Nikon D610: Performance

by Jen Moore Reads (3,977)
Editor's Rating
9.40

TG Ratings Breakdown

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 9
    • Features
    • 9
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 10
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Expandability
    • 10
    • Total Score:
    • 9.40
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Conclusion

If you are interested in full-frame shooting and are looking for a camera that delivers amazing dynamic range, excellent image quality, and full feature set with great performance for both still images and video, all for around $2000, then look no further… this is your camera.  

I will focus here on the main reason this camera exists:  the D600’s issue with dust and oil spots from the shutter. The main question I had from the time this camera was introduced was, “Will it fix the oil and dust issue?” Using the camera’s time lapse feature, I took several thousand shots right away to see if there was oil and /or excess dust accumulation, and there was not. After a couple weeks of heavy shooting, the sensor was still pretty clean. DSLRs in general are prone to dust collecting on the sensor, but I did not notice anything excessive or beyond normal with this camera. So, I feel that the new shutter mechanism fixes the problem with the D600. I have no way to know anything behind the scenes at Nikon, but honestly, after shooting with the camera for several weeks, I think that the D610 is simply a Nikon D600 with a new shutter and a different white balance. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to purchase a full frame camera. For those of you with D600 issues, contact Nikon to get your camera serviced ASAP. Most current repairs include a new shutter mechanism, firmware update and an extensive sensor cleaning.

Pros: 

  • Excellent Image Quality
  • Amazing Dynamic Range
  • High quality performance
  • Full range of features
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Shutter fix is an improvement over the D600
  • full frame, weather sealed camera with loads of features for the price

Cons:

  • Small AF coverage compared to some other full-frame DSLRs
  • Wifi not included, purchase as optional accessory
  • AF struggles a bit in very low light, gets there but is slow
  • 1/200 sync speed for flash, 1/4000 top shutter speed (same as D600)


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