Uncompromising performance

6-fps continuous shooting: FX-format quality at full-throttle speed

The D610 achieves high-speed performance by employing an exclusive driving mechanism that drives the mirror independently. Combined with the swift performance of the EXPEED 3 image-processing engine, high-speed continuous shooting at up to approx. 6 fps*1 in FX formats, for a maximum of 100 shots*2 is realized. Using dynamic-area AF allows you to capture the decisive moment of a moving subject more precisely. Start-up time is only approx. 0.13 s*1 and release time lag is approx. 0.052 s*1 which is close to the approx. 0.042 s*1 of the D4. The shutter-release button and power switch are coaxially located, realizing smooth transition from turning on the camera to releasing the shutter, while the grip shape does not hinder finger movement. All of this contributes to quick and comfortable shooting, helping you to capture unexpected photo opportunities.

  • *1Based on CIPA Guidelines.
  • *2JPEG, excluding fine/Large in FX format (max. 51 shots) and normal/Large in FX format (max. 90 shots).

Q (quiet) / Qc (quiet continuous) shutter-release mode [NEW]

The quiet shutter-release mode is suitable when you want to shoot with less mirror movement sound. For a single frame, the mirror does not click back into place while the shutter-release button is fully pressed, allowing delay of the timing of the click made by the mirror and insulating the sound by covering the camera with a cloth, which is also quieter than in single frame mode. Simply select "Q" on the release mode dial to smoothly switch between single-frame mode and quiet shutter-release mode as needed. Furthermore, the D610's new Qc (quiet continuous) shutter-release mode reduces mirror noise while still offering up to 3 fps*, for maximum discretion when capturing cautious, elusive subjects or shooting quiet scenes such as a ceremony, school play or when taking pictures of wildlife, or insects.

  • *Based on CIPA Guidelines.

Approx. 100% frame coverage: essential for accurate viewfinder framing

The D610's optical viewfinder features approx. 100% frame coverage that enables confirmation of the entire large image area of FX format for precise composition. And approx. 0.7x* magnification allows easy viewing of all the visual elements including the viewfinder information display. The frame coverage and magnification are the same as those of the D4 and D3 series, realizing comfortable shooting. In addition, grid lines can optionally be placed across the viewfinder (in FX format), a feature that is convenient for composition in landscape or architectural shooting.

  • *With a 50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1.

High-density 39-point AF system

The D610 comes equipped with a Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus sensor module. 39 focus points acquire and track subjects precisely and the nine cross-type sensors cover the most frequently used center area to deliver higher subject-acquisition performance. AF area can be selected from single-point AF, dynamic-area AF (9 points, 21 points, 39 points), 3D-tracking and auto-area AF. Combined with the Scene Recognition System utilizing a 2016-pixel RGB sensor that recognizes smaller subjects, the D610 shows higher subject-tracking and subject-identification performance. Furthermore, it is possible to choose an 11-point option by using custom settings. This is convenient for selecting a focus point quickly.

39 focus points
11-point option

Selectable AF-area modes according to the subjects

- Single-point AF mode

The camera focuses on the subject at a selected focus point only. This is most suitable for stationary subjects, for example, when you want to focus on your subject's eyes in a character portrait.

- Dynamic-area AF mode

Suitable for a moving subject. The camera will focus based on information from surrounding focus points if the subject briefly leaves the selected point. Dynamic-area AF allows you to choose from 9, 21 or 39 points. In each mode, the selected AF point and the surrounding points cover a wide area to keep your subject in sharp focus, combining with AF-C (continuous-servo AF) of autofocus mode.

9 points
Used when there is time to compose the photograph or for subjects that are moving predictably and can be easily framed with the selected focus point
21 points
Suitable for a randomly and unpredictably moving subject
39 points
Suitable when photographing subjects that are moving quickly and cannot be easily framed with the selected focus point

- 3D-tracking mode

The camera tracks the subject using all 39 points. This is ideal for shooting subjects that are moving erratically from side to side in a creative composition. Once the subject is focused with a selected focus point, the camera maintains tracking of the subject by automatically shifting among focus points according to the subject's movement while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. By utilizing subject tracking of the Scene Recognition System, the D610 recognizes fine patterns of the subject's color and brightness that are tracked with selected focus point to achieve highly accurate and stable subject tracking.

- Auto-area AF mode

The camera identifies and focuses the subject automatically using all 39 focus points. With a G- or D-type AF NIKKOR lens, the D610 can distinguish foreground and background and detects a person's position by recognizing human skin tone for improved subject acquisition.

Seven focus points compatible with f/8 make super-telephoto shooting attainable

The seven focus points (five central focus points and one point to the left and right of them in the middle line) are compatible with f/8. Stress-free and smooth focusing is realized with the 1.4x or 1.7x teleconverter and precise focusing is possible even with the effective aperture value of f/8 by attaching a 2.0x teleconverter to telephoto lenses with maximum aperture of f/4. Comfortable AF shooting is realized for shooting wild birds or trains, for example, from a long distance at high magnification. Furthermore, the compact, lightweight combination of the D610, NIKKOR FX lenses and teleconverter makes long-distance shooting more accessible than ever.

Shooting with the D610, AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III and AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR.
With an effective aperture value of f/8, telephoto or super-telephoto AF shooting at 140-400mm focal length is enabled in FX format (210-600mm in DX format).
Shooting with the D610, AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E II and AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR.
With an effective aperture value of f/6.3-7.84, telephoto or super-telephoto AF shooting at 112-560mm focal length is realized in FX format (168-840mm in DX format).
Compatible with f/5.6
Compatible with aperture slower than f/5.6 and faster than f/8
Compatible with f/8

Contrast-detect AF that enables sharp focusing

The D610's enhanced contrast-detect AF speed is equivalent to that of the D4 and D800 series. During live view and movie recording, high-speed and sharp focusing is realized. Selectable autofocus modes include single-servo AF (AF-S) suitable for still image shooting, and full-time-servo AF (AF-F) for movie shooting. Also, from four AF-area modes, you can select the most appropriate mode according to your subject. Contrast-detect AF allows you to focus anywhere within a frame to expand your creative freedom.

AF-area modes

- Face-priority AF

Suitable for focusing on a person's face such as for a commemorative photo. Up to 35 faces can be detected. When multiple faces are detected, the camera will focus on the subject recognized to be the closest. Alternatively, you can choose a different face in the frame with the multi selector.

- Wide-area AF

For handheld shooting of landscape shots. The focus point can be moved to the desired position within a frame.

- Normal-area AF

Since the focus point is smaller than that of the wide-area AF, it is ideal for tripod shooting to achieve a pin-point focus in close-up shots. The focus point can be moved to the desired position within a frame.

- Subject-tracking AF

Suitable for a moving subject. After focus is locked with the center button of the multi selector, the focus point tracks the subject's movement.

Scene Recognition System with enhanced accuracy achieved by the 2016-pixel RGB sensor

Scene Recognition System recognizes the subject's situation accurately prior to shooting and enables precise auto control, which professional photographers will appreciate in a variety of situations.

The D610's Scene Recognition System

The D610 precisely analyzes the subject's situation before shooting, including brightness and color, employing information from the 2016-pixel RGB sensor and the high-pixel count image sensor, and applies it to autofocus, auto exposure, i-TTL balanced fill-flash, auto white balance control and Active D-Lighting.

Subject identification/Subject tracking

In phase-detection AF using the viewfinder, the high precision of auto-area AF is assisted by subject identification, while 3D-tracking is supported utilizing subject tracking. In contrast-detect AF during live view and video recording, for subject-tracking AF, the image sensor's subject tracking is utilized to assist the high precision of auto-focus.

Light source identification/Highlight analysis

Light source identification is used not only for enhancing the precision of auto white balance. But it is also for exposure control and i-TTL balanced fill-flash, incorporated with highlight analysis that meticulously detects the highlights of an image.

Face detection on image plane

Face-priority AF is also available, using the image sensor's face detection information during live view or movie recording. In playback of still images, faces can be zoomed in on, allowing easy confirmation of focus.

Two types of image area options

The D610 offers selectable image area options: FX format (35.9 x 24.0 mm) and DX format (23.5 x 15.7 mm). Each image area can be confirmed in the viewfinder. DX format offers an angle of view equivalent to approx. 1.5x lens focal length, useful for creating an extension to the focal length of an existing lens. Also, you can make good use of your DX lenses because it is possible to keep sufficient image size (approx. 10.4 megapixels) even in DX-format image area thanks to the 24.3 effective megapixels. When a DX NIKKOR lens is used, DX format is automatically selected as the default setting.

FX format
DX format

Virtual horizon that can detect inclination in rolling and pitching directions

The in-camera virtual horizon can detect both rolling (horizontal inclination) and pitching (forward or rear inclination) directions and display the inclination of the rolling and pitching directions on the LCD monitor and rolling direction in the viewfinder. This function is especially useful when shooting subjects such as still lifes, landscapes and architecture.

LCD monitor display
Viewfinder display