Nikon’s most affordable FX camera, the D610 isn’t massively more expensive than the D7200, and has a very similar build
£1080, $1500 (body only)
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