Before You Buy: Nikon D610 Video Review and Specifications

D610

Bottom Line:

As a full frame camera the Nikon D610 performs well in low light situations. It’s suitable as a travel camera, a professional photographer’s second body, or main body for semi professional photographers. However, the 6 fps max shooting speed and inability to adjust aperture settings in live view make this camera not a good choice for sports photographers or videographers respectively.

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The Specs:

  •  1. The Sensor
    • Effective pixels: Approx. 24.3 megapixels
    • Approx. 35.9 mm x 24.0 mm  CMOS sensor
  • 2. Compatible Lenses
    • Lens Mount: Nikon F bayonet mount
    • AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
    • IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses cannot be used.
  • 3. Autofocus
    • 9, 21, 39 and 39 (3D-tracking) AF Points
    • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status; Manual focus (MF)
    • Focus modes:
      • Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
        Continuous-servo (AF-C)
      • Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
      • Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only and D-Movie only
      • Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
      • Normal area
      • Single-servo AF (AF-S)
      • Wide area
  • 4. Video Features
    • MOV (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264)
    • Recording Size and (frame rate fps in parenthesis):
      • 1920 x 1080 (30/25/24 fps)
      • 1280 x 720 (60/50/30/25 fps)
    • Maximum Length of Continuous Video Recording: 20 minutes at highest quality, 29 minutes, 59 seconds at normal quality
  • 5. Image Features
    • File Formats: JPEG or NEF (RAW)- Lossless compressed 12 or 14 bit
    • Size in pixels:
      • FX-format
        (L) 6,016 x 4,016
        (M) 4,512 x 3,008
        (S) 3,008 x 2,008 
      • DX-format
        (L) 3,936 x 2,624
        (M) 2,944 x 1,968
        (S) 1,968 x 1,312
  • 6. Performance
    • High Speed Continuous Shooting: Maximum 6 shots/sec.
    • EXPEED 3 processor
  • 7. Exposure Control
    • Exposure Modes: programmed auto with flexible program; shutter-priority auto; aperture-priority; manual
    • ISO 100 – 6400
      Lo-1 (ISO 50)
      Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
      Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
    • Shutter Speed: 1/4000 to 30 sec, bulb
    • Flash X-sync at 1/200 sec.
    • Exposure Controls: Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Standard, Vivid, User-customizable Settings
    • White Balance Settings: Auto (2 types), Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K), Cloudy, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent (7 types), Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
  • 8. Interface
    • 3.2 inch TFT monitor
    • 921,000 dots monitor resolution
    • USB Hi-Speed
    • Headphone Connector
    • HDMI output: Type C mini pin
    • Stereo microphone input
    • Optional Wifi: WU-1b wireless mobile adapter
    • Optional GPS: GP-1 GPS unit
  • 9. Power
    • One EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
    • Battery Life: 900 shots (CIPA)
    • AC power optional  with the EH-5b AC Adapter
  • 10. Body
    • SD, SDHC, or SDXC (one slot)
    • Viewfinder coverage:
      • FX (36×24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical (Approx.)
      • DX (24×16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical (Approx.)
    • Dimensions:
      5.6 in. (141 mmx 4.4 in. (113 mmx 3.2 in.(82 mm)
    • Weight: 26.8 oz (760 g (body only)
  • 11. Price
    • MSRP: $1500

Nikon D610 Video Review:

A review and sample footage (the review is filmed with the D610) can be seen here by PhotographersOnUTube::

Video review highlights:

  • Still can’t change aperture in live view (hindrance for video work)
  • 6 frames per second is not enough for sports photography.
  • Weather sealed body (moisture and dust)
  • Pretty fast auto focus speed (faster than the D600)
  • Able to recover a lot of data (shadows, highlights) in editing
  • Clean images up to ISO 3200. A little bit of noise introduced at ISO 6400
  • Semi pro photographers could use this camera as a primary body. Full time pro photographer should go with another camera.
  • Good camera for a second shooter
  • Good camera for traveling, not too bulky and works well in low light.

If you’re looking to transition from a crop sensor camera to a full frame, then the Nikon D610 is the perfect camera for the transition. For more information, reviews, or to purchase the camera, please click on the button below (affiliate link) :

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