As a replacement for the one-year-old Nikon D600 (Est. $1500 (body only)) , the Nikon D610 offers three new features: faster continuous shooting, a quiet continuous shooting mode option and an improved auto white balance system. It continues the same excellent performance and quality as the D600, but reviewers speculate that the Nikon D610 was rushed into production to fix the "oil on the sensor" problem with the D600.
Unique arrangement of controls. The Nikon D610 is lighter than any other Nikon FX digital SLR camera, although it's still a considerable weight if you hold it for a long period. The arrangements of external controls are unique to this camera rather than based on previous models, raising some eyebrows among reviewers. If you're a professional photographer using two different cameras, this could cause difficulty since you can't switch seamlessly from one to another. Another drawback is that some users found that the large (3.2-inch) LCD screen has poor visibility outdoors.
As low as ISO 50. Although Nikon gives the range of the D610 as ISO 100 to 6,400, extendable to ISO 12,600 and 25,600, you can go as low as ISO 50 if you want to. However, this base range is not as extensive as some other DSLR cameras. At full resolution, the D610 captures an astonishing amount of detail, "more than most people will ever need." Reviewers recommend this camera for those involved in serious night photography.
Weather-resistant. With a magnesium alloy top and rear and a polycarbonate (plastic) front-plate, the Nikon D610 is both water- and dust-resistant. Users report that it feels solid and very well made.
Improved shutter mechanism. The 24.3 megapixel Nikon D610 is a full-frame sensor, or FX-format. It's faster than the D600 it replaces, shooting at 6 fps, although the new quiet mode shooting limits this speed to 3 fps. The main update to the D610 is a new shutter mechanism, and this is responsible for the faster and quieter continuous shooting. Reviewers speculate that the new shutter also fixes the "oil on the sensor" problem of the original D600, but say Nikon has not even confirmed that such a problem exists. The D610 provides six Picture Controls offering preset combinations of sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation and hue. You can tweak these controls to your liking, save them and even transfer them to other cameras.
Reviewers at DPReview.com point out that the Nikon D610 is a replacement for the highly reviewed D600, but comes only a year after the release of that model. While the D610 does have three new features plus a new shutter mechanism, they speculate that this quick issue is to address problems found with the D600, but not acknowledged by Nikon.
Review: Nikon D610 First Impressions Review, Jeff Keller, Barney Britton and Richard Butler, October 2013
The Nikon D610 is the first choice of DSLR camera in the 2014 roundup at TrustedReviews.com. It's classified as an "entry-enthusiast" level camera that has excellent image quality and usability. An attractive feature is the auto-adjust technology of the LCD screen, which changes the screen's brightness to that of the surrounding conditions.
Review: Nikon 610 Review, Phil Hall, Nov. 21, 2013
While Kevin Carter declines to comment on whether the Nikon D610 addresses the oil-spot problems of the original D600, he does say the new features on the D610 sound promising. Its sensor is the third best tested at DxOMark.com, scoring below those on the professional-level Nikon D800 and D800E (no longer available).
Review: Nikon D610 Review: What's New?, Kevin Carter, Oct. 18, 2013
Josh Fate reports that the Nikon D610 is just as good at capturing video as it is at still photography. It's faster than the Nikon D600 it replaces and has an option to shoot continuously in quiet mode, but at 3 fps instead of its usual 6 fps.
Review: Nikon D610 DSLR Review, Josh Fate, Jan. 24, 2014
5. Ken Rockwell
The Nikon D610 is Ken Rockwell's favorite DSLR and has the optimum resolution for a full-frame camera. Ergonomically, the D610 is very comfortable to use. However, Rockwell recommends buying a refurbished Nikon D600 for less money than it costs to buy the new D610.
Review: Nikon D610, Ken Rockwell, Not dated
The Nikon D610 doesn't fare as well as its rivals in the 120-plus user reviews at Amazon.com. With an average rating of only 3.5 out of 5 stars, the D610 has a significant percentage of 1-star ratings. Many of those say the oil-spot problems of the Nikon D600, which the D610 is rumored to have corrected, still occur on the D610.
Review: Nikon D610 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2014