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


Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
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
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
  • 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 types SD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots
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 )
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


DPReview Conclusion

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

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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


Which system to get?

Hi, I am an 8 year Nikon shooter. Started with the D50, switched to the D90. Then last year I switched to the D7000 and had nothing but problems with it. The camera's focusing was inconsistent and two trips to Nikon did not help. They kept not seeing the problem and I saw nothing but. Most of my photos would routinely come out blurry or focused at the wrong spot. Long story short, I sold the D7000. I have 3 Nikkor lenses and a Nikon flash that I can sell. I am now looking to start again. I am a little bit soured on Nikon but am still considering the D600. Other than that, I am looking at Sony, Fuji, Oly, and Canon but not seeing any good options. The D600 can be had for around 1200-1300 used and looks like a very capable camera. Then there are the Canon 5D variants. I can get a Mk 1 used for 500-600. But it has no pop up flash and uses CF cards. It lacks video which is a "nice to have" too. But the lack of a pop up flash in the biggest deal breaker for me. 5d Mk 2 is more capable ...

yelloguy7000 asked
6 hours ago


I'll bite. The D7000 has cuased fits for a number of users, but perhaps some of that is due to a lack of practice with it or having the settings NKR (not quite right). My wife and I both shoot D7000's and spent a couple of months learning about the camera in detail, and then relearning it - it helps to have a cohort feeding one's fanaticism. The cameras are working to our satisfaction. I'm not trying to insult your intelligence - the D7000 is a substantial change from the D90 and takes some getting used to regardless of how smart or experienced you are. That said, quite a few people say that moving to the D7100 made a world of difference to them due its "better" autofocus (and some other reasons too). Maybe that's something for you to consider. I think it would be a shame to not take advantage of the lenses you already have. Good luck with your decision, Brian. Continue Reading

Brian in Montana answered
5 hours ago

With your existing Nikon lenses and accessories I can see no reason for you to move away from Nikon to Canon or Pentax.  You will lose money on selling your lenses and will have to learn a new system from scratch without really gaining anything. Note that if you have DX lenses you will get a cropped image if you use them on an FX body. The same arguments hold for moving from Nikon to mirrorless unless mirrorless can give you something that you can't get with a DSLR - smaller size/weight, especially if you go for a smaller sensor camera and want to use long telephoto lenses. One option you could consider is to get a Nikon 1 Series camera with a kit lens and use your existing Nikon lenses with an adapter.  The 1 Series has a 2.7x crop factor so any Nikon wide angle lenses won't be so useful but telephoto lenses will become very long telephoto lenses. Continue Reading

Chris R-UK answered
4 hours ago

The D7000 AF system was not really designed for easy use and I read before about it putting off beginners. I'd strongly suggest you seek advice from the Nikon DX forum where this was discussed before. I think the core issue is that it does require some effort to get the hang of the AF system. If I recall correctly the default AF-A mode was a particular issue and switching to a different AF mode helps. Continue Reading

darklamp answered
4 hours ago


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
3 months ago


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
3 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
3 months ago

I just want to say that I always shot Canon -- last one was a 60D.  I wanted to go FF but didn't have any Canon FF lenses so wasn't tied to that brand.  I went to a Sony store and fell in love with the A99.  I've now had it for 1 year and I still love it.  Many people say that they don't have the number of lenses that Canon and Nikon have, but I have the 4 lenses I need.  I don't need 100 lenses to choose from -- they had what I needed so it wasn't an issue for me. Good luck with your decision! Elizabeth Continue Reading

eawhitcomb answered
3 months ago


D610 long-exposure noise

Hi all, I've been shooting with a D5000 for several years now, and consider myself relatively competent in terms of photography. I recently upgraded to the D610 and brought it on vacation with me—the dynamic range, resolution, and high-ISO clarity are obviously not even in competition with my old D5000. However, I often do super long-exposure nightscapes, and my first few such images with the D610 seem extremely noisy. Here's an example: A couple closer looks: D610 + Nikkor 28 mm f/1.8 at f/8 and ISO 250 for 170 seconds. Shot RAW+jpeg, no editing done whatsoever. I understand that after 30 seconds, noise will increase incrementally, and much of it can be removed digitally. However, I've never seen such widespread large purple, red, green, etc. plus-sign-shaped artifacts on exposures just a few minutes long. I've done many 15-minute+ exposures with my D5000 that seem appreciably cleaner than my first few D610 exposures between 2 and 5 minutes long. I don't know what to think, other ...

juliancd38 asked
3 months ago


Long story short: enable Long Exposure Noise Reduction and you'll get rid of the dots! It is there for a reason and this LENR works not the same way normal NR does so you don't have to worry about softer or blurred images or something like that. As I earlier said, LENR maps out the hot pixel noise from the sensor by comparing the exposure with an equal exposure with the shutter closed and substract the hot pixel data out of the final image. The only drawback is that it takes twice as long to get your images. But they are clean. Ruud Continue Reading

Ruud Wilschut answered
3 months ago

The OP is not into astronomical photography, ie, he is not interested in seeing stars streaking across the sky. :) Median stacking works for multi shots taken at high ISO, 25,600 where there are random noise. The OP is taking a long exposure, noise that is mainly due to thermal heat, not from high ISO. Continue Reading

wasserball answered
3 months ago

Make more Photos (32-64) and Stacking them together like an Astronomer. ;-) Regards: Carsten Continue Reading

Carsten Pauer 2 answered
3 months ago

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