The new Nikon D610 is described as a model that overcomes the serious mistakes caused by the D600, related to oil stains in the sensors. This new model shows what Nikon and their Full Frame models are capable of.
The new Nikon D610 is the response to the errors caused by the previous model, the Nikon D600, which had oil stains on the sensor. If you own a D600, you can take it to a customer service center so they give you a D610.
The technical specs show this is a high-performance model with a Full Frame CMOS sensor with a 35.9x24mm size and a resolution of 24.3MP, just like the Sony A7. The EXPEED 3 processor has an ISO range of 50-25600.
It features a burst mode of 6fps capable of maintaining this speed constantly. The 3.2-inch LCD screen has a 921000-pixel resolution, the second best on the market (the best so far is 1040000 pixels). Sadly, it doesn’t have tilting system, despite not being a product aimed at videographers.
The model has 39 focus points with nine located in a cross-shape pattern, a setting that doesn’t get along with the video recording as it produces too much noise. Like we said, this camera is not designed for video recording. You can record 1920×1080 video at 30p or 1280×720 at 60p in MP4 or H264.
In regards to construction and design, the D610 does well. It feels sturdy and resistant, and it is also waterproof and dustproof. The camera feels solid and robust, perfect for those who like to feel the strength and reliability of their devices when holding them
It is interesting to compare its size with that of the Sony A7, a model created to directly compete with it. The A7 is mirrorless, and therefore much smaller. This makes us wonder if the pentaprism is doomed to disappear, as new electronic viewfinders offer increasingly high refresh rates and better resolutions.
As for the controls and the display, it doesn’t have the shortcuts Canon and Nikon commonly include in their devices. First, the Fn button is placed next to the grip, near the bottom of the camera, which seems like a mistake. It feels hidden and I did not realize there was a button down there until the third day of using it. I think the shortcuts on the right side of the screen could be better configured since they’re used more frequently and they’re the “main” menu.
Despite this, I got used to it in just a little while, though I missed an extra dial to control each parameter with a different wheel. The mode dial looks good but I would remove the blocking, as it makes changing from one setting to another a quite slow process. There is a sub-dial used in shooting mode that also incorporates a lock, it seems pretty convenient because you don’t have to change setting with each new picture.
The menus are simple and easy to use, and I think that besides the good image quality the camera offers, software-related improvements are massive, incorporating great features such as an interval meter.
This model is a tremendous amalgam of small extremely practical options and features. For example, we can change the prefix with which the pictures are named, as well as enabling or disabling sequence numbers accompanying the prefix of the camera. You can also access a massive menu to configure every aspect imaginable about the camera. In short, it has many small but useful features that every user will surely love.
The Nikon D610 is a very versatile, resilient and sturdy camera.
Finally, here you can see the result of our tests. The camera had a NIKKOR f./3.5-4.5 G 24-85mm, an excellent and very versatile lens.
The ISO performance of the D610 is good, but not outstanding. From 1600 ISO, the picture starts to degrade and I would not recommend using a setting above that value. However, 1600 or 3200 ISO is a high enough value to deal with low-light situations, but we should consider the possibility of making use of a compact flash to avoid getting that high.
The NIKKOR 24-85mm f./3.5-4.5 G is perfect for the D610. The lens performs well in f./5.6, although it’s not as bright as other lenses, like the Sigma 17-50mm f./2.8-4. Definitely not a bad lens, but may not be what everyone is looking for.
The Nikon D610 along with the Nikkor 24-85mm f./3.5-4.5 G make a robust, versatile and high quality equipment that will allow professionals to obtain excellent results thanks to its very good picture quality accompanied by some internal functions that, although small, make this model one of the most flexible, customizable and versatile cameras I’ve used. While it is hard to get used to its controls and take advantage of its full potential, especially if you’re used to other brands, it’s an excellent camera, perfect for beginners and professional users alike.
- Great picture quality, thanks to its excellent sensor.
- Excellent ISO performance.
- Solid and robust design.
- Multiple configurable features make it a very versatile model.
- Its size and weight can be a problem, especially if you compare it to mirrorless cameras.
- Adapting to the shortcuts can be frustrating if you’re used to another brand.