Nikon Unveils Enthusiast-Aimed D610 FX-Format DSLR with Pro-Level Features

Nikon Unveils Enthusiast-Aimed D610 FX-Format DSLR with Pro-Level Features


Melville, NY—The Nikon D610 is the latest FX-format HD DSLR aimed at enthusiasts focused on the color, sharpness and clarity of their images. Nikon built the D610 to provide enhanced performance and image quality, coupled with Nikon core technologies, in a lightweight form factor. Said to produce image quality that’s rivaled only by the 36.3 megapixel Nikon D800, the D610 is an option for those wanting to step up to the FX format.

“For many of us, photography is an unexplainable passion; a relentless pursuit of sharpness and fidelity in every image captured, as we endlessly seek a way to express ourselves,” said Masahiro Horie, director, Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The Nikon D610 is a tool to help us capture and share our creative vision with all the benefits of a full-frame sensor, including expanded depth-of-field control, wide dynamic range, high image quality, low noise, fine color and low-light capability.”

Its large, 24.3 megapixel, FX-format (35.9x24mm) CMOS sensor “is capable of creating low-noise images with amazing dynamic range, clarity and precise color, even in challenging light,” added Horie. Image quality and performance are bolstered with the aid of Nikon’s Expeed 3 image-processing engine, which helps to provide vivid colors and a broad tonal range while quickly processing data transfer from capture to card. Additionally, Expeed 3 contributes to the camera’s energy efficiency for all-day shooting. And, no matter the type of photography, from landscapes and wildlife to portraits and sports, Nikon D610 users will enjoy the full-resolution benefits of a variety of Nikkor glass.

The D610 uses a 39-point autofocus system and a scene recognition system: users can select single-point, continuous, dynamic or 3D autofocus modes to adapt to shooting situations from static subjects to dynamic athletics. The AF system is said to quickly acquire focus throughout the frame, even on fast-moving subjects, and the D610 employs Nikon’s 3D Color Matrix Metering II 2016-pixel RGB sensor in conjunction with a scene recognition system to analyze the scene and adjust exposure, white balance and focus. Furthermore, it utilizes nine cross-type sensors, seven of which retain AF ability up to f/8.

It also captures Full HD 1080p video in various frame rates, including a cinematic 24p and 30p. And it can feed 100% full-screen, uncompressed video via HDMI to an external device such as a monitor or digital recorder. Additionally, a stereo microphone and headphones can be connected through auxiliary input jacks for capturing and monitoring audio.

Other features include: ISO 100–6400, expandable to 25,600 (Hi-2), for minimal noise; a shutter unit tested to 150,000 cycles; improved automatic white balance for more natural-appearing reproduction of artificial light and natural skin tones, to render faces with a more three-dimensional appearance; a new shutter mechanism built to capture the action at a continuous six frames per second (fps); a new quiet continuous shutter mode, ideal for weddings and other sensitive events, which allows users to shoot discreetly at 3 fps; a 100%-coverage optical viewfinder, as well as a 921k-dot, 3.2-inch LCD screen viewable from various angle; creative modes for enthusiasts, such as multiple exposures combined with built-in HDR, an automatic time-lapse mode, an intervalometer and picture controls to adjust color, saturation and other image parameters on the fly, for both stills and video; and dual SD card slots.

The camera also supports Nikon’s optional WU-1b wireless mobile adapter, to allow users to share images and video directly to a compatible smartphone or tablet.

Sealed and gasketed for the same dust and moisture resistance as the D800, Nikon’s D610 will be available late October in four configurations: body only, $1,999.95; with the AF-S Nikkor 24–85mm f/3.5–4.5G ED VR lens, $2,599.95; with the AF-S Nikkor 28–300mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR lens plus a 32GB Class 10 memory card and large laptop bag, $3,049.95; and with the AF-S Nikkor 24–85mm f/3.5–4.5G ED VR lens, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6G IF-ED lens, the WU-1b wireless mobile adapter, a DSLR/tablet bag and a 32GB Class 10 memory card, $3,249.95.