Don't mind the negitive reviews
It's time to clear up some questions and concerns brought up by previous reviews. Make no mistake, the Nikon D610 is a professional level camera that can be picked up by hobbyists, working professionals and beginners alike. At the time of writing this review (12/29/2014) the D610 has a 4 star rating which is a disappointment. This camera deserves 5 stars but due to angry D600 users and people misunderstanding what a camera body's limits and capabilities are, the D610 suffers.
Does the camera have focusing issues?
No! Some people have complained about the D610 not focusing correctly which is a sure sign of user error. The camera body's job is to capture light on the sensor and translate that light into an image. If you're having focusing issues it is most likely caused by a few things. First: User error is a common cause of blurry images. This should be no surprise to most of us but even experienced photographers miss focus. If you're using a lens with a wide aperture (f/1.8) You're area of sharp focus will be drastically decreased, sometimes your slice of focus will only be a few Millimeters wide so if you wobble or your subject moves your focus will be off. Second: User error. Let's reiterate this to make it clear. If you're having focusing issues it is imperative that you first look at the mistakes you might be making before you blame the camera. Third: What is your shutter speed? too slow and any slight movement will cause your image to be out of focus. Try to stay above 1/60th for still subjects and significantly faster for moving subjects. Third: Focus calibration. When you've considered and eliminated user error it is possible that you need to calibrate your lens for the camera's focusing system. You can do this by going to the setup menu > AF Fine Tune and using a SpyderLenscal or something like it to fine tune your focus. You have to calibrate each individual lens.
Does the sensor collect dust?
yes! Every camera sensor will collect some dust over time but that is completely normal and it's not a mechanical issue like the D600. The problem is fixed and you shouldn't panic if you have some dust after normal use.
The Nikon D610 is an amazing camera and I urge you to get one if you're looking for a high caliber camera. Use the camera for a while, come back and leave a review so we can bump the rating up to a level this camera deserves.
December 29, 2014
Great camera for Semi-pro photographer
I recently photographed a friend's wedding with this camera and got great results. The ability to make the shutter very quiet and in low light meant being able to get shots without the individuals knowing or without interrupting the ceremony. Also used my D90 during the reception, but the audible click frequently made people look.
My usual photos are landscapes, lighthouses, covered bridges so the full frame over the D90's DX sensor is also wonderful.
July 17, 2014
A Possible Reason for a Few Reviewers Poor Image Quality with D610
First, let me say that I mean no disrespect to the few people who left negative reviews about the D610. My purpose in posting is to suggest a reason as to why you may be getting poor image quality. Is it possible that when you get poor image quality out of the D610 that you're shooting shooting wide open on your primes? I recently bought the AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 because I shoot a lot of video interviews and I was tired of my entire scenes being in total, precise focus. Naturally, when I got the 85/1.8 I lighted my interviews in such a way as to be able to crank that beautiful lens all the way open and throw my background out of focus. And, it worked. However, in my excitement, I forgot one of the first things I was taught in my photography classes in college. Yes, opening up to 1.8 will give you a beautiful, fuzzy background but it also leaves you with an incredibly shallow depth of field. I've come to learn that when you shoot a video interview wide open, you better make sure your subject stays perfectly still in his chair--an absolute impossability unless you use restraints. The first 3 interviews I shot with my D610 and the 85mm 1.8 go in and out of focus throughout the session. At 1.8, all a subject has to do is lean forward slightly and some part of his face is going to go soft. I've since learned to stop down a little and back off slightly from my interview subjects (I like to get really close when I do an interview). I'm still getting a lovely, out of focus background and my subjects are sharp as a tack. I'm sure you guys know all of this and I'm certainly not trying to insult you're photographic expertise but I thought I throw out my 2 cents. I've always thought that auto focus on a Nikon (I still have an old D80 that I love) was the hardest thing to master. It latterly took me years of practice to begin to master the AF on the D80 and I had to start all over again with the D610. But, through trial and error and a lot of unusable interview footage, I'm finally getting back in the groove.
On an unrelated note, I also have a D600. No signs of the dreaded spots yet but I thought i read on this forum that Nikon is replacing the shutter or whatever it is causing the spots for free now. Is this true?
July 17, 2014
This is a really good camera for the price
I've been used to shooting on a D800 for a couple of years now for work, and I wanted to upgrade my personal camera body. When looking at the D610, it offered almost all the features of the D800 for a more attractive price, so I decided to buy it.
I have not been disappointed. While the 36MP of the D800 is phenomenal, the 24MP of the D610 is still more than adequate - in fact, it's outstanding. The images I'm getting are sharp, the dynamic range is excellent, and it has pretty much all the features I want. My only (minor) complaints are that I wish the AF points were spread over a wider area of the viewfinder, and that the auto-bracketing settings had options to include more than 3 frames. But there has to be some sacrifice for a lower price. I'm also finding that adjusting the focusing modes takes a little getting used to, but I'm sure with practice that will become more intuitive.
This camera feels good in my hands, and having been a Nikon shooter for a long time, I find the controls and buttons comfortable to work with. The low light performance is excellent even up to ISO 5000. It starts to get a bit noisy at 6400 and above, but that's to be expected.
This is the perfect camera for those who don't want to spend over $2,000 on a camera body and still get a great performer.
June 5, 2014
Bought this camera after owning several other Nikon DX models over the years. I will have to say I am incredibly happy with the images it captures over the DX format. Glass glass glass, ANY camera will make cruddy images if you have cheap lenses. Put a decent f2.8 or faster and watch the magic.
This is the BEST bang for your buck in the FX line up next to the D800. The DX Auto Crop feature is great for using DX based lenses on the fly. This camera is tough too, my tripod got knocked over and the camera went 5.5 feet straight to the cement. Aside a couple nicks, the camera works perfectly. It feels solid and is not too small for my 6"3 200lb frame. ISO both low and hi are amazing. Zero oil spot issues that many say the D600 had/has. 6fps in RAW is glorious. Don't want to spend $3000 - $7000 on FX format? Get this one.
May 8, 2014
Best camera I have owned in many years.
Right out of the box this camera was superb and keeps getting better. I love the high iso functionality and lack of noise. It's a little heavier than my d7000, but it packs a lot more punch. I shoot a lot in raw and it handles the raw images quite well. This is my first full frame camera since my last film camera and I am impressed.
I publish a small institutional magazine, and my photos were generally quite good. The d7000 was great for that. Now I am hoping to ramp it up to a whole new level.
I bought my first Nikon in 1971 at the PX in Vietnam. It was one of the old flat top Photomics, and rugged as could be. I once dropped it out of a hovering helicopter, only damage was some skinned paint.
April 22, 2014
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
The Nikon D610 Excellent
The Nikon D610 Excellent
I bought the camera in July of 2014 and love it, it so good fast and built well. I can only say I really love my D610 it brings me back to the good old days of 35 mm film my F801s, FE, FM2, FA and N2020 to name some of my Cameras. Also I had to say a D70s and a D7000.
My D7000 I traded it in for something else. I want to by another D610 or may look at the D750 but to say I like the BM-14 LCD Cover for the D610 and maybe there is no Cover for the D750 so I will see what I buy. I like to have less moving parts like the LCD on my D610 but have to think and talk to the store to make up my mind.
I am looking to have two (2) FX cameras to use. I am also thinking of the D800 – D810 for a Second or main Body Camera.
To say I hope the next camera that replaces the D610 has a LCD cover I find it to be a good add on to protect the LCD. I have my camera bouncing on my chest and so on.
I would recommend to any one the D610.
September 13, 2014
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
Uma full frame por si só nos deixa com a expectativa de uma qualidade de imagem bem alta, pois então, essa câmera corresponde essa expectativa. Seus recursos e resistência habilitam essa máquina para uso extremo. Um belo corpo.
March 21, 2015
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
D610 Spots on Pictures
Purchased for a trip to Italy, had the camera for one month. Came back from my trip and every image had spots. Now in for repair. Hope this is not going to be a recurring problem because of a design flaw.
Although I got great images from my trip, I'm quite disappointed with this flaw in a brand new camera.
April 2, 2015
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
Em condições normais de iluminação, ela se da bem; embora quando a cena tem muita sombra, ou pouca luz, a granulação vem f'acil, isso me incomoda muito, acho ruim para condições de sensibilidade alta: tipo ISO 2500 a 4000 deixa muito a desejar, uma vez que seu máximo nativo e ISO 6400.
Podia ser melhor, hoje ha no mercado câmeras mais simples que superam esses problemas, se para uso profissional, hoje eu pensaria duas vezes. Nao recomendo para uso intenso, bom para hobistas e estudantes.
April 14, 2015
Really Disappointed with Two Things, Enough to Return
Well, this camera had such promise. I upgraded from a D7000 that I bought 3 years ago and I have become a full-on professional photographer with the D7000, and it was time to upgrade to FX.
I researched everything about the cameras and was so excited about getting the D610. When it arrived the upgrade to Full Frame and to 24 megapixels were both immediately noticeable in the photographs.
My favorite feature was that my photographs shot at dark events at 3200 ISO (an ISO that looks horrible on my D7000) looked crisp and clear. I was extremely impressed with the quality of the photographs.
Some improvements from the D7000 that I really love were the grip on the camera, access to the ISO button and to the Live View are simplified, and the lock on the Mode wheel.
Then I took the camera outside. I have light-sensitive eyes and live in Colorado at altitude. I cannot go outside without sunglasses on without tempting a migraine. So I wear polarized glasses. When I looked down at the LCD on the back of my camera it was blank. I took the glasses off, I could see it. I have been in contact with Nikon for the last two days and they have informed me that they made the polarization tilt at 90º (in other words I can only see the screen if I tilt it vertically, so the menus are sideways). This is a fact, they aren't changing it and "I should return the camera".
I'm truly heartbroken about this. I will need to return the camera as I cannot use it outdoors, which is where about 60% of my business is done.
I understand that living at altitude with light-sensitive eyes is a specific problem of mine, but WHY oh WHY did the engineers do that? I am surely not the only photographer wearing sunglasses! The D800 and D810 have screens that I can see with my sunglasses at any angle. My D70 and D7000 both had screens I could see perfectly (the polarization is set to 0º which is the standard for all LCD screens with possible use outdoors throughout all industries). This was a horrible oversight by Nikon, or a way to save money, I'm not sure which.
My other complaint about the camera is that the focus area is tiny, it's sized for a DX camera and so focus points anywhere but near the middle are not reachable. I worked around this by using Focus Lock, but it is another down side of the camera to consider.
October 16, 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