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)
Conclusion: The Nikon D610 is a fantastic, budget-conscious, full-frame camera that's packed with features and produces outstanding image quality. Although it's not a dramatic upgrade over the D600 by a long shot, it does fix the oft-lamented sensor dust and oil spots issue that plagued that camera, thanks to the D610's new shutter mechanism. Other upgrades are quite minor, including a modest speed boost to burst shooting, from a tested 5.4fps on the D600 to 5.9fps on the D610.
Pros: Dust/oil on sensor problem from D600 fixed with integration of new shutter mechanism, New shutter also improves continuous shooting, to a tested 5.9 frames per second, New Quiet Continuous mode allows 3fps bursts with near-silent operation, Comfortable control layout, Great grip, Power switch perfectly positioned, Supports older, screw-drive lenses, Mode and Drive dials lock in place, Focuses well in low light, Very high resolution with superb detail, Excellent high I...
Cons: Construction. The Nikon D610's construction consists of magnesium alloy top and rear panels, as well as in the handgrip of the optional portrait grip, with plastic elsewhere., Dust/oil on sensor problem from D600 fixed with integration of new shutter mechanism, New shutter also improves continuous shooting, to a tested 5.9 frames per second, New Quiet Continuous mode allows 3fps bursts with near-silent operation, Comfortable control layout, Great grip, Power switch pe...
Summary: The D610 replaces the year-old D600 as Nikon's 'affordable' full-frame DSLR. Positioned between the mid-range D7100 and full-frame D800, it's aimed at upgraders from mid-range APS-C models and those looking for an economically priced full-frame back-up.
The D610 offers a handful of minor improvements over its predecessor including enhanced auto white balance, slightly faster continuous shooting and a new 3fps Continuous quiet mode.
Pros: 24.3 Megapixel FX CMOS sensor., 39-point AF with 9 cross-type sensors., 6fps full-frame continuous shooting., Compatible with DX lenses., 1080p30 and uncompressed HDMI out., Built-in AF motor for non AF-S lenses., Sensor contamination fixed (anecdotal).
Cons: Resolution drops to 10.5 MPix with DX lenses., No exposure control during movie recording., Bracketing limited to 3 frames., Wifi and GPS are separate accessories.
Summary: Like its predecessor, the D610 has been designed to provide a 'full frame' DSLR camera for photographers who can't afford (or are reluctant to fork out for) any of Nikon's previous professional and semi-professional models (D4, D3x, D3s, D800, D800E) or the retro-styled Df. Naturally you will need a decent suite of FX lenses to go with the camera, although the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens in the kit makes a good starting point.
Summary: Nikon D600 was counted amongst the best full frame sensor cameras in the world. It has been slightly made better in the form of D610; which has everything in adequate amounts that a pro camera would have. But adequate is not the word for its image quality. Actually, it’s so stunning that you won’t have words for it.
Pros: Brilliant image quality , Fast controls , Weather proof , Backlit control panel screen , Dual memory slots
Conclusion: The only criticism we can really throw at the Nikon D610 is that it’s nothing more than a D600 with minor tweaks. That may be solely to inspire greater confidence in the company’s entry-level full-frame model, or it might just be part of the machine-like schedule to get Wi-Fi ready cameras into the market. Either way, it makes for a solid camera with lots of positives - but not a camera a happy D600 owner needs to even consider upgrading to.
Pros: Excellent image quality, small and light for a full-frame camera, weather-sealed, fair price for full-frame DSLR body
Cons: AF point coverage is too centralised, little is new compared to D600, default JPEG processing can be a touch harsh
Excerpt: In 2012, full-frame photography underwent a dramatic price drop. The Canon EOS 6D and Nikon D600 went head to head, with prices of around £1,500 (body only) that were around £1,000 less than previous entry-level full-frame SLRs. The D600 triumphed in our review, as we felt that its more sophisticated autofocus sensor, dual card slots, faster continuous performance and elegant controls were more compelling than the EOS 6D's integrated Wi-Fi and GPS functions.