Nikon D610

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The Nikon D610 is a mid size DSLR with a full frame sensor and a great camera for the amateur looking to upgrade to a full format DSLR, or a pro looking for a fast shutter coupled with exceptional low light performance and high dynamic range.  The D610 is arguably Nikon’s best DSLR offering to date.

The Nikon D610 was announced October 8, 2013, and replaces the D600 (out November 2012), which has had numerous reported instances of dust and oil collecting on the sensor.  Although a service advisory was issued, the D600 has received lots of bad press as many people that bought this camera feel Nikon should have announced the problem and issued a recall.  Some owners of D600s have also not have problems at although this has been a fairly common problem.  As the two are identical (at least on the outside), side-by-side comparison is not needed.

Three Improvements were made to the D610:

  • A new, slightly faster shutter mechanism, now capable of 6 fps, (up from 5.5)
  • Quiet continuous mode, which captures images at 3fps without raising and lowering the mirror
  • Improved white balance function

 

The D610 was designed to be a FX format camera, but can utilize DX lenses with an automatic crop factor. Another great operative detail is the 2 reserved functions settings on the mode dial (U1 and U2) where they are easily accessible and quickly recalled.  The D610 performs well under many conditions, and is a superb choice for many photographers.

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Nikon D610 specs at a glance:

Sensor type

24.3 megapixel CMOS, FX format

Expeed 3 Processor

 

Sensitivity

ISO 100 to 6400, (expandable to 50 and 25,600).

 

Shutter

Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 sec.

Slowest shutter speed 30 sec./bulb

Burst rate of 6 fps

 

Movie mode

Full HD video recording is available at frame rates of 30,25, and 24 fps (1080p) as well as several higher frame rates in 720p (very useful for slowing down fast action sequences).  Manual exposure control while recording is possible through adjustment of ISO, aperture, or shutter speed.

 

Connectivity

Although wireless is not built in, adding an adapter (approximately $60) enables Wi-Fi via the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter.  You may now send an image’s file directly to a smart phone, tablet, or laptop.  Remote operation is also possible through one of these devices using the adapter.  GPS tagging capabilities can also be added with the Nikon GP-1A GPS Unit ($279), allowing you to record latitude, longitude, altitude, and time metadata.

 

Focus and Autofocus

39 unique AF points, with options of 9,21, or 39-point arrays, and 9 cross-type variants. Several different types of AF can be used including:

Contrast-detect AF for focusing anywhere in the frame,

Single servo (AF-S) used for any still photography

Full-time servo (AF-F) for shooting video (tracks subject)

Continuous servo (AF-C) for continually tracking a moving subject, combined with 3 different options for AF area modes, which are:

Dynamic area AF mode, 3D tracking mode, and auto area AF mode.

Seven focus points are compatible with an effective aperture value of f/8 or faster, making AF compatible with long telephoto lenses used in conjunction with teleconverters.

 

Viewfinder

100% coverage with 0.70x magnification

921k dot, 3.2 in. LCD

 

Optics

Lens Compatibility- All FX lenses and AF NIKKOR lenses

DX lenses with a crop factor of 10.5 MP

 

Flash

Has a built in flash, which can be used as a Commander for multiple different light sources across 3 different channels for refined control.

Sync speed: 1/200 sec or slower.

 

Design and Build

Relatively compact and lightweight for a full frame DSLR, the 610 weighs in at 26.8 oz (760 g), and has dimensions of 5.6 in. (141 mm) x 4.4 in. (113 mm) x 3.2 in. (82 mm)   (Width x Height x Depth).  Body is constructed of a Magnesium alloy (top and rear) with a polycarbonate front plate. Dust and water-resistant

 

Filing and Storage

The D610 uses 2 Secure Digital (SD) slots in which SD, SDHC, or SDXC cards may be used.  Image quality may be recorded in RAW (compressed or lossless compressed) or Jpeg high, medium, or low formats.

 

Additional Features

Auto ISO function-

setting a minimum shutter speed the ISO will be determined based on available light

 

Automated time lapse-

With a set interval time, images can be set to play back as a video file

 

Intelligent noise reduction-

Analysis of amount of correction to apply to account for noise without sacrificing image quality

 

 

 

 

 

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