Nikon D610 £1300/$1500
Th e least expensive route to full-frame photography
At a glance, it’s hard to tell the D610 and D7200 apart. Both cameras have an almost identical layout of buttons and dials, including the front sub-command dial and the top panel info LCD that are lacking on the D3400 and D5500. Both of these cameras also use the same mix of magnesium alloy and polycarbonate panels in their construction, but the D610 is physically a little larger and heavier, and is based around a full-frame rather than a DX-format image sensor.
The D610 itself is a minor upgrade of the original D600, which was launched just over a year earlier. Some D600 owners reported oil spots from the reflex mirror and shutter unit contaminating the image sensor in the D600, but the D610 features a redesigned assembly, plus a slightly faster maximum continuous drive rate of 6fps, and a new ‘quiet’ continuous drive mode.
This slight refresh aside, however, it’s worth noting that the D610 is now more than three years old and is starting to lag behind its stablemates. Although it has the same megapixel count as the D750, the D610 has an older design of image sensor, coupled with an image processor that’s at least one generation older than any of the other cameras on test. The 39-point autofocus system
It’s worth noting that the D610 is now more than three years old, and is starting to lag behind its stablemates
is the same as the one found in the D5500 but, in the FX-format D610, all of the AF points only cover a relatively small, central area of the image frame.
The 6fps maximum drive rate is welcome, but the memory buffer reaches full capacity after just 14-26 shots in RAW quality mode, depending on the bit-depth and compression settings used. The standard sensitivity range is also quite limiting, at just ISO100-6400. Expanded sensitivity settings of up to ISO25600 are available, but image noise becomes a real problem once sensitivity has been cranked up that high.