Nikon unveils the D610

Nikon has announced its D610 FX SLR camera. Widely rumoured to be a solution for the sensor oil spotting problem that occurred with the D600, there are actually only three new features on it. A new shutter mechanism allows for 6fps continuous shooting and a quiet continuous mode at 3fps. It also features an improved white balance system.

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Press release

Digital SLR camera D610

Excellent mobility, and an effective pixel count of 24.3-million pixels for superior rendering capability The latest compact, lightweight FX-format model.

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the D610, its latest Nikon FX-format digital SLR camera.

The D610 offers an effective pixel count of 24.3-million pixels, the superior rendering capability of the Nikon FX format, as well as the mobility of high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 6 fps(1). Despite its compact size and light weight, it is capable of the rich expression of tones, broad dynamic range, and low noise characteristics with shooting at high sensitivities expected of an FX-format camera. It also offers the beautiful blur characteristics, and superior image quality and rendering performance that challenges that of top end models like the D4, D800, and D800E. What’s more, its compact and lightweight body is loaded with a number of features that give it excellent basic performance, including an optical viewfinder with frame coverage of approximately 100%, double SD memory card slots, top and rear covers made of magnesium alloy, and a function for recording time-lapse movies. It is also equipped with a new quiet continuous release mode that supports continuous shooting at approximately 3 fps*1.

Its 39-point AF system supports certain acquisition and tracking of the intended subject, and the 9 most frequently used focus points at the center of the frame utilize cross-type sensors for greater accuracy. In addition, autofocusing is possible with lenses that have a combined maximum aperture of f/8 or faster using 7 focus points at the center of the frame (3 vertical and 5 horizontal; center focus point utilizes cross-type sensor), enabling highly precise autofocusing even when a super-telephoto NIKKOR lens is used with a teleconverter.

The D610 is also equipped with a built-in flash that covers the angle of view of a wide-angle 24mm lens and has a guide number of approximately 12/39 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F). The built-in flash is equipped with a commander function that allows it to be used as a master flash able to wirelessly control the optional Speedlights SB-910 and SB-700 as remote units. This capability allows users to easily enjoy creative expression with varied lighting options.

The D610 also offers users powerful support for their photography with excellent system expansion using a variety of accessories, including the Wireless Remote Controllers WR-R10 (transceiver) and WR-T10 (transmitter) for simple and enjoyable remote operation, and the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1b, which enables simple sharing of full-size images exhibiting the superior image quality of the D610 with a smart device(2) (all accessories sold separately).

As a compact system that is easy to manage and use, the D610 is a Nikon FX-format model that a broad range of users, not just professional or advanced amateur photographers, will enjoy.

(1)Measured in accordance with CIPA guidelines. (2)Smartphones running Android OS version 2.3.x or 4.x, and tablets running Android OS version 4.x are supported. Apple smart devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) running iOS 6.1 is supported.

D610 Primary Features

Nikon’s exclusive technologies for superior image quality

High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 6 fps(1) for up to 100 shots(2), and quiet continuous shooting at approximately 3 fps(1)

The dedicated drive mechanism for independent high-speed mirror operation, and the high-speed processing of the EXPEED 3 image-processing engine enable high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 6 fps(1) in both FX and DX formats for up to 100 shots(2). This makes it easy to capture decisive moments with moving subjects, such as an approaching train or a wild bird taking flight. When combined with Dynamic-area AF, which precisely captures moving subjects, users can feel free to leave focusing to the camera so they can concentrate on framing their photos. The D610 also offers a power-up time of just 0.13 s(1) and a release time lag that challenges the approximately 0.042 s(1) of the D4 at approximately 0.052 s(1). Positioning of the shutter-release button on top of the power switch enables smooth operation from turning the camera on to releasing the shutter, and a comfortable grip that also helps to optimize operation enable quick and comfortable shooting for instant response to photo opportunities. The D610 also offers a quiet continuous shutter-release mode (Qc) for quiet, continuous shooting at approximately 3 fps*1.

(1)Measured in accordance with CIPA guidelines.
(2)With shooting of JPEG-format images. Excluding shooting of FX-format images at an image quality setting of JPEG Fine and an image size setting of Large (up to 51 shots possible), or an image quality setting of JPEG Normal and an image size setting of Large (up to 90 shots possible).

Superior basic performance and operation

(1)With 50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1 m-1.

Recording of 1920 x 1080/30p full-HD movies that make a variety of forms of expression possible

By simply pressing the movie-record button just above and to the left of the shutter-release button in movie live view mode, users can enjoy movie recording that makes the most the camera’s approximately 24.3-million effective pixels. In addition, adoption of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video compression standard ensures that superior picture quality is maintained while data is compressed to allow for recording of a single movie for up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds(1).

(1)Maximum length is 20 minutes with some frame size/rate and movie quality settings.

Support for a variety of accessories for complete system expansion

The D610 offers users powerful support for their photography with system expansion that includes support for wireless accessories such as the Wireless Remote Controllers WR-R10/WR-T10 and Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1b (accessories available separately).