Nikon has added D610 RAW (.NEF) support to NEF Codec is a module. This will allow viewing of .NEF files similar to JPEG and TIFF images in Windows applications including Windows Explorer, Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Photo Viewer and Windows Live Photo Gallery. The Codec supports Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.
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.