The Nikon D610 is the successor of the Nikon D600. At its time of launch, the D600 was the most affordable DSLR that you could get your hands on, ever. Yet, not so long after, the D610 was launched, mostly in order to present consumers with a fix for the anomalies of the former DSLR, D600. One of the most notable flaws of the D600 was the fact that after about 3000 shots, most owners experienced abnormal oil spots and dust in the upper-left corner of the frame. Later on, it was found that this was a result of some problem with the shutter mechanism. The Nikon D610, besides being a fix for its predecessor, also comes with a few of its own set of new features. Let us examine more closely what is new with this camera.
At the centre of the D610 is still the full frame CMOS sensor that presents 24.3 MP resolution pictures. It comes with Nikon’s Exspeed 3 engine for image processing. It provides a native ISO range of 100 – 6400 that can be extended to ISO 50 – 25 600. The image processing is considerably fast.
The LCD screen of the camera has an auto adjustment feature that sets the brightness level automatically in relation to the surrounding environment. The D610 offers a scene recognition provision that allows the AF system to support 3D focus tracking. There is also manual flash control.
Most importantly, the shutter system of the camera not only addresses the issues with the older edition, but also displays certain improvements. For instance, the continuous shooting rate has improved from 5.5 fps to 6 fps. In addition, there is now a Quiet Continuous mode at 3 fps that allows for continuous shooting with minimum sound. The white balance system has also been improved.
Apart from solving the D600′s shutter mechanism issue, one of the only aspects in which the D610 displays improvement is the 6 fps continuous shooting. For another matter, the 3D tracking AF system is eye-catching. It finds a way to lock in on the subject under almost any lighting condition. Other than that, the Quiet Continuous shooting is not as silent as expected; it still does not make the camera a good option for situations such as close wildlife photography when not making any noise is the priority issue. Also, AF speed is not up to the mark when attempting to track moving subjects.
Overall, the D610 does fix the issues with the D600, but does not bring in any mark improvement to the table when it comes to performance. Having said that, it should also be confessed that the Nikon D600, despite its flaws, was rather a great camera that featured some astounding performance. So in reality, there is not really too much to improve on for the D610, especially at the given price. The camera is still a bargain for anyone who wishes to purchase a high-spec DSLR at an affordable price.
3. Image Quality:
The D610, as expected from a DSLR, takes some really remarkable pictures.
Although the camera uses an AA filter, it takes pictures with good detail, although it should be noted that in terms of really fine detail, its competitor, the Cannon EOS 6D is leading. The sensor also delivers good performance when it comes to taking noise-free pictures with lower ISO. Noise only starts to be audible from the ISO 3200 mark.
Although the camera’s exposure metering is quite impressive, one abnormality is that in high contrast scenes or when there is backlit subject to take a picture of, the camera may overexpose to some extent.
Also, the auto white balance is quite remarkable with the ability to adapt to varying lighting conditions.
In terms of design, there is not much difference between the D610 and its predecessor. To some extent, it is possible that the company did not really want to differentiate it too much as it would mean completely devaluing the earlier D600 which was obviously promoted as a good buy during its introduction. This would definitely be bad for the company’s goodwill and brand value and may affect consumer expectation negatively in the future before buying new products from Nikon.
Having said all that, the Nikon D600 was already a solid camera with a good body and functional design. As with most other aspects, there was not much to improve on.
Altogether, the Nikon D610 is a great camera to buy for both professionals and newbies.