Nikon announces D610 full-frame DSLR

Nikon has announced a new, full-frame DSLR: the D610.

The new camera is essentially very similar to the existing FX format D600, which the new camera is set to replace.

The new DLSR is based around a 24 megapixel sensor, smaller than the D800, but still outgunning the company’s flagship F4, when it comes to resolution. However, Nikon says that the D610

Nikon D610
Updated: The Nikon D610 replaces the D600. Picture: Nikon

shares the pro camera’s autofocus system, as well as its Expeed 3 image processor.

The D610 is fully weather sealed and has magnesium top and end plates for robustness, features it shares with the D600. Actual improvements on the new camera appear to be limited to a faster burst mode for stills photographs: six frames per second rather than 5.5; and a “near silent” mode at three frames a second, aimed at nature photography, and other applications where low noise is important. Nikon has also tweaked the camera’s white balance settings.

The camera’s film-making specs appear unchanged: the camera records 1080p in either the FX, full-frame format, or the DX crop format. Nikon continues to support uncompressed recording to an external device via HDMI. The camera has a mic jack and headphone jack and adjustable audio controls, with audio levels displayed on screen. The camera’s sensitivity ranges from ISO50 equivalent to 25,600 equivalent, using the extended range, or 10-6400 ISO as standard.

The D610 is based on the D7000 DX-format body, and shares that camera’s dual SD card slots. Like that camera, and the D600, the mechanism for aperture control does not work when the mirror is up, so adjusting aperture isn’t possible in live view mode for either videos or stills. However, the camera will work with a wide range of Nikkor lenses, many of which still have conventional aperture rings.

The recommended price for the camera is £1799, body only, including VAT.