Review Nikon D610. Inexpensive Full Frame, which stands want

Bad soldier who does not dream of becoming a general. This truth is spelled out many years ago and has not lost its relevance today. But among photographers walks slightly different expression: “Do not want a full frame is not possible.” But with the cost fulfreyma not allowed to buy a second each carcass. 

Scary to imagine how much time has been spent in total in the world dreams of frame 36 × 24.

About full frame went scary legend. It was said that the one who would pick up a camera, simply can not take anything else, there is a button “Masterpiece” and every third picture taken on fulfreym will buy and print magazines such as National Geographics, Playboy and Esquire. Many even simply walked to the shops and kept in the hands of such carcasses, to feel the spirit of this holy work.

But now fotoproizvoditeli demolish all boundaries and begin to produce cameras that you do not just want, but also be able to afford. And one of those – Nikon D610.

Design and Ergonomics

Externally, the device is more reminiscent of Nikon D600. The same controls, the same ports. Go to this link and look at his review.

I was too lazy to describe it all, but the evil chief editor said: “Work!”. That has to work.

The basis of the case – magnesium alloy that protects the camera from external negative influences. A small amount of plastic material is still present, it can be seen on the front side of the device. But it does not hurt solidity – Bird felt strong. It has ingress protection, while the level of yields, of course, the maitre D4, but shoot in light rain or snow can not experiencing. I even desyatigradusny frost all functions work properly, however, it needs to prepare the camera so as advised here .

Housing fits in your hand like a glove, does not slip and fall tries. On the front face is the battery grip with a functional wheel for a more comfortable grip and control, already canonical red bar, two function keys. One hung function change the aspect ratio – switch between FX and DX. This is very handy when you need to approach the subject and zoom is not enough. Or for a more comfortable frame of composite construction. On the second I personally put repeater diaphragm to quickly and conveniently assess the depth of field.

The center – metal mount, and on the other hand – the lens release button, lever switch between automatic and manual focusing and AF mode button changes. Above the protruding prism block – keys and opening bracket built-in flash. This is certainly a plus, because in all models in this class are usually no flash. Manufacturers believe that people who use this camera will use external light sources. This is partly true, but sometimes built blaze rescues.

On the left marginalia hiding under the rubber plugs connectors for external accessories – Mini USB, HDMI, port for GPS-module, remote control. There’s also a connector for an external microphone and headphones, so that control the quality of the sound recording is now much easier.

On the right side are still two SD card slots underneath the plastic cover. Such a solution will use twice as much memory and forget about the experiences concerning the lack of space.

Infimum busy battery compartment and tripod socket.

The top end as usual. Left – two-wheel to switch modes, the buttons are locked to prevent accidental cranking, while the bottom is responsible for selecting the shooting speed, predpodem mirrors, quiet mode, and top – for choosing PASM, custom stored modes and cars.

Right – monochrome display for displaying information, the shutter button with three-position lever on / off / backlight button video recording, exposure compensation and focus area selection. It should be noted that management functions they need not only to press and hold and while turning the wheel.

Centered over the mount – a hot shoe and a hidden built-in flash.

Back face is occupied by the immovable 3.2-inch VGA-display. Viewing angles and color cause genuine enthusiasm and desire to view images on location.

Left of the display – four buttons: menu, color management, configuration information, increase and decrease the image. Almost all the buttons – two functions. Thus, information on setting can adjust the white balance and zoom – to change the image quality and ISO.

Right of the screen – info button, Live View mode selector lever in the frame of video or photographic, four-way joystick, OK button, lever lock the focus point. Above the screen is the viewfinder with the proximity sensor and the diopter adjustment, the left – a viewing gallery and disposal. Right – AE-L/AF-L and second mode dial.

What’s under the hood

Located behind the mirror 24 MP sensor measuring 36 x 24 mm. Classic narrow format films in digital form. For correct operation of the processor is responsible Expeed 3. This with his head enough to ensure the highest performance and forget about any problems with braking or speed.

Sensitivity range – from 100 to 6400, and in extended mode becomes available range from 50 to 25600 ISO. Moreover, the matrix little noise – workers can assume values ​​up to 6400. If you shoot in RAW, followed competent to processing, the 12800 is quite used not only for the web, but also to print in small sizes. Falling parts and colored noise ceases to be evident already from a distance of one meter.

Rate at the height of the device – to 6 / s at full resolution in RAW. Buffer enough for a series of 15 frames, then the camera will shoot endlessly with frame rate to nearly 1 / s. With about JPEG buffer can hardly worry – 30 frame enough in 99% of cases. Measurements were made ​​with a fast card Transcend 64GB SDXC UHS-I Ultimate (her review here ). With slower cards results may differ for the worse.

Present here and quiet shooting a 3 / s. However, the volume here – only a comparative parameter, but you will attract attention is clearly much less.

Dynamic range altogether deserves special praise – light and shadow correctly and worked correctly, but if the need arises, can safely include the extension D-Lighting or HDR. High Dynamic Range does not work with RAW mode and even in RAW + JPEG. To activate it, will always switch to JPEG.

AF system inherited from the D600 passed , but to him – from the D7000. And I must say that it is cool. This is 39 points, 9 of which – Crusades. But there is a minus – the bulk is concentrated in the center of the frame. This means that the lock on the outermost point is somewhat problematic, as well as for small and centered in the frame. Personally for me it was no problem – brought the focus locked, slightly move the camera and got a good result. In general, the system auto focus works quite correctly – fast, tenacious, exactly.

Interesting Features

To those stands unequivocally attributed the function of shooting Time Lapse Motion, or time-lapse video as you like. Whereas before, to obtain this effect it was necessary to spend a lot of time and effort, now simply select the desired item on the menu, and interval shooting. Press “OK” – and get ready to output video in the format *. Mov. Everything else is not something supernatural – the expansion of dynamic range bracketing. All that we have seen in previous models.

Nikon D610 vs. Nikon D600

  • 6 f / s compared to 5.5 f / s;
  • The new model appeared quiet Burst;
  • Fixed some bugs with color correction and white balance;
  • now in the new models is not found problems with the shutter unit / mirror and not observed oil stains on the matrix. And in the precursor is sometimes encountered


  • excellent low-noise sensor;
  • wide dynamic range in standard mode;
  • bright and rich display;
  • good level of video quality;
  • variety of ports;
  • dust and moisture protection;
  • adequate work at low temperatures;
  • fast and tenacious Focusing;
  • viewfinder with 100% coverage of the field of the frame;
  • presence of time-lapse recording;
  • many functions for correcting the defects of lenses;
  • slot for two memory cards SD.


  • minimum shutter speed of 1/4000;
  • congestion points in the center of the frame;
  • Unable to change aperture value in Live View;
  • not the most nimble autofocus in live viewing;
  • no histogram display at sight by the display.


I am sure that Nikon D610, despite some small shortcomings, easily win the love of many photographers. This – the most compact and most affordable fulfreym-SLR manufacturers, which embodies the best practices in life: fine detail, low noise, wide dynamic range.

And if you belong to a cohort nikonistov and can afford such a device, take it. You are unlikely to be disappointed. The camera will perform the entire range of tasks quickly and efficiently. And considering the fact that the price tag on it now starts at $ 1,700 in the Ukrainian Internet, it’s a great pumping equipment. Although, if you Nikon D600, then upgrade Your just not worth it.

And yes, I hope that gum after six months of active use is not peeling off. Otherwise, this is another minus karma producer.

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