Nikon D610 Key facts

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Im­age sen­sor

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.

Aut­o­fo­cus

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.

Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing

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.

Me­ter­ing sen­sor

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.

Con­struc­tion

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.

Need to know

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.

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