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4

Nikon D610


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£1,560.00

Is the 24.3-million-pixel Nikon D610 a cynical update or simply a great full-frame DSLR? Phil Hall finds out. Read the Nikon D610 review...

Nikon D610 at a glance:

  • 24.3-million-pixel, full-frame CMOS sensor
  • Optical viewfinder with 0.7x magnification
  • ISO 100-6400 (extended to ISO 50-25,600)
  • 39-point AF system with nine cross-type points
  • 6fps burst shooting
  • Street price around £1,560 body only

Nikon D610 review – Introduction

The Nikon D600 scored highly (84%) when we tested it last year (AP 13 October 2012), and I’ve been a big fan of it. However, the problem was that after around 3,000 shots some users started to experience dust/oil spots appearing in the upper-left portion of the frame. Hard to clean, Nikon was forced to issue a ‘service advisory’ and the D600’s reputation never quite recovered.

Just over a year later, we now have the D610. Its arrival suggests that Nikon wants to draw a line under the bad press the D600 has received in some quarters and start afresh. But with limited updates, is there much to get excited about?

Nikon D610 review – Features

The Nikon D610 sees only three obvious improvements over its predecessor: the burst speed has been improved from 5.5fps to 6fps; there’s a new ‘quiet continuous’ mode that shoots at 3fps, with the noise of the shutter release dulled; and the auto white balance has improved colour rendition in artificial lighting and gives more realistic skin tones. The first two features can be attributed to the D610’s new shutter mechanism, which perhaps points to the cause of the issue with the D600, although this can’t be corroborated.

As with the D600, the D610 includes a 24.3-million-pixel, full-frame CMOS sensor that supports a built-in 1.5x DX crop mode. So, if you currently have an APS-C-format Nikon DSLR, you can use your DX-format lenses on the D610, albeit at a reduced resolution of 10.5 million pixels. Combined with the Expeed 3 image-processing engine, the D610 offers a native ISO range of 100-6400 that can be expanded to an ISO equivalent of 50-25,600.

Thanks to the built-in flash, the Nikon D610 offers wireless flash control that allows you to trigger remotely positioned, compatible flashguns for more creative lighting, with the option of TTL or manual control.

As with the D600, wireless transfer of images is supported via the optional WU-1b mobile adapter, but it’s a shame not to see this facility integrated into the D610.

Image: This shot was taken with studio flash using the 1/250sec maximum flash-sync speed

  • Tested as: Enthusiast DSLR
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG, 4-stage raw
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB, HDMI, 3.5mm phones, GPS port
  • Metering System: 2016-pixel RGB sensor, 3D Color Matrix metering II, centreweighted (75%) and spot (1.5%)
  • Dimensions: 141 x 113 x 82mm
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous (servo), auto, manual
  • ISO: 100-6400 (ISO 50-25,600 extended)
  • Lens Mount: Nikon F
  • RRP: £1,799.99 body only
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV in 1/3 or 1/2EV steps
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: 6ps high speed, 1-5fps low speed, single frame, quiet shutter, self-timer, remote control, mirror up
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec + bulb
  • File Format: JPEG, NEF (raw), MOV
  • Power: Rechargeable EN-EL15 Li-Ion
  • Weight: 850g (with battery and card)
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, 2 custom modes, auto, scene
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/200sec (1/250sec max)
  • Sensor: 24.3-million-effective-pixel, full-frame (35.9 x 24mm) CMOS sensor
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes (2-3 frames in 1, 2 or 3 steps)
  • AF Points: 39-point (9 cross-type), single-point, dynamic area, 3D tracking, auto area
  • Field of View: 100% coverage 0.7x magnification (97% for DX)
  • LCD: 3.2in, 921,000-dot TFT LCD
  • Output Size: 6016 x 4016 pixels
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical pentaprism
  • Memory Card: Dual SD (UHS-I, SDHC, SDXC)
  • Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter
  • Built-in Flash: Yes (GN 12m @ ISO 100)
  • Dioptre Adjustment: Yes (-3 to +1)
  • White Balance: Auto (2 types), 11 preset, 4 custom and manual, with fine tuning
  • Video: 1080p HD (30fps, 25fps, 24fps), 720p (59.94fps, 50fps, 29.97fps, 25fps, 23.976fps) MOV (H.264/MPEG-4)
  • External mic: Yes (3.5mm)

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