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 review – Our verdict
The question people will want answered is whether the D610 suffers from the same dust or oil trait that befell the D600. The good news is that it doesn’t – I took more than 3,000 shots against an illuminated white background in the AP studio and, reviewing images before and after at 100%, I’m happy to report there was no sign of any oil or dust on the sensor.
So where does that leave the D610? It wouldn’t be unreasonable to be cynical about its arrival so quickly after the D600, with its very minor updates hinting at what might be seen by some as simply a marketing fix for the tarnished D600. There could be some truth in this, but the D610 is still a fantastic piece of kit.
Despite the absence of Wi-Fi connectivity, the specification is incredibly comprehensive. There are no major gaps to deter those who are thinking of upgrading. The build quality and finish are very good, with the blend of magnesium alloy and tough plastic delivering a sturdy but relatively lightweight feel. In use, it delivers the goods, with a sound AF system and logically laid-out controls, while the full-frame chip will deliver highly detailed and rich images. All in all, the D610 is a very well-made, well-thought-out and high-performing DSLR, regardless of its heritage.