Nikon D610 Key facts
Image sensor and processing
Although its megapixel count (24.3) is identical to the D750’s, the D610’s image sensor is an older device. Its EXPEED 3 image processor is, again, a generation older. As such, the D610 struggles to hold its own in some areas of performance.
The 39 AF points of the Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus module are quite tightly packed in the central part of the frame. Nine points are cross-type, and the seven central points are compatible with a widest available aperture of f/8, which is good news when using teleconverters.
It’s not exactly a speed demon, with a maximum burst rate of six frames per second, but it’s only half a frame per second behind the newer D750. The buffer enables continuous drive for up to 14 to 26 shots in RAW quality mode, depending on bit-depth and compression settings
The D610 uses the same metering module as the D5500 and D7200. Consistency from one shot to the next in identical conditions can be lacking, as in the D5500, whereas the D7200 fares better, and more like the D750 and D810 with their newer metering modules.
The weather-sealed construction follows the same design criteria as the D7200, with magnesium alloy being employed for the top and rear sections, along with a tough polycarbonate front section. Overall, the D610’s build feels rigid, sturdy and of good quality.
Need to know
The D610 is one of the few remaining Nikon SLRs to feature an optical low-pass filter in front of its sensor. At either end of the scale, the entry-level D3300 and prograde D810 both omit OLPFs, to maximise retention of detail. The D750 is the only other camera on test to include an OLPF.