Rumor: Nikon to Release D610 to Address the D600’s Sensor Speck Issues


The most recent camera announcement news and rumors have come mainly out of the Sony camp, but it looks like Nikon has a couple of new cameras up its sleeve as well, including a new D610 that will finally put to rest the D600’s sensor speck issue by replacing the camera all together.

According to Nikon Rumors, there are two bodies on the way — the D610 and the D5300. Neither will be major upgrades, but the prospect of a D610 is still getting some attention as it is said to fix the D600’s sensor speck issue, which we’ve covered at length.

Nikon finally acknowledged the problem by releasing an official service advisory back in February, but no solution was given other than basically telling users to try self-cleaning with a standard blower, and have an official repair center take a look if that still doesn’t work.

Photoshop summary of large dust particles from 20 D600 sensors put together by Roger Cicala

Photoshop summary of large dust particles from 20 D600 sensors put together by Roger Cicala

From the little information we have so far about the D610, it seems that Nikon will release it for the sole purpose of fixing this problem. It’s similar to what the company did with the SB-910 flash when the SB-900 was overheating — no major improvements, just fixing a problem.

The other camera body Nikon is rumored to be announcing alongside the D610 is the D5300, which will also be a minor upgrade. The D5300 will likely add a few small features that the D5200 doesn’t have. No word yet on what those features might be, but Nikon Rumors believes they might include built-in WiFi and GPS.

(via Nikon Rumors)

Image credit: Photo illustration based on Nikon D600 by dantaylorphotography

  • Bartek Nowakowski

    They’re having a laugh, right? So should D600 owners get the new body? Why didn’t they just do a recall and address the issue that way? It’s clearly serious enough if it warrants a whole new model.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    To all D600 users, thank you for participating in the D610 beta testing.

    Seriously though, how the hell did these issues get past the initial QA testing anyway?

  • harumph

    It’s pretty pointless since the sensor dust issue goes away after frequent use and cleaning. Once you get all the crap out of there, it’s gone. D600 users who have gotten past the dust phase won’t be upgrading.

  • David Portass

    Think mine had oil issue fixed before I bought it however I would like Nikon to fix the block on changing aperture in video live view. and anything they can do to boost af sensitivity in low light would be appreciated

  • Tor Ivan Boine

    how many shots and cleaning is necessary? My D600 looks like it´s born and raised in Sahara

  • Mick

    My D600 sensor has had no such issues at all so i’m not concerned. Must have been a hastily assembled batch.

  • Zet

    Haven’t had any dust issues. Happy D600 user from day one.

  • dsa

    I had major dust issue. I had it serviced once, and now after a wedding season and 5000-7000 shots later, it seems to be gone. Found no spots from my trip to the alps, where basicaly all shots were at f8-f16. The service replaced my shutter mechanism.

  • Kasenyee

    I don’t see what the big deal is. It’s a bit of dust, get it cleaned and it’s good to go. Mine had a few spots in one corner, and only showed up when shooting past f/8.
    And who shoots past f/8 anyways? so what am I am missing?

  • Al Ebnereza

    I wonder when they’ll come out with a D810. Hah. Jesus Nikon….

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    Because, even if they fixed the issue, all users would be paranoid of the problem.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    Erm, let’s see…

    Landscapes? How about someone trying to hit hyper focal? How about Macros?

  • Diego Llamazares

    If they now know to fix the problem maybe Nikon should change every internal component in our D600s that caused the oil splatters and stop faking effective repairs. And even compensate us for the period of time that we had to stick with a defective product.

  • Kasenyee

    What’s the point? You loose so much detail do to diffraction, that it becomes counter productive. Especially for landscapes. When you’re subject is MILES away, you don’t need that extra DOF. You get more than enough DOF at f/8 if you hyper focal focus.

  • harumph

    For me, I noticed after about 1000 shots or so that the dust stopped collecting. I get the odd speck here and there, but it’s the normal expected level of dust for any camera due to changing lenses in less than optimal conditions. When I first bought it, straight out of the box, my sensor looked like a sandbox. It took three or four really thorough cleanings in the first couple weeks to get everything unstuck. And then it just lessened over the following weeks.

    I think there were people who had some pretty severe issues with the mirror slamming against something and chipping off little metal filings, but my issue just seemed to be that my camera was shipped full of dust. Once it was all out of there it was gone. Early on, I know there was some speculation that dust was being let in through some faulty seal or gap in the body construction or something, but I’m pretty positive that all that dust was already rattling around inside the camera when Nikon boxed it up. This is probably one of the reasons they kept insisting that nothing about the camera was actually defective.

  • jkantor267

    They should just give every one a new 610. They are starting to act like Canon.

  • jkantor267

    It’s not just dust – it’s oil. It comes back a few shots after you clean it – and real photographers sometimes have to shoot past f8 – and actually use the corners of their images.

  • moshy

    how about decent focus points that aren’t all clumped in the middle…

  • albeary

    How about just an autofocus system that works? Sold my D600 when I realized the af was way too unreliable for wedding work.

  • Kasenyee

    What is a “real” photographer vs. the “other” type of photographer?

  • 7LeagueBoots

    Will they upgrade the camera for this of us who have been driven to distraction by the dust issue?

  • Gly

    I’m guessing the issue is more problematic than we think. Oil debris doesn’t just end up on the imaging sensor. It goes everywhere including the shutter blades and AF sensors. Sure you can clean the sensor, but what about the rest of the internal components.

  • Gly

    Nikon SB-900 over heating issue to SB-910 correction = you got screwed.

  • Sunil Thakkar

    I got my d600 with the dust issue fixed at the service centre in India… there is an official fix, which replaces the shutter mechanism (free of cost course)… the d610 is probably a way for them to lure paranoid prospective buyers, who have held up their decision to buy the camera due to this problem…

    Also the issue has been resolved in the newer batches of the d600… so there actually is no problem any more…

    The only way i see it affecting an existing owner is poorer resale value years from now when we try to sell it to upgrade…

  • Alan Klughammer

    I was a bit concerned when I bought my D600, but the deal last Christmas with the free lens was too tempting.

    Maybe I was lucky, but I have had no problems with dust (except once when I was taking photos in a Porsche convertible doing about 100 km/h. dust would happen in any camera, and the self cleaning got rid of it…)
    It will be interesting if there are any other changes to the body…

  • Dan Taylor

    Thanks for using and crediting the image I shot of the D600!

  • David Arthur

    If they fix the aperture in live view video mode I might be interested

  • Tim

    Well, since you don’t see what the big deal is and never shoot past f/8 the problem must not really exist.

  • Kasenyee

    The issue is there, but I think people are making it more of a problem than it really is. Who’s censor doesn’t have a spot or two on it? It’s impossible to keep it 100% clean 100% of the time. Get it cleaned and get over it. It’s an amazing camera, one of the best 35mm censors out on the market, a couple of spots shouldn’t make or break a camera.


    Resent my D600 for a 2nd clean up to official Nikon service, after just one month and only 150 shots taken from last cleaning. Nikon should consider replacing problematic D600 with the D610, if not free at least with a small amount of money.

  • Trackerlee

    I just sent my D600 in for a third cleaning. Bought it last December with the lens deal. The first time Nikon replaced the shutter mechanism and cleaned it. Second tie they cleaned it. They just called me back to offer a refund. I have taken about 2200 photos, and changed the lens maybe 3-4 times. I use the camera primarily for landscapes, so of course I shoot past f8. This is an OIL issue, not dust. At least on mine. I’ll be waiting for the D610 to come out, or save up for a D800.

  • Al Ebnereza

    Just wait for the D810 instead.

  • Leonato

    Real photographer is the one who has the most toys… he he he…

  • steve hansen

    I bought the d600 in march 2013. did around 600 shots. then two weddings and “horror” black oil and dots all over the blue sky. took me hours to take it out. got sensor cleaned 85 us. did two more weddings. same thing. black everywhere. contacted Nikon via online service centre. ABSOLUTELY NO HELP. TOLD ME HOW TO CHANGE LENSES THE CORRECT WAY???????? WTF. DISGUSTED WITH NIKON TO BE HONEST. CUSTOMER SERVICE SUCKED FOR ME.
    ive bought around 8 Nikon cameras from d40 to d800 + d600. I sold everything. now im waiting.

  • d600bummer

    I have well over 1000 shots and I still have the issue. Worst part is I started out with one, now it is a multitude and does not keeps creeping back after each sensor cleaning. I see the spots at low as F8 depending on what I am shooting.

  • d600bummer

    I mean keeps creeping back up*

  • Nathan

    The point is as a D600 user, the about of dust/lub on the sensor renders the image unusable. Takes HOUR of post-processing to remove all the spots. I’ve owned 3 Nikon DSLR’s before this, and always you have normal dust which accumulates, but nothing like this.

  • johnusa

    I never liked Nikon and this dust issue more than proves the horrible philosophy of this lousy compnay.
    I will never buy any Nikon product in my life.

  • vincent versace

    If that’s true then I must be a surreal photographer…

  • vincent versace

    I generally never shoot past f8. I agree it is an amazing camera and it tends to be, truth be told, the camera I grab, when I don’t know what types of situations I am walking into.

  • Josh

    They can’t unblock changing the aperture in Live View. The aperture control and the mirror control are on the same motor. While the motor is holding the mirror up to expose the sensor for Live View, the motor can’t be used to to change the aperture. It all happens in one motion – you set the F-stop with the camera controls and then when you hit the shutter release the motor begins to lift the mirror and flip the lever on the lens to the right aperture at the same time. The only way to change the F-stop again is to flip the mirror again. Nikon only puts a dual motor system to separate aperture and mirror control into their expensive cameras, and that system is rather large and solidly built. They don’t have a cheap, small one to put in cheap, small-bodied cameras unfortunately. Canon uses an electronic control to change aperture inside the lens (Nikon uses a physical lever that the camera actuates to change the aperture in the lens). So Canon doesn’t have to worry about the mirror being held up by a motorgearing because they can dynamically tell the lens to move the iris for aperture internally, and of course then they don’t need a big expensive dual motor system. For Nikon to do that they would have to abandon all their old lenses and start a new lens architecture — which they would never do — so they are stuck with either putting the big dual motor system into only big cameras or not having the ability to use Live View and change the aperture on smaller cameras. They are rumored to be developing a smaller dual motor system but it is not cost effective so it would add cost to lower end camera which they can’t afford to do in such a competitive market.

  • Rich Seeley

    so what happens for me, who just ordered a brand new d600 without realising there was this problem… i don’t really want to have to fork out another couple 100 dollars for the d610. should i return the camera and wait it out?

  • NikonUser

    Really? You’re paying that kind of money and you think this is okay? Nikon should be replacing the cameras. Customers should sue them if they don’t.

  • g

    agreed, I have switched to Leica M’s and never looked back.
    crappy cheap products and lenses, terrible service,

  • Nathan Langfield

    What deal did you get? And how much did you pay if you don’t mind me asking?
    Also are you still problem free?

  • Alan Klughammer

    I paid about two grand including the 24-85 vr lens. I do use the camera professionally so it takes a bit more abuse than it is probably built for. Having said that, I did send it in to Nikon to replace the shutter and to repair the second card slot (spring broke when I was swapping out cards about 40 times in one hour…)
    Picture quality is only second to D800, and is slightly better in low light/DR.
    No regrets, it is a great camera…

  • Freda Lujan Moss

    I had the shutter mechanism replaced on my camera for this issue and it’s now back. I sent the camera back in asking for an upgrade or refund. I’m totally sick of this issue. IT was on my D5000, D7000 and now on the D600. I own a handful of lenses that’s the only thing keeping me from going to Cannon.