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 – 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.

Details

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)
  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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