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...

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Nikon D610 review


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Nikon D610 review – Metering and dynamic range

Image: The Nikon D610’s matrix metering system handled this high-contrast scene well


Like the Nikon D7100 and D600, the D610 uses a 2016-pixel RGB sensor, and on the whole it performs well, although I did find it necessary on the odd occasion to dial in -0.3EV to -0.7EV to retain highlight detail in relatively contrasty scenarios. For precise exposures, if time permits, I’d recommend switching to the D610’s spot-metering mode, with readings taken from the selected AF point.

Dynamic range

The D610 offers a very broad dynamic range, measured at 14.4EV, which is one of the widest of any camera. If that’s not enough, its Active D-Lighting is available to lighten shadow areas in the scene (JPEG only). There’s an HDR mode too, with shots taken in quick succession at different exposures and then combined in-camera for an even greater tonal range. Again, this is a JPEG-only mode and I would strongly recommend a tripod for this.

  1. 1. Nikon D610 at a glance:
  2. 2. Nikon D610 review - Build and handling
  3. 3. Nikon D610 review - Metering and dynamic range
  4. 4. Nikon D610 review - Autofocus
  5. 5. Nikon D610 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  6. 6. Nikon D610 review - White balance and colour
  7. 7. Nikon D610 review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  8. 8. Nikon D610 review - Our verdict
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