Nikon D610 Review Roundup: The Early Verdicts 0

As you may have known by now, Nikon has recently announced the new Nikon D610 DSLR camera, the camera company’s latest compact and lightweight FX-format model.


Here’s an excerpt from the official press release:

The D610 offers an effective pixel count of 24.3-million pixels, the superior rendering capability of the Nikon FX format, as well as the mobility of high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 6 fps. Despite its compact size and light weight, it is capable of the rich expression of tones, broad dynamic range, and low noise characteristics with shooting at high sensitivities expected of an FX-format camera. It also offers the beautiful blur characteristics, and superior image quality and rendering performance that challenges that of top end models like the D4, D800, and D800E. What’s more, its compact and lightweight body is loaded with a number of features that give it excellent basic performance, including an optical viewfinder with frame coverage of approximately 100%, double SD memory card slots, top and rear covers made of magnesium alloy, and a function for recording time-lapse movies. It is also equipped with a new quiet continuous release mode that supports continuous shooting at approximately 3 fps.

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Some of the top tech and photography sites were fortunate enough to get their hands on the Nikon D610. Here’s what they have to say about the new Nikon shooter:

Zach Honig of Engadget: “The improvements, while relatively minor for most users, may be fairly significant for certain professionals. The most appealing addition is a quiet continuous mode. After activating it by selecting Qc on the mode sub dial, you’ll be able to shoot at up to 3 fps with limited mechanical noise.”

Jeff Keller, Barnaby Britton, and Richard Butler of Digital Photography Review: “In summary, we don’t expect that D600 owners will start selling their cameras in droves and buying up D610s. Unless you really need the quiet shutter options (or if you’re still having persistent issues with muck on the sensor) there’s little reason to upgrade. But for APS-C photographers who’ve been hanging on before moving to full-frame, or for professionals wanting a second full-frame body, the 610 is a stronger product than its predecessor, and one that we suspect from our experience with the D600, will perform very well.”

Roger Slavens of Imaging Resource: “Overall it’s an interesting mixture of controls from the D800 and D7000, laid out comfortably. The Rear status display seems to have most of what you’d want within easy reach, including quick access to the 39 autofocus points, ISO settings, Resolution and Compression, basic exposure information and battery status, among other things.”

Ken Rockwell of “Don’t let the D610’s small size and light weight fool you: the D610 is much faster than the D800: 6 FPS versus only 4 FPS! The D610 keeps cranking as fast as I ever need it to, and never, ever chokes on its 24 MP files, either.”

The Nikon D610 is expected to become available later this month for $2,000 (body only), $2,600 with a 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 lens, $3,050 with a 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, or $3,250 with the 24-85, a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6, WU-1b, a bag and a 32GB SD card.