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Nikon launches D610 full-frame DSLR with updated shutter mechanism

By dpreview staff on Oct 8, 2013 at 04:02 GMT

Nikon has announced the much-rumored D610 24MP full-frame DSLR. Coming just a year after the D600, the D610 appears to be a very minor refresh, with a quiet continuous shooting mode, improved white balance and faster continuous shooting touted as its major changes. Beyond this, the D610 is essentially the same camera as the D600 and, given its launch at the same $2000 SRP, it's extremely likely that the D610 replaces the older camera.

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Press Release:


The Nikon D610 HD-SLR Delivers FX-Format Quality and Pro-Level Features for Enthusiasts Ready to Take Their Passion to the Next Level

MELVILLE, NY (October 8, 2013) – Nikon Inc. today announced the Nikon D610, the latest FX-format HD-SLR to incorporate cutting-edge features and superior operability to help photographers create amazing images and Full HD video.  Engineered for those enthusiasts who focus on the color, sharpness and clarity of their images, the D610 provides enhanced performance and image quality improvements, coupled with Nikon core technologies, all in a lightweight form factor. With image quality rivaled only by the 36.3 megapixel Nikon D800, the D610 is an attractive option for those willing to step up to 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 of 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.”

Superior Image Quality
Inside and out, the Nikon D610 is dynamically engineered to deliver the outstanding balance of image quality, performance and operability that only a full-frame camera can offer. The large 24.3-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24mm) CMOS sensor is capable of creating low-noise images with amazing dynamic range, clarity and precise color, even in challenging light. No matter the type of photography, from landscapes to wildlife, portraits to sports, the Nikon D610 excels, delivering stellar sharpness, superior handling, and the ability to enjoy the full resolution benefits of a wide variety of NIKKOR glass. Image quality and performance are further bolstered with the aid of Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processing engine, which helps to provide vivid colors and an exceptionally broad tonal range while quickly processing image data transfer from capture to card. Additionally, EXPEED 3 contributes to surprising energy efficiency for all-day shooting.   

Serious Performance for the Advanced Photographer
Whether capturing an awe-inspiring vista at the golden hour, or portraits that absolutely have to flatter, the swift response and advanced feature set will appeal to a wide range of users. From Nikon core technologies to thoughtfully laid-out controls, the robust and innovative feature set of this D-SLR will satisfy even the most demanding enthusiast.

  • Low-Light Performance:  A wide ISO range helps the user master any lighting challenge. From a clean ISO 100 to a versatile 6,400 (25,600, Hi-2), the D610 provides minimal noise and maximum confidence.   
  • 39-Point AF System and Scene Recognition System:  Users can select single point, continuous, dynamic or 3D autofocus modes to adapt to any shooting situation from static subjects to dynamic athletics. The Nikon D610’s 39-point AF system quickly acquires focus throughout the frame, even on fast moving subjects. For further accuracy, the system uses Nikon’s exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II 2016 pixel RGB Sensor in conjunction with the Scene Recognition System to analyze the scene and adjust exposure, white balance and focus. The resulting images display a more balanced exposure, precise sharpness and accurate color. Furthermore, the D610 utilizes nine cross-type sensors, seven of which retain AF ability up to f/8, a true boon to wildlife and sports photographers who rely on teleconverters for maximum distance.
  • New Improved Automatic White Balance (AWB):  With an updated AWB algorithm, users can capture more vivid skies, and more natural-appearing reproduction of artificial light than ever before. Additionally, more natural skin tones can be captured, rendering faces with a more three-dimensional appearance. 
  • New Increased Speed and Performance: A new shutter mechanism in the D610 affords a faster frame rate. Users can now capture the action at a continuous 6 frames-per-second (fps), which is ideal for photographing action sports or elusive wildlife.
  • New Quiet Continuous Shutter Mode: Ideal for weddings and other sensitive events, the D610 features a new Quiet Continuous Shutter Mode. When selected via the main command dial, users can shoot discreetly at up to 3 fps.
  • 100% Frame Coverage and 3.2-inch High Resolution LCD: Shoot all day comfortably and compose easily through the wide and bright optical viewfinder, which offers 100% frame coverage. Additionally, the high-resolution 921K dot, 3.2-inch LCD screen is viewable from a wide variety of angles making it easy to compose, review and share.
  • Unleash Creativity with Advanced Modes:  With a wide variety of creative modes designed for enthusiasts, users can continue to express themselves in new, creative ways. A series of images with multiple exposures can be combined with built-in HDR, while users can explore their inner artist with an automatic Time Lapse Mode, or the intervalometer found in all advanced Nikon D-SLR’s. To adjust color, saturation and other image parameters on the fly, Picture Controls can be applied to both stills and HD video. 
  • Dual SD Memory Card Slots: The Nikon D610 accepts two SD memory cards, which users can set to copy and overflow, or mark as one dedicated video when shooting multimedia. Additionally, the D610 accepts blazing-fast and high capacity SDXC and UHS cards.
  • Full High Definition Capabilities: Capture stunning Full 1080P HD video in a variety of frame rates, including a cinematic 24p, 30p and 60i. A useful feature inherited from professional Nikon cameras, the Nikon D610 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 thoughtfully placed auxiliary input jacks for capturing and monitoring audio.
  • Share a Stellar Shot Instantly: When using the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter1, unbelievable images can be shared directly to a compatible smart mobile device such as a phone or tablet. Users can then share these images with friends and family through their own social networks or photo sharing applications.
  • Robust Construction: The Nikon D610 is sealed and gasketed, with dust and moisture resistance of the same caliber as the Nikon D800. The top and rear covers of the camera are made of magnesium alloy for maximum durability, while the shutter unit is tested to 150,000 cycles.

NIKKOR, Speedlight and System Compatibility
The Nikon D610 is compatible with a wide variety of NIKKOR Lenses, allowing users to truly realize a lens’ potential with an FX-format camera. For eighty years, photographers have come to rely on Nikon’s heritage of optical excellence for lenses that deliver the pinnacle of optical quality. Additionally, the Nikon D610 is fully compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting (CLS) System, and can act as a Commander to control up to two groups of Speedlights, in-camera. 

Price and Availability
The Nikon D610 D-SLR will be available in late October 2013 in a variety of configurations.

  • Body Only – $1999.95* Suggested Retail Price (SRP)
  • With AF-S NIKKOR 24-85MM F/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens - $2599.95* SRP
  • With AF-S NIKKOR 28-300MM F/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens + 32GB Class 10 memory card + Large Laptop Bag - $3049.95* SRP
  • With 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 + WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter + D-SLR Tablet Bag + 32GB Class 10 memory card - $3249.95* SRP

1The Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility Application must be installed on the smart device before it can be used with the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter connected to the Nikon D610. The application can be downloaded free of charge from Google Play™ or the Apple App Store. For use with Android or iOS mobile devices, please refer to mobile device compatibility and available features at (Android) or (iOS).
2Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google, Inc. 
3iPhone, iPad and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

Nikon D610 specifications

MSRP$1999/£1799.99/€2499.99 (body only), $2599/£2299.99/€2499 (with 24-85mm F3.5-4.5 lens)
Body type
Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloy top and rear, polycarbonate front-plate
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 photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 3
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
ISO100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost)
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (4)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
File format
  • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed
  • JPEG
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points39
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
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
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single-frame [S] mode
  • Continuous low-speed [CL]
  • Continuous high-speed [CH]
  • Mirror-up [Mup]
  • Quiet Shutter Release
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive6 fps
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Average
  • Spot
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)
Videography features
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
USB USB 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)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPS notesGP-1

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Total comments: 120
By bosco1955 (6 months ago)

What no Wi-Fi ?

By snegron2 (6 months ago)

Did they finally correct the oil on the sensor issue?

By czecht (6 months ago)

We will see in near future if they did or not.
If I made cameras, I would use a mechanism that is working great in the Dxxxx model and put it in - I do not need to keep other parts that would differ on hand and simplifying production and repair is a great strategy!
But, if you buy the camera, I wish you GREAT LIGHT and take great pictures - SHOW THEM HERE TO ALL TO SEE!

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (6 months ago)

"Did they finally correct the oil on the sensor issue?"

I just heard that the D610 was designed to spray a fine mist of apple cider vinegar on the sensor instead.

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By xmeda (6 months ago)

Nikon is doomed!

By czecht (6 months ago)

What POSITIVE idea do you have sir?
What do you accomplish by your statement?
Aren't we ALL DOOMED?
HM, why would you waist everyones day with your statement?
I never understood people with statement like this for some reason!
Enjoy your camera and take pictures - it is a tool, not a pride or something to gripe about! ha ha ha

1 upvote
By jabilson007 (6 months ago)

I think I read in the press release " ...the new D600, er D610 is a revolutionary..." LOL

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By jyesheen (6 months ago)

As a legacy Nikon Owner, it hurt. I got D600 on 2012-Dec with high price. and after that, the price falling down.
While I am curious of why D600 price sliding-down so fast, and seeing this new +10 Model. The feeling is bad.
It is only one year. Nikon's way of marketing this D600/D610 is really negative to his image on assured high quality and hurt the customer loyalty like me who purchase D600 with high price.
D600 is my first full frame DSLR, and I quite happy with this Body.
What I learn is not to purchasing new 3C product within the first 6/12 Month after launch.
Hope Nikon can learn from this D600 issue and do be a High-End Camera Manufacture who persist on quality and can be trust on price and quality.

By HarrieD7000 (6 months ago)

Of your D600 has no shutter issue, you still have a great camera, I would like to have, but still can't afford.

By czecht (6 months ago)

I also hold for several month before purchasing the newest camera. After D100, D200... I held back and purchased the D800 and I am VERY HAPPY. BUT, you should also be happy with your camera - the cost of the body alone is NOT THE biggest cost - your lenses, flash units, adapters ...cost much more than your D600. The D600 is a great camera - based on what I see. The newest model will not change much - you use the D600 as a TOOL, not as an investment - I hope! Investing in a Nikon (or any other camera, usually) is not how one should see his/her camera - I think. If you keep your camera, lets say 10 years total, and you paid $2000 divided by 10 = 200 divided by 12 = less than $17.00 per month! With interest, lets say $20.00 per month! Now, if you take pictures (not for profit) but for pleasure, the picture (and the camera) is PRICELESS!
I wish you all a great picture taking and remember, photography is PAINTING WITH LIGHT!
Have a GREAT LIGHT you all! Tony

By TristanW (6 months ago)

comparing to rumored A7, D610 might be somewhat out-dated....

By tvstaff (6 months ago)

Does it take pictures?

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By knize10 (6 months ago)

Too little too late.

By Walsh_uk (6 months ago)

At least they 'came out' and gave it a new name, not a blue dot on the box ( 1D MKIII ) LOL...


By smatty (6 months ago)

But the new name will most likely hurt D600 owners in resale value. Psycologically the D600 has problems that were fixed whith the D610. And this bad reputation will most likely lead to lower D600 resale prices...

A blue dot on the box would have been my prefered choice as owner ;)

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By GradyPhilpott (6 months ago)

It seems to me that the only people who really have a complaint are those who bought a D600 and if those folks have only to send a faulty D600 in to a service center and get back what is basically a D610 without the badge, then I don't see that anyone has much to complain about.

There are no products that cannot have certain issues at the time of roll out, and beyond, and that is why there are warranties. That's why there are recalls.

I have to admit that since I got into photography I have been both appalled and amused at how ridiculous photo hobbyists can be with the "my camera brand is better than your camera brand" and what not.

I'm not going to defend the Nikon brand because I don't think that Nikon needs a defense.

There are names for those who refuse to live in the real world and have to whine about every little thing the corporate world does. Pick your favorite.

As for those who are completely bummed out, just move on to another camera brand. There's no shortage.

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By FreedomLover (6 months ago)

6 paragraphs whining about those Nikon shortchanged.

By iamphil (6 months ago)

When did Nikon admit a problem with the D600 or issue a recall? They seem to spend as much time denying warranty repairs on the D600 shutter as much as they do on fixing them.

By tinzi1 (6 months ago)

Geezse, D610! Nikon basiscally sees its user as a bunch of friiieeken idiots. wracked D600 owners: Nikon wiped your asaases hard and threw candies all over ur face at D610 annocement.

By peevee1 (6 months ago)

"given its launch at the same $2000 SR"

Wasn't D600 priced $2,100 at launch, reduced to MSRP of $1,999 only later?

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (6 months ago)

Calumet e-mailed me details of the new D610 - they said: 100% glass pentaprism viewfinder. I said 100 % free from muck ? We'll see.....

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Abhijith Kannankavil
By Abhijith Kannankavil (6 months ago)

good news for people looking for used d600. nothing more.

By AbrasiveReducer (6 months ago)

It's also great news for anyone who wanted a D600 but without problems.

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By MIC37 (6 months ago)

I am waiting for Nikon D699.

Magesh J
By Magesh J (6 months ago)

yes... after all the problems are being solved... this is a nasty insult from Nikon....

By yabokkie (6 months ago)

at least it can shoot 6 fps as slow as 5D3.

By whtchocla7e (6 months ago)

Second-hand value? Haha, folks.. When you buy electronic goods, any electronic goods, you might as well add the purchase price to your "never see" again pile..

By bilcobarnes21 (6 months ago)

The D610 is clearley a way to sugar coat a replacment for the mechanically flawed D600. Has the the D600 had the shortest shelf life of any Nikon DSLR to date?
I believe so and i also believe i know the reason why.

The one thing that does interest me, i wonder if we will ever see the same lynch mob that once came out to condemn the Fuji X10 and its Orbs, i wonder as the D600 holds the illustrious "Nikon" badge it may be imune to such haters.

By chekist (6 months ago)

It would be reasonable if Nikon offered discount upgrade to D600 customers. Otherwise pretty crappy move Nikon

yvind Strm
By yvind Strm (6 months ago)

I feel sincerly sorry for all those who bought a D600, who will see a drop in second hand value, and will have to live with doing regular sensor cleaning.

I think Nikon should make a limited time offer to replace the D600 with a D610. That would restore faith. But, I guess they will just count on the short memory of people.

Sigma re-released their SD1 with a new name, lowered the price with 75%, and gave those who had bought the old one a gift card for lenses, according to the price difference.
On the other hand, Sigma pulled the same trick when SD15 replaced the SD14, cause there where problems a firmware update could not fix.

Reports on the Nikon FF forum suggests that even if Nikon replace shutters on the D600, it does not fix the problem. So, its probably not D610 shutters that is used.

By Anastigmat (6 months ago)

According to Thom Hogan, if an owner sends in the D600 for service due to oily sensor, Nikon quietly replaces the shutter. So, owners of the D000 can get a free upgrade. The only difference is that Nikon won't put a new camera cover with the name D610 on the old camera

By Digitall (6 months ago)

An excellent innovation, which involves painstaking research and technology that only a year later it was possible to reach this level of evolution, a breakthrough in the world of photography. Still say that Nikon is not being innovative..."At the heart of the image".

By Zerg2905 (6 months ago)

Ha ha, good one, sounds familiar from the marketing perspective. Cheers! :)

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By mpgxsvcd (6 months ago)


Kevin Purcell
By Kevin Purcell (6 months ago)

D600s :-)

By mpgxsvcd (6 months ago)

What if they didn't even fix the issues with the 610? That would be a real crime.

By pca7070 (6 months ago)

Eager to buy a used D600 for under $600.

By AEndrs (6 months ago)

Me too, but I doubt we'll see such low prices. Maybe around $1000 (that would be tempting)

By Hauer (6 months ago)

Nice of you to launch the D610 BUT I'm still awaiting the D400 prosumer DX!

Kevin Purcell
By Kevin Purcell (6 months ago)

As Thom Hogan pointed out Pentax just released the Nikon D400 in the form of the Pentax K3 ...

david vella
By david vella (6 months ago)

My observation is the reality, in an email sent direct to him a full 24 hours before he plagiarised my comments for his PENTAX D400 his post.
Please see my post over on the Pentax DSLR forum under 'Thom calls the K3...' for the full story, explaining how Hogan dissed the K3 in private only to perform a complete volte face the next day . EXTRAORDINARY!
I have subsequently questioned his Jekyll and Hyde private/public utterances and been told to no longer email him. So much for debate!

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The Customer
By The Customer (6 months ago)

All other issues aside, I'm pretty excited that we're finally getting a camera that places emphasis on the image making experience!

By aarif (6 months ago)

No AF improvement no go

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By taktak91 (6 months ago)

Another fine product from Nikon that won't be able to replace my D300.

Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (6 months ago)

there goes the value of your D600.... who buys a used and known faulty product.

Antony John
By Antony John (6 months ago)

"there goes the value of your D600.... who buys a used and known faulty product."
Talking of which, how are you doing these days Henry?

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By D200_4me (6 months ago)

I got a D610 months ago...when they replaced my shutter for free ;-)

By duchamp (6 months ago)

Why not use such a great opportunity to install some desired features like built-in WIFI, increased buffer size, more focus points, higher resolution screen, stereo microphone, 1080p/60 video, USB3 port? Really, aside the renewed shutter mechanism all other improvements are merely software ones.

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By EssexAsh (6 months ago)

so their fix was to leave all the current D600 user stranded with a shutter that vomits all over their sensor and who now have a worthless camera, who the hell would buy one second hand now!.

Nice one Nikon! I thought hiking the D800 price a week after launch was harsh but youve topped yourselves this time :)

By AEndrs (6 months ago)

I would! I actually hope the price of used D600 falls a lot! Yes, I probably would need to clean the sensor regularly until certain threshold (some thousands of actuations)... I can live with that if the price is low enough.

By KGP (6 months ago)

Brace yourselves, next whining stop: Hot pixels... waiting for 25600 ISO / 30" shots with lens cap on.

By fPrime (6 months ago)

OMG... Did Dpreview actually admit here that the D600 has a sensor oil/dust issue? And all it took was a incremental model number change by Nikon! Imagine if Nikon had released a D810 as well... Dpreview might have also had the guts to finally acknowledge the Left AF focusing defect instead of hiding their heads in the sand for a year.

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By Mike99999 (6 months ago)

Indeed. I can't believe it that DPR finally admitted that Nikon blundered.

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sandy b
By sandy b (6 months ago)

DPR clearly points out the oil issue in several places in the review, including the conclusion.

By fPrime (6 months ago)

We know that Dpreview belatedly mentions the D600 oil/dust issue ad nauseum here, Sandy... that wasn't the point.

What we are saying is that Dpreview failed to also test/report on the D800 Left AF quality control issue in the absence of the launch of a putatively "fixed" D810. Does it really take a company press release or product launch to prompt any acknowledgement of post launch user problems by Dpreview?

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By Revenant (6 months ago)

DPR mentioned the oil issue in the D600 review.

By Patco (6 months ago)

sandy b said, "DPR clearly points out the oil issue in several places in the review, including the conclusion"
Revenant said, "DPR mentioned the oil issue in the D600 review"
Can either of you point out where "oil" is mentioned in the D600 review? Not doubting you, but I can't seem to find it.

sandy b
By sandy b (6 months ago)

Patco, section 12 and 23.

By jabilson007 (6 months ago)

Announcing a D810 with an "updated" focus system would be hilarious!

By Patco (6 months ago)

sandy b said, "Patco, section 12 and 23."

Sorry, Sandy, there are no occurrences of "oil" in section 12 or 23.
"Dust" and "residue" are mentioned, but not "oil".

By Lucafeb (6 months ago)

Yes DP mentioned the oil problem and they gave to the D600 one of the highest score ever. A camera with a design problem getting one of the highest score ever ? DP are you kidding me ??

By KAMSA (6 months ago)

Not my Brand


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By Nukunukoo (6 months ago)

With everything said, now's the best time to look for bargain D600s. Never had problems with mine, and we are in dire need for another FF.

By Thoughts (6 months ago)

Good luck

By oselimg (6 months ago)

Nikon's apology is worse than their crime.

By JEROME NOLAS (6 months ago)

Come on guys! This is a great camera!

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By Plastek (6 months ago)

Is it? Suddenly after fixing the most ridiculous issue ever by releasing a new model instead of actually repairing the old one - it become a great camera? If I would own D600 I would never buy another camera from them after being f**** up so much with D600.

By RStyga (6 months ago)

And who says the opposite? This is not the issue, here.

By StudioDru (6 months ago)

Plastek- really? Have you even owned one? Free service repair with new shutter and the camera is perfectly usable. I had pretty much no problems shooting dozens of weddings with it. Theres a difference between shooting real world versus f16 white skies

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By McCool69 (6 months ago)

That depends on what your 'real world' is. Not everyone shoots portraits and only use f4 or larger apertures. I used to do lots of landscape and long exposures - until I 'upgraded' to the D600 that is, which is indeed useless for my type of photographye unless you want to spend half an hour cloning every shot.

By RStyga (6 months ago)

Nikon D600 Built 134, final Beta 3. We're close, now, to the release of the consumer version. Q-)

Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (6 months ago)

Now that the D 610 is out, lets use it and see what are its remaining defects and then we can have the D 620 !! Well Done Nikon .......

By thx1138 (6 months ago)

Well in the worst upgrade stakes it's a two horse race between Canon and Nikon. However, the race is a non-starter as both have pulled up LAME!

I'm calling this one and giving it to Nikon by a pixel.

By saralecaire (6 months ago)

Refuse to support a company which first denies a clear and apparent flaw in their product and then releases a measly incremental model which is clearly meant to solve precisely that.

Jonathan F/2
By Jonathan F/2 (6 months ago)

Does this mean if you buy a dirt cheap warranted D600, will Nikon replace your shutter mechanism with one that doesn't splash oil onto your sensor? If so that would be a much better deal!

Ad B
By Ad B (6 months ago)

What others mentioned before.
This is not a nice move from Nikon.
Why not a decent repair for D600 owners?
Trying to keep your costumers in your shop for the rest of their life.
No, dump those D600 owners and try to get new customers, who will be screwed the next time...
D600 owners are screwed.

Nikon, no thanks...

By stuntmonkey (6 months ago)

If there was any justice, the Pentax K-3 should get the lions share of the traffic today, not the D610 announcement.

By Anastigmat (6 months ago)

Many people have leaped off the APS-C upgrade treadmill or they want to, because upgrading mindlessly from one APS-C model to another, year after year, without any noticeable improvement in image quality, simply makes no sense. I call it a treadmill because you can run as hard as you want but you haven't gone anywhere. Assuming that you spend $1200 average for every upgrade and you have gone through 5 upgrades, that is $6,000 spent with nothing to show for it. In the bad old days, when FF cost $3,500 to $7,000, people had no choice but to buy APS-C models. Now there are choices from Nikon and Canon that only cost them a few hundred dollars more than an "enthusiast" APS-C model. Can't blame the people for showing interest in an upgrade that is actually an upgrade.

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By samhain (6 months ago)

@anastigment couldn't agree more. 24mp on an aps-c size sensor does nothing for me.

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By JayBratcher (6 months ago)

@anastigment - and yet, millions of wonderful and amazing photographs have been produced on APS-C, even from those old crufty 6 Mp cameras that couldn't shoot past ISO 640 without introducing horrible grain. I suspect that all the upgrading was not driven by incompetent gear, but rather by the status quo.

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By iamphil (6 months ago)

Anastigmat has been crying about full frame since 2004. Those days back then were spent trying to convince the people on the forum that sub $1,000 full frame was easily doable (then) if only the manufacturer's weren't conspiring to keep them out of the hands of the consumers.

By Zerg2905 (6 months ago)

D600 oil spots. Yahoo answers: D610. Cheers! :)
P. S.: Yahoo answered the same for Canon not so long ago (700D).

By 3systermuser (6 months ago)

like Thom said it very well in his latest article, this is the most lame product introduction, and this shows us clearly Nikon lacks complete honesty and respect to its long time loyal customers.
I will not buy any more Nikon gear, I will just keep my current D800E but it is and will be my last Nikon, I am done with this fraud business.
I think this is very extremely insulting to us.

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By Maarten (6 months ago)

I'm absolutely with you on this one. I've watched Japanese people bow with respect and admit mistakes. Nikon on the other hand chose to remain silent and give us a D610. Volkswagen released a Golf VI in Europe after the V turned out to be a bit of a lemon. At least top level management admitted that the VI would put things right that were wrong on the V. I have a drawer full of Nikon stuff and am loyal for 25 years. If Fujifilm gets it right with the X-Pro2 en X-E2, I'll buy into the X-system. Amongst other things for Fujifilm's caring attitude to customers. I am currently still resolving the issue with my V1 that devours EN-EL15 batteries. Unsuccesfully so far. Free replacement batteries keep ageing extremely quickly, becoming unusable within 10 charge cycles. Nikon still has to admit to the problem being in the V1. Thom had an interesting read on this problem on his mirrorless site and basically confirmed that something is wrong on at least some of the V1s.

By Fogsville (6 months ago)

Maarten says: "I've watched Japanese people bow with respect and admit mistakes."

Not within the Japanese business cultural will you find any admitting of mistakes. This idea that corporate management does no wrong is ingrained in the culture (and is so contrary to Western ideals; just look what happened to Olympus with their British CEO, Michael Woodford.) Here is one of many articles explaining that corporate culture:

“In Japan, there is a phrase: if something smells, put a lid on it,” said Shunkichi Takayama, a Tokyo-based lawyer....

.....and that's also what Nikon just did. They put a lid on it.

By marike6 (6 months ago)

Who's Thom? Isn't that the blogger who complains about every single move Nikon makes?

By Maarten (6 months ago)

@Fogsville: "Not within the Japanese business cultural will you find any admitting of mistakes". I jsut read the article you linked to, and I may indeed have confused bowing for admitting... Not too encouraging.

Mr Fartleberry
By Mr Fartleberry (6 months ago)

I'm not even going to bite on the D800, my D700 does what I need. Fed up buying expensive Nikon cameras every 2 years. Never again.

By photofan1986 (6 months ago)

Oil my God!

By RStyga (6 months ago)


Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (6 months ago)

Instead of accepting issues with D600 and provide service to faulty cameras they just release a new camera leaving users of old camera frustrated. Nikon needs to get their act up soon or they will be in trouble.

By Anastigmat (6 months ago)

Actually, according to Thom Hogan, Nikon is quietly replacing the cameras that come in for service with new shutters. I am not defending Nikon but they are not doing what you allege.

By LukeLT63 (6 months ago)

I agree. This output of the D6010 is a final confirmation of a production of faulty D600. If Nikon wants to prove to those who require serious need to replace the old machine with the new model. It would be unfortunate not to try to compensate those who bought the D600 (and did not spend much).

Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (6 months ago)

Nikon is not replacing the faulty D600s in India. A friend of mine owns the D600 which has oil leak problems and so far he has sent that camera 7 times for service in last 5 months with no avail.

By ZhanMInG12 (6 months ago)

Hooray for all the screwed D600 owners!

Remember when Leica M240s were smashing to the ground because of loose strap lugs? Every camera that got damaged earned a free trip to Solmes, a full CLA and updated warranty. In most countries people received replacement cameras to use during the wait period. Learn something Nikon?

M Jesper
By M Jesper (6 months ago)

Learned they need to start asking $7000 ?

I agree though, but Fuji might be a better example. A new sensor if you encountered the Fuji Orb problem (x10), a new shutter for the Sticky blades problem (x100), both even outside of the warranty, and free of course. They stand up and do something.

Also close to a million firmware upgrades with not just fixes but many new features. Even for older bodies that have long been replaced by a new one ... adopting many of the features from the new model that aren't hardware-dependent. :)

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By Higuel (6 months ago)

Really nice from Fuji!!! :D

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