Nikon D610

Nikon D610

It is equipped with a 24.3 megapixel CMOS sensor in full-frame FX-format, as well as an EXPEED 3 image processor, which allows it to capture high-resolution still images and full HD 1080p video with impressive picture quality and low-light sensitivity up to an extended ISO 25600.

High image quality with a broad dynamic range and high signal-to-noise ratio is achieved through the collaboration of the sensor and processor, which creates both smooth color and tonal gradations with low noise levels for improved overall clarity and increased overall clarity.

Additionally, the combination of these two technologies results in a high level of speed throughout the D610, including a continuous shooting rate of 6 frames per second and a silent shooting mode that allows the camera to capture consecutive pictures without the need to raise or lower the mirror.

Its design has a Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus sensor, which offers quick autofocus speeds while employing a 39-point array to precisely acquire focus in a variety of lighting settings. Seven of the center AF points are compatible with lenses with maximum apertures of f/8 or faster, which significantly improves the focusing performance when using longer telephoto lenses in conjunction with teleconverters.

An exact focus is maintained constantly whether recording movies or working in live view with subject tracking and face detection capabilities utilizing a contrast-detection focusing mechanism that operates in the full-time servo mode while the camera is recording or working in live view.

Using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec, full HD 1080p video may be captured at up to 30 frames per second, and manual control over the camera’s ISO, shutter speed, and aperture is possible for enhanced control over the look and feel of movies.

When using an optional external recorder linked through the HDMI connection, it is possible to record in uncompressed format. Additionally, both headphone and microphone ports are accessible for fine-tuning the sound quality of the recorded audio.

An auxiliary terminal, which is compatible with the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter and GP-1A GPS Unit, allows for wireless image sharing, remote camera operation, and geotagging features, while also extending the D610’s connection.

Sensor with 24.3MP FX-Format and EXPEED 3 Image Processor

Full-frame (FX) CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processor work together to create overall excellent image quality with remarkable detail, dynamic range, and color accuracy, as well as low-light sensitivity up to a native ISO 6400, which can be further expanded to ISO 25600 when shooting at night.

As a result, the processor allows for a significant increase in overall system speed, including support for full HD 1080p movie recording, a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 6 frames per second, and a continuous quiet mode, which records a sequence of images at 3 frames per second without the need to raise and lower the camera’s reflex mirror.

Additionally, the sensor can capture images in DX format and will automatically transition to and enable the usage of DX-dedicated lenses when they are mounted to the camera body.

Sensor with Autofocus (Multi-CAM 4800)

Another feature that contributes to the outstanding image quality is the effective AF system, which utilizes 39 separate AF points to swiftly acquire focus in a variety of lighting situations ranging from -1 to +19 stops of light.

By evaluating and detecting subjects to suit panning and tracking-based shooting methods, an intelligent Scene Recognition System, which is generally reserved for exposure metering, improves the focusing performance.

In different situations, different point arrays can be selected from: 9, 21, or 39 points. Seven centrally-located AF points are compatible with lenses with an aperture of f/8 or faster, allowing the auto focusing capabilities of the longest lenses when used in conjunction with teleconverters to be extended.

There are a variety of AF-area modes available when employing this phase-detection focusing approach, including single-point AF mode, dynamic-area AF mode, 3D-tracking mode, and auto-area AF mode, among others.

When working in live view, whether for still or video photography, a contrast-based AF system is used to acquire focus precisely. This system can also operate in continuous, full-time servo mode, which is more suitable for dealing with subjects that are in motion.

When employing the contrast-detection focusing method, four different AF-area options are available: face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, and subject-tracking AF. Face-priority AF is the default setting.

In order to quickly determine an accurate exposure and white balance setting for the scene at hand, the intelligent Scene Recognition System with 3D Color Matrix Metering II makes use of a 2016-pixel RGB sensor to evaluate and analyze all aspects within a scene, including brightness, contrast, subject distance, and the scene colors, to quickly determine an accurate exposure and white balance setting for the scene at hand.

During the data collection process, the information obtained is compared against onboard reference photographs to guarantee consistency from image to image in terms of exposure, white balance, i-TTL flash settings, and subject-tracking autofocus performance.

Full High Definition (1080p) Video Recording

Full HD 1920 x 1080p video recording in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec is available at frame rates of 30, 25, and 24 frames per second, as well as HD 720p recording at several frame rates. Manual exposure control is possible while recording by adjusting the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture settings.

Full-time focusing is also possible, with features like as face identification and subject tracking to enhance the quality of the captured images.

Both an external microphone input and a headphone jack are provided for real-time monitoring of recorded sound, which can be used to improve the overall sound quality of recordings. An HDMI output has also been included in the design, which, in addition to enabling high-definition video playback, also allows for the uncompressed recording of high-definition video using an optional external recorder.

With multi-area full HD D-Movie, you may choose between FX and DX recording regions of the sensor to adjust the composition and obtain more reach from lenses, as well as greater control over the depth of focus. This is true regardless of the lens being used.

Pop-Up Flash and i-TTL support are already built-in.

Additionally, the built-in pop-up flash serves as a wireless Commander, transmitting i-TTL exposure information to two groups of remote flashes via three channels, allowing for more precise control of strobe lighting than is possible with a conventional pop-up flash.

A hot shoe is also available, which enables Nikon i-TTL and the Creative Lighting System when used with optional Speedlights that are compatible with Nikon.

Design of the Camera

Despite the fact that it has a big FX-format sensor, the D610’s overall form factor is quite small and lightweight, which increases its mobility and travel possibilities.

An optional 3.2-inch 921k-dot LCD display, in addition to the optical pentaprism viewfinder with 100 percent frame coverage and 0.7x magnification, provides bright and crisp images for playing back and navigating through menus, as well as for living view monitoring.

Dual SD memory card ports allow for a variety of recording options, including overflow recording and JPEG/RAW partitioning, to be used simultaneously.

With the Nikon Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility program installed on an iOS or Android device, the accessory terminal facilitates the use of the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter for Wi-Fi picture and video sharing as well as remote camera control from a connected iOS or Android smartphone.

The GP-1A GPS Unit is also supported for geotagging applications that require the addition of locational data to images’ metadata.

Additional Camera Functions

  • Picture Control modes, which can be accessed straight from the camera through a dedicated button, allow you to apply predetermined aesthetics to photos in-camera. These include Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Standard, Vivid, and user-customizable settings, among others.
  • When a noise reduction technique analyzes the noise that appears in a picture or video, it automatically decides the appropriate amount of correction to apply in order to retain the optimum balance of noise and image clarity possible.
  • Auto ISO sensitivity adjustment allows you to pick a minimum shutter speed below which camera shake may be managed, and then the camera will automatically set the ISO value to the highest possible setting in order to portray the image as accurately as possible. It is also possible to select a maximum sensitivity level in order to keep overall noise levels consistent.
  • RAW (NEF) files can be recorded as lossless compressed or compressed at either 12 or 14-bit depth, depending on the camera.
  • The use of Active D-Lighting while working in high contrast environments, such as backlight lighting, allows for the preservation of both highlight and shadow features. Because of the processing capability of the EXPEED 3, a more regulated image will be created, with brightness levels that are more similar to what is seen in natural light. This mode is best suited for working with subjects that are in motion.
  • The built-in HDR function works to increase the tonal and exposure range of a single image by recording two distinct exposures and blending them together in order to obtain richer highlight and shadow details as well as a wider range of mid-tones in a single image. When two independent exposures come together, the smoothness of the edge where they meet may be changed to provide more apparent softness, which is beneficial for photographs with a wider range of exposure values. This mode is best suited for working with subjects that remain immobile.
  • It is possible to automate time-lapse photography such that photographs are captured at certain intervals and then automatically recorded as a video clip, allowing for smooth playback of a slow-motion activity occurring over time.
  • When a NIKKOR lens is connected, the following features are supported: lateral chromatic aberration reduction, auto distortion control, and vignette correction. These features all work to decrease optical abnormalities in the camera, resulting in a higher-quality picture.
  • When working in live view, an in-camera virtual horizon may detect both rolling (horizontal inclination) and pitching (forward or rear inclination) directions and show an electronic level on the LCD display when working with a virtual horizon. The tilting direction can also be seen in the viewfinder when the camera is tilted in one way.
  • The top and rear covers are made of magnesium alloy, resulting in a lightweight, stiff, and robust body design that maintains dust-prevention and water-resistance capabilities while being lightweight and rigid. The interface covers are additionally separated to provide even more dust and weather protection for the ports on the computer system.
  • The very accurate and robust shutter mechanism has been tested for 150,000 cycles and features a self-diagnostic shutter monitor to ensure that precision is maintained with little shutter speed deviation while operating at high speeds.
  • Scene modes include portrait, landscape, child, sports, close-up, night portrait, night landscape, party/indoor, beach/snow, sunset, dusk/dawn, and night portrait with a strobe light. Portrait of a pet, candlelight, blossom, autumn hues, food, silhouette, Both high and low tones are used.
  • Languages supported include Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (both simplified and traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Languages not supported include Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (both simplified and traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian,

Nikon D610 Specs

MSRP$1999/£1799.99/€2499.99 (body only), $2599/£2299.99/€2499 (with 24-85mm F3.5-4.5 lens)
Body typeMid-size SLR
Max resolution6016 x 4016
Other resolutions4512 x 3008, 3936 x 2624, 3008 x 2008, 3008 x 1688, 2944 x 1968
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 3
ISO100 – 6400 in 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV steps (50 – 25600 with boost)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (4)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points39
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject/scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear-curtain
Continuous drive6.0 fps
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedAverageSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing(2, 3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (2 or 3 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3 mired)
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
Wireless notesWu-1b mobile adapter
Remote controlYes (Optional, wired or wireless )
Environmentally sealedYes (Water and dust resistant)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)900
Weight (inc. batteries)850 g (1.87 lb / 29.98 oz)
Dimensions141 x 113 x 82 mm (5.55 x 4.45 x 3.23″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPS notesGP-1

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