Nikon takes the wraps off the D610 featuring minimal upgrades to last year’s D600.

Roughly a year after the release of the D600, Nikon unwraps its replacement. The Nikon D610 is the newest entry level FX-format DSLR camera. It shares most of the features and specs of the D600 with slight enhancements. The full-frame camera now features a re-designed shutter system that allows faster and quiet continuous shooting.

While the Nikon D600 can shoot at 5.5 frames per second, the D610 can do it a notch better at 6fps. It also has a “quiet continuous” shooting mode that can capture 3fps with the noise level in check. The manufacturer also updated the white balance of the device to give users more accurate colors when shooting under artificial lighting and better skin tones.

“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,” explained Nikon’s director of marketing and planning Masahiro Horie.

“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,” he added.

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Photography enthusiasts are hoping that the Nikon D610 will be a good tool in capturing great images, delivering professional level features and full-frame format quality. Experts are suggesting that the D610 was manufactured primarily to resolve and forget about the woes of the D600 behind.

Users of the D600 have reported that due to a faulty shutter mechanism, the camera was prone to oil spots and dust. However, Nikon didn’t confirm the problem, so it is difficult to say if the new shutter system of the D610 addresses the issue. Aside from the re-engineered insides, the D610 sports a tougher case crafted from magnesium alloy. The structure is also gasketed and sealed at par with the D800 so its moisture and dust resistance can be compared to higher-end units of the brand.

Other main features of the Nikon D610 include the full-frame 24.3MP CMOS sensor, ISO 100-6400, 39-point autofocus system, wireless flash control, dual slots for memory card, and a 3.2-inch LCD screen with a 921k-dot resolution.

The Nikon D610 D-SLR will be available on October 18th in a variety of configurations. Consumers can get the D610 in four kits. It will retail for $2,000 for a body-only kit and $2,600 when packaged with 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G Nikkor ED VR lens. For $3,050, photo enthusiast can get the kit that will include the D610 body, 28-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR Nikkor lens, a bag, and a memory card. The $3,250-package includes D610 with 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR lens, 70-300 F4.5-5.6G Nikkor IF-ED lens, wireless adapter, memory card, and a DSLR bag.

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