Nikon D610

Nikon’s most af­ford­able FX cam­era, the D610 isn’t mas­sively more ex­pen­sive than the D7200, and has a very sim­i­lar build

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£1080, $1500 (body only)

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bout the same age as the de­cid­edly an­tiquelook­ing Df, the D610 was launched about two years ago, making it one of Nikon’s old­est full-frame cam­eras that’s still in man­u­fac­ture. Com­pared to the retro-styled Df, though, it looks bang up to date, and has han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics that will be in­stantly fa­mil­iar to any­one up­grad­ing from the DX­for­mat D7000 (or sub­se­quent D7100 and D7200 mod­els). In­deed, at first glance, the D610 looks al­most iden­ti­cal to the D7200. One thing it’s lack­ing, how­ever, is an ‘Ef­fects’ op­tion on the shoot­ing mode dial, which fea­tured on the D7200, as well as the newer D750, but some would ar­gue that th­ese ef­fects are a bit gim­micky for a full­frame cam­era in any case.

AIn many ways, the D610 is merely a mi­nor re­fresh of the D600 that came be­fore it. Up­dates in­clude a new shut­ter unit, a marginally faster max­i­mum burst rate of six frames per sec­ond rather than 5.5, and a quiet op­tion for con­tin­u­ous drive, which drops the max­i­mum frame rate down to just three frames per sec­ond. Over­all per­for­mance is pleas­ing for such a mod­estly priced FX body. The 39-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem is the same one used in the Df (which costs about twice the price) and while it’s ac­cu­rate, one down­side is that all AF points are in quite a cen­tralised re­gion of the frame. This makes it dif­fi­cult to aut­o­fo­cus on ob­jects that are

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