In a move that came as little surprise to many, Nikon has unveiled its latest dSLR, the D610, which comes as an update to the highly-popular D600, which was announced just over a year ago and now holds the distinction of being Nikon's shortest-lived FF dSLR.
So, what of the D610?
The only real changes from the D600 are subtle with there being a quiet (and faster at 6fps) continuous shooting mode and what Nikon touts as better white balance.
As for everything else, the D610 is pretty much a D600.
Like its older brother, the D610 is built around a 24Mp FF sensor that can do ISO 50-25,600, which is higher than the $3000 D800 is capable of going. Thanks to the camera's Expeed 3 processor, Nikon claims that the camera is also capable of class-leading dynamic range, too.
In terms of construction and control layout, the D610 is very similar to the D7100. Like the D700, the D610 is weather-sealed against dust and moisture but lacks the full metal construction of the D800 and, for that matter, the old D700. Instead, the D610 employs a metal top and rear with a plastic front and bottom. Also, the control layout from the D7100 has essentially found its way, unchanged, onto the D610, meaning that, while there are a lot of external controls, the buttons will have different functions in shooting and playback modes.
As for other important features of consideration, the D610 shares the 2016 pixel RGB metering sensor used in the D800 and D4, which should go a long way in ensuring that the D600 delivers one well-exposed shot after another in all types of lighting conditions.
In terms of AF performance, the D610 shares the same, on the surface, 39 point array as was first introduced with the D7000 back in 2010. Under the hood, however, Nikon claims to have tweaked the system a bit by way of its brand new AF sensor, which allows for full AF compatibility for 7 of the points with optics as slow as f8, which is ideal for extreme telephoto shooting. To make things easier on the eye, the D610 features a 100% viewfinder, too.
As is becoming more of a concern by the day, the D610 also doubles as a video camera, being capable of full HD video with many extra bells and whistles, too. At full 1080p resolution, the D610 can record 20 minutes of video at 24, 25, or 30 frames per second speed. When downsizing to 720p, the camera is capable of going up to 60 frames per second and 29 minutes and 59 seconds of video. To make things easier when shooting video, the D610 has a LCD screen that adjusts brightness automatically for the lighting conditions.
As for fluff, there's plenty here, too. First up: a new wireless adapter that will allow for connecting the D610 (electronically) to any mobile device. In addition, the wireless module can also serve as a remote shutter release at a distance of up to 50 feet. For anyone who only owns DX format lenses, the D700 has a 1.5x crop mode to ease the transition to full frame. The D610 also boasts a slew of scene modes, in-camera editing capability, and in-camera HDR capability.
Want one yet?
Want to buy a D610 in the Cleveland area? Well, there's Cleveland-based Dodd Camera, with its downtown superstore. In addition, there are many smaller Cleveland metro area chain stores in the Cuyahoga County area, too. As for pricing and availability, the D610 body will sell for $1999.99, body-only, when it starts shipping later this month.
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