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Nikon D610 real-world and test scene samples

By dpreview staff on Oct 25, 2013 at 23:25 GMT
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We're still working on our review of the Nikon D610, but recently shot some real-world samples to put the full-frame DSLR through its paces. With literally just three new features (two of which come from the new shutter mechanism), the D610 should deliver the same top-notch image quality found in last year's D600.  

Nikon D610 preview samples - Published 25th October 2013

We also published new test shots, including downloadable Raw files of both the daylight and low light scene. As usual this allows you to compare the D610 with other cameras, as well as letting you download the images to test with your own workflow.

There are 24 images in our samples gallery. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution.

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Total comments: 58
cameflex
By cameflex (5 months ago)

Purchased 600 because is smaller than 800...got new 610...so far so good...on January 10...620 is being released...with small changes...I can't wait

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nikongnn
By nikongnn (5 months ago)

I'm not completely satisfied. Really thought the images were sharper. There's something that i can't define a sort of blur . Maybe the quality of the lenses or the lens-camera combination is not the best possible.

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Adrian Van
By Adrian Van (6 months ago)

Excellent image results. I think the 24-120mm F4 and D610 would make a fine walkaround camera with great quality in almost any light and enough zoom. Or add a prime to take along as well for very low light.

If the sensor has no lube issues, this would be the camera to get, on a budget. If you cannot afford or want the D800. I would pick the D610 over a new Sony A7, mostly due to lens choices and their prices. The weight difference probably not as much as you would think regardless of Sony size.

Hope the video ability of D610 is also excellent. Probably same as D600. Has anyone tried it on either camera and can comment?

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WhiteHotPhotos
By WhiteHotPhotos (6 months ago)

How long does it take to do these in-depth reviews? Days? Weeks? Anxiously waiting for results on the new shutter....

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FreedomLover
By FreedomLover (6 months ago)

They say it takes at least a month, but they don't say how many hours. Some times it takes half a year.

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Body wise
By Body wise (6 months ago)

The D600 was a great camera ... except for the shutter dirt and light leaks which no one mentions. Serious problem for exposures >5 seconds. Terrible PR issue for Nilkon. Sony is no longer King being overtaken by Samsung. Does Nikon think they are equally immune?

I have been shooting Nikons virtually since the beginning. I have an original fotomic f. Like Toyota, they are all losing integrity and honesty. Just keep pushing new models out the door to obfuscate the issue.

I dropped my D600 with the heavy f2.4 lens. Ouch! Nikon could not or would not repair because the cheap plastic retainer ring was seriously damaged. So I bought a D800. It really is a better camera. So ... don't buy the D610.

Nikon could have increased their loyalty enormously by simply doing a recall and repairing the problem ... if that is possible.

So Nikon beware!

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JHphoto
By JHphoto (6 months ago)

I invested 5k into d600 and lens... I am selling all of them And move to canon. Never nikon again. Good luck nikon. Keep it up.

1 upvote
Body wise
By Body wise (6 months ago)

Do you really think Canon is any better? Better service? Superior integrity.

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Andrew53
By Andrew53 (6 months ago)

Talked to a camera dealer. Stuck with old D600 stock with the same sticker price as the new D610. Nikon didn't even give them a head up. He is not happy as he will take a loss on the old stock.

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FreedomLover
By FreedomLover (6 months ago)

First he sells defective D600 cameras. Then he orders defective D610. Nikon fuels its arrogance with people like him. Does he at least warn customers?

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Paul Storm
By Paul Storm (6 months ago)

nikon has confirmed the d600 i paid 2k for generates sensor junk. my last nikon purchase ever. never again lining some sneaky japanese excutive’s wallet with my $$$.

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Nukunukoo
By Nukunukoo (6 months ago)

Nikon could have capitalized on a great PR effort to have replaced owners of faulty D600s with the D610s or at the very least executed a great job in addressing the faulty D600 through excellent Customer Service (by maybe adding some freebies or rebate coupons). This would have translated to greater customer loyalty and a halo on the brand.

Instead, the executives (the most clueless of the lot) decided to pretend it did not happen and did the most stupid thing as part of the smoke and mirror campaign with the equally mis-numbered D5300. personally, I would have renamed it D600a and D5250...

3 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (6 months ago)

The 600 series will always be under the shadow of suspicion because Nikon scrimped and evaded the replacement of faulty shutters.

They may have saved a few pezookas denying customer satisfaction but it translates into distrust on the brand which equates to gazillions in lost revenue because the buyers have shied away to another brand.

Those who have been burned by the D600 fiasco will be the evangelists of negative testimony to the 600 series.

It is such a beautiful and well featured camera. Too bad they didn't please the one thing that will make it great: The Customers.

.

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Body wise
By Body wise (6 months ago)

And .. no one mentions the light leak that is so prominent in the D600 that is not a problem with the D800. So there are more than one serious defects to the D600.

I dropped my D600. Nikon could not (would not) fix ... because there is too much plastic. I bought the D800.

It is a serious consideration changing to Canon. Do you really think they are any better?

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Noogy
By Noogy (6 months ago)

How come the drop-down box for camera comparison in your studio scene does not include the Canon 6D? It includes APS-C models such as 700D, yet omitted the direct competitor from Canon. Error of omission or commission? Afraid that just like in your review of the oily slimy Nikon D600, that the Canon 6D will actually prove to have better image quality on high ISO, against your judgment?

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tinzi1
By tinzi1 (6 months ago)

shouldn't need real world tests on this one; ironically, you can shoot D600, and post as D610 samples with < 0.01% of marginal error on...err...everything. Yep.

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Higuel
By Higuel (6 months ago)

same sensor in basically same camera... when will we see the reviews of so many cameras we are waiting for months???

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FreedomLover
By FreedomLover (6 months ago)

After the holidays, Higuel. Don't you think they deserve a peaceful Christmas with family this year again?

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (6 months ago)

Probably just me but I cannot tell the difference between DX and full frame just by looking at them.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (6 months ago)

Well just crop out the borders

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (6 months ago)

Good idea, and if I use my DX lenses it crops automatically and I'll get a proper sized autofocus module. I like it!

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Adrian Van
By Adrian Van (5 months ago)

I can easily tell the difference on my high definition Dell monitor. The full frame is more filmlike and less noisy than APSC especially as you go to 1600 iso or more. Also more fine detail in Jpeg mode in FX, because of less digital noise removal by camera than DX. Magnify the images of a 800 iso of DX and a 800 iso of FX taken in jpeg and the difference is obvious.
However if viewed on a small screen like 15 inch laptop, the difference is less noticeable until light gets dim. Raw worked in post editing can make the difference less with proper noise removal but it is still there. I would pick a D610 over a D7100 as image IQ is better to start for post editing exposure adjustment. In bright daylight at 100 iso the difference is not as much with high quality glass.

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Peter Del
By Peter Del (6 months ago)

Those pictures are awful, it is either the camera or the person pressing the button. It is pleasing to know that my OMD EM5 produces much better results.
Peter Del

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Neal Hood
By Neal Hood (6 months ago)

Picture quality looks excellent. The tonal quality might be a touch softer but they look very realistic.

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CeleryBeats
By CeleryBeats (6 months ago)

Amazing image quality as expected.

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IonPortraits
By IonPortraits (6 months ago)

I don't know why Nikon has changed its colour (and tonal response in a smaller degree) in all of its current line cameras but I find that disappointing.( BTW, images here at first glance, look like coming from a d3100). :)

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (6 months ago)

DPR would greatly do the whole World a favor by setting the camera with a normal prime lens on f11 and point it to a clear blue sky, take 10,000 images and compare images 0001, 2500. 5000. 7500 and 10,000.

If there are no changes, then we, the Whole world, can breath again and MIGHT have the confidence back, to actually buy the camera.

.

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rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (6 months ago)

Already done, google mansurov d610.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (6 months ago)

Such a pity it takes an independent blogger to work out the simple experiment compared to what a large corporate website under the wings of a massive corporation should have done a long time ago, for a simple 10,000 shutter test.

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WhiteHotPhotos
By WhiteHotPhotos (6 months ago)

Count me as someone who wants to see the D610 put through its paces before I buy it - 10,000 shots minimum. Mansurov did a thorough review ON 1 CAMERA but I want to see more tests on more units. He said he will test another one in a few days. As a former D600 owner I want to be sure it's spot-free before I pull the trigger on the purchase. I expect the overall image quality to be the same. I just don't want to buy $2,000 worth of oil spots again.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (6 months ago)

At any other time it might make sense to devote resources to verifying the 610 has identical image quality to the 600 but with all the PhotoPlus stuff plus the retro Nikon, why not fire the 610 shutter a bunch of times just to be sure it's ok, then give it the gold award and move on to the stuff that's really untested.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (6 months ago)

Waste of time even testing it - except the new feature of "6 fps" and whether or not it pollutes the sensor again. ;-)

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Digitall
By Digitall (6 months ago)

Pitures at low light the ISO value was omitted, even downloading the image he is not visible. Only on low light images.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (6 months ago)

Nikon doesn't report extended ISO settings in the standard field in the EXIF - I'll have to manually add it.

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Digitall
By Digitall (6 months ago)

Ok, thank you R.B.

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Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (6 months ago)

Picture DSC_0325 (first picture) has no ISO value in Exif.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (6 months ago)

Nikon doesn't report extended ISO settings in the standard field in the EXIF - I'll have to manually add it.

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Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (6 months ago)

Here is a D610 review:
It's a D600 with functioning shutter.

There, done.

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Klarth
By Klarth (6 months ago)

And more expensive.

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Alan Brown
By Alan Brown (6 months ago)

i have had a D610 since April then :)

clean and oil free... don't need .5 fps extra :)

2 upvotes
Flying Snail
By Flying Snail (6 months ago)

Great, that means I've had a d610 since September last year.

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steelhead3
By steelhead3 (6 months ago)

You didn't think this was important in the original review, please don't let Amazon dictate another favorable review.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (6 months ago)

We covered the oil issue in our original D600 review and will investigate whether it's been fixed.

Because we only have cameras for a month or so, we don't know whether the D600 sensor issue is a relatively short-term problem and we don't know whether it also affected units built after the one we used, which limits how much we can be certain of (and we need to be certain before publishing about such issues).

Nobody dictates anything to us about reviews - it's the principal reviewer's decision what award to give a camera.

I don't know much about Amazon's structure beyond the dpreview team, but I don't believe that having an opinion about our reviews turns up in anyone's job role.

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moimoi
By moimoi (6 months ago)

TO R. Butler, gold award for D600 was a joke. The whole D600 was crooked from the moment it was released. Sad and forgettable story.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (6 months ago)

@moimoi - the D600 seemed like a very good camera when we tested it and the dust/oil issue (that we highlighted) appeared to dissipate with time. On that basis the reviewer chose to award it a gold.

Did we get everything right? Probably not - and there are some processes we've changed internally to improve future reviews, but I disagree with your assessment that it's a 'joke' or 'sad and forgettable' - what seems clear in hindsight isn't necessarily so obvious at the time.

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steelhead3
By steelhead3 (6 months ago)

Thanks for your comments RB, I know you try your best doing reviews, but your past snarky comments of Sony cameras that were not deserved and so now you must reap credibility gaps of your reviews.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (6 months ago)

@steelhead3 - I stand by my every snark - whichever camera it's been aimed at (we don't review brands).

There may be a gap between what you think and what I thought of a camera, but I don't think I've ever made a significant criticism of a camera that I've not seen echoed by some of the people who've ended up owning that model - which suggests my criticism isn't actually incredible.

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moimoi
By moimoi (6 months ago)

R. Butler, maybe you are right, but I think what Nikon did with the D600 and their customers was pretty shameful. I am not even sure they have officially announced the issue. As a former Nikon shooter (I left before they released the D600/D800 series), it makes me feel I am glad I am no longer doing business with Nikon. I think it would have been fair for D600 users to get a free upgrade to the D610 from Nikon.

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Shamael
By Shamael (6 months ago)

I left Nikon before D700 came out, and I steped over to Fuji and the S5, later to Sony, and unless there will be changes in Nikon policy, service, and specially pricing on their top models, I do not go back. When I see at what price they sell a D4 and if I compare it to a D7000 and higher series, I ask myself by what they want to justify the price they ask for the D4. 1150$ for the 7200 body opposed to 6000$ for a D4 body. So, tell me where they have hidden that 4850$ of material they ask for if I compare both cameras? Sony A77 compared to A99, was a difference of 120%, not 420%, and I consider 120% even an overdriven pricing policy. Nikon sucks since many years now.

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wakaba
By wakaba (6 months ago)

Not having any oil issue with my 600. Sensor is pristine after 12k shutter. The 600 is a very,very good camera and I used it in very harsh climates. -20 to 45 Celsius, superhumid to superdry. No hickups.

@moimoi: hearsay, you are a drama queen. Leaving the best bodies and optics leaves you with a choice of only second best, gorry Canon colors, crappy Sony lenses. Nope I dont think you can add value to a discussion.

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fz750
By fz750 (6 months ago)

The D600 got a gold, and obviously this was based on it's performance during the test, but since then this issue with the oil from the shutter has mushroomed and Nikon have managed this very badly, to say the least, and lost a lot of sales (and no doubt customers) along the way.

Surely there should (or could) have been some update to degrade the rating or add a serious caveat? I think this is what is missing and what people are somewhat dissatisfied with..

Alternatively, is there not a place for a much longer term test, in the way that car magazines do, to reflect on day-to-day usage and reliability in such "suspect" cameras, what repairs have been needed over a 12 month period etc? Surely somebody would be really pleased to be given such a camera for 6-12 months merely at the price of writing periodic reports and doing some tests? I volunteer for the D610! :-)

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Revenant
By Revenant (6 months ago)

@Shamael
About justifying the price of the D4, it has much better build quality, a better shutter, more processing power, more advanced metering and AF systems etc. But you don't just pay for the materials, but also for pro-grade reliability (tighter manufacturing tolerances, better quality control). Also, since high-end cameras aren't produced in nearly as large volumes as consumer cameras, R&D costs are spread out over fewer units, which also raises the price.
Btw, the A99 isn't comparable to the D4, but rather to the D800.

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cousin itt
By cousin itt (6 months ago)

Any chance of some f/22 shots of blue sky?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (6 months ago)

It's something we're going to be testing as soon as it's got a few more shutter cycles on it.

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Spectro
By Spectro (6 months ago)

Plus it fall /autumn in Seattle. I haven't seen blue sky here in months.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (6 months ago)

@Spectro - in fairness it'll probably be of a bright sky with low cloud cover - think of it as a massive diffuser.

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tissunique
By tissunique (6 months ago)

I too wonder why a full review is being carried out of this especially when others are still in the long-term 'preview' stage. The only interest to me and others is: is it fixed? Finally, will sample images be any different?

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Spectro
By Spectro (6 months ago)

@R Butler
I love partly cloudy days (not 100 cloudy or 100% sunny), great for portraits. I believe in the giant softbox concept, especially for the solstice parade or sakura con.

If you guys need any camera tester for lowlight events or strobing let me know. I do a lot of those as you can see my flickr link in profile.

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