Nikon D610 Review

Only one year after the release of the D600, Nikon releases the D610. Most Nikon users agree that the update came after an onslaught of sensor and oil spot complaints and Nikon’s inability to fix the issue. I was personally affected and had to exchange 6 bodies, until I ended up with the one I am using today. Almost a year later and I am still wiping away spots probably once a week. Instead of fixing the D600, Nikon came out with the update. The  highly anticipated Nikon D610 is known as an amateur camera, but one that has full frame DSLR capabilities and is directed at enthusiast segment to introduce them to the FX format bodies. It is not a major step up from the D600 predecessor, which was another entry full frame Nikon camera, but had a few drawbacks such as the sensor spots and the focus area array. Now as the main replacement for the D600, the D610 has been released and provides better continuous shooting, far superior auto white balance, and a quieter continuous mode. If you are a “spot hunter” like me, the D610 is a worth while investment which will alleviate some of your concerns. If you already own the D600, D610 is simply not enough of an improvement to justify the expense.

D610 versus D600

There are several differences between the Nikon D600 and the Nikon D610, aside from the faster shutter speed and better frames per second. The three main updates are indeed the better shutter mechanism, faster fps and the auto white balance. While auto white balance was offered in the D600, it was of poor quality and without perfect natural lighting, many pictures turned out blurry or grainy. The continuous mode of the D610 is also much quieter and not as destructing. They also fixed the oil and dust issues in the newest version of this Nikon camera.Price wise the differences are quite significant. The D600 can be purchased in a good Pre-Owned condition on Amazon or EBay for around $1350, the D610, being as new as it is, fetches $1800+. So if you are looking for a cheap full frame go for the D600. If you cannot sleep with outdated electronics in the same house, go for the gusto and enjoy the D610.

Features of the Nikon D610

The Nikon D610 camera comes with a lot of wonderful features that allow even casual photographers to get amazing results. This include a 24.3 MP full frame CMOS sensor, 6 fps continuous shooting, with continuous mode at 3 fps quietly, wireless flash control, ISO 100-6400, 3.2” 921k-dot LCD screen, 1080p30 full HD video, uncompressed video recording with HDMI, dual memory card slots, and a full frame camera that isn’t too expensive for novice photographers. Many of the features are a carry-over form the D600, that is not to say that the D600 was not already a powerhouse of features. The most significant improvement in my humble opinion would have to be the addition of the quite mode, which allows less shake and rattle during specific situations allowing for maximum sharpness when needed.

Kit Options

There are four kit options for the Nikon D610, including one with the body only, another with the 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR lens, and another two with additional accessories. This includes a laptop bag, larger memory card, wireless adapter and additional lenses to use with the camera. The kits start at around $2,000 and go up to the most expensive kit at just over $3,200 which includes the bag, lenses, memory card, adapter, and other accessories. I am a big fan of the New York Photo Shops: Adorama and BandH. I can’t decide which is better, but will recommend BandH because of the great Customer Service they have provided over the years. I keep coming back despite the fact that I live in California and have to wait a little when ordering. The stores in the Bay Area cannot hold a candle to BandH in New York. I heard the excuses about how the local shops have to pay for the employees and to keep the lights on, don’t believe the lies. You are just paying for their inability to properly manage and advertise their own business. I have personally visited BandH and the store is enormous, if they can keep the lights on with the current prices so can a local shop. Another huge plus is you don’t have to deal with snobby photo sales people while shopping online.

Higher Quality Detail Packed Images

One of the main things people notice when using the Nikon D610 is that the images are of high quality, and in JPEG format. Nikon RAW files range has not been compromised and goes along what we have been expecting and getting from Nikon NEF files.  The D600 produced great pictures, so it isn’t surprising that the D610 has the same quality digital images, if not better. Better outdoor visibility and better continuous mode are just perks with the new Nikon. If you have been using the Nikon D600 and want something like it, but with some improvements, the D610 is a great option. Most of the modes and buttons are the same on the LCD screen than the D600, so there is a small learning curve. However, for other photographers, it is ideal for those wanting a high quality camera but that doesn’t come with a steep price tag. The D600 is certainly a welcome addition to the Nikon line up. Goodbye spots!