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Nikon D610 Review

Nikon D610 Review

Nikon D610

 

Main Features

  • 24MP – Full frame CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 100 – 6400( expands to 25600)
  • 3.2″ Fixed Type Screen
  • Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder
  • 6 fps continuous shooting
  • Full HD – 1920 x 1080 video
  • 850g. 141 x 113 x 82 mm
  • Weather Sealed Body
  • Replaced Nikon D600

Nikon D610 Overview

First introduced in October 2013 , Nikon D610 is a 24.0MP Advanced DSLR camera with a Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm ) sized CMOS sensor. Nikon replaced the older D600 with this model. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:
 Compare Nikon D610 vs Nikon D600

Nikon D610 Review – Click for Table of Contents

 

Nikon D610 has an Overall Score of 76/100 and ranked #24 out of 206 in DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR), and ranked #66 out of 1212 in all Cameras (Top 10 Overall).

Nikon D610 Type Scores

IMAGING76
FEATURES

71

VALUE FOR MONEY84
PORTABILITY

68

OVERALL SCORE76

 

Nikon D610 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let’s get in to more details of our Nikon D610 review by analysing its specs and features and listing out its pros and cons compared to average competitor cameras in its class.

PROs
Full HD Video
Optical Built-in Viewfinder
 Face Detection Focusing
24.0MP – High Resolution Sensor
39 Focus Points
Large 3.2″ Screen
921k dots LCD Resolution
 Autofocus at f8 using 7 focus points
6.0fps Shooting w/ Mechanical Shutter
 Long Battery Life (900 shots)
 External Microphone Port
 External Headphone Port
 Environmental Sealing
 Timelapse Recording
0.7x magnification – Large Viewfinder
Good Low Light ISO – 2925
9 Cross Type Focus Points
 2 Storage Slots
 Top LCD Display
 Flash Sync Port
 AF Micro Adjustment (Fine Tune)
 High Shutter Life Expectancy – 150000 cycles
 Dual-axis Electronic Level

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CONs
 No Wireless Connection
 No Image Stabilization
 No Articulating Screen
 No Touch Screen
 Heavy Body: 850g

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Nikon D610 Lens Mount and Lenses

Nikon D610 has a Nikon F lens mount and currently there are 309 native lenses available for this mount. Besides providing one of the largest selection of lenses, Nikon F mount also has backward compatibility which means that you can use F mount lenses even dating from 1960s. It is also well supported by the lenses form third-party manufacturers.

Nikon D610 doesn’t have a sensor based image stabilization system but 70 of these lenses already comes with Optical Image Stabilization. There are also 71 lenses with weather sealing for D610 that you can couple with its weather sealed body.

Here are some of the most popular Nikon D610 Lenses on Camera Decision:

Popular Nikon F Mount Lenses for Nikon D610
Model Weight Street Price
Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6G 425gr Amazon B&H Photo
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f1.4G 290gr Amazon B&H Photo
Nikon AF Nikkor 80-400mm f4.5-5.6D ED VR 1340gr Amazon B&H Photo
Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD 1951gr Amazon B&H Photo
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f1.8G 185gr Amazon B&H Photo
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G VR 745gr Amazon B&H Photo
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8G ED 900gr Amazon B&H Photo
Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8G IF-ED VR 720gr Amazon B&H Photo

Check our Nikon D610 Lenses page for more detailed lens search.

Nikon D610 Sensor and Photography Features

Nikon D610 has a 24.0MP Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features Expeed 3 processor. You can shoot at maximum resolution of 6016 x 4016 pixels with aspect ratios of and 3:2. D610 has a native ISO range of 100 – 6400 which can be boosted to 25600 and it can save files in RAW format which gives you a wider room for post processing.

Nikon D610 is not the highest resolution Full frame camera. Sony A7R IV with its 61.0MP sensor is leading in this class. Check the comparison of Nikon D610 vs Sony A7R IV or take a look at Highest resolution DSLR cameras list.

Nikon D610 DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark is a benchmark that scientifically assesses image quality of camera sensors. Nikon D610 sensor has been tested by DxO Mark and got an overall score of 94 for its image quality. You can find the details of their analysis of Nikon D610 here.

 

Let’s look at how the size of the Nikon D610’s Full frame sensor compares with other standard sensor sizes.

Nikon D610 Physical Specs
Nikon D610 weighs 850 g (1.87 lb / 29.98 oz) and has external dimensions of 141 x 113 x 82 mm (5.55 x 4.45 x 3.23″). Considering that the average weight of DSLR type cameras is 774g, its weight is about average in its class. With a thickness of 82mm, it also has an average thickness.

Weight Comparison

DSLR Cameras

NIKON D610

850 G

MIN

365 G

AVERAGE

774 G

MAX1585 G
Thickness Comparison

DSLR Cameras


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NIKON D610

82 MM

MIN

53 MM

AVERAGE

76 MM

MAX123 MM

Here is the front and top view image of Nikon D610 with the dimensions:

Nikon D610 Body Size Dimensions

Now lets compare the weight and thickness of Nikon D610 with its main competitors:

Nikon D610 Size Compared to Main Competitors
Model vs D610 vs D610
Nikon D610 Camera Nikon D750
Compare
10g lighter 4mm thinner
Nikon D610 Camera Nikon D7500
Compare
130g lighter 9mm thinner
Nikon D610 Camera Nikon D600
Compare
equal weight equal thickness
Nikon D610 Camera Nikon D7200
Compare
85g lighter 6mm thinner
Nikon D610 Camera Canon 6D
Compare
80g lighter 11mm thinner
Nikon D610 Camera Nikon D800
Compare
50g heavier equal thickness
Nikon D610 Camera Nikon D700
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224g heavier 5mm thinner
Nikon D610 Camera Nikon D7100
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85g lighter 6mm thinner

Weather Sealing

Nikon D610 has environmental sealings on its body which makes it a weather resistant camera, providing resistance against the water and dust getting in to the camera. If you like outdoors photography and want to be able to use your camera in extreme conditions, Nikon D610 will serve you well. If you attach one of these Nikon D610 weather Sealed lenses to your camera, you will have a great all weather kit.

Nikon D610 LCD and Viewfinder

Nikon D610 has a Fixed Type 3.2″ LCD screen with a resolution of 921k dots. The Nikon D610’s 3.2″ screen is larger than average and its resolution is up to the class standarts.

D610 has a built-in Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder, making it easier to shoot in direct sunlight and in other situations where it might be difficult to view the LCD monitor. The viewfinder has a coverage of 100% and a magnification ratio of 0.7x. 100% coverage ensures that what you see in the viewfinder while shooting matches exactly what you will get later in your image, helping accurate framing your shots and minimizes the need for cropping images later.

Nikon D610 Connectivity, Storage and Battery

 

You can connect D610 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.

 

Battery

Nikon D610 is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 900 according to CIPA standards. Considering that the average battery life of DSLR type cameras is 943 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips. 

Battery Life Comparison in Advanced DSLR Cameras

NIKON D610

900 SHOTS

MIN

390 SHOTS

AVERAGE

943 SHOTS

MAX2260 SHOTS

Nikon D780 with its 2260shots is the model with longest battery life among Advanced DSLR cameras.

Nikon D610 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Model Max Video Battery Life Wi-fi NFC
Nikon D750
Compare
1920 x 1080 1230shots Yes No
Nikon D7500
Compare
3840 x 2160 950shots Yes No
Nikon D600
Compare
1920 x 1080 900shots No No
Nikon D7200
Compare
1920 x 1080 1110shots Yes Yes
Canon 6D
Compare
1920 x 1080 1090shots Yes No
Nikon D800
Compare
1920 x 1080 900shots No No
Nikon D700
Compare
None 1000shots No No
Nikon D7100
Compare
1920 x 1080 950shots No No

Nikon D610 Video Features

With Nikon D610, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 30,25,24 fps and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Nikon D610 will be adequate in most of the situations.

D610 has a built-in Mono microphone and a Mono speaker. Nikon D610 also has a port for an external microphone and a headphone port for connecting external headphones which make Nikon D610 a very suitable camera high quality videography.

 

Nikon D610 Other Features

 

Max Shutter speed

Nikon D610 can shoot continuously at max speed of 6 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec

Flash

D610 has a built-in flash, and it also has a flash shoe to mount your external flashes too. 

 

Focusing

Nikon D610 features both Contrast Detection and Phase Detection autofocus (AF) systems which ensures speed and accuracy of focusing in most situations. The AF system has 39 focus points and 9 of these sensors are of Cross-type. Cross-type sensors locks focus faster and more accurate compared to single type sensors. 

Nikon D610 also features Face detection AF where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically. 

 

 

What type of Photography is Nikon D610 Good for?
In this section, we review and score Nikon D610 in 5 different photography areas.

 Nikon D610 for Portrait Photography

Nikon D610 has a score of 68 for Portrait Photography which makes it a GOOD candidate for this type of photography. If you are looking for a camera that is better suited to Portrait Photograph
 Large Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sensor
Very High Resolution Sensor: 24.0MP
Optical Built-in Viewfinder
 Good Ergonomics&Handling
No Image Stabilization


 Nikon D610 for Street Photography

Nikon D610 has a score of 65 for Street Photography which makes it a GOOD candidate for this type of photography. If you are looking for a camera that is better suited to Street Photography
 Optical Built-in Viewfinder
Live-view
Face-Detection Focusing
 Large Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sensor
No Image Stabilization
Large Body


 Nikon D610 for Sports Photography

Nikon D610 has a score of 84 for Sports Photography which makes it an EXCELLENT candidate for this type of photography.
 Environmental Sealings
Fast Max shutter speed: 1/4000s
9 Cross Type Focus sensors
39 Focus Points
Good Battery Life: 900 shots
 Good Low Light ISO
Good Ergonomics&Handling
Optical Built-in Viewfinder
Average Continuous Shooting: 6.0fps
No Image Stabilization


 Nikon D610 for Daily Photography

Nikon D610 has a score of 78 for Daily Photography which makes it a GOOD candidate for this type of photography. If you are looking for a camera that is better suited to Daily Photography
 Environmental Sealings
Large Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sensor
Large Body
 850g
Body Thickness 82mm

Nikon D610 for Landscape Photography

Nikon D610 has a score of 51 for Landscape Photography which makes it an AVERAGE candidate for this type of photography. If Landscape is important for you.
 Live-view
Large Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sensor
 Very High Resolution Sensor: 24.0MP
Environmental Sealings

Nikon D610 Alternatives

In this section, we analyse how Nikon D610 compares with other DSLR cameras within a similar price range. In the Bubble chart below, you can see Overall Score vs Price comparison of D610 and the top 10 contenders in the same range. Hover your mouse on the bubbles to see the details of the cameras.

Popular Comparisons of Nikon D610

Here is the eight most popular comparisons of Nikon D610 amongst Camera Decision readers.

Nikon D610 Alternatives in Mirrorless Cameras

It would also be interesting to compare Nikon D610 with Mirrorless Cameras. Below we have listed 4 highest ranked Mirrorless cameras in Nikon D610’s price range.

Nikon D610 Detailed Specifications

General
Brand Nikon
Model Nikon D610
Announced 2013-10-08
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus
Lens Mount Nikon F
Number of Lenses 309
Focal Length Multiplier 1�
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Technology TFT LCD monitor
Screen Size 3.2″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View
Touch Screen
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7x
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30s
Max Mechanical Shutter Speed 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting 6.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Max Flash Sync 1/200s
Flash Modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External Flash
AE Bracketing
WB Bracketing
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Overall Score 94
DxO Color Depth 25.1
DxO Dynamic Range 14.4
DxO Low Light ISO 2925
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Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 35.9 x 24 mm
Sensor Area 861.60mm2
Sensor Resolution 24 megapixels
Max Image Resolution 6016 x 4016
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO 25600
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 39
Number of Cross Focus Points 9
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Optional
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Physical
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Weight 850g
Physical Dimensions 141 x 113 x 82mm
Battery Life 900 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model EN-EL15
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording
GPS Optional
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots
Storage Slots 2
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