Nikon D610 Review

The Nikon D610 is one fantastic and budget-conscious enthusiast DSLR camera. It is packed with amazing features to produce outstanding image quality. It’s not an upgrade of D600 though it fixes earlier complaints. This beginner enthusiast camera fixes the oft-lamented sensor dust and oil spots issue which was affecting the D600.

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Nikon D610: Price

It comes with a new shutter mechanism, and modest speed boosts. The Nikon D610 does burst shooting test at 5.9fps. With a quitter continuous shutter release mode, you will love this when taking shots at a wedding. It also appeals to event shooters and nature photographers.

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Nikon D610: Image Sensor

It has a 35mm full-frame CMOS image sensor which was originally meant for its predecessors. The Nikon D610 comes with an effective resolution of 24.3 megapixels. This entry-level DSLR also operates at 10.5 megapixels in an APS-C crop mode. It happens only when you use DX lenses. Its optical low-pass filter helps optimize sharpness when shooting HD video.

Nikon D610: Body and Design

The Nikon D610 is made with magnesium alloy on top and on the rear panels. It is the same material used on the optional handgrip. The other parts of the body are made from a plastic material. This entry-level enthusiast camera features moisture and dust-resistant seals and gaskets. These offer to weatherproof as provided by the Nikon D800.

Nikon D610: Optical Viewfinder

This beginner enthusiast DSLR comes with eye-level pentaprism viewfinder. It has ˜0.7x magnification, and its eyepoint is 20.6mm. When in FX-format mode, the coverage on Nikon D610 is approximately 100% horizontally and vertically.

It has an LCD display on the rear with a 3.2-inch diagonal view. The display gives wide viewing angles and has a maximum resolution of 921,600 dots. Just like other entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D610 has a backlit monochrome LCD. Changing settings is a breeze without draining the battery.

Nikon D610: Videos

The Nikon D610 can shoot cinema quality video. It can capture at either Full HD 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720-pixel resolution. Get full manual exposure control which allows you tweak aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Your creative vision will be brought to life. With a dedicated Movie button, start or stop video capture at any moment. You can also do that with remote control.

Nikon D610: Specifications

MSRP$1999/£1799.99/€2499.99 (body only), $2599/£2299.99/€2499 (with 24-85mm F3.5-4.5 lens)
Body type
Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloy top and rear, polycarbonate front-plate
Max resolution6016 x 4016
Other resolutions4512 x 3008, 3936 x 2624, 3008 x 2008, 3008 x 1688, 2944 x 1968
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 3
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
ISO100 – 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 – 25600 with boost)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (4)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
File format
  • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed
  • JPEG
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points39
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single-frame [S] mode
  • Continuous low-speed [CL]
  • Continuous high-speed [CH]
  • Mirror-up [Mup]
  • Quiet Shutter Release
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive6.0 fps
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 BracketingYes (2 or 3 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3 mired)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
Wireless notesWu-1b mobile adapter
Remote controlYes (Optional, wired or wireless )
Environmentally sealedYes (Water and dust resistant)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)900
Weight (inc. batteries)850 g (1.87 lb / 29.98 oz)
Dimensions141 x 113 x 82 mm (5.55 x 4.45 x 3.23)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPS notesGP-1

Nikon D610: Conclusion

While the Nikon D610 is an outstanding camera capable of capturing lots of detail in photographs with rich tones, decent exposure and nice colors.

Those photographers who are not bound by a stash of lenses to Nikon may instead feel tempted to invest in the Canon camera. It does not have the same pixel count as the D610, less AF points (11) and a slower overall continuous shooting rate (4.5fps), but it is still highly capable, delivers excellent images and has built-in Wi-Fi and GPS technologies.

Current D600 owners are responsible for having worked their way around the issue of the dirty sensor and are unlikely to be tempted by the D610. However, those looking for their first full-frame (FX) Nikon camera will discover that the D610 is a perfect option.

Although the D610 does not resolve more detail than the D7100 ($1,147/£839), it has a higher dynamic range and a better signal-to-noise ratio due to its wider photosites. This ensures that it creates clearer pictures and a wider tonal range. The FX sensor also ensures that it is easier to reduce field depth to blur backgrounds (and foregrounds) and lenses in the FX-format display their maximum range. However, these advantages do not come cheap.

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