Worth the Wait!!
I have been waiting since the introduction of the D600 to get into full frame photography. Read a lot of reviews and watched a lot of hands on You Tube reviews which all said the D600 was an overall xcellent camera. There are limits but still a massive improvement over any previous camera I have owned. The only thing holding me back was the overblown internet craze of dust/oil spots. Regardless if it was necessary or not Nikon is taking care of D600 owners and announced the D610 with a new shutter mechanism.I have only had my D610 for around 2 weeks but there are 0 oil/dust spots.
One of the things that also concerned me was people saying it was not built well and was a small camera. Personally I feel the build quality is outstanding and as far as the size, I am 6'1" & 200 lbs so needless to say I don't have small hands, this camera fits in my hands perfectly. It has a little bit of heft to it but not unbearable. The grip is comfortable and the camera is easily manageable. I would say in fact that it feels so good it is almost like an extension of my hand.
So far I have only shot with my 50mm F1.8G but the image quality and low light capabilities are amazing and as advertised. It has been hard to put down and I look forward to using it for the first time at a gig. Can't imagine paying more for D800 and those huge mega files with few advantages.
Look forward to getting the D7100 as my back up camera and supplement to my D610 for Wildlife and Sports. That is unless the rumored D9300 proves to be fact then it will be more waiting....but hopefully worth the wait again.
April 21, 2014
I hear so many people say this is just a D7000 with a full frame sensor but I can tell you it is so much more than that. My biggest concern about this camera was the autofocus. The 39 points clustered in the center is no big deal to me. (I think the best method to focus is by using the AE-L/AF-L button to focus with the center point and then compose anyway). What worried me was the possibility that the autofocus was soft or inaccurate like my d7000. If anyone has ever used a Nikon camera with the multi cam 3500 autofocus it is hard to accept anything of lesser quality. I can promise you that this autofocus is just as accurate and sharp. It is much improved over the d7000. I can deal with 39 points as long as they are fast and accurate. Not to mention to sensor is absolutely beautiful!
April 18, 2014
I love it.
I personally love the D610. I have had no problems with dust spots or oil spots. The video quality is amazing. this is my first fx camera and so far i love it, it works great with low light.
April 3, 2014
it's my first fx camera and it's so good but you need to get familiar with it
March 29, 2014
Best Value Available
Most of the negative reviews of this product are either VERY single function specific or the person didn't read the owners manual to correct problems they were having. If you've had different nikon bodies before, you may have to adjust some settings to have the d610 line up with the functionality you're used to.
I was looking to upgrade from my d200 (which I love), and bought the d610. Straight out of the box I ran into some problems from the functionality I was used to. It was frustrating for about 10 minutes before I decided to read the manual. I wasn't able to get the AF point to move where I wanted it to until I read how to switch AF modes, then the problem was solved! The thumb wheel was adjusting the exposure in the "wrong" direction, so after reading, I reversed the direction and it was fine. Same goes for a few other speed bumps. Yes, the AF points are "bunched in the middle", but with the image quality as high as it is, I really don't mind including more into frame than I need, then cropping to frame the subject as needed while processing.
Once I took the time to set up the camera to my preferences, it is simply an amazing camera. The biggest difference I am seeing from my old d200 to this d610 is the high ISO clarity. With my d200 at 800 there was some graininess to the images. I can bump up the ISO to twice that in the d610 and get less grain.
The camera feels great in hand, not that I plan on dropping it but I don't have to treat it delicately in fear of damaging it. With my 50mm 1.4 attached it is still very discreet, but turns out AMAZING image clarity. I've ever had ANY issues with proper metering, and any metering issues found should be easy to adjust to given the many ways to adjust it.
Until I can afford the D4, this camera has everything I'll need to shoot studio, weddings, outdoors, portraits, sporting events, and anything else that I shoot. Truly outstanding camera, especially when ones thinks of value for the dollar.
March 11, 2014
haven't found anything wrong with it yet
These cons are personal preferences and in general do not detract from the overall 5 stars I gave it.
I would have preferred 16 mp sensor and 51 point focus, but I guess Nikon would never give you everything at once.
I don't understand why anyone who bought a camera of this quality would use a scene mode.
And speaking of the mode dial, why does it need a lock button? I've been taking pictures and using the mode dial on several different cameras for a long time and the mode dial never moved without me moving it.
I've had the d610 for a couple of months now. I use it with a 100 mm macro as my prime lens.
This camera combined with the macro is just fantastic! I couldn't wish for anything better. I shoot mostly outside with bright sun, but for the few times I've shot portraits indoors with low lighting I've been able to push the ISO to 4000 without much noise at all.
I have xx large hands and they really fit this camera perfectly.
I also use a d40 with a 18-250 mm zoom and a d300s with a super tele-zoom
February 28, 2014
One of the worlds best sensors for under $2000...Unbelievable!
Dollar for dollar, best camera on the market! No question...for me...
February 13, 2014
Love the crisp images, its fast and the quality is awesome. I recommend this camera for anyone.
January 10, 2014
Great Camera for Price
I try and make my reviews without bias. With that said....
ISO sooooooo awesome! Compare this to the cropped frame this just blows it out of the water! I've been turning it up to 3200(unusable on cropped) and it still looks great!
A plus is if you have a D7000 the battery is the same.
Its Full frame!!!!
Its not worth comparing to the D800(big files.. slow shutter speed) or the D4(amazing camera.. best DR.. FAST shutter speed) because they are in there own ball park. If you have the money to spare and money is no object then take the D4. This camera was made to fit the bill between the DX seniors and Full frames and it does it well!
You can't change the Aperture in video mode! How stupid is that! If you do videos a lot this is going to bug you. I shoot way more pictures than video but still annoying to make. I hope they come out with a patch to the firmware and fix it.
The buttons layout is different that the D7000. If the D7000 is your back it then you will have to train your mind to not always hit the wrong buttons. Not a big deal but something to think about.
This doesn't bug me one bit but it might some people. All the focus points are put tight in the middle of the view finder. So if you wanna move the focus point all the way to one side your outta luck its kinda stuck in the middle.
If you are going from the Nikon D7000 to this don't expect a totally new or different camera... Its the D7000 body with a FX sensor. What your paying for is the Full frame which is amazing and worth it.
In conclusion I love this camera! I love how sharp it is how high I can go with the iso and not even notice it! I love the price I like the build. I love that is light small and take on trips. If you own and DX camera and thinking of taking the plunge into FX then I would say yes you will be happy with this camera. If your D4 owner and buy this camera I would say you will noticing what $4,000 more gets you!
December 20, 2013
High Performance/Dollar rating.
I've made the switch to Nikon form Pentax after 14 years, but I'm glad I did. I will make this short and sweet.
>High ISO performance--both stills and video.
>Pretty good auto focus, but not as good as the D4 or D800.
>Amazing IQ for such a low price, especially with High ISO performance.
>Small, yet very powerful--TRULY a good balance of performance for it's size & weight.
>No oil-spotting on the sensor like the D600.
>Best thing about this camera is that no other camera out there can come close to it for value.
>Lacking the higher performance autofocus that's in the D4, D800, D800E, and even the D7100--that's kind of a surprise.
>The D7100 has this camera beat on several features, including the build, but not my much and certainly by no means Hi ISO performance and IQ once the sunshine disappears.
>No decent GPS unit for this camera, something that has it's own battery supply and doesn't need a cord to tether it into the camera.
>No aperture control in video mode, but it's not too big of a deal.
>No PC Sync socket.
>Not a top-of the line build, but good enough for the price, but once again--THINK VALUE(.)
December 16, 2013
Very good Camera
I had this camera couple of days back and so far it is very good, Captured almost 1000+ and did not find any spotting issue.
November 3, 2013
This is one of the best SLRs ever made. Strong, reliable, accurate and with incredible image quality.
July 3, 2014
Was quite surprised with it's performance. Works very well in low light, creating crisp sharp images. The body is light weight and well balanced. With controls that you can still use in AUTO mode, or program your own settings.
I have used the D800, and in comparing them. I have discovered unless you are a professional photographer and need the very best. The D610 will suit all of your needs, and more.
I truly enjoy working with it.
November 22, 2013
qualité d'image remarquable!
J'ai changé mon d7100 pour un d610...aucun regret!
May 27, 2014
Camera perfeita, ótima em lugares com pouca luminosidade
March 27, 2014
D610 ela é Top !!!
D610 excelente câmera , se você esta interessado em comprar uma Full-Frame com o custo beneficio mais em conta, compre sem duvida , não ira se arrepender !!!
February 13, 2014
I had D300 for five years, just bought D610 this month. Image quality appear to be twice better than D300. I'm happy to move to FX. I just wish it has built-in WIFI. Maybe at this point Nikon cares more about image quality than WIFI. The WU-1B device does not connect to PC using a router, only mobile devices. I bought Nikon 1.8 and 2.8 lens. Aperture mode doesn't appear consistent in exposure level from wide opening to smaller apertures. The image taken at wide open appears to be always slightly darker than the rest. It's only slightly but no big deal. It can be fixable by adjusting shutter speed or ISO. I tested aperture mode range using D300 and D7100 and it appears to produce the same results so I would guess it's the general Nikon camera itself. Nikon probably thinks it's no big deal fixing this little problem that no one has complained about or notice. In White Balance, it has incandescent and no tungsten like Canon camera has. It appears slightly yellow, not white enough, but will try to test it some more. I would recommend the camera for excellent image quality but warn it has no built-in WIFI. Not many people are happy with WU-1B.
January 30, 2014
I just got this camera today and was really happy because I wanted to use it this weekend. Much to my dismay, the diopter control does not work! I searched online and found that it is a problem that people have been having straight out of the box. Now I have to make a 45 mile trip to Nikon in Los Angeles to get it fixed since it would be much easier and hopefully quicker than sending it back to B&H. This is my tenth Nikon DSLR (D100, D200, D2H, D2X x2, D300 x2, D700 x2) and am really upset about this. I was very anxious to try this camera out.
February 7, 2014
Great Camera, but has some metering problem with the Average or Matrix metering
I would have given a full 5 star if the metering was more accurate for scenarios where there is a bright or discrete light source.
Amazing auto focus
Great Image quality
Built in flash (Competitors doesn't have this feature)
Excellent button placements
Reasonably good high ISO performance.
In-Camera HDR algorithm is not great, some ghosting artifacts are seen.
Would be nice to have more options for HDR pre/post processing in camera.
Focus points could be more scattered across the frame, but seems like this has been done to maintain compatibility between DX & FX modes.
Would be nice to have the metering display on top LCD too (At least for all FX cameras).
The Main Problems is the Metering:
There is great difference seen between live view & view finder.
At first the metering jumps by a +1 or - 1 stop
If you’re taking a picture with discrete light sources in a dark background (such as a night landscape/New York Downtown at night /Las Vegas night photography) the metering is give under exposed results. This was tested while using the matrix metering, manual (aperture, shutter & ISO) controls. If you switch to live view for the same scene, the metering shows you are under exposed by a stop or two. I had to depend on the live view to meter & then switch to normal mode, focus & take the shot. It doesn’t matter if you are on FX or DX mode the problem seems to persist.
In Short for the same aperture, shutter speed & ISO, in matrix metering, would meter would display a positive value using the view finder (eg +1.5 ) & a negative value using the live view (eg: -1.5).
This cannot be exposure compensated in camera as its not a linear offset.
The Metering on the D7000 was far superior. I hope this issue can be fixed in firmware.
December 24, 2013
Over hyped Camera
My excitement/anticipation ended in disappointment. Just like others had said, bad unreliable and slow AF, wrong metering, tiny tiny small focus square, etc. Yes great when in focus. Had it for two weeks, tried AF fine tune and looking for answer, finally gave up and returned for refund. Sorry Nikon, afraid I have to switch to XYZ brand - may come back if your FX products have better IQ and image quality, and for less price. same problems tested D610 with Nikon 85mm prime lens; same said for D7100 with 85mm. Afraid I have to mothball my Nikon FX lenses while wait for future generations better FX camera. Hum D4 ?
December 28, 2013
Sharp camera, when it's in focus. AF problems!
I just purchased the D-610 with 24-85, 70-300, WiFi and case, all in a kit. I have previously owned the D-70 and D-300. Happy with both. I'm a full time working shooter (30+ years) and I teach at numerous colleges. I have always recommended Nikon, and will continue, BUT NOT THIS CAMERA.
After owning the camera for a couple of weeks I am still not able to use it for work because I cannot get the AF points to adjust where I need them. CANNOT LOCK THE FOCUS POINT. No matter what AF setting I've chosen, the focus points just flitter around and choose various elements on their own. I've read the manual, tried calling Nikon, written to Nikon customer support, etc. No help. Without AF control, the camera is not a good professional tool and I will likely return it unless I get some answers. This is a major disappointment for a lifelong Nikon user.
Additionally, the WiFi dongle DOES NOT WORK. Even with an iPad or compatible cell phone just inches away and recognizing the camera, the Wu-1b will not link with the camera and display an image. One of my main reasons for getting this camera was to be able to display images for my clients during product shooting sessions. No dice. Strike two.
December 10, 2013
Oil spots on the sensor. After 2000 shots the camera was useless.
Autofocus is a joke.The far left focus point newer works.
Disappointing image quality, especially the raw files (clarity is bad)
September 7, 2014
Poor Quality Photos
I shoot nature photography and bought this camera with hopes of going to the next step to improve my photos. Very disappointed with the clarity of my photos, shooting with a 300mm, f2.8 lense and the sharpness IS NOT there never mind adding a 1.4 teleconverter. My D300S gives far sharper images and therefore will not be using this body unless the quality can be improved through servicing the body at Nikon. I can not recommend this camera.
March 2, 2014