Nikon has released details of the D610, a new FX-format DSLR designed for photographers stepping up to ‘full frame’ photography.


 Angled front view of the new Nikon D610. (Source: Nikon.)
The new camera is a minor upgrade, featuring a 24.3-megapixel FX-format  CMOS  sensor and  the same EXPEED  3 image processor as found in the D4 and D800 series, with a default ISO range of 100 to 6400, which is expandable from 50 to 25,600 via a Custom function. It offers two movie formats (FX and DX) and can record Full (1080p) HD movies at 30p in H.264/MPEG-4  AVC format. The camera comes with a dedicated stereo headphone jack plus a comprehensive suite of  audio controls.  


Angled rear view of the Nikon D610. (Source: Nikon.)

Continuous shooting is available at up to six frames/second in both FX and DX formats and the D610 boasts a new Qc (quiet continuous) shutter-release mode that reduces mirror noise while still offering up to 3 fps frame rates.
 The D610’s AF system is based upon 39 strategically placed focus points, with 9 cross-type sensors in the centre for greater accuracy. Seven of these   AF points remain active when the maximum effective aperture is as slow as f/8, for example with a telephoto lens attached to a 2x teleconverter.  The new camera has a glass prism optical viewfinder that covers the entire image area and provides 0.7x magnification,  the same as the D4 and D800/D800E.


 The D610 shown with the 70-200mm f/4 lens.  (Source: Nikon.)

Dual SD card slots provide multiple options for recording and storing large files. Both slots are  UHS-I compatible. The D610’s body has durable magnesium alloy for the top and rear frames, and its weather sealing gives it the same dust- and moisture-proof reliability as the D800 series. The shutter has been tested for 150,000 cycles. The built-in flash supports  Advanced Wireless Lighting with Nikon Speedlights.

Full specifications can be found at: (Readers may like to check out a fairly comprehensive round-up of overseas comments a t The D160 is scheduled for release on 18 October, 2013. Pricing will be at dealers’ discretion.