Trying to Decide Between D610 and D800

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LeeTee
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Trying to Decide Between D610 and D800
7 months ago

I am looking from some advice from people who have actually used one or both of these cameras.

I presently have a D200 and am looking to move to a newer but an FX camera. Most of my lenses are FX compatible. I shoot mainly nature with an emphasis on birds and landscapes. I will be shooting even more landscapes in the future.

In looking at these two, I could go either way (I can cover the $s diff). While I like the 36Mp in the D800, I really don't need more than the 24Mp of the D610. The faster burst mode of the D610 would be gr8 for bird pixs.

Some questions:

-How do you set Continious focus with tracking on the D610?
-On either cmaera, can you setup a set of custom settings and just "switch" to them?
-Does the D610 have the feature to fine tune the focus for each lens?
-How does the noise at high ISO compare between the two?
-Does having the extra AF points in the D800 really make a difference?
-Is having only 3 frames for bracketing in the D610 really a limitation?

Any other comments would also be appreciated. Thanks!

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In reply to LeeTee, 7 months ago

If you like working with large file size from a D800, then it's for you.

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Why are you suggesting the D800E over the D800 or D610?

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In reply to wasserball, 7 months ago

I can't comment on the D610...While I was waiting for the elusive D400 to magically appear...I decided 'to he!! with Dx ( have owned D70, D200, D300, D7000 ) And I decided that foe an extra $1000 I could get a D800 and be happy for years! One year later, I am still ecstatic with the D800. Yes the files are large, but that is better than the other way around and that is the only drawback to the D800. Good luck with your decision...Brent

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I had 3 bad copies of D600, and in the end, just bit the bullet and went with D800 for extra $1000. Will probably use it till it completely falls apart if ever

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-How do you set Continious focus with tracking on the D610?

Continuous focus mode can be set with a button and a dial. If by tracking you mean "don't refocus if something briefly comes between the camera and subject" there is a menu item that specifies a focus delay. There is also a custom menu you can setup that makes it easy to get at the items you regularly change.

-On either cmaera, can you setup a set of custom settings and just "switch" to them?

On the D610 there are U1 and U2 user settings. And if you flip back to, say, m mode the camera remembers the settings before you switched to u1/u2. u1/u2 are on the m/a/s/p dial. The D800 does not have these, it has "custom setting banks" but I am not familiar with them.

-Does the D610 have the feature to fine tune the focus for each lens?

Yes

-How does the noise at high ISO compare between the two?

Here is a dpreview link to a tool that lets you compare iso performance of different cameras using their test photos.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/studio-compare?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=mainmenu&utm_medium=text&ref=mainmenu

-Is having only 3 frames for bracketing in the D610 really a limitation?

I was disappointed with only 3 but didn't stop me from getting the camera. When I bracket more than 3 I was already used to doing it manually, so... Of course, I sometimes get the feeling I may have move the camera ever so slightly when manually changing the ev

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I have the D800E and I am more than pleased with it ..in fact I may not need another cam for a very long time.

That said ..36 megapixels, from what I have been told, will not be fully resolved by any lens out there. I think 18mp is tops- if you want to spent $$$$$$$$$$$ maybe up to 21 or so ??.. It would seem the D610 with its update on the 600 issues and its 24 megapixels would be would about all anyone would ever need. The sensorĀ  differences ..between the 610 and the 800 are small and the 610 is a slightly smaller lighter cam ..however not as well made..andĀ  $$ cheaper.

Its a hard choice and you will not go wrong with either. The D800 has durability on its side..AND ..there may be IQ differences I do not know of ..but possibly someone who owns or has owned both could comment on that.

all the best

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In reply to Joe Huckleberry, 7 months ago

Thanks! Great answers!

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In reply to LeeTee, 7 months ago

I have both cameras.

I just returned from a trip to India.

My assessment:  Both are excellent and  there is little difference if you are NOT a pixel peeper.......

I would use the 610 in a heartbeat and interchangeably with my D800 as I did here.....

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In reply to systemguy, 7 months ago

Thanks!

I will look hard at the D610 vs D800 Landscape/building images.

It looks like it will come down to if I want the higher burst rate of the D610 vs. the increased pixels of the D800.

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painterdude wrote:

I have the D800E and I am more than pleased with it ..in fact I may not need another cam for a very long time.

That said ..36 megapixels, from what I have been told, will not be fully resolved by any lens out there. I think 18mp is tops- if you want to spent $$$$$$$$$$$ maybe up to 21 or so ??.. It would seem the D610 with its update on the 600 issues and its 24 megapixels would be would about all anyone would ever need. The sensor  differences ..between the 610 and the 800 are small and the 610 is a slightly smaller lighter cam ..however not as well made..and  $$ cheaper.

Its a hard choice and you will not go wrong with either. The D800 has durability on its side..AND ..there may be IQ differences I do not know of ..but possibly someone who owns or has owned both could comment on that.

all the best

g

I believe the kit 24-85 lens can outresolve the D800 36MP sensor.  I've seen pics from Reilly where you keep zooming in and zooming in and all of a suden you see tiny square pixels and voila - you've outresolved the sensor (compared to zooming in, zooming in and getting to something blurry).

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In reply to LeeTee, 7 months ago

LeeTee wrote:

Thanks!

I will look hard at the D610 vs D800 Landscape/building images.

It looks like it will come down to if I want the higher burst rate of the D610 vs. the increased pixels of the D800.

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I don't have either camera but from the specs I feel that the D800 is much better value when you weigh up it's advantages over the D600/10.

As nice a camera the D600/10 is, I'd definitely get a D800 because adding up all it's extra features, it is better value for the money.

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In reply to starman1969, 7 months ago

I started of with a D600 and was plagued with the infamous oil spots on sensor problem.

I then decided "enough" and traded in the D600 for a D800, an upgrade that was worth every penny.

I do a lot of DSLR video which is where the D800 really shines, the best feature being the ability to adjust the aperture whilst filming in live view. On the D600/10 you have to exit live view every time you was to make an aperture adjustment: CRAZY !!!!

So, if you can afford a D800 you won't regret being the owner of the best DSLRs on the market.

Good luck with your decision.

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In reply to Geoffrey Rippingale, 7 months ago

Thanks!

I don't plan to do video, so for still work how to you compare the two?

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Thanks!

Do you do much shooting in burst mode? I so is the 4 frames/sec an issue?

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For birds in flight, you may prefer the autofocus of the D800 better than the D610.

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Good point! Even though the D610 has a faster burst rate, the D800 AF area is bigger..and better?

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Regarding FPS, you can use the D800 in 1.2 crop mode, which gives you 5.5FPS and still the same pixel densitiy as the D610. (so kind of like 20% extra reach for free) Not too bad for planes, so surely not too bad for birds either.

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Bird photography, if your pictures are perfectly sharp, you might get better cropping on the D800, but be aware the linear resolution is only about 25% better than the D600/610. On the other hand getting completely sharp pictures at the extremes of a long lens of small objects is a challenge, so the difference may be marginal.

AF points? If you are shooting moving objects you are probably going to stick to centre points tracking anyway - the edges are not much use. Non moving objects, you can always focus and recompose a bit if you need to, it isn't that difficult.

Focus speed - not sure that this is a problem with the D600, I have shot small fast moving dogs running at the camera, and got the head in focus. The quality of the lens is probably more important than the difference between the D600 and the D800.

If you have unlimited money, get the more expensive body, but if you have a budget, spend that extra money on better glass and you will probably see more benefit.

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