Excerpt: I warn you, this review is going to be a little biased. Why? Because, as one of those die hard D700 fanatics, I won’t be able to help but compare the new Nikon D610 to the D700. You see, when Nikon introduced the D700, they struck gold. They invented the perfect DSLR , at least to all of use shooters who demand pro quality imagery and performance, but didn’t need or want to carry an oversized, heavy, battery grip body like the D3s or the new supremely awesome D4s.
Conclusion: We really like the Nikon D610, as many of our photographs we shot were spectacular. At the end of the day, however, the kit didn’t really wow us like the Sony A7, which is a breakthrough camera. It’s not to say you won’t be thrilled if you own it and choose the right glass, but it just didn’t rise to the level of a DT Editor’s Choice. Now, if Nikon were to sell the camera for around $1,500 (body only), we’d sing a very different song.
Pros: Superior full-frame stills, Quality Full HD videos, Good feel and response
Cons: Expensive, heavy – but totally expected, Specs not world-class, Onboard mono mic
Excerpt: When we reviewed Nikon's D600 DSLR , we said it was a "powerful and very high quality pro-level DSLR with a smaller body and price tag that may appeal to wider range of photographers. It brings professional quality at a more affordable price." Today Nikon announced the D600's successor, the D610. It costs about $100 less than the D600, boasts many of the same specifications as well as a few improvements.
Summary: Though competition's increasing for low-end full-frame cameras, the Nikon D610 holds its own; that said, while slightly faster than its predecessor it's not a whole lot different.
Pros: The Nikon D610 continues the D600's tradition of a great set of shooting features, comfortable and intelligent design, and excellent photo quality and performance.
Cons: Photos still display some unrecoverable clipping in the highlights that you don't expect in a camera of its caliber, and unlike the overhauled D5300, the D610 requires an extra-cost Wi-Fi dongle for connectivity.
Summary: The Nikon D610 brings full-frame capabilities to a larger audience while retaining most enthusiast-friendly features. Image quality at high ISO sensitivities is very good, and a wealth of customization options enables quick access to most shooting controls. The slight improvements and fixes over the D600 make it a strong competitor in this part of the market.
Pros: Outstanding high ISO performance in both JPEG and Raw files, High quality JPEG images at default settings, Wide dynamic range in Raw files, Consistently pleasing metering and white balance results, Solid build quality and weather-sealing, Responsive camera when adjusting settings and handling, Dual SD card slots, Built-in flash can act as Commander for wireless multi-flash setups, Comprehensive camera customization options, DX crop mode in both stills and video modes,...
Cons: Small coverage area of AF array compared to its peers, Slow AF in live view and video modes, Rear LCD prone to glare in bright sunlight, No 'live' aperture control in live view or video mode, No histogram in live view, When shooting in live view, rear screen is blacked out until data is written to the card, Lacks useful customization of 'OK' button in playback (featured in D300S and D800)
Nikon D610 Review: Second Verse Same as the First, Minus Tons of Dust and Oil
Digital Camera Review
30 December 2013
Excerpt: With the introduction of the D600, Nikon made a full-frame DSLR more accessible than ever before. The D600 was an extremely popular camera, but it had one fatal flaw, a shutter mechanism that became known for shedding particles, dust and oil on the sensor. While Nikon never acknowledged the problem officially, the D610 is clearly an answer to the shutter problem on the D600. The camera is essentially the same in almost every way.
Summary: The Nikon D610 isn't much of an upgrade over its predecessor, bringing only one actual change to the table, a new mirrorbox. However, the camera has been tweaked to have a better white balance system, a quieter shutter but more importantly, no more oil smudge issues on the sensor. Regardless, it performs incredibly well, but does it warrant your hard earned money?
Pros: Silent shutter is rather silent, No sensor issues, Excellent dynamic range
Cons: Not really much of an upgrade from the D600, Can't change aperture in movie mode