Nikon D610 Review

Product Name: Nikon D610

Product Description: The Nikon D610 is a professional-grade, 24.3 MP full-frame camera with impressive low-light capabilities.

Summary

Although getting on in age, the D610 by Nikon is still a fantastic camera for its price. It offers great low-light capability, and is a great starter camera for someone looking to get into the world of full-frame photography.

Pros

  • Excellent quality photographs 
  • 24 megapixels
  • New and improved shutter
  • Large LCD
  • Easy to use controls and dials
  • Very reasonably priced 

Cons

  • No built-in Wi-Fi
  • The dials and controls can be overwhelming if you are not used to a Nikon camera  
  • Starting to age
  • Less than optimal ISO range
  • Features - 60%
    60%
  • Affordability - 75%
    75%
  • Quality - 70%
    70%
  • Accessories - 90%
    90%
Overall
74%
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Nikon needs no introduction in the world of photography. But for most of us, they are often associated with DSLRs and gigantic lenses. The Japanese tech giant is known for premium and high-quality products in optics as well as imaging. 

The D610 from the brand is widely touted as the replacement for the D600 in 2013. The previous camera had only been on the market for over a year. At the time, the D600 was considered the best digital camera from the brand. 

In many ways, the two models carry a lot of similarities, both in terms of features and aesthetics. But of course, the second generation includes some upgrades and improvements as well. 

In this comprehensive review of the Nikon D610, we take a look at its features and weigh in on its pros and cons. 

Features.

The D610 is an excellent camera for many reasons. First, it is one of the most affordable DSLRs on the market, as well as from the brand. It is a great choice for budding photographers who are getting serious about photography and their gear. But it also has some features that veterans can benefit from. 

The optical assembly of the D610 is nothing short of stellar. It comes with a 24-megapixel sensor, which is more than you need to shoot high-quality pictures. The range of ISO sensitivity in this camera is 100-6400.

It also comes with a sensor that is the same as its predecessor, i.e., CMOS sensor. The kit lens of the D610 is an f3.5-4.5G ED VR zoom lens with a range of 24-85mm. You can either choose to buy the lens with the camera or the body of the camera alone. This camera is compatible with all DX and FX lenses. If you plan to upgrade your gear, you will have no problem. 

The camera comes with a stabilization feature which works excellent. Even if you shoot at its lowest speeds and full focal length, it is possible to capture sharp images. 

Design.

Similar to other cameras from the brand, the D610 features an ergonomic design. Nikon does not take lightly the construction quality of their products, and the d610 is no different. It is a solidly built camera. 

The handgrips are sturdy and fit well into your hands. The dimensions of the D610 are 141 x 113 x 82mm. It has a total weight of 850g when the battery and the card are inserted. It is by no means a lightweight camera. But it is not so heavy as to weigh you down as you carry it throughout the day. 

The viewfinder of the Nikon D610 is massive in comparison to its size. At 3.2 inches, it is as big as the ones you will find in other high-end cameras. With a coverage of 100% and a magnification of 0.70x, you will have a lot of fun viewing and shooting with this camera. 

The screen of this camera is also of substantial size, and it gives you 100% of the live view. A neat feature of the screen is that it adjusts the level of brightness according to the ambient light. 

Similar to other cameras from their brand, the D610 has a built-in flash. This is a feature that elicits mixed feelings from photographers. While some consider this to be an advantage, others are not so fond of the pop-up flash. 

Regardless, it supports high-speed sync, red-eye reduction, rear-curtain sync, and slow sync. The guide number of the flash is up to 39 feet even at ISO 100, which is very good. 

Controls and dials.

The dials and controls of the D610 follow a routine Nikon setup. So if you are familiar with any camera from the brand, you will find your way very quickly. If, however, you are not, here are some highlights. 

  • The top of the handgrip holds one of the two command dials while the other sits on the rear. The main command dial sits on the top right towards the rear of the camera. 
  • The shutter button is located inside the on/off button
  • Depth of field preview is nestled inside the handgrip
  • One of the Fn buttons sits below the lens towards the right 
  • The built-in flash is on top of the pentaprism hump 
  • The left, as well as the right side of the screen, is a row of buttons which includes menu, playback and delete buttons among others

If you are not familiar with Nikon cameras, the compressed layout can seem a bit too much in the beginning. But it gets a lot easier when you start shooting with it. 

Performance.

The Nikon D610 is an outstanding performer that can rival some of those outside its price range. Like we mentioned before, the ergonomically placed buttons and controls make this camera very easy to use. 

One of the most significant changes that you will see in the D610 is the improved shutter. The previous model had some issues with the shutter, and Nikon has addressed it in a very efficient way. A large majority of the users reported a presence of dust on their sensors with the older model. But this one has not encountered the problem, so Nikon has done a commendable job.

The buffering capacity of this model is significantly better, and so is the continuous shoot speed. You can shoot at 6 fps without running into problems like in the previous camera. The D610 allows you to shoot both JPEG and RAW files effortlessly. 

The autofocus in the D610 is also great. It shoots well in both bright and dimly lit situations. However, when the ambient light is pitch-dark, you may have difficulty reading the fine print of the viewfinder. 

Another upgrade that aides the performance of the D610 is the addition of white balance. It will come in very useful if you work around artificial lights a lot. This was a feature that was not available in the D600. This feature is paramount in a product photography setting, where having true whites is crucial.

In one charge, you can shoot up to 900 pictures, which is an excellent performance from the battery. It is a Lithium-Ion with a capacity of 1900MAh. 

Using the D610, you can also record videos. You have the option to record 720p between 25fps to 50fps and 1080p between 24fps to 30. You can also connect a bigger monitor via the HDMI port, which adds more fun to your movie recording sessions. You can record up to 25 minutes with the Nikon D610, which is not bad at all. 

The best result for getting stabilized and crisp video is when you shoot at 30fps and 1080p. Using this setting, you get the right exposure, especially if you are shooting in bright daylight. However, the D610 has a lot of options, so it is totally up to you.

Additional information about the Nikon D610.

The D610 has Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity. However, there is a catch. They are not built-in, so it works only with a handful of accessories, which is a bit limiting. You need to have the WU-1b and GP-1 accessories to access these features. 

A feature that is not typically found in its competitors is the HDMI port in the D610. If you are into videography, this is a feature that you will find most useful. In addition, it also features a couple of 3.5mm audio jacks as well as a USB. However, the USB in this one is the older version, USB 2. So don’t expect your file transfer to be the fastest. 

The Nikon D610 supports a wide range of accessories, which adds to its versatility. The only catch is that you have to buy the accessories separately. In most cases, you will receive a battery and a charger when you purchase the camera. 

Price of the Nikon D610.

The price of the D610 from Nikon varies greatly depending on a number of factors which include:

  • Whether you are buying the body alone or with the lens kit
  • The type of lens you choose to include in your kit
  • Your geographical location 
  • The source of your purchase

With that in mind, the price of the D610 body is $692.97 at the time of writing this review. 

What is the Nikon D610 best for?

The Nikon D610 is a great entry-level camera that can benefit photographers who want to upgrade their photography gear without spending a lot of money. 

It can also serve as a backup camera for an expensive set up by veteran photographers.