Unveiled: Nikon’s D610 DSLR


Nikon has announced their latest FX-format DSLR: the D610 DSLR Camera. Using the D600 as its starting point, the D610 provides the stellar features of the D600 and brings with it a handful of upgrades that are certain to pique the interest of those looking for faster performance speeds as well as smoother, quieter operation. Along with the D610 camera body, Nikon is releasing three camera-and-lens kits: the D610 DSLR with 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens, the D610 DSLR with 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G EDVR Lens, and the D610 DSLR with 24-85mm and 70-300mm Lenses.

With a 24.3MP FX-format full-frame CMOS sensor, the D610 offers the utmost in high-resolution capture in a compact DSLR form. With a wide dynamic range and high signal-to-noise ratio, details are sharp and noise is minimal across its sensitivity range, which runs from ISO 100-6400 but is expandable from ISO 50 up to ISO 25600 when shooting in extreme situations. The large sensor provides bright, high-contrast imaging in strong light and remarkable pickup when shooting in low-light conditions. Color reproduction is accurate across the board.

Nikon’s EXPEED 3 Image Processor provides top-of-the-line performance speeds and with the D610's improved shutter mechanism, continuous shooting speed is improved over the D600 to 6 fps. The other notable advancement of the D610 is Continuous Quiet Mode, which enables the camera to silently shoot up to 3 frames without the noise of the camera’s mirror lifting and dropping. This is a great step forward for photographers in a range of disciplines who not only recognize, but absolutely need, the ability to shoot in discreet silence.

In addition to its new features, the D610 provides the same fast and precise 39-point autofocus system housed in the D600. These points fill the AF coverage area, but this advanced AF system allows you to choose from among these 39 points, depending on the shot you are after. Nine center cross-type sensors provide focus accuracy even in dim or tricky lighting, and seven center points function down to f/8 for use with long telephoto lenses, used in conjunction with teleconverters. The ability to choose between 9, 21, or the full 39 autofocus points provides compositional control of the highest order.

In regard to exposure metering, the D610 offers a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor as the main component in its Intelligent Scene Recognition System with 3D Color Matrix Metering II. Within the moment it takes to press the shutter button, the sensor evaluates brightness, contrast, distance, and color and provides not only precise, but consistently accurate image assessment and metering. An updated auto white balance system in the D610 provides improved color reproduction.

The built-in flash on the D610 is an intelligent, powerful illumination system able to light up dark scenes and automatically provide just the right amount of fill-flash. It supports Nikon’s i-TTL flash-metering system and can act as a Commander to two groups of remote flashes across three channels for intricate wireless flash control. Of course, the D610 provides a hot-shoe mount to support external flash with any Nikon Speedlight. Other advanced features include dual SD card slots, a 3.2" LCD monitor, a large optical viewfinder, weather-sealed magnesium alloy body and a highly customizable interface.

Reaching across media, or blending two into one, the D610 offers HD video capture on par with the best available. Full HD 1080p video is supported with frame rates of 30p, 25p, or 24p; MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression and HD 720p video is supported in frame rates of 60p, 50p, or 30p. Professional features in the form of fully manual exposure control, microphone and headphone inputs, and uncompressed external recording capabilities via HDMI make the D610 a great choice for those wanting broadcast-quality capture in a compact form. In addition, multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie gives you the freedom to use both FX or DX formats when shooting video, and compatibility with a huge range of DX and FX NIKKOR lenses provides unmatched versatility and image quality.

Sharing images in an instant is possible when utilizing the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter. With the adapter and Nikon’s free Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility App, instant upload and transfer is simple, and you’re also able to use your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet as the camera’s remote control.

The D610 brings Nikon’s advanced photo- and video-capture systems, including the impressive new Continuous Quiet Mode, and places them in a compact, manageable form factor. And as mentioned, the D610 is available with several varieties of lens kits.

The D610 DSLR with 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens combines the D610 with a versatile wide-angle-to-short-telephoto lens, ideal for day-to-day shooting and able to satisfy most of your shooting needs. With three aspherical lens elements and one extra-low dispersion (ED) element, aberrations are minimized and overall imaging is sharp. Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating improves light transmission and reduces flare. The Silent Wave Motor uses ultrasonic vibrations to provide fast, smooth, and silent autofocus action, and VR image stabilization compensates for camera shake to provide sharp images even in low light. The lens’s internal focusing system keeps the lens system compact and lightweight without extending the barrel during focus, and a 7-blade diaphragm creates pleasing out-of-focus blur.

With an even wider focal length range, the D610 DSLR with 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens is the choice to make. From interiors and landscapes to portraits and, of course, distant subjects magnified, this lens can do almost anything you could ask of one lens. On top of that, it is relatively compact and lightweight and can focus as close as 18”. Three aspherical elements and two ED elements offer sharpness and minimize aberrations, while SIC coating reduces reflections and provides accurate and consistent colors. Internal focusing and the Silent Wave Motor provide fast, quiet, and accurate autofocus, and VR II image stabilization controls the effects of camera shake, which is especially important at the long end of the telephoto range.

For comprehensive shooting potential, the D610 DSLR with 24-85mm and 70-300mm Lenses kit combines the above-mentioned 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens with the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR zoom lens. Providing sharp telephoto imaging with impressive features, the 70-300mm will compress space and bring distant subjects close, with impressive clarity. Internal focusing and SWM autofocus offers fast and quiet AF and Nikon’s Vibration Reduction II keeps images clear even in low light and at telephoto lengths. Two ED elements ensure high sharpness and contrast while minimizing aberrations. The two lenses together provide an imaging package that can bring forth the most from the impressive D610.

To learn more about the new Nikon D610, stop by the B&H SuperStore in New York, speak with a sales professional on the telephone at 1-800-606-6969 or contact us online via Live Chat.

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Really? Have you tested one? Sounds legit. I trust you.

Aside from this article, the only other information we currently have available to share with you is on our product links for this camera on our website. Below is a link to the D610 and various packages we are currently offering on it for you to regard. After that will be a link to the D610’s official page on Nikon’s website.

Is the dust and oil on sender problem resolved?5

There have not been any issues with the sensor for quite some time now. We are aware that many users online were complaining about sensor issues at one time, but we feel the issue was inflated to a larger topic than the problem actually was. We have not received any abnormal amounts of returns on the camera for this or any cause. If you do happen to receive a model with any type of defect, you are covered both by Nikon's warranty as well as B&H's 30 day return policy.

Hello Yossi,

I will respectfully disagree with you as the D600 does have issues and the D610 is the living proof for it. The reason you haven't seen many returns might be due to people not paying attention to it at the beginning and missing the 30 day return. At that point, the nightmare named Nikon Customer Service begins, as you spend more time without your camera then actually going out shooting.
My D600 is going back again 3 shutter replacements later. Not a happy customer here.


My experience is similar to Kalin's. I have had my camera in three times over the last year and shutter was replaced twice. They have had my D600 for at least 2 months of the 12 months since I purchased it from B&H. I also own a D200 .... where I finally needed to clean the sensor ONCE after FIVE years. Also, never once did a customer actually stop a photo shoot because "you need to get your camera fixed" with the D200. The NIKON D600 embarrassed me. Customer service at Nikon is a nightmare to say the least. They are taking no responsibility on this issue .... probably to no fault of the actual people that work in customer service. I actually feel bad for them on this one. They actually sent me an email suggesting: "they have software where you can remove the spot after you take the picture." What ?!! Come again ??!! I would have never dreamed it could be this bad buying "Nikon." It's unreal and sad to see what manufactures are doing to customers. I hate my D600. It's been nothing but an uphill struggle. There has been no joy owning this new camera over the last year.

I also disagree Yossi. Yes, if you are covered under the warranty period you can send it in for analysis and repair. But many have documented that this doesn't resolve the issue. Nikon knows this but doesn't own up and support a refund or swap program. It's disappointing.

I certainly hope the oil spot problem is solved. I have had my D600 cleaned by Nikon a few times, and it keeps recurring. Additionally, the 39 point should have been 51 like my D300. Very disappointed in this camera.

The second time I brought my D600 to Nikon for a cleaning of the sensor spots they replaced the shutter mechanism. The D600 is still under warranty so the replacement was done free of charge. I have taken about 5000 shots since then, and the sensor spots have not reappeared.
FYI: This is Canada. Warranty differs in the various countries.

I hear many buyers have run into the same oil splatter problems with the D610 that plagued the D600. I'm one of Nikon's D600 Victims so I am very leery of plunking down another 2 thousand dollar donation to Nikon's crummy QC. I'll wait until much later if I buy one at all. Frankly I'm looking at Sony....and mind you I've bought nothing but Nikons since the F3.

Agreed, somewhat disappointed. My theory is this has a slightly different built to fix the dust and oil problem, and nikon just released it as a new camera -_-

I'm still waiting for the D4 upgrade, untill then, NIKON needs to take their time and produce exceptional cameras focusing on burst rate, high mega pixels, auto focus in low light, etc. I'm a NIKON shooter,hate seeing the competition perfect these features, untill then I will continue to enjoy my d200, d700, and p7000 .

High MP's...24 isn't enough for you? I can blow up photos to the fit my entire wall with my 12mp camera - how much bigger do you need your photos? The D3 shoots at 11 fps, top Canon shoots at about 13. The 6fps in this camera is in line with upper mid-level camera's from Canon. As for low light, I think you'll find Nikon leading their categories in that department.

How come it still does not have a back focus button? That is the only thing that made me hesitate.

It's a simple matter to change the function of the AE/AF button to "AF-On" in the Custom Settings menue and then change the AF-C and AF-S priority to "release". Your done. Game on! You now have Back-Button Auto focus. Works the same way on D7000.

I am in the U.S. and my D600 started showing some spots. However, like the poster from Canada, Nikon cleaned my mirror box, sensor and replaced the faulty mechanism. No problems since. If your D600 is still under warranty, and you see the spots, send it in and get it fixed for free. All other upgrades will be performed too. Mine went to the NY service center and it only took about 8 days from the date I sent it in.

I don't think there is any difference between the D600 & D610. It is just a marketing gimmick to get away from the bad reputation of the D600

I think the silent shooting feature and some other minor technical improvements are real. But tend to agree this is Nikon's way of moving away from the disaster of the D600 (I own one and am not happy).

i have a nikon d7100 camera out fit that i love

This bums me out to epic proportions... I just purchased a D600 from you guys at the end of Aug. Sent one body back because of the dust issue. Got another body still has an issue past F-11. It's less than two weeks past the 30 day money back guarantee and now Nikon announces a new camera that most likely fixed the problem. What are the chances Nikon would fix my D600 with an exchange for a D610?...

We appreciate your situation and sympathize. I am 99.999% certain Nikon USA will not swap your D600 even for a new D610. Unfortunately when a company like Nikon USA first informs a retailer like B&H about a new product that information is enveloped in a strictly enforced date-limited non-disclosure agreement with the force of a contract. Those few first informed may not even tell their colleagues or our sales staff until the date when the announcement is publicly available to one and all. -- Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

It sounds like Nikon has enabled (fixed) aperture control --during recording--, as opposed to the D600 where you had to stop and go through the menus. Can you confirm this?

"During recording, manual exposure control is possible through adjustment of the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture setting..."

Appreciate your time!

Excellent! Thank you for your quick response. Very happy they fixed this.

When will we be able to buy/order a D610?

Currently we are accepting pre-orders on the camera. Unfortunately Nikon has not indicated when they will start fulfilling the pre-orders we are currently accepting. Click on the link below to view the camera on or website and place a pre-order:


How can other retails like the one in rock way ny. sell the d610 new for 1579.00

I am not able to comment on any other store’s prices, but I can confirm for you that B&H is an authorized Nikon USA retailer, and we abide by their pricing structure. When a deal seems too good to be true it may very well be. My best advice is to contact Nikon USA directly and inquire with them as to whether the store in question is an authorized dealer or not.