Nikon D610 Review

The Nikon D610 follows relatively quickly on from its predecessor, the Nikon D600, with good reason. Despite the Nikon D600 being the most affordable full-frame DSLR of all time on launch, it has its flaws, the most noticeable of which was that after a certain number of shutter actuations – around 3000 shots – some users experienced the appearance of unusual dust and oil spots in the upper left portion of the frame.

These spots – it was claimed – were a result of a fault with the camera’s shutter mechanism and although Nikon did issue a service notice, the D600 was avoided by those in the know. So while the D610 does offer several new features, its role is more to the fix the tarnished reputation of its predecessor. Let’s take a closer look and see how it gets on.

Nikon D610 Review

Features

On the whole not a lot has changed, but this isn’t a bad thing as the Nikon D600 was an impressive high-end DSLR. The core feature of the Nikon D610 remains its full frame CMOS sensor. The sensor offers a resolution of 24.3MP in Nikon’s FX format, while it also supports Nikon’s 1.5x DX crop mode, and therefore offers native support to Nikon’s DX lenses.

The sensor is accompanied by Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processing engine which promises some impressive speeds, as well as facilitating a native ISO range of 100-6400, which can be extended from ISO 50 to ISO 25,600.

The rear of the camera sees the retention of Nikon’s 3.2-inch, 921k-dot LCD screen which features auto-adjustment technology to suit the brightness to that of the surrounding conditions. In terms of AF performance, the Nikon D610 features the same pro-level 39-point AF system complete with 9 cross-type sensors and enhanced performance in low light conditions. The AF system also supports 3D focus tracking thanks to the D610’s Scene Recognition facility.

The Nikon D610 can also fit in with Nikon’s wireless flash system thanks to the built-in flash, with the added bonus of TTL or manual flash control. The need to relaunch the Nikon D600 in the form of the Nikon D610 does appear to be somewhat of a missed opportunity in some respects, most noticeably in the fact that the D610 still doesn’t feature Wi-fi functionality. If you’re looking to use Wi-fi on the Nikon D610, you’ll have to stump up for the Nikon WU-1b mobile Wi-fi adapter.

The main area the Nikon D610 has redressed is the camera’s shutter system. Thanks to the noted issues with the D600’s shutter mechanism, the D610 now features a whole new unit that, while also hopefully more reliable than the predecessor, also comes with some performance improvements.

Design

There’s very little to distinguish the D610 from its predecessor. Once again, as with the specification of the D610 being so similar to the D600 not being a bad thing, the same is true of the design as the D600 was both an attractive and harga kamera nikon. As you’d expect from an advanced DSLR such as the D610, the model sees a range of external controls dotted around the body of the camera offering direct access to key shooting functionality.

The dials themselves are well proportioned, offering a comfortable hold and a pleasing amount of resistance upon turning. The mode dial on the camera’s top plate is also well designed and is lacking in any unnecessary clutter. The mode dial is supplemented by an additional release mode dial that sits beneath it, with the pair both benefiting from a locking mechanism to guard against unwanted turning.

In terms of the camera’s construction, the Nikon D610 features both top and bottom plates constructed from magnesium alloy, offering solid build quality. The rest of the camera is constructed from poly-carbonate plastic, with the two materials combining to offer a decent level of weather sealing against the elements. The D610 feels solid in the hand thanks to a generous hand-grip that easily accommodates even larger hands without the little finger hanging off the end.

Performance

Apart from the purported dust spot / oil shutter mechanism issue, the D600 delivered an impressive level of performance that was sure to please any advanced photographer.

We tested out the Nikon D610 to well in advance of the 3,000 shot mark at which dust spots were previous noticed and when inspecting images at 100% magnification we can confidently note the absence of any oil or dust. It’s fair to say that the new shutter mechanism has solved that issue, but are the other benefits of the new mechanism up to scratch? While the D610 matches the claimed 6fps continuous shooting rate with ease, the ‘Quiet Continuous’ shooting mode is somewhat of a disappointment. Although it’s certainly quieter than before, it’s still audible and will be too loud for shooting close-up to wildlife, for example.

One slight disappointment with the camera’s performance is with AF speed in Live View mode. When trying to track moving subjects in Live View the AF speed really isn’t up to scratch and in general it really only excels when it comes to working with static subjects close-up.

AF performance in the traditional sense is a lot more impressive, with Nikon’s 3D Tracking AF system particularly catching the eye. If you want to fine tune the AF performance, the 29, 21 and 9-point Dynamic AF modes are also pleasing. Whichever mode you chose to utilise, the AF system locks on the subject in almost any lighting conditions and delivers a level of performance in keeping with the high-end proposition of the Harga Nikon D610.

Nikon D610 Review

Pros
First-class handling
Great performance from the sensor
Impressive AF performance

Cons
No native Wi-Fi
Too closely-grouped AF points

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