Nikon D610

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d610The Nikon D610 is an FX-format (i.e. full frame) SLR which improves upon the D600. The latter continues in the Nikon line-up, at least for the time being.

What we get is improved automatic white balance (AWB); a new shutter mechanism capable of delivering a continuous 6 frames-per-second (fps), up from the D600’s 5.5 fps; and a new quiet continuous shutter mode.

Presumably the sensor oiling problem which bedevilled the D600 has been corrected.

From this point on, you’re pretty much reading the D600 specs.

The 24.3-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24 mm) CMOS sensor is capable of creating low-noise images with amazing dynamic range, clarity and precise colour, even in challenging light. Image quality and performance are further bolstered with the aid of Nikon’s Expeed 3 image processing engine, which helps to provide vivid colours and an exceptionally broad tonal range while quickly processing image data transfer from capture to card.

The camera’s ISO range runs from ISO 100 to 6,400 (25,600, Hi-2).

Users can select single point, continuous, dynamic or 3D autofocus modes to adapt to any shooting situation. The D610’s 39-point AF system quickly acquires focus throughout the frame, even on fast-moving subjects. For further accuracy, the system uses Nikon’s 3D Colour Matrix Metering II 2016 pixel RGB sensor in conjunction with the Scene Recognition System to analyze the scene and adjust exposure, white balance and focus. The resulting images display a more balanced exposure, precise sharpness and accurate colour.

The D610 utilizes nine cross-type sensors, seven of which retain AF ability up to f/8.

With an updated AWB algorithm, users can capture more vivid skies and a more natural-appearing reproduction of artificial light than ever before. Additionally, more natural skin tones can be achieved.

d610 sideWith the new Quiet Continuous Shutter Mode, selected via the main command dial, users can shoot at up to 3 fps.

The optical viewfinder offers 100 percent frame coverage, and the 3.2-inch LCD screen is viewable from a wide variety of angles.

A series of images with multiple exposures can be combined with built-in High Dynamic Range (HDR), while users can also utilize an automatic Time Lapse Mode, or an intervalometer. To adjust colour, saturation and other image parameters on the fly, Picture Controls can be applied to both stills and Full HD videos.

The D610 accepts two SD memory cards, which users can set to copy and overflow, or mark as one dedicated for videos when shooting multimedia. Additionally, the D610 accepts SDXC and UHS cards.

Capture Full HD (1080p) videos in a variety of frame rates, including a cinematic 24p, 30p and 60i. A useful feature inherited from professional Nikon cameras, the D610 can feed 100 percent full screen, uncompressed video via HDMI to an external device such as a monitor or digital recorder. Additionally, a stereo microphone and headphones can be connected through auxiliary input jacks.

The D610 is sealed and gasketed, with dust and moisture resistance of the same calibre as the D800. The top and rear covers of the camera are made of magnesium alloy, while the shutter unit is tested to 150,000 cycles.

The Nikon D610 is scheduled to be available at in late October as a body only, or as a kit with the 24-85 mm lens. The D610 body only has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $2,099.95. The D610 with AFS Nikkor 24-85 mm f/3.5-4.5G VR lens will be available at an MSRP of $2,599.95.

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