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Performance

With a wealth of external controls that put nearly any shooting adjustments a button-press away, the D610 is a nimble camera to operate. The on/off switch is placed around the shutter button for easy one-handed operation and powers on nearly instantaneously (about 0.13 seconds) so you're never waiting for the camera. Accessing menus systems is also quick using the eight-way controller. It has a vast array of custom settings and buttons, along with two custom setting banks that allow you to configure the camera any way you like.

At 6 fps, the D610's continuous shooting speed and buffer capacity is more than enough for most situations (see below for tests). Only dedicated sports or wildlife photographers may want faster speeds for critical work.

The capable 39-point AF is easily and directly accessible via the eight-way controller. AF quickly locked in on targets in most environments we shot it. Like many cameras, it only started to struggle in low-contrast, low light situations or when using lenses at maximum aperture.

Continuous Shooting

The new shutter mechanism in the D610 increases the frames-per-second from 5.5 to 6. And when in the new Quiet Continuous mode, you can fire away at 3 fps. At 6 fps the D610 tops the D800 and stays on pace with the D7100. Compared to its competition, it beats out the Canon EOS 6D, but is still slower than the smaller sensor EOS 70D.

Dual SD card slots are found on the D610 and these can be configured to capture images in a number of useful ways, such as overflow and duplicate storage. When shooting in RAW+JPEG mode, raw files can be saved to card slot 1, with JPEGs recorded to slot 2. You can also shoot single shot images and access camera menus and shooting options while data is still being transferred to the card (as we'd expect with a camera of this price).

For the timing tests below we used a SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB Class 10 UHS-I SD card (95MB/s). Active D-Lighting and lens distortion correction were disabled. Raw file output was set to the camera's default 14-bit, lossless compression settings.

FX Mode: Continuous Hi

Timing
JPEG Large/Fine
RAW
RAW+JPEG Fine
Frame rate 6 fps 6 fps 6 fps
Burst capacity 30 images 14 images 13 images
Buffer full rate 3.5 fps 1.7 fps 1 fps
Write complete 6.4 sec. 8.5 sec. 11.7 sec.

Quiet Continuous

Timing
JPEG Large/Fine
RAW
RAW+JPEG Fine
Frame rate 3 fps 3 fps 3 fps
Burst capacity 100 images 20 images 16 images
Buffer full rate - 1.4 fps 1 fps
Write complete 2 sec. 9.7 sec. 11.8 sec.

Autofocus

The D610's 39-point AF system is inherited from the D7000. It's the same one found in the D600 and the Nikon Df. Although it's not as good as the 51-point AF system with 15 cross-type sensors found in the D7100 or D800, overall it's a capable system for most situations. The D610 comes with nine cross-type sensors in the center area and can configured in a variety of the usual Nikon AF modes: single-point, dynamic-area (9 points, 21 points, 39 points), 3D-tracking and auto.

As mentioned in our D600 review, the centralized AF coverage area may be a sticking point for sports or wildlife photographers. Since it borrows the same AF system from the D7000, a DX format camera, the D610's AF points are clustered more toward the center than its D800 full-frame sibling. Shooters using the D610 along side their D4 or D800 will most likely notice this difference quickly. This bias for the center area is also seen in the Canon EOS 6D.

Depending on your subject, one way to minimize this limitation is to use the "focus, recompose" technique or set the D610 to its DX crop mode. This reduces the size of the frame allowing the AF area to cover a larger proportion of the scene and produces a very usable 10.5 MP file.

Superimposed over this image is the 39-point AF area for the D600 and the larger 51-point counterpart found on the D800. The D610 has the exact same AF system and coverage area of the D600. In this simulated example above, the soccer player on the right, in the white jersey, is still largely covered by the wider AF array of the D800, but is almost beyond the reach of the D610's smaller AF area.

In bright sun or high contrast situations the D610, like nearly all cameras, AF is excellent. Where the D610 AF system starts to be challenged is in low-light or low contrast scenes, but this is not uncommon for most AF systems. In my time shooting with the D610, I found the low-light AF performance working well enough that I didn't have to change my shooting habits or compositions.

Overall, subject tracking performance with the D610 is good when shooting in continuous drive mode. However, there are situations where the D610 may cause some doubt in accuracy. In the example below we set the camera on 3-D tracking AF-area mode and followed the on-coming bicyclist with the outer right most AF point. As you can see in the 6-frame sequence, the D610 locks focus in the first two frames, but in frame 3 it completely blows focus on the subject. Frame 4 is usable, but at 100% the image is still soft. By frames 5 and 6, the AF has relocked on the subject.

Frame 1
Frame 2
Frame 3
Frame 4
Frame 5
Frame 6

In the course of our testing, we found greater AF acquisition consistency using with the center-9 AF points that have cross-type sensors than using the outer AF points. In the example below, the D610, in 3-D tracking AF-area mode, locks onto another bicyclist that is moving toward the the camera in the center of the frame. Despite any concerns with the outer AF points, the D610 is still a proficient camera for tracking moving subjects. It should be noted that our testing is limited in scope and you should test the D610 in the situations you're likely to be shooting the most. These were shot with the Nikkor 70-200mm F4 lens.

Frame 1
Frame 2
Frame 3
Frame 4
Frame 5
Frame 6

Cameras Compared

 
FPS
AF Points
Nikon D610 6 fps 39
Nikon D600 5.5 fps 39
Nikon D800 4 fps 51
Canon EOS 6D 4.5 fps 11
Nikon D7100 6 fps 51
Canon EOS 70D 7 fps 19

Sensor residue

Shortly after the D600 was released in late 2012, some users reported a more than usual build up of dust and/or oil residue on the sensor, and we investigated this in our original review. Nikon responded by urging users experiencing this issue to send their cameras in for professional servicing, and only acknowledged 16 months later, that the D600 was prone to this problem. Although the company still characterizes the problem as a build-up of 'dust particles,' it appears that oil from the shutter mechanism could spit onto the sensor, making it hard to remove any dust that then stuck to it.

What we do know is that the D610 was released just a year later with a new shutter mechanism and, although in our time with the camera we found some dust and/or oil residue build-up, it was not a significant problem. Dust did accumulate on sensor after normal use, which included multiple lens changes and people handling the camera in a variety of conditions. However, a few pumps from our Rocket Blaster blew off most particles we found.

Below, is an image from just before we cleaned the D610's sensor with a Rocket Blaster. It's about 7,770 frames after the the last time we blew any dust off. As you can see there is a good amount of dust in the upper left of the frame. The second image shows the result of the our Rocket Blaster efforts. The image is much cleaner in the upper left region, but still has some spots. So, although the new shutter mechanism can still see dust getting stuck to the sensor, overall it doesn't appear to be the same amount being reported from some D600 users, and not enough for us to say there is a significant 'issue.' It should be noted that many other D610 users and reviewers have also concluded the problem has been resolved.

Before using Rocket Blaster
After using Rocket Blaster

Battery Life

The D610 uses the EN-EL15 rechargeable battery, the same one used on the D800 and D7100. CIPA estimates about 900 shots per charge. We found we could go through a full day of shooting with regular use of the LCD and still have more than enough charge remaining. In our interval timer test, with no LCD use, we got more than 3,300 shots before the battery ran out. We found this very impressive.

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Galbertson

Sorry for so many questions...using AI/AIS lenses, assume i have to go into menu, set non-cpu, not what other data to change. Do i have to go into menu every time i use lens? Once set, does it store? Does it need to be reset in menu every time camera turned on? I could not buy this camera if i have to go into menus every single time i use camera.

Thanks

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Galbertson

Hi,
Cannot find important data in specifications, hopefully someone with D610 can anawer...

Does D610 have AA filter?

Beings that I have limited eyesight, is it possible to magnify image on LCD so i acurately focus(I still will need 10X-15Xloupe to view)?

Thank you!

By the way, i only shoot in manual mode, 20-105mm lenses, medium range landscape.

Almost forgot, does D610 have true Live view exposure preview? I prefer to see literal image preview before exposing, less using histogram...seeing is believing, i guess.

Thanks again!

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albatros46

In response to several post about dust on the d610 and about Nikon service:
The auto focus stopped working completely on the 610 after about 1,000 pictures. I called Nikon and went through a series of question and answers to see if it was the camera or me that was broken. I sent the camera back (at my expense) and was immediately emailed upon receipt that it would be covered under the Nikon warranty. The camera was repaired and returned (at their expense) within a week and has been fine ever since.
The camera is not advertised as being airtight as one post suggested. I change lenses often and am constantly blowing dust out of the camera body, but no oil spots after 8 month and 5000+ pictures.

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hariskar

I have some Nikon lens I used with my Nikon F3, are they compatible with D610? Thank you.

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vinragz

BEWARE! The dust problem of the D600 is not really fixed. It just takes longer to manifest

So Im on an expedition in the Himalayas with a student group and suddenly start seeing spots on otherwise pristine images. Realize quickly that this is a dust on the sensor. Just 4 months old Camera.

Got back home (Pune) and approach the 'Authorized Nikon Dealer'. His response 'We can't help, you just have to take it to the Authorized service center'. Duh? You pay a premium and buy from retail shops and for what? This is Nikon, friends. The dud could not even recommend a good cleaning kit for this sensor but playing the same broken record 'we can't help you'

Nikon's retail network sucks. Any dud can open a shop these days. And Nikon products have also started to suck big times.

Have been a loyal Nikon guy for over 15 years. I guess it is time to finally think objectively and move on.

I hope Dpreview stays genuine & revises the review based on 100s of users who are seeing the dust issue.

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Hrvoje Crvelin

Would you show where those 100s of users are for D610?

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Mond

Any DSLR will accrue dust after time, especially early on in it's life, and will require cleaning. Four months is about average. And anyway, the issue with the 610 was with oil spots during manufacture.

2 upvotes
Don Richardson

I've been using my Canon 7D for two years now and haven't needed to clean the sensor yet. And no, there aren't dust spots in my images.

2 upvotes
David Kinston

What effect on video does DX mode have?
Same resolution and quality as with FX lenses?

I don't remember seeing this mentioned in any of the reviews of the D610.

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thejohnnerparty

Dear Nikon: I am a very big fan of the D600/D610 product. If you are going to be making improvements on this product, please consider the following: aperture adjustment in live view, better preview of exposure compensation before the shot in live view, better frame coverage for the AF points (maybe 51 instead of 39), and better low light AF. .... There may be more, but that's my wish list.
;-)

PS Two more things on the wish list: EXPEED 4 and support for the faster SD cards!

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Shugetsu

could be the D810 sir. ^_^

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AZBlue

SHAME ON DPREVIEW!

Where were you when everyone was posting about D600 spots? Where were you to test the D600 for this problem? DPREVIEW, you have done nothing to help members here figure out this issue. Perhaps you don't wish to rock the boat with Nikon sending you free cameras to test?

You have severely hurt your reputation here, and I very infrequently visit because I do not trust your reviews. A problem that was so widespread and admitted by Nikon to be a defect was never mentioned by you in your review. You are nothing more than a mouthpiece for the manufacturers, regurgitating their press releases. Your tests are a joke because they don't reveal problems that others experience in real world shooting.

What is the point of reviewing products if you aren't at all critical of them?

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vinragz

And the problem exists even with the 'new' D610 !! Mine had it after just 4 months. It still goes on to get GOLD award... really sad.

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waynengai

Nikon replace my D600 with a new D160 but after I took about 650 shots, then the dust problems are coming up again even I have not change the len. Since the D610 is airtight and there should not have any dust going into the camera, therefore I can conclude that there is a design probelm or manufacturing problem for the D610. I have a D80 for almost 5 years and I don't have any dust problem in my camera.

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sarpino

Nikon D610 key features,especially "0.5MP DX-format crop mode" are very good .

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RMK photo

A previous posting claimed that the D610 will not allow me to use my manual focus Nikkors - something to do with the mirror box.

" i can't use my over the years collected mf lenses, because of the mirrorbox."

Is this totally, or partially true? What is he referring to? I would assume that it would have a "Non-CPU lens data" mode as per my D300. My D300 has allows 6 different lenses to be programed. I would prefer 8 or 10. I can't find any mention of this feature at all in the above test.

Same MF lens questions with the D7100 body?

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D Gold

You can use MF lenses and it does have Non-CPU lens data settings in the setup menu.

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Serickmetz

2 edits in under 2 minutes, tssk tssk.

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Shugetsu

I have not been able to check this thoroughly but I think it is about 12 programmable lenses. Lenses can be fine-tuned to correct front/back focusing problems.

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Meady

I'm trying to decide between the D610 and the Canon 6d as my first full frame camera specifically for low light gig photography. Any recommendations please?

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D Gold

I'd probably start off with the lens question. Do you have Nikon or Canon lenses already? If not, just pick one, they are both great cameras.

I own a D610, if that means anything, and have a lot of experience with other Nikons SLRs and DSLRs, but before that, I had Canon that I shot for over 20 years. I like them both.

One caveat, the D610 does exhibit moire in video under the right circumstances, but I do little video, so it is a non-issue to me.

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owneiverson

similar to D Gold, but a little different, either camera will do what you're looking for but the lenses contribute massively - especially in low light. i got the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens (for easy searching) and it shoots quickly in near darkness and the images look like they were shot in a sunny room (with auto ISO capped at 6400).

that said, i'd go for whichever one you have lenses for and if you have no lenses, go with the best deal you can find and put the money towards a good lens.

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Harleymhs69

Just picked up the D610 got the 24-85 and 70-300 Loving it! Looked at the Canon 6d but liked the Nikon lens better! No Regrets! Loving the 610 and FULL FRAME! JMO

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vinragz

Not sure if you made the decision already. Please beware of the 610. It still has the dust issue that the D600 had. depends on your luck I guess....

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David Kinston

If I use DX lenses in FF mode on the D610, will cropping the photo give the same result as letting the camera shoot at 10MP down from 24MP?

Or does the camera do something else in addition to cropping?

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Abhinesh

DX will result in cropping of pix. Effective pixel count will also reduce from 24MP.

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D Gold

One caveat - the out of the box mode is DX with a DX lens attached, but you can override that in the menu and have the camera remain in FX mode. You will see vignetting in the picture with a lot of DX lenses, but you can crop down if you want in post.

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Torresigner

I bought the D610, after several years using the D90... happy years even with a DX format camera.
In just two months with the D610, I had many troubles, several fights with Nikon, two returns, and ONE switch to Canon.
Nikon is history for me. Now I'm happy again.

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Jim Cook

I know a guy that had a bad 610 right out of the box. Sent it back and the next one sent had the same problem. Neither would auto focus.

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vinragz

Looks like only DPREVIEW gets the good pieces. :-)

Mine also turned out to be a lemon and it is just so hard to get a resolution from Nikon these days. I still have to make a few rounds to their 'Authorized service centres'. I guess I am rightfully getting punished for being a blind, loyal Nikon user so far.

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Dimitris Servis

Why is "dynamic range" so narrow? I understand that your metrics have actually little to do with the sensor but rather how the camera processes jpegs, but I wonder if it makes sense to give a camera an 87%, said camera being rated near the top for dynamic range elsewhere (http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Ratings/Landscape) and still demonstrate such a poor performance. Either your metrics are only relevant for jpegs or you're trying to say something... If the former, most raw shooters get undeserved and at any rate, you shoot jpegs with all the possible tweaks to get the best out of the camera I guess.

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F119

I would say that what DxO did is quiet different from what DPR did here. At DxO they kind of don't really care about what a photo going to look like in extreme DR -- they often just push a sensor to its limit and give a theoretical rating defined by S/N Ratio.

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Dimitris Servis

@which is what dr is all about, right? I mean, the DR here is only relevant for no-touch jpeg. It is not relevant for raw or manipulated jpeg...

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alphaumi

I have a question concerning the dynamic range. I added d7100 to the chart and d7100 has more than a full stop advantage over d610 in shadows and 2/3 advantage in highlights. Is this what the graph shows or i can't read it right. I thought that a full frame camera will have better dynamic range than APS-C.

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comsicherb70

http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon-D610-vs-Nikon-D7100
According to this, the DR is better on the 610.

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D Gold

Shot RAW, the D610 has way more DR than shown in the tests here. It's Sony sensor exceeds film DR.

I used to shoot a lot of HDR only for the dynamic range, but since getting this camera, that workflow has been abandoned as as a waste of time.

D7100 is great, but at ISO 100, only other FF cameras challenge the D610 for DR.

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alphaumi

Thanks, that's what i thought too. :)

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kai liu

Clearly high ISO above 3200 is worse than canon 6d.

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coltcoan

That's a bit of a stretch...

With good glass in front of this camera, I've shot at 12800 with my images fully usable.

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D Gold

If you go to Imaging Resource, load their RAW images of the identical scene into either LR or PS CC, you will see that noise is virtually the same for these two cameras. That said, I tend to not shoot my D610 beyond 6400 unless I have to, but it's nice to be able to when needed.

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E7C055AF30D84A058C3EEEBF819F1B5B

Hello guys, my name is Zaheer and I want a good dslr which has a good and sharp image quality, so I decided for a d7100, but stil confused between d7100 and d610 so plz help me, which Camera should I buy, for a good still and great photos???

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Royclaude

I own a D-610 for one month, I’m completely satisfied with this FX camera.
My preceding kit was a D-90 with the 18-105 and 70-300, now I have the D-610 with 28-300 and 50mm 1.8, What a difference it made, I was well serve with my past kit but now I can see the step up I made, I can put the image at 100% on my computer and I find it terrific. I have read a lot of complain about this camera, but for me it’s the best gift I made myself for my sixtieth anniversary.

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AUP

Just to share with the community in regards to the 600/610 spot issues. Bought the 610 w/ 28-300mm and after a few hundred pictures taken in the span of two days. I could count at least 15 spots and maybe even more.

Sad to say but it has been RMA'd

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gp2003gt

After more than 3000 pictures, spotless, so far so good, very happy with the increase in dynamic range and high ISO compared to crop DSLR's.

Kind regards
Albert

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Sad Joe

PLUS: Spotless performance thus far.. CONS: Nikon come clean. VERDICT: Ask China if they are likely to ban it BEFORE you buy one.

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munro harrap

Well, a deliberately missed opportunity... WHY is there STILL an AA filter? The D7100 at base iso will have greater resolution and acutance than a D610, so this move backwards , this photographically, optically , morally and visually retrograde step makes no sense.

What is needed simply is less. No AA filter. No uncontrollable auto AF, but a return (sighs of relief!) to the D200-D700 rocker switch arrangement of moving groups of AF points to where YOU want them, with Face recognition too-excellent, and can we buy one with a cover for the screen now? No, they have even dropped that on the D7100.

For those who know not, the lack of AA filter makes all the difference-things look like a photograph again. Its why Leitz and Sigma and Hasselblad don't have them, and you can see all the detail that the AA filter filtered out.

And then you have a great machine with not much noise. THe noise kills that resolution- the 1600ISO shots here are mushy,not all the fault of the dreaded 24-85G

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Duckie

One deliberate strategy of Nikon is to stop the cheap camera from being as good as the top line ones. This has been difficult given the improvement of technology. They used to use less effective AF systems but now that the huge amount of pixel really demands some good AF, they will have to make it annoying instead!

Likewise a D610 entirely without AA would be too close to a D800E (less the seemingly diluted extra pixels of D800E).
If you are into conspiracy theories, this is s big one of self sabotage!

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PicOne

Which is a bit funny in a way.. All 35mm film cameras, mounted with the same lens, would produce identical results with same exposure settings. Back then, it was about features and build quality, not about differentiated image quality.

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Heinz

Maybe you know not. In a bayer sensor the absence of an AA filter only makes sense if the resolution of the sensor is significantly higher than the resolution of the lens to prevent from moire. With 24MP on FX the pixel pitch is still to low and the camera would suffer from hefty moire. The 7100 has higher pixel pitch due to the smaller sensor. The D800 is borderline so you can have it with and without AA filter. Makes all good sense to me. I don't know Leitz and Haselblad, but the reason that sigma doesn't need an AA filter is due to the all different sensor array.

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Mike FL

Some D610 has the same FATAL FLAW ( dust buildup on the image sensor) as D600 per internet.

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stratplaya

lol. Oh no, the internets wants another round.

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Mike FL

Other than Dust sensor issue, D610 has more problems than D600, Blurry Viewfinder for example. Per internet/users

We will wait and see D620...

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sandy b

Strange, no reports of blurry viewfinder on the forum.

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Mike FL

@sandy b, It does here and outside of DPreview.

Something is wrong with Nikon as a whole.

I'll wait and see how D620 goes.

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SRS_Photography

Mike, did you adjust the diopter?

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tempest69

The blurry viewfinder is probably due to those folks not adjusting the viewfinder diopter adjustment. You know people .... thats why Apple always ask you to check if your power socket is connected when you tell them your pc couldn't boot up. Also, we see more 'amateurs' using high end cameras that some pros don't even use. Beats me if they could fully comprehend the functionality of the D610.

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coltcoan

Not a thing wrong with the 610's viewfinder.

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Charlie Jin

The next generation should have GPS and Wireless WiFi,
which in case I plan to buy. Don't know why Nikon is one-generation (5 years) behind Canon.

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sandy b

Except in litle things like IQ, AF etc.

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Mark Ortiz

you're right

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Vincent He

GPS and WiFi are not that useful in many cases. My friend has Canon 6D with these features. But she disabled them all by default. GPS drain your battery really quick even when you turn the power off. You have to turn GPS tracking off which does not make too much sense when you need it.

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stratplaya

I've been shooting DX for years now, but now I think it's time to move up to FX.

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Sad Joe

PLUS: Good new camera Nikon CONS: But you've done the dirty on all the D600 users and only legal action is seeing you do anything constructive to help out…..

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justmeMN

"CHINA - Industrial and commercial authorities have launched a probe into Nikon China after the company was accused by China Central Television of selling defective products.

Many consumers have complained of dust buildup on the image sensor of the Nikon D600 camera, CCTV said on its annual 3/15 Gala news programme on Saturday."

"Many D600 users including Du have asked for a refund or a free upgrade to the newer model D610, but Nikon has refused their demands, even though some D600 owners in the United States have been offered a free upgrade to the D610, according to CCTV."

http://news.asiaone.com/news/science-and-tech/nikon-china-probe-launched-after-cctv-report-defective-products

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sandy b

This is a D610 review. I can point you to the D600 if you are having trouble finding it.

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justmeMN

@sandy b: DPR's article mentions both the D600 and D610. The news item I posted mentions both the D600 and D610. I can point you to a reading comprehension course if you are having trouble finding one. :-)

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f8BeThereToo

This seems like an appropriate place for your post as far as I am concerned…

Nikon's handling of the D600 debacle in the U.S. has been terrible. I've been a loyal Nikon customer since 1981 and its recent problems with some of its rather pricey cameras have made me gun-shy about purchasing a new DSLR.

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Northgrove

I fail to see how a D610 review comment section is appropriate for some lingering news about the long known dust issues with the D600 (which is already mentioned in this review, FWIW).

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f8BeThereToo

I think that it is appropriate because the D610 is Nikon's rather feeble attempt to address a major problem with the D600. What should have been a major recall of a defective DSLR morphed into the introduction of a new camera model… and there are apparently online reports that the D610 suffers from the same sensor issues that plague the D600.

The Chinese government is getting involved because Nikon simply refuses to do the right thing for its loyal customers. It's amazing that a barely functional government does more to protect its citizen-consumers than the "exceptional" good ol' USA...

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Tuanglen

Remarkable that you imagine that a government that denies consumers even the right to vote actually cares deeply about consumer protection. CCTV, the official broadcaster of the Party, pumps out a constant stream of stories about the endless indignities suffered by the poor Chinese people at the hands of arrogant, evil foreigners, especially Japanese and Americans, and how the Party is standing up for them. This, "they treat Americans with respect but treat us Chinese like dogs" narrative was being trumpeted by CCTV regarding Apple last year and Google, Microsoft, US and Japanese car companies, etc., before that.

So now CCTV says Japanese Nikon treats Americans with respect but treats Chinese like dogs and you applaud the Chinese government for how much more they care about their non-voting consumers than that "exceptional good ol' USA". Amazing.

Nikon did the wrong thing IMO, but nothing CCTV says sheds any light on it. They're not actually talking about consumers or cameras.

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maljo@inreach.com

The 610 is a good solid camera. We are lucky to have so many good cameras these days.

As for 100% magnification, I always looked at my slides with an 8X loop and I always look at my digital images at 100% to see if they are sharp.

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kecajkerugo

I think your (some of you) eye is blind by this pixel level evaluation. Nobody from real photographs (except the pixel peep community) look at the pictures at 100% magnification.

A great summary of the current state in the business is summarized by one of the real experts at the www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/what_matters.shtml (helpfully Steve agreed to put this link here)

All these cameras can provide just excellent picture quality of real pictures (not their 100% zoomed representation.....) and there are some areas one is better than the other. Best regards.

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Wanganuilad

Haveing got that out of the way...
perhaps we will see a review of the best APS-C camera ?
It's only been out 7 months

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naththo

As in Pentax K3 you mean?

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Macintosh Sauce
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dudifan

D800 modern furniture

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marc petzold

for sure a very good DSLR, and the D600 back in 2012 was my FF DSLR dream, 'til i've read about the dust & oil spots issue, and further, that the AF module is only 39 Point AF, and not the 51 AF Point System from the other well known Nikons since the D300....also only the rough center area is covered, that kept me away from the Nikon Fullframe bandwaggon....and of course, i can't use my over the years collected mf lenses, because of the mirrorbox...another thing is that good FX lenses are way expensive, so for many ppl would see the D610 be their DSLR of their (affordable) dreams, but for myself i'd go with the A7, because it's lighter, smaller, almost the same performance, and i can use all my legacy lenses.

personally, i'd say silver award - *if* nikon would have build into the 51 AF points module, and let's say 7 to 8fps, larger buffer too.. that would be a gold award in my eyes, no offence. of course, the sensor performance is outstanding in this class, well done - nikon.

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microstudio

opinion. For video, which is more perfect.70d canon, panasonic gh4 or AC90? We can can compare Gh4 with d610, to take pictures.
www.nunti-de-lux.ro . Now I have panasonic ac130 and canon 70d
Thanks

0 upvotes
Lucas_

You should also check the Sony RX10 ( regardless it has a 1" sensor only..! )

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0 upvotes
EnglishPhotographer

I've tested the Nikon D600 against the Pentax K3. The Pentax is a better thought out camera. It's not deliberately crippled like the Nikon is. It feels tougher and is far more customisable. But the full frame Sony sensor in the D600/D610 is so good that it still makes it the better camera overall.

2 upvotes
clauderobidoux

Just got some pictures ready for a stock agency this morning. Took me about an hour just to clean dust spots... really annoying! Please Nikon if there's one technology you should focus on is getting rid of this problem, or at least find a way to improve it significantly.

0 upvotes
zevobh

send it in, they will replace it for free.

1 upvote
aramgrg

Gold? Come on guys, nothing is changed within a year and so, but your ranking still is gold!
For instance, the same kind of changes has been made from T2i to T3I (even more substantial), but the first received gold, the second one silver, which is logical.
Would you give a gold star another t2i announced this year, say t5? I don't think so(even considering price category change).
So it will be logical to change either d610 to silver, or give no award, saying D610 is a continuation of D600 with fixed bags.
Secondly, your comparing tool at the conclusions page is totally irrelevant. Comparing D600 vs D610 nothing changes substantially, besides the value row. How will you explain me the fact that D610 received gold award, nothing has changed upon D600 to the worse, but it is half the value(even the announced price,maybe by 100$, but they have been fairly similarly priced when announced)?

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7 upvotes
InTheMist

The D600 also got gold, if I remember correctly.

1 upvote
Noogy

Oh yes, ironically, a camera with a defective design was awarded GOLD. I think DPR has been ***** something/someone since they moved to Seattle/Amazon.

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dudifan

that right

0 upvotes
zevobh

not everyone had the problem. they do their review based of their unit, not on angry bloggers.

7 upvotes
kecajkerugo

GOLD, SILVER=> because all the recent cameras are just great tols to take pictures!
The differences are minor in practice-who cares whther a camera holds AF 52 sensors, 36 or 48? This is meaningless!
Who careas if camear focuses in 0.08 sec or .006 sec?
Who careas abot 100% pixel peep magniffication differences in picrure quality?

0 upvotes
StevenE

This is the third highest score ever given by DPR. The two higher scores were given to the Canon 1D mk IV and the Nikon D3S.

The D610 score beats Nikon's D800 and D800E, and the Canon 5DIII.

Really?

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SiliconVoid

While everyone may not agree with DPR's categorization of different bodies - the D600, D610, Df, 6D, and A7 are not in the same category as the D800/e, 5DmkIII, nor 1DmkIV, D3s, etc and the scoring is 'within its category'.
So it does not score an 87 against the 82 of the D800, it scores an 87 against the 80, 81, 83, and 87 of the five cameras in its category...
Consider each category having its own 1-100 grading scale, and not related to other categories.

10 upvotes
Timbukto

I only care about price group according to street price and size/weight. Unfortunately the D610 being a bit heavier and larger than the DF or 6D makes it a bit close to the D800 which due to older age is not in a completely different price bracket than a brand new D610. So overall the D800 *would* compete with the D610 to the enthusiast buyer. You have 6FPS vs 4FPS, but the thought that the D610 dropped frames in daylight on the outer edge on a f4 lens may be a consideration in the D800's favor as well. Thus the only thing left would be shutter obtrusiveness. Overall the D800 in my eye, especially used or pre-owned, would be in heavy consideration over a D610 at this point particularly because the D610 is substantially heavier than the DF/6D to be closer to the D800 anyways.

And IMO the A7 would be in an entirely different class due to size/weight as well. I would not classify them according to purely sensor size or MPs...

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Timbukto

In addition this is the first review I've seen that makes explicit mention of what looks to be ownership bias -

"So in recent months, the D610 has been my tool of choice to capture those images."

To me where as other camera's seemed to be, 'hey you have a new camera to try, go review it', this review is more like...hey you already own and picked this camera for your day to day use, go review it....

2 upvotes
SiliconVoid

Size and weight have little to no factor in the categorization of the cameras, and while the $1000 between the D610 and D800 may be no issue for you, that is a top end lens purchase and a considerable difference for the other 98%. I am happy you enjoy your D600/610, or have chosen that over the D800, however there is little comparison/similarity between the D610 and D800 other than they are both made Nikon.

As for the categories; I am not defending DPR's quantification by any means.. I do not think the front plate on something like the A7 and A7R warrants those falling in different categories when all else is essentially identical... Or when a brand providing 1/10th the high-end lenses gets its new body categorized with other high-end bodies. However build quality and materials, as they would factor in serviceability of more intensive use, are a valid measurement aspect of one camera against another. Especially when functionality accompanies the higher build quality and materials.

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Timbukto

1000 dollars is about the worst case difference in price. The difference if you entertain purchase of low shutter count refurb or pre-owned is more like $300-400 dollars. There is also brand new imports but I don't know if Nikon is more of a stickler about that to absolutely deny any service, etc (if it were Canon I may not get warranty, but they will not deny service). There are not a lot of refurb or pre-owned options for the D610. Likewise even if I compare a street price 6D to lowest street price 5DMKIII the difference is still about 1k. The moment the D610 is about 1 year old, and perhaps its street price is lower, then yes I would agree it would be a affordable option. As it is, in my mind its about a $300 differential as refurb is an absolutely viable option.

0 upvotes
SiliconVoid

That is all great and well.. however this is not a review site for refurb equipment.. It is new equipment, and as those products hit the street (...sometimes..P).

Your point is certainly a valid consideration for like-minded buyers, however it is completely irrelevant to the review and the category based scoring - which was the op inquiry, and my response/clarification.

Now time to put a finger to a shutter instead of a keyboard.. =)

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PSImage

We are still stuck on this? Sent my D600 in for shutter replacement surgery and it came back working just fine. Don't understand why everyone is so worked up over this. Isn't this why photographers have had backup bodies all of these years? I didn't get rid of my D700 when I bought my D600. I kept it in case something went wrong. I will note that this is the first time in 25 years of shooting Nikon that I have ever had an issue. 3rd best sensor ever tested only behind the D800 and D800E. http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Nikon/D600

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Northgrove

"The D610 score beats Nikon's D800 and D800E, and the Canon 5DIII."

The scores aren't meant to be compared to each other like that, so this camera isn't beating those at all.

The D800 score is in comparison to other professional full-frame cameras, not in comparison to the "introduction full-frame" D610.

For an introductory full-frame camera, they think this one is a really good one that that. I mean, the sensor is basically pro quality, and it's a frickin step in model.

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Noogy

DPR please make up your mind. You gave the same gold rating to the D610's defective, flawed predecessor - the D600 and vigorously defended such rating even when I commented that I personally already knew at that point that a new camera to replace the D600's flawed design was in fact already in the works. Months later Nikon finally indirectly admitted that it was a flawed a camera that needed to be replaced asap in perhaps what can be described as the shortest replacement cycle in the DSLR world. Please restore a bit of credibility by withdrawing your D600 rating and giving it to the truly deserving D610. Imagine the irony when in the future, one of the worst DSLR bodies in history due flawed design, was at one point rated GOLD by your prestigious website!

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King Penguin

Wow, lucky you're not in charge of anything important.

I'd hardy say the D600 is a terrible camera........as a user I find it great, even of the dust/oil issue annoys me......it's still a brilliant piece of kit.

3 upvotes
Vafaculo Constosito Di Merdia

even a ferari with defective steering would at some point become annoying and would loose its prestige.

6 upvotes
Noogy

King Penguin, I don't care what your impression is of D600. It nonetheless remains a flawed design - otherwise why would Nikon be in such a hurry to release the D610? Semicon manufacturing is a cruel science. This is wanton commercialism on the part of Nikon because if Nikon halted the intro of D600 despite their knowledge of manufacturability and quality issues of the D600, they would not have had a decent competitor to the Canon 6D. How long did it take them to correct the flawed design of the D600, which means how long did it take them to come up with the D610? So yes go ahead be happy with your D600. The fact remains its manufacturer decided to replace it ASAP. Be happy it sharpens your photography AND sensor cleaning skills. So yes be glad I am not in charge of something important. The fact remains you have in your hand a camera with a defective design, and thank God it's your money, not mine.

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medicus

On that time DPR has awarded the D600, the dust issue wasn't known. I am not a big fan of Nikon anymore, due to some cumbersome and ugly service issues. But the IQ of the D600/610 is top notch.
I only was wondering about taking the old 20mm lens. My one produced unsharp edges which had rather wide reach to the centre.
For family photography, I used it as well, but a high level compact like the Sony RX100 M2 is the better choice, because later is really not in the way.

2 upvotes
Northgrove

Yes, the dust issue hardly showed up during DPR's review period, and they can impossibly take others opinions and problems into account when setting a score. Reviews are subjective, not summaries of the "general blogosphere opinion".

0 upvotes
samir sinha

If the D610 would have all the features that is listed in "Conclusion - Cons", as missing, DP review would still find something else to rile on.

0 upvotes
Ron A 19

"no histogram in live view" :p

1 upvote
bluevellet

I love the irony that the A7 review was full of people complaining the Sony camera should not have been compared to the likes of the D610 (comparison didn't favor Sony much) and now people complain here the D610 scores much better than the Sony camera.

I guess the cameras are comparable after all!

5 upvotes
NJohnston

Eh, barely. If you're comparing purely with tech specs then sure. I've used the D600, A7 and 5DMkIII side-by-side, and believe me, the Sony is no contender.

3 upvotes
Overmars

Hmmm... but you did say:
"In my my opinion, the real test is really with the operator and not the camera."

0 upvotes
naththo

Sony A7 miss out gold (I disagreed with A7R having Gold, it should've been silver) why because of raw lossy compression, lack of native FE lens, sometimes sluggish AF, aggressive sharpening/noise reduction. Thats probably true to that. Oh another con would be sensor is exposed when changing lens would introduce dust. I think thats a fair call that A7/A7R should go for silver. It would be nice if shutter close before you change lens and some improvement in AF and they need to hurry up make more native FE lens asap.

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ckeek

This camera got lots of one star rating but was scored 87. Which rating is more reliable?

2 upvotes
InTheMist

Where did you see one star reviews? A quick view on Amazon shows that the only one-star reviews are about handling the D600 debacle, which was admittedly catastrophic.

0 upvotes
PAArchitect

Here is my problem with all this. If I want better or higer resolution photos I must purchase a whole new camera. This gets expensive every year. With film I could obtain wonderful results with highest quality lenses on like an FTb (Canon). As films improved my FTb got better, what a concept. Now I have to buy a new camera if I wish to get better resolution etc.
Perhaps sensor up-grades for a nominal fee?

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Suntan

Welcome to 1999?

Seriously, where have you been?

-Suntan

1 upvote
Vafaculo Constosito Di Merdia

you need the supporting electrincs as well! and since the lay-out/energy reqs are changing due to the microchips' new versions, then the camera would have to be more modular. there are modular cams in the range of 20k but, for this d600 category its just not feasible.

0 upvotes
Palex

Try Photoshop CS

0 upvotes
MRM4350

I fail to see the issue of the ISO button location, and it's use with the camera to your eye compared to other locations on other cameras. I would prefer it on the bottom button on the left side of the LCD so my left thumb could locate it somewhat easier.

3 upvotes
SiliconVoid

I would prefer it on the top, right side, where all the other settings and dials are...
Its placement on most of Nikon's bodies would suggest Nikon does not feel it is necessary to change ISO as frequently as other settings, to which I agree for the most part - especially given the customization one has for auto-iso, but other brands (Canon) seem able to place it in the location of the 'other' shooting parameters.

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Palex

I rave trough the iso when shutterspeed is not good during light differences in buildings.

0 upvotes
t.c. marino

did not take long for the 6d defenders to chime in.this site has reviewed both cameras in depth and rated d600/610 higher mainly because it is a higher specification camera with equal iq.6d has built in wifi/gps..optional on 610,6d has better live view and video implementation and excellent center af point.610 shoots faster,more af crosspoints,built in flash(very usefull for firing(wirelessly)nikon speedlights,dual card slots(very usefull) af assist light,CLASS leading sensor and the ability to link its spot meter to any af points..something that no canon camera can do except for the $5k-6K 1d series

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Just Ed

One important point raised was that the D610 has all the focus points crammed into the middle of the screen. Numbers don't mean much if the focus points are so close together....at least that was my experience with the D600.

4 upvotes
Rich1939

Just Ed, not to single you out, just taking the opportunity.
How did we ever manage to focus properly back when we used a single split prism focus point? When a miss with film was relatively much more expensive.

0 upvotes
Josh152

Not much more so than the other FX DSLRs. . Basically imagine there are focus points on the line that surrounds the focus points in the D610 and that is the coverage the D800/D4 would have so it isn't as bad as it looks.

The pic comparing them in DPR's review is misleading because on the 51 point system the lines that bracket the focus points are further from the outer points than the line that brackets the focus points on the 39 point system is so it looks like a bigger difference than it actually is.

2 upvotes
Richard Murdey

I suppose it might be a dealbreaker for some, but I haven't found it to be a problem at all. In some ways I like not having the AF points plastered all over the viewfinder, but either way its easy enough to adapt to.

The "odd" matrix metering (extra-heavy weighting to the selected AF point) trips me up far more often.

0 upvotes
waxwaine

With all Light Leaks affairs undercover recently, I presume DPR tested D610 on this issue

3 upvotes
Just Ed

I thought that was the a7, does the D610 need duct tape around the lens mount also?

0 upvotes
waxwaine

I don´t know, but from this moment should be not a minimal aspect to test.

0 upvotes
nzmacro

Yes, apparently some Canon and Nikon's are the same

http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/03/07/do-concerns-about-sony-a7-light-leaks-hold-water

Interesting results !!

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longtomx

Having into account that D600 and D610 share the same sensor, why the D600 has one stop more of dynamic range in ADLoff ( shadow side of range ) comparing your own tests of both cameras ?? Is it a mistake? Which one is your true measurement ? Thanks.

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Shield3

If you compare this to the 82% rated 5d Mark III, you'll see (according to DPR) that this Nikon D610 "beats" the 5d3 in video mode, yet one cannot even adjust the aperture in live view on the 610.
This 610 beats it in performance, even though the 5d3 has a 61 pt AF system and I can get 30 shot raw burst @ 6FPS with a 1000x CF card. No CF slot on the 610.

3 upvotes
armandino

magic lantern boosts 5DMKIII DR up to 15 stops when shooting raw video. If you are very concern of high output video quality.

0 upvotes
ScottRH

Still waiting for the D700 replacement. The 610, D800, are not it. I shoot weddings. And don't want XQD on D4s.

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3 upvotes
Vafaculo Constosito Di Merdia

d4s is not for weddings, unless the wedding contains olympic sports and extreme fast action games in the schedule

3 upvotes
Richard Murdey

The D700 replacement is the Df. Or the 5DmkIII.

0 upvotes
Timbukto

Good review but a few nitpicks. The review comments on moire and patterning are a bit absurd. In one section the reviewer comments about how the D610 handles moire better in jpeg and they link a certain section of patterning. Then they claim it handles moire better in RAW and *move* the section to a portion where the D610 happens to handle moire better in RAW (where as if it remained where it did in the jpeg section it'd look *worse* in RAW). Depending on the lens and pattern its completely anecdotal. If anything its the 6D that was the most moire free in the etching. The resolution charts will moire depending on different frequencies of detail not to mention there will be big differences in horizontal vs vertical detail.

AF test sections are again always appreciated but again so severely anecdotal. To me I saw clear misses in plain daylight, but not enough rigor in these AF tests to determine a thing. If I remember correctly even a NEX-6 seemed to nail their 'AF' test...

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Timbukto

Also comments about a FF DSLR *nailing* focus of a kid mid-stride when the DOF is so thick the woman in front is also clearly in DOF and elements far in the back are *almost* in DOF...its just plain silly. I've nailed focus on a 6D with an 85mm 1.8 wide open in extremely dark conditions of a spinning swinging chair on Halloween night, so I just find it silly to even mention thick DOF shots of a kid mid-stride. If the camera ever *failed* in plain daylight with such thick DOF, you should send it in for repair. 27mm f5.6 and the AF works in daylight...hooray I guess?

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