Nikon D610 Key facts
The D610 has the same 24.3-megapixel image sensor that was fitted to the D600, which is no bad thing. The choice of image resolution is ideal for those wanting more than the 16.2 megapixels of the Df and D4s, without stretching to the massive 36.3-megapixel resolution of the D810.
The 39-point Multi-CAM 4800 AF module is also inherited from the D600. It works well but the AF points are all in the central region of the frame. It’s interesting to note that when Nikon updated the DX-format D7000 to the D7100, the 39-point AF was upgraded to a 51-point module.
At six frames per second, the D610 has a slightly faster burst rate than both the Df and D810, although it slows to just three frames per second in Quiet continuous mode. The buffer has sufficient capacity for between 14 and 26 RAW quality shots.
A 3D Colour Matrix II metering sensor with 2016 pixels enables pretty reliable metering and good performance from the D610’s automatic Scene Recognition System. The latter also optimises White Balance, autofocus and exposure, though images can look slightly on the cool side.
Designed to combine sturdiness with light weight, the body is a combination of high-grade plastic sections plus magnesium alloy top and rear plates. Like the Nikon D810, the D610 is weathersealed to give enhanced resistance against dust and moisture.
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Quelling any concerns over the original D600’s shutter unit, and whether or not it contaminated the sensor with dust or oil, the D610 has a new mechanism. We’ve since tested D610 bodies thoroughly and at length. After several thousand shutter cycles, we’ve found no issues.