Nikon D610 is D600 update, full frame DSLR with 24MP FX sensor

Nikon D600 ShutterThe 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.

Nikon D610 SensorThe 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.

Nikon DSLR Assembly Thailand FactoryThe 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.

2 thoughts on “Nikon D610 is D600 update, full frame DSLR with 24MP FX sensor

  1. Questions: What is the file size when DX lenses are used? Has the buffer been increased in size such that more RAW images may be shot in burst or one HDR set? What are the plus and minus factors when compared to a D7000? Thank you, Jim Willis, dba: J. Franklin Willis Photographic Artist

    1. Hello Jim. In DX mode the D610 yields 10MP resolution images. File size varies depending on format and compression. DX-mode RAW run approximately 10-13MB, while JPEG run about 6MB for large, fine settings, and get smaller with higher compression levels. The buffer is not significantly different from the D600.

      The D7000 and D600/D610 are different formats and that will be the most significant difference. Consider if your current lenses as well as your needs for the type of photography you do. Your lens focal length will yield different results on the different formats and that may or may not work to your benefit. The D7000 will have higher resolution than the D600/D610 in DX mode. Essentially you lose a little reach but gain a lot of crop-ability (if your lens is FX). Beyond sensor size, the D600/D610 has about 1.5 stops better low light capability, slightly more color depth and slightly more dynamic range.

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