Test: Nikon D610 – Three Small Improvements

A year after Nikon released its D600 will now a sequel, Nikon D610. The update is really only about three things: speed, sound and white balance. Otherwise, it’s exactly the same camera.

Nikon D600 photographers took by storm when it was published in September 2012.Suddenly, there was the possibility to enter full formats-segment without having to look at the more advanced models D800or D4. This came in a lighter, smaller and more convenient option for those who want to advance from dx-format or a camera with aps-c sensor.

But pretty close after the release of D600 started the actual storm around the camera. Users reported problems with the small oil spots on the sensor, and the discussion was in full swing at various forums on the net. Suddenly turned the discussion to be more about the problems than opportunities, and we saw two camps: those who owned a D600 and not had any problems at all – and those who had problems with the mysterious spots on the sensor. It is also from this that the speculations that it so close to the upcoming D610 would be the solution to this problem, as it gained a new shutter mechanism.

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According to Nikon, D610, which completely replaces the D600, an upgrade that has been requested by customers. What Nikon requested most was the ability to shoot pictures in series in a quieter manner than usual burst shooting. D600 already had a q-mode which meant just silently photography but with Nikon D610 we find now also a second quiet mode, qc, for silent burst.

The silent q-mode allows us to take a picture and then drop down the mirror later, which by and large would make the camera less noisy. The result is a slightly different sound, more like an extended shutter and mirror movement. The sound of this does not sound very much lower, but rather just something different.

The silent qc mode works similar with the same principle, but with the ability to take three frames per second in burst shooting. Mirror movement feels more drawn out due to the slower the movement, and is followed immediately by a new exposure cycle. The sound is also quite similar to the sounds we hear in the classic mode for burst shooting, even if it may be perceived as slightly muffled. But here’s the difference less than q-mode compared to conventional photography. It sounds very similar, although one can hear that some of the higher frequencies metallic slowed.

The other news is that d610 become somewhat faster, with the possibility of 6 frames per second instead of 5.5 of D600.

The third novelty is that white balancing should provide better and more natural reproduction of skin tones than that of D600. Here I think the D600 was good right from the beginning, and see no difference on the pictures I get from the D610.


Nikon D610 is a very good camera, in many ways. It is based on the close on exactly the same specifications as the Nikon D600 and also provide just as good photos like this. Unfortunately, I am not entirely convinced that the silent mode for burst shooting is as quiet as you would like. It still sounds a lot – and it’s hard to get around this in the design of an SLR. The grade and quality of the image remains the same as that of the Nikon D600, which is very good.