It can be said that the D610 is the D600 version that Nikon fans should have been received last year. Keeping the price quite cheap for a full-frame machine, excellent photo quality, handy controls and many features, the D610 has eliminated the dust problem that caused fans of D600 to "stand down." ".
According to the Imaging Resource & CNET, Although there are only a few minor enhancements (6 frames per second continuous shooting, no-noise continuous shooting mode, white balance optimization), the D610 is still a big step up from the D600 thanks to Eliminating the "deadly" mistake of seniors: Dust and oil stick to the touch! It can be said that the D610 is a perfect product for photography enthusiasts to jump on full-frame cameras at a price range of only about $ 2,000 (VND 42.2 million).
– Fix the error of sticking dust and oil into the sensor.
– Good control, both for players and professional photographers.
– Reasonable weight, convenient design.
– Excellent image quality, even in low light conditions.
– Dynamic Range (Dynamic Range) is good.
– Great battery life.
– Lens correction feature built-in.
– Not too different from D600.
– Photos of some specimens may be streaked (moire).
– Automatic white balance is not really good, too warm in a light environment.
– Auto focus is still quite slow when enabling Live View (see live images).
Price and release time
Nikon D610 was released in October 2013. Currently, the price of products in the US market and about 2,000 USD (about 42.2 million) for the version only the camera body; USD 2,500 (VND 52.8 million) for the version sold with AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f / 3.5-4.5G ED VR.
The version comes with the AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, a 32GB class 10 memory card and a large carrying bag for $ 2900 (61.2 million) in the US. The most advanced version, including both the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f / 3.5-4.5G ED VR lens and AF-S VR NIKKOR 70-300mm f / 4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Wi-Fi adapter WU-1b, 32GB storage bag and memory card costs $ 2,950 (62.3 million) in the US.
Specifications of D610
Sensor: 35mm full-frame CMOS (Nikon FX). Real resolution of 24.3MP. D610 can also operate in APS-C crop mode with 10.5MP resolution when using DX tube. Sensitivity from ISO 100 to ISO 6400, can be extended to 50 – 25600.
Image processor: EXPEED 3.
Design: Magnesium body on the top and sides. Plastic material for the remaining parts. The D610 is equipped with a moisture-proof and dust-proof slot, which allows for weather resistance to be as close as the D800.
Mount: Nikon D610 has Nikon-F mount, and is therefore compatible with all F-Mount lens models (there are about 60 F-Mount lens models).
Optical viewfinder: Magnification 0,7x.
The field of view is 100% when in FX mode and 97% (horizontal, vertical) when in DX mode.
Screen: 3.2-inch LCD, 921,600 pixels resolution (equivalent to 640 x 470 pixel resolution). This seems to be the type of screen used on D600, D4 and D800, with horizontal / vertical viewing angles of 170 degrees.
AF feature (Auto focus): Focus in phase 39 points.
Capture mode: There are 4 familiar PASM modes, besides Auto and Scene modes for newbies. Nikon also offers two modes that allow users to save their own settings.
Metering: The D610 uses the 3D Color Matrix Metering II metering system, which operates based on the 2016 pixel RGB sensor. Brightness compensation is within +/- 5.0 EV (light compensation step 1/3, 1/2 or 1EV). You can also bracket 2 photos with different brightness.
Stork: D610 is about 150,000 times old. Capture speed from 1 / 4,000 to 30 seconds, which supports long exposure mode.
Flash: The D610 has a built-in flash. Instruction index is 12 meters at ISO 100. D610 also has hotshoe for you to install removable flash.
Video: D610 can record Full HD 1080p videos at 30, 25 or 24 frames per second. When shooting at 720p HD resolution, D610 can shoot at 60, 50, 30 or 25 frames per second. Bitrate for 1080p video is 24Mbps or 12Mbps. Bitrate at 720p is 8Mbps. You can adjust the shutter speed, aperture and ISO during recording.
Sound: D610 has a built-in single-channel microphone, a microphone slot and a headphone slot.
Memory Stick: The D610 has 2 SD memory card slots, supporting both SDHC and SDXC standards. You can also use UHS-I and Eye-Fi format cards. You can save different formats to each memory card, copy between 2 memory cards and select a memory card when recording movies.
Connect: USB 2.0, mini-HDMI video, and Wi-fi connection via WU-1b accessory cost 60 USD (about 1.3 million VND). You can send images directly via WU-1b immediately after shooting.
UT-1 accessories allow Nikon D610 to connect directly to LAN and send images via FTP protocol. This accessory will also allow you to control the Nikon D610 via a computer. When attaching UT-1 to WT-5a signal sender, you can use the Wi-fi connection to control D610 and send images. UT-1 costs $ 380 (8 million), but if you buy both UT-1 and WT-5a you will have to pay 1,000 USD (22 million VND).
The battery: D610 uses EN-EL15 li-ion battery like D7000, D7100, D600, D800 and D800E. Each time you fully charge the battery, you can capture about 900 photos, similar to the D600.
The D610 does not have a direct charging slot, so you may need to purchase an extra battery or external battery pack MB-D14, which costs $ 260 (5.5 million). With the MB-D14 you can use either EN-EL15 battery or 6 primary battery packs. MB-D14 also supports some buttons such as trigger button, AE / AF lock button, control wheel …
What's new in the Nikon D610 compared to the Nikon D600?
Last year, Nikon helped bring full-frame cameras closer to mainstream users than ever before with the launch of the D600. While the D600 has very good image quality, this model faces a deadly problem: Dust sticks to the sensor, damaging the user's photos. Now, thanks to the new shutter mechanism, Nikon has not only improved the continuous shooting speed on the D610 – the direct successor of the D600, but also increased the continuous shooting speed to nearly 6 frames per second. .
Like the D600, the D610 has a 24.3MP CMOS sensor with FX format; Optical viewfinder (100% vision) and 3.2 inch screen 921K pixel resolution. While the D600 has a relatively low price (for a full-frame model), the D610 also has a price lower than D600 to $ 100 and touches $ 2,000 (equivalent to VND 44 million, original price in the US).
In fact, the number of users having problems with dust and oil stuck to the sensor of the D600 so much that Nikon had to give an official notice advising users to bring it to the company for repair. Some lucky users said this problem will be fixed after you press the trigger for several thousand times on the D600.
While the dust stick to the sensor will make many people uncomfortable, the D600 is still a model recommended by many people, because the image reproduction power of the D600 is very impressive compared to the price range. Therefore, the information D610 is equipped with a new shutter system is good news for Nikon fans: the problem of dust and oil sticking to the sensor is gone, allowing the D610 to become a cheap full-frame model. almost perfect.
In addition, the new shutter system of the D610 also makes the camera faster: 6 consecutive frames per second at maximum resolution, compared to the D600's 5.5 frames per second. The Quiet D610 also features Quiet Continuous Shutter, which allows you to capture 3 frames per second in a "secret" way than before.
The third improved feature of the D610 is an improved auto white balance. According to Nikon, the new algorithm equipped on D610 will help color more naturally, even when taking photos in artificial light sources.
D610 inherited from D600 what?
All high-end photography features of the D600 are brought to Nikon D610 by Nikon. First of all, full-frame CMOS sensor 24.3MP FX format allows you to capture images with a lot of detail, a large range of light sensitivity and good performance under low light, high ISO shooting conditions. . The D610 has a sensitivity of between ISO 100 and ISO 6400. ISO equivalent of 12800 and 25600 is provided in the Hi-1 and Hi-2 options.
The D610 also has a 39-point autofocus system like its predecessor. The AF system also has 9 different sensors, including 7 sensors that can autofocus at f / 8.
Other important features inherited from D610 from the D600 include:
– 100% optical field viewfinder.
– 910,000 dot 3.2-inch LCD touch screen.
– HDR mode.
– Lens correction is integrated.
– Integrated remote control flash.
– 2 SD card slots.
– Ability to record Full HD 1080p video at 24 or 30 frames per second, manual control.
– Integrated single-channel (mono) microphone, 2-channel microphone slot (stereo) and stereo headset.
– Ability to connect to Wi-Fi via adapter.
Nikon D610 has the same size and weight as the D600: 14.2 x 11.2 x 8.1cm, weighs 760g without the lens and battery. Compared to the D800, D610 is much smaller and lighter. Overall, the compact, convenient size of a full-frame DSLR model like the D610 is very commendable.
For many people, the D610 has a slightly tall body, because the 5-sided prism (for viewfinder) is installed just behind the Nikon logo. The layout of the control buttons of the D610 is very similar to the D7100, especially the position of the two Function buttons: one on the left of the handle, one on the right for the lens. The second Function button is installed by default as the DOF preview button (depth of field) and can also be installed for use for other purposes. The installation of a front wheel controls shows that the D610 is a product for "professional" users more than usual. The lens on the right side of the trigger button has an autofocus assist lamp. The left corner of the device has an infrared control port, a single-channel microphone and a flash release button. Below is the focus mode selection button, in which the AF button is placed in the middle.
Unlike popular DSLR models, the D610 still supports "neck" lenses: It has a screw hole for installing old-life autofocus and lever to combine Meter aperture reading on the "super old" life lens.
Compared to the D7100, the D610's left control wheel only lacks the effect option. Professional lenses like the D800 often put a lot of control buttons / wheels on the left side: D610 puts the usual mode selector button (including PSAM) right above the other mode selector buttons (Drive Mode, cover) Includes silent continuous shooting mode). The right side is the LCD screen indicating the size of the D7100. The buttons on the D610 are no different than the D7100, except that the D7100 has a 2-channel microphone in front of hotshoe.
When viewed from the rear of the camera body, you can observe the Drive Mode wheel better. In the area to the left of the LCD screen, Nikon puts a series of familiar controls such as Menu, zoom in, zoom out … The Retouch button is located just below the Menu button. On the right side of the screen is an 8-way navigation button, a video / photo selection button and a Live View button (live viewing of images on the screen). Info button and speaker are located at the bottom. Just below the 8-way navigation button is an environmental light sensor that adjusts the brightness of the LCD monitor.
In general, the layout of the control buttons of D610 is quite reasonable, allowing users to use it freely. In particular, the above status monitor screen will allow you to adjust many important features such as selection of focus points, white balance, resolution and compression, ISO, battery life … quickly. fast.
Quality of photos taken on D610
The first question to be answered when shooting with D610 is "is the dust problem on the sensor still continuing?" Fortunately, Lens Rentals has tested 25 different D610 samples in 3 trial sessions, and the dust on the sensor has been completely removed.
Test results from 25 D610 models from Lens Rental showed that the D610 is even less dusty than most DSLR models on the market.
Overall, the Nikon D610 is a product that will make you satisfied. The 24.3MP full-frame sensor of the D610 recreates a lot of detail, good noise control at high ISO and also allows you to shoot with ultra-wide tubes. This is a great model for landscape shooting or low light shooting.
It can be said that the image quality of D610 is exactly the same as the D600, and so you can use all of the D600's image quality compliments to talk about D610. The image quality of the D610 is too great for the price range: "clean" shots (with little noise) at low / medium ISO levels. The D610's JPEG compression and noise reduction features are also very smart. At ISO 1600, shots in general are still quite noisy enough to use. Depending on the surroundings, you can push the ISO of D610 up to 6400 (in this case, you should use the RAW format).
Like other full-frame models, the D610 produces good sharpness, natural and warm tones. D610's light sensitivity range is quite wide. The two color options Standard (Standard) and Neutral Picture are much different than the D600, probably because Nikon has changed the algorithm to capture better colors.
Some sample photos taken with D610
Quality comparison of photos of D610 and D600
Below is a picture of D610 (left) and D600 (right) at ISO 100. Not surprisingly, the resulting images are almost identical. The noise level, the level of detail and the ability to reproduce colors are almost identical. In the final image, D610 still has the same stripes (moire) as D600, because both models use low-pass filter (weak-pass filter) quite weak.
Next are photos of D610 (left) and D600 (right) at ISO 1600 – ISO level is quite "challenging" for camera products. This is the recommended ISO level when taking photos indoors or in the dark. As with the previous test, the results of the D610 and D600 are identical, except for a number of differences due to different focus (and photographers) and different dark areas.
Finally tested at ISO 3200. Both models provide very good detail at ISO 3200 in mosaic pictures and red carpet. The difference is mainly due to changing focus and dark areas. The worth mentioning here is D610 (left) and D600 (right) at high ISO levels.
The number of features added by Nikon to D610 is not much. There are three main features: Quiet Continuous Mode, Continuous High Burst Mode and Auto White Balance.
The first is Quiet Continuous Mode, a feature not available on many DSLR models. The D610 is currently the only Nikon camera with this feature. This feature is denoted "Qc" on the Drive Mode dial of D610. The speed of the Quiet Continuous feature is 3 frames per second, but the trigger sound is greatly reduced.
Even when shooting normally, the sound of the D610 has been "soft" and quieter compared to Canon 5D, 7D or D800E. When Quiet Continous mode is enabled (or Quiet Shutter mode), the trigger sound is even "quieter" a lot more. This will undoubtedly be a feature that street photographers, who are often involved in press conferences, wedding photographers or animal photographers, don't want to lose their sample. middle because the camera is too loud.
High Burst Mode has been upgraded to a speed of 6 frames per second, instead of the 5.5 frames per second of the D600. The editor of Imaging Resources has tested this statement by Nikon and found that the D610 achieved a speed of about 5.9 frames per second for JPEG, RAW and RAW + JPEG in high resolution, while the D600 reached about 5.4 frames. picture / second. Unfortunately, the cache is not increased in size. Even though the D610 is not a "speed" monster, 6 frames per second is still enough for many people, especially on large resolution full-frame machines like the D610.
D610 (left) and D600 (right)
Finally, the White Balance algorithm has also been improved and optimized, helping to create a more natural image when shooting in artificial light sources.
Except for the improved features (faster continuous shooting), the D610 does not outperform the D600's performance.
D610 takes about 0.3 seconds to turn on the device, ready to focus and shoot. In good light conditions, it will take about 0.4 seconds to focus and shoot with the viewfinder (phase autofocus); if using Live View you will take 1.5 seconds (focus according to the contrast); In low light conditions, it will take 0.5 seconds if you use the viewfinder.
Taking 2 JPEG or RAW photos continuously takes 0.2 seconds; when flash is available, it only takes 0.7 seconds.
Thanks to the new shutter mechanism, the continuous shooting capability of D610 increases to 6 frames per second. The D610's cache allows for 30 consecutive JPEG images and 14 RAW photos – two RAW less than the D600. When the buffer memory is full, the D610 can only capture 3.3 frames per second.
Should you buy the Nikon D610?
If you are a photography enthusiast who wants to start switching to full-frame machines, and if you don't need a model with a 36MP sensor and too many auxiliary features like the D800, D610 is a great product.
Great to choose: The D600's juniors have great photo quality at a moderate price. Those who want to choose a competitive model may consider Canon 6D.
If you already have a D600, you probably shouldn't buy D610. Unless you are too disgusted with D600 because of dust and oil problems that stick to the sensor of the device (many users say after a certain number of clicks, this phenomenon will end), D610 is not too different. with the D600: the D610 only captures faster than the D600 by 0.5 frames per second and adds a quiet shooting mode of 3 frames per second.
Overall, the D610, judging from nearly all aspects, is just a little improved version of the D600. By solving the problem of dust and oil on the sensor, the D610 has become the number one choice for users who need to use full-frame machines but limit their budget. This is a great camera, and you will certainly get a product worth commensurate with the $ 2,000 (about 44 million, original price in the US) that you spend.