Nikon D610

More of a tweak than a ma­jor re­vamp, the D610 cleans up the spotty-sen­sored act of its pre­de­ces­sor, the D600

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Pre­dat­ing the D610 by just over a year, the D600 was Nikon’s first con­sumer-level full-frame D-SLR. It was well re­ceived, apart from re­ports from some own­ers of oil con­tam­i­nat­ing the im­age sen­sor. The shut­ter mech­a­nism was the prime sus­pect, and the D610 fea­tures a com­pletely new shut­ter unit. Other up­grades in­clude a faster max­i­mum burst rate of six frames per sec­ond, a ‘Quiet con­tin­u­ous’ drive mode (three frames per sec­ond max­i­mum), and a claimed in­crease in auto white bal­ance ac­cu­racy.

Un­der the skin, the D610 is a gen­er­a­tion older than all the other cam­eras on test, at least in terms of its im­age sen­sor. On the sur­face, it lacks a sep­a­rate ‘i’ but­ton, re­quir­ing a dou­ble-press of the Info but­ton to ac­cess the on-screen shoot­ing menu. It also lacks an ‘Ef­fects’ po­si­tion on the shoot­ing mode dial.

Per­for­mance

The 39-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem is pretty ac­cu­rate, but the spread of AF points cov­ers only a fairly cen­tral part of the im­age frame. A big­ger is­sue is that, while Nikon claims an in­crease in white bal­ance ac­cu­racy over the D600, we found that auto white bal­ance gave less con­sis­tency in colour ren­di­tion on a shotto-shot ba­sis un­der iden­ti­cal light­ing con­di­tions than any other cam­era in the group. The same is true of ex­po­sure me­ter­ing, and the D610 loses out to the D750 in its abil­ity to de­liver low-noise im­ages at high ISO set­tings.

Fea­ture s build qual­ity im­age qual­ity value for money

over­all

We say… Keenly priced for an FX cam­era, but the D750 is su­pe­rior.

In our tests, auto white bal­ance and me­ter­ing lacked con­sis­tency

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