Nikon D610 Review: Great Value For A Full Frame DSLR

If you're ready to make the jump to full frame, the D610 would be a good place to start.

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The D610 is an affordable full-frame (FX format) DSLR armed with a 24.3 megapixel sensor. This is the cheapest full-frame DSLR from Nikon (unless you are interested in a refurbished product) and is a camera that should appeal to both existing APS-C DSLR users as well as enthusiastic users looking for their first DSLR.

Sensor

The D610 is powered by a full-frame FX format 24.3 megapixel sensor. The sensor is capable of churning out large fine JPEGs and RAW frames of the size 6016 x 4016 pixels. Bit depth is 14-bit. The images produced by the D610’s, thus, is ideal when you want to print big and for the purpose of submitting to stock agencies which routinely sets a higher image size to accept submissions.

Image Processing

Image processing on the D610 is powered by EXPEED 3 image processing engine.

Auto-focusing

Auto-focusing on the D610 is powered by a Multi-CAM 4800 39-point phase detection auto-focusing system with 9 cross type AF points. The presence of 9 cross type AF points means you can ensure much higher auto-focusing accuracy even when shooting in less than optimum lighting conditions.

ISO Sensitivity

The native ISO sensitivity of the sensor is 100 – 6400. It can be further extended to ISO 25600. At such high ISO levels contrast and quality of the images take a beating.

Still Shooting

The D610 is not lightning quick when it comes to still recording. Though, it has a fast startup time of 0.13 seconds. The D610 shoots at a maximum of 6 frames per second in continuous shooting mode at full resolution.

Video Shooting

The D610 is capable of shooting full HD (1920 x 1080p) video shooting at a frame rate of 30 fps maximum. At a slightly reduced resolution of 1280 x 720p the D610 is able to make videos at a frame rate of 60 fps (maximum). A maximum of 29 mins can be recorded in a single clip. Built-in stereo microphone ensures crisp sound quality. You can optionally plug in an external stereo mic for better quality sound. This is an option every discerning videographer would love to have.

Rear LCD Screen

The rear LCD screen of the D610 is a large 3.2” 921k-dot LCD monitor. It benefits from the fact that it is a large sized camera (when compared to smaller APS-C systems). The LCD screen, however, does not tilt or swivel. Diagonal angle of view is 170 ˚. Plus, it gives 100% frame coverage.

Connectivity

The D610 does not have built-in Wi-Fi capability. However, you can plug in an optional Wi-Fi transmitter and your camera will be able to connect to any available wireless network to transfer images.

Build Quality and Weather Sealing

The D610 is a well-built camera. It feels solid in the hands and performs admirably. Magnesium alloy chassis with ample amount of weather and dust resistant features ensure this camera is ready to go almost anywhere you want to. It is no doubt a good investment even with the heavy price tag.

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