Nikon Officially Announces the D610, Adds Quiet Continuous Mode and Not Much Else


Those who loved the D600 (and why wouldn’t you, it’s a great camera) will have no reason to dislike the D610, but Nikon might not have given you enough reason to upgrade either. The new shooter, which was unveiled at midnight last night, is a marginal improvement on the D600 that adds just a few new or improved features.

From the beginning we expected that the D610 would basically be a refresh that would tackle the sensor spot issue the D600 experienced from the get go, and it seems like that is indeed its primary purpose.





Lofty press release language aside, the internals on the D610 are mostly unchanged from its predecessor. You’ll find the same 24.3MP FX sensor, EXPEED 3 processor, 25,600 max ISO, 39-point autofocus, 921k-dot 3.2-inch LCD and dual card slots that were available in the D600.

The improvements are pretty much limited to the shutter mechanism, which has been replaced to deal with the dust issue, adding a couple of features along the way. Those features include a continuous shooting mode that has been bumped from 5.5 to 6fps, and the ability to shoot up to 3fps in a new Quiet Continuous mode that many photographers will no-doubt find very appealing.

The only other improvements are a slight tweak to the white balance system so that skin tones are reproduced better under artificial light, and weather sealing that matches the D800.





Whether or not those improvements are enough to justify upgrading from the current D600 is up to users to decide, but the quiet continuous mode might tempt a few.

The D610 will be ship later this month for $2,000 for the body only and $2,600 in a kit with the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G lens. You’ll also be able to get it with the 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G lens for $3,050 or with both the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G and 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G lenses for $3,250.

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  • Cinekpol

    “Those who loved the D600 (and why wouldn’t you, it’s a great camera) ”
    Why wouldn’t I? Perhaps because of dust and/or oil issues? How about the fact that Nikon decided to f**** it’s customers by releasing a new model of a camera as a “fix” for broken shutter assembly in D600? Because D600 resale value just pummeled?

    Sending D600 to a service is a lottery – either they’ll accept it or not. Either they’ll fix it or they won’t or they’ll make it worse than it was (see Nikon Rumors – they tracked this issue for quite a while – 36% of people haven’t got their issue resolved after sending a camera for repair. 67% of D600 owners do have an oil/dust issues).

  • Jake

    A) That’s why you should always wait a few months for new technology to be tested in the real world by other suckers before wasting money on it.

    B) This isn’t a ’67 Pontiac Firebird – rapidly evolving tech just isn’t a good resale investment anymore.

    C) Plenty of people either never had or eventually fixed their dust/oil issues, and the rest likely will end with time and use.

    A+B+C=D) Now I can get a used D600 for dirt cheap, with half the dust/oil issues already taken care of.

  • Carl Meyer

    Someone buying a digital camera as an investment is doing something wrong.

    Nikon needed to rebrand D600 because the bad mouthing is not going to stop no matter what they do.

  • Cinekpol

    Tiny hint to make my post easier to understand: I never mentioned investing in DSLR as a means of obtaining money. What I thought was selling it for some acceptable amount of money – not all of the old cameras dive in a resale value so rapidly after the release – especially not Full Frames.

  • Cinekpol

    And this “half of the issues” number comes from… where exactly?

  • harumph

    I completely agree with everything you said, but…it is a great camera. That said, I’m not remotely interested in upgrading (because my dust problem is gone), but if I was going to buy a D610 I would definitely wait and see if any other problems are going to crop up before buying it. There’s always the chance that Nikon is about to trade one problem for another. Their track record hasn’t been too good lately.

  • Zachary Larsen

    Steve Holt!

  • SaveTheWorldGetTheGirl

    Where are you pulling these percentages from?

  • Cinekpol

    Read the post again. I already mentioned that.

  • ed

    Why oh why did they have to shift the +/- zoom buttons downwards ?? Don’t they think people might actually use a combination of 2 different bodies like D600 + D610 or D800 + D610 ?

  • Michael Ares

    I don’t care about anything else except if the AF-points are not cluttered in the middle in this camera like they are in the D600. That was a HUGE dealbreaker for me.

  • Jake

    Okay, you got me. I didn’t actually worry about having a quantified number because I thought my point was clear enough even for nitpickers. What I mean is that tests have shown that dust/oil issues do go away over use and time, and the previous owner presumably did some of their own cleaning in addition. So since it’s a used camera, the use itself has already alleviated the problem somewhat. Fair?

  • WarDamnPhil

    I use a combination of NIkon and Canon bodies. I promise it’s not a big deal.

  • zbe

    I have over 30,000 shots on my D600 and have had five cleanings. Guess what? It still has tons of oil. I have contacted Nikon repeatedly over this issue and they have repeatedly told me to have may camera cleaned. So I have…and I still have the same problem!

  • Boyd

    Now I am not sure if I am waiting for the D400 or D410 to upgrade.

  • David Liang

    I agree with your original idea, I’ve been wanting a second ff body to compliment my D3 which is aging. Depending on how low the D600s prices go I might get that instead of saving for a D4.
    I have a Sony a99 as well so I’m fully aware of how great the sensor is.

  • 7LeagueBoots

    So, for those of us who bought the D600, will they replace it with the D610? No? I thought not. In that case I’m not excited about it.

  • Eugene Chok

    i get confused having a mark ii on one shoulder and a mark iii on my other! let alone with one zooming one way and the other zooming the other. thats before i try and change my ap or shutter !

  • MI Photographer

    Yeah…I am not sure that is the intent. Same thing goes for the D7100. Its not really an upgrade targeted to D7000 owners, just a slightly better option than the previous model for those buying new or upgrading from the class below it. I currently own the D7000. From what I have read so far about the D610 and D600, I feel better about upgrading to full frame with the D610 as an option. Not so with the D600.

  • Jacob

    I love corporate fanbois …. don’t you get it? When you buy a product you expect it to work. If it doesn’t you expect it to get fixed.

  • Jacob

    So when will there be a low res D800? I need the control of a D800 with a smaller sensor and can’t afford the D4… The D600 is too much toy camera for my needs