The new Nikon D610 announcement will be made in early October, according to Nikon Rumors with tips from inside information about the matter. The camera will be a minor update to the D600.
The speculation is that the D610 will offer a new shutter mechanism to address reported issues of oil and dust accumulating on the image sensor at an increased rate. In addition to a new shutter, the only difference confirmed so far is that the D610 will shoot at 6 frames per second (fps), rather than 5.5 fps of the D600 which further suggests that the shutter mechanism will be a new design.
Other D610 specifications are expected to be similar to the D600, including the retail price, which is currently $2095 US Dollars. Nikon removed the minimum advertised price (MAP) on the D600 last week, and retailers have already adjusted advertising at $1795-1999 for the body only version.
The rumors about the Nikon D610 continue to advance, and the camera is shaping up to be just a minor update on the existing D600 model it replaces. Today, the admin at Nikon Rumors received credible tips about the features of the new D610. All of the indicated specifications appear to be identical to the existing camera.
Among the D610’s similarities are a 24.3MP image sensor with 6,016 x 4,016 pixels, ISO range of 100-6400 base (extended to 50-25,600), and the same 39-point autofocus with 9 cross type functional at f/8. The same 100% viewfinder coverage and 3.2″ LCD screen size with 921k dots. The D610 will use the same EN-EL15 battery and MB-D14 battery grip. External dimensions are identical at 141 x 113 x 82 mm. (Soruce: NikonRumors.com) The new D610 will most likely share a majority of its components with the outgoing model.
Perhaps the most significant change will be a new shutter mechanism, as has been suspected to be the cause several complaints about the existing model. Since the D600 was released, a number of users have complained of a significant amount of dust and/or oil accumulating on the image sensor even on relatively new cameras with low shutter counts. Nikon failed to make an official announcement about the issue, causing widespread rumors and much hesitation to purchase the camera from potential customers. While dust is nothing new for DSLR users, the amount and frequency some have experienced point to a potential problem with some cameras. Nikon has replaced the shutter mechanism for some customers to help remedy the problem.
Earlier this week, Nikon removed the Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) from the D600, and retailers are already selling the camera at a significant discount. Currently, as of September 19, the lowest price is $1799 for a new D600 at Samy’s Camera. Nikon’s decision to lift the MAP is a good indication that its replacement is due soon. Since the MAP was removed ahead of the new camera’s announcement, it indicates a significant stockpile of D600 exists on retailer shelves.
According to a report from NikonRumors.com, Nikon has removed the D600 from its Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) list. This is a list of retail prices for Nikon products that Authorized Nikon dealers agree to not advertise below. Along with the D600, the D5100 was also removed from this list. This means dealers are free to advertise these products for sale at any price, and such an action is a signal that replacement products are available or soon to be released. There has been much speculation over the new Nikon D610, and this is the first official sign given by Nikon that the D600 may be replaced very soon.
The speculation stems from ongoing problems by some D600 users over dust and oil accumulation on the image sensor. There are many reports of cameras being serviced for this issue, although Nikon has failed to make any official statements. Service for the issue has ranged from cleaning the sensor to replacing the shutter mechanism.
The Nikon D610 will be an upgraded replacement for the existing D600, incorporating a new shutter design to eliminate the problem. Pricing for the new D610 is expected to fall in-line with the current D600 which is priced at $2099 US Dollars retail. Features are also expected to remain similar to the current model, although some minor feature updates could be added.
The Nikon D610 is an update to the Nikon D600 DSLR. The D610 features a 24MP full-frame (FX) sensor. The most anticipated change from the D600 is an updated shutter mechanism to eliminate issues experienced by some D600 owners who complained of dust and/or oil accumulating on the image sensor. The D610 announcement will be officially made by Nikon in September or October 2013 with delivery first expected by November 2013. The Nikon D610 retail price is $2099 US Dollars, same price as its predecessor. Holiday discounts are likely to bring this down to $1996 US Dollars.
The image sensor is 6,016 x 4,016 pixels for 24.7 million pixels total, and 24.3MP effective resolution. The CMOS sensor measures 35.9mm by 24mm in a traditional full frame 35mm format (FX). The sensor features self-cleaning by vibration of the low pass filter. A new shutter design eliminates the possibility of oil and internal dust generation which in the previous design caused some cameras to need special cleaning at heightened intervals. Nikon is expected to acknowledge this issue and will feature an official statement for previous cameras which exhibit this condition.
The Nikon D610 will be assembled in Ayuthaya, Thailand. The current D600 production will be supplanted by the D610. According to Nikon Rumors, the D610 will make its public debut at Photo Plus Expo in New York October 23, 2013. The official announcement is expected in advance of the debut.