g seems both too expensive and too heavy.   The 28F1.8g sounds good.    The 35F2 is flawed - but I still like mine.  (Corners and edges soft, soft wide ... Continue Reading

PHXAZCRAIG answered
2 months ago

Why did you throw in that garbage about a 4/3 camera? Some photographers shoot with a single focal length, because they like that. Some great photographers have shot with a normal or wide lens for the majority of their time shooting. If I have a 14x20 camera with a 300mm lens on it, are you seriously telling me that because I only have the one lens I should be shooting with a little digital camera? Some cameras come with the lens permanently mounted. Should those poeple just forget about having more than one lens? What's wrong with shooting everything I want to shoot with a Nikon D800 with a 24-120mm f4 VR lens? Sure, I could get sharper photos with slightly less distortion and chromatic aberration, if I shot with a set of good prime lenses . . . but they would cost me more money, I would end up with more dust on my lenses, I would miss more shots, and my kit would be heavier. I think I'll take the versatility over the slight IQ improvement . . . even though I am shooting with a D800. Continue Reading

Scottelly answered
2 months ago

QUESTION

Going FF, can you help me?

Hello, I've been using a 350D for some years and wanted to jump to FF since the 5D, when it was the "only" affordable FF solution. I'm using a Sigma 17-70 with it and I have a Sigma 30 1.4 that I don't use anymore (17-70 is the most convenient). Now, I decided to make the move and I see that there is a great offer on the market today. Maybe too great, I cannot decide what to choose. I don't have any lens (only some speedlite) I could reuse on a FF body, so I don't really care about the brand. I'm not a troll neither, and don't want to go into a brand war. I shoot Canon, HTC smartphone and a Fuji 3D camera. I cannot say I have specific needs in photo. I just take pictures (kids, interesting buildings or landscapes, nothing really complex). And I like to have nice pictures ;) I've read lot of stuff on 6D, D600/D610, 5D3 and D800 and I had the chance to put a hand on the 6D and D610 which are my top 2. Both are incredible cameras and are worth their price. D800 could be an option for ...

Ouais asked
6 months ago

ANSWERS

Because if the problem is e.g. expecting a full frame camera to take better pictures than a crop frame one ( or even a P&S ) without knowing how to take good photos, then this isn't a solution at all.  It's just changing body to fix an unidentified issue or issues. We see inexperienced shooters do this all the time and it's just pouring money on a problem that, more often than not, needs to be addressed by using technique. How many people try to solve the shooting-kids-in-low-light problem by buying more and more expensive cameras and lenses, when the best solution is often flash ? How many people want extreme high ISO performance and extremely wide apertures when simply using a long exposure at low ISO would do the job for them ? We see this all the time. Money doesn't always solve the problem. Now the OP needs video, which means a new body, but personally I'd prefer to spend money on flashes, lenses and whatever ( travel ? ) and get just the body I need and not more than I need. Continue Reading

darklamp answered
6 months ago

My local supermarket sells an own brand multi-grain breakfast cereal.  There's a well-known brand name at twice the price.  I've eaten both and they're indistinguishable.  I'd bet money they're made from the same ingredients on the same production line. The expensive one sells better. Why ? I've a friend who is megapixel mad.  He's a model customer for camera companies in that he "upgrades" all the time to whatever has the mega megapixels.  Phone, P&S, he doesn't care.  He'd no idiot, but he's not interested enough to get the model that works best, but gets the one that has bigger numbers. Because people feel validated by buying the more expensive one or the one with bigger numbers.  They equate price with quality, which is, of course, not in any way sensible.  It is, however, a well understood idea in marketing and something they exploit ruthlessly. When the D3200 came out it sucked in a lot of new buyers because it had a huge pixel count.  Before that Canon sucked in a huge number ... Continue Reading

darklamp answered
6 months ago

You forget the Sony A7 kit for $2k Continue Reading

EthanP99 answered
6 months ago

QUESTION

When is enough enough?

I remember when computers first came out and the pace of improvements in processing speed and RAM were amazing. As much as it pains me to admit it, I was buying a new computer just about every year to keep up with the latest in RAM and processor. Now 17 years later, unless you have specific needs like being a gamer, for most people todays computers are plenty fast and have lots of RAM. It got me to thinking about digital cameras, particularly mega-pixels? Do you think there will be a point where "enough is enough"? When I first bought my D80 I remember reading "you never need more than 6 MP". Now, I have a D610 with 24 MP. At some point where does the usefulness of more and more mega pixels just plateau and nobody really cares anymore? I also wonder how long Nikon will continue to carry DX and FX cameras from a manufacturing standpoint, I would have to think that at some point the cost to manufacture DX and FX won't be too terribly different and that eventually there will only be FX.

Jrkahuna asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

For most people, 12mp is more than good enough.  That can give you a superb 16x24.....a print size that 99% of people will never use. Continue Reading

Dave Luttmann answered
1 month ago

I work whole my life in IT and I can tell you that hardware what we using now is thousands if not millions times faster then 20 years ago. Heck - my laptop is easy thousands time faster than server what I was looking after 20 years ago. Not mentioned storage capacity. However I fail to see that programs actually work faster (office for example) in the past they program in low level languages to squeeze out every bit of performance. Now they do not care and doing it in macro languages and continually suggest us to upgrade. IMHO IT is going wrong direction here - it would be better to stop and refine what we have rather then producing new products every year. For example nothing wrong with Office 2000 and XP - just update it instead of forcing people to use ugly W8 or adopt O2013. It never stops - pixel peepers who never print, but rather study shoots under 200% magnification not going anywhere anytime soon. They will buy and adore 50, 100 and who know how many megapixels cameras, so ... Continue Reading

KSV answered
1 month ago

For me, and I expect quite a few others, printing is not the issue. I bought the D800E for it's ability to crop hard - to get good bird photos. I have some decent shots on my web site as a result of the 800E to crop to 100% and still produce a decent shot for the internet. I would love to have a 72Mpx sensor or even a 144Mpx sensor so I could crop even more than I do now. Quadroupling the sensor size from the current 800E would make a lot more sense than me buying a 1000mm F4 monster (if it ever existed) to replace my current 500mm F4, and doubtless a lot lighter. Continue Reading

Dr Bob answered
1 month ago

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