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FX image quality

Vital elements for a formidable machine: FX-format sensor, EXPEED 3, Picture Control and NIKKOR

The FX-format sensor, EXPEED 3 image-processing engine and NIKKOR lenses all come together to deliver extraordinary image and video quality in the new D610. The FX-format CMOS sensor yields wide dynamic range and reduced noise at high ISOs, with its 24.3 effective megapixels rendering exquisite sharpness. NIKKOR lenses help fully draw out the potential of the FX format, while Nikon's EXPEED 3 — the same image-processing engine found in the D4 and D800 series — can swiftly manage the large data files that an FX-format sensor produces. During image processing, Nikon's original Picture Control technology makes it simple to tailor the individual look and feel of your stills and videos. And with enhanced auto white balance accuracy for common shooting scenarios, the D610 reproduces colors as natural and precise as they look in reality. Portrait photography has a stunning three-dimensional look as well.

Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor — the high optical performance of NIKKOR lenses maximizes the advantage of high pixel count

The Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor (35.9 x 24.0 mm) with 24.3 effective megapixels delivers stable, high image quality at a wide ISO sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 6400 (expandable to ISO 50 to 25600 equivalent) utilizing large pixel pitch. You can enjoy beautiful bokeh effects that only the FX format with its large-size image plane can offer, while 14-bit A/D conversion and a high signal-to-noise ratio deliver images with rich tonal gradation and reduced noise. Combined with its high resolution, this achieves high-quality images that can be enlarged or cropped. And what maximizes the advantage of this high resolution are the NIKKOR lenses that deliver superior optical performance. The vast array of the FX lens lineup makes a wide variety of photographic expression possible. In movie shooting, the abundant data from 24.3 megapixels produces full HD movies with high definition.

EXPEED 3 image-processing engine, the same as used for the D4 and D800 series, realizes superior high-speed processing performance

The D610 incorporates EXPEED 3 image-processing engine, optimized for digital SLRs, the same as the D4, D800 series. It processes data of 24.3 effective megapixels at high speed. Nikon's very own Picture Control system is only made possible by the EXPEED 3, helping you achieve the images and movies you want. It excels at color reproduction, gradation processing and image quality at high sensitivity. It reduces color phase shift and reproduces human skin tone more faithfully. Furthermore, from image processing and SD card recording to image playback and image transfer, EXPEED 3 manages massive amounts of data at high speed. Even with specialized processing features like Active D-Lighting and high ISO noise reduction, continuous shooting speed is not sacrificed and the impact to the number of shots in continuous shooting is minimized. EXPEED 3 supports Full HD D-Movie of 1,920 x 1,080; 30p. It is possible to record movies with minimized noise while maintaining resolution even at high ISO settings using the noise-reduction function designed for movies.

14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit image processing for rich tones

The D610 achieves reproduction of rich tonal gradation by 16-bit image processing of the digital signal resulting from 14-bit A/D conversion within the image sensor. Gradation in highlight areas, which can be hard to reproduce, is rendered smoothly.

Picture Control: capture images as you imagine them

The D610's Picture Control system lets you fine-tune sharpening, contrast, saturation, hue, and various adjustments for Monochrome, etc. in both still images and movies according to your preference. Select one of six different modes — Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape. It's also possible to save adjustments as Custom Picture Controls, under your chosen name for particular shooting scenarios.

Direct access to Picture Control for quick setting changes

Just by pressing the Picture Control button (doubles as a retouch button) on the back of the camera, you can quickly access the Picture Control setting display without entering a menu. During live view, you can visually confirm on an LCD monitor how the image is affected by Picture Control settings and easily adjust them.

Software

Image browsing/editing software — ViewNX 2

Supplied software ViewNX 2 provides importing and browsing capabilities of images and movies, and incorporates frequently used image-editing functions such as resize and brightness adjustment. Also, ViewNX 2 employs not only still-image editing functions such as crop, straighten and RAW processing but also movie-editing functions equivalent to those of the camera. In addition, smooth coordination with Nikon image storing and sharing service, NIKON IMAGE SPACE, is realized. This all-in-one browsing/editing software package will allow more photographers to enjoy digital images and movies, more easily.

Image-editing software — Capture NX 2 (optional)

Nikon's RAW images (NEF: Nikon Electronic Format) maintain extremely rich data. Only Nikon's Capture NX 2 can fully utilize this data with its optimized file format and software processing algorithms. With the enhanced processing speed of the algorithms, processing time is shortened. This enables high-speed, stress-free editing even if the data size is large. Also, Capture NX 2 supports 64-bit (native) to realize a comfortable working environment. You can focus on editing with ease because it is possible to leave the original image intact with NEF editing. In addition to the intuitive and simple editing using Color Control Points, it incorporates various functions such as Auto Retouch brush, Batch Processing, Quick Fix, Straighten Tool, Vignette Control, Auto Color Aberration Control and Distortion Control.

Note: For further details of the latest version or operating environment, please visit Nikon's website.

The defining power to maximize 24.3-megapixel resolution — NIKKOR

To best draw out the full potential that a high-pixel-count digital camera can offer to render high-resolution images, using a high-performance lens that compensates various kinds of aberrations in a finely balanced way is of vital importance. NIKKOR lenses feature superior optical performance and excellent reliability, and are highly praised by professional photographers all around the world. In addition to the high optical performance, Nikon's original technologies such as Nano Crystal Coat and VR render high-resolution and clear images to maximize the D610's primary high resolution of 24.3 effective megapixels. Moreover, this extensive, diverse lens lineup helps inspire the creative motivation of photographers.

Your DX lenses, your assets

Thanks to Nikon's consistent F-mount design, the D610 makes active use of almost every NIKKOR lens, including DX lenses you may already own. Simply attach a lens to the D610, and the camera automatically recognizes it, setting the required crop. Relatively smaller DX lenses contribute to keeping the camera's total weight down — a definite advantage when agility is a must.

Note: Some lenses are not compatible with the D610