Nikon D610 Key facts

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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.

Aut­o­fo­cus

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.

Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing

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

Me­ter­ing sen­sor

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.

Con­struc­tion

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.

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