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Nikon D610: First Look

Nikon D610: First Look

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Budget Full-Frame DSLR Gets Tweaked

October 8, 2013

Speed boosts, quiet burst mode, improved AF performance distinguish Nikon's new sub-$2000 full-frame DSLR.

Nikon today announced the Nikon D610, a revised version of its budget-priced full-frame DSLR. The original Nikon D600 was introduced last September at Photokina, promising noise-free images at up to ISO 6400 and other high-end features at a budget-busting sub-$2,000 price. The new Nikon D610 offers some minor improvements, building on the success of the D600.

The Nikon D610 can be pre-ordered now from Adorama. Orders will ship on a first-come, first served basis. Credit cards will not be charged until orders are shipped.

What's new

Nikon has made the D610 a little bit faster and added a couple of intriguing new features:

  • Burst rate has been increased to 6fps, up from of 5.5 fps, thanks to a revamped shutter mechanism.
  • Continuous Quiet Mode is a burst rate that is accomplished in live view, without raising or lowering the mirror. This allows for high-speed photography in quiet shooting situations.
  • While the same 39-point AF array is offered, users can toggle between 9, 21 and 39 point autofocus
  • AF performance up to f/8: Nikon has increased the AF sensor's low-light abilites; it is now able to detect focus at f/8, which will come in handy for wildlife and sports photographers using tele-extenders.

The rest of the D610's features remain basically the same as the D600; here are its key features:

  • 24.3MP FX-Format CMOS sensor (35mm sized)
  • High Dynamic Range
  • Claimed noise-free images at ISO 100-6400. Expandable to ISO 25,600
  • 39 AF sensors, wide-area AF coverage
  • 9 cross-type sensors, 7 center focus points work down to f/8
  • 3D AF Tracking
  • Scene Recognition with subject identification
  • 2,016 pixel RGB sensor evaluates brightness, contrast, scene colors, subject distance
  • i-TTL flash
  • 1080p HD Video at 30p, 25p, 24p and MPEG-4 or AVC/H.264 Compression, or 720p at 60p, 50p, or 30p.
  • Live View fulltime AF with face priority & subject tracking, or manual focus
  • Stereo Mic and Headphone jacks
  • Optional WU-1b wireless mobile adapter
  • Pop-up flash
  • Nikon i-TTL system integrated

The Nikon D610 appears to be an evolutionary step that may have enough upgrades to attract new users to full-frame Nikon photography, but many of its features compare favorably to more expensive full-frame cameras by Nikon's main competitor. The other good news? Nikon has dropped the price of the original Nikon D600, so it can now be had for $1,896.95


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