Full HD quality utilizing 24.3 effective megapixels

The D610 supports Full HD 1,920 x 1,080; 30p. EXPEED 3 processes high-pixel-count data of approx. 24.3 effective megapixels optimally to deliver high-resolution movies with reduced jaggies and moiré. Noise reduction optimized for movie recording effectively reduces noise, while maintaining definition. Smooth gradation with minimum block noise which tends to occur in compression, and movie recording with reduced random noise at high ISO setting are realized. The file size is compressed with the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format and approx. 29 min. 59 s* maximum recording time is achieved. You can also select 1,280 x 720; 60p, suitable for recording movements more smoothly. The movie-record button is located next to the shutter-release button enabling smooth start/stop of movie recording as if shooting still images. Image blur caused by camera shake is minimized.

  • *Maximum recording time varies according to frame rate, frame size and image quality settings. Maximum recording time for time-lapse photography is 20 min.

Time-lapse photography that reproduces time transition at high speed

Time-lapse photography lets you shoot automatically at designated intervals and save as a movie to replay slow-moving activity at high speed. Without complicated calculation or editing, you can simply set shooting interval and time on the menu display to generate a movie within the camera, from 24 to 36,000 times faster than regular playback. You can record a dramatic sequence of natural phenomena such as the flow of clouds, movements of stars, the blooming of flowers, or cars and people coming and going in a city scene.

Note:Movie files of time-lapse photography will be saved in 16:9 aspect ratio.

Multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie that delivers two selectable movie formats

The D610's movie function offers two movie formats, selectable according to the photographer's creative intentions. The FX-based format* renders exquisitely shallow depth of field with beautiful bokeh effects, taking advantage of the large image sensor. In the DX-based format, it is possible to get close enough to the subject with a short-focal-length lens because of its smaller image area. Having two movie formats in one camera and an arsenal of NIKKOR lenses including DX lenses gives you much more creative expression.

  • *The aspect ratio of movies is 16:9 whichever format is selected.

Sound control with various options

The D610 incorporates an external microphone terminal. If you attach the compact ME-1 Stereo Microphone (optional) you can record clear sound while significantly reducing mechanical noise. Moreover, the D610 employs a headphone terminal that lets you effectively monitor audio with optional stereo headphones. The audio level can be finely adjusted in 30 steps. While the sound level indicators on an LCD monitor offer visual confirmation of audio level during movie live view, and the microphone sensitivity can be controlled precisely in 20 incremental steps.

Note: Microphone sensitivity and headphone volume cannot be changed during movie recording.

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Flicker reduction function

This function reduces flicker effects and vertical lines that may occur on a screen under artificial lighting such as fluorescent or mercury lamps during live view or video recording. The auto mode in the flicker reduction menu can automatically identify the flicker frequency to ensure appropriate exposure control that causes less flicker. Manual selection of 50 Hz and 60 Hz is also available when needed.

Index marking convenient for in-camera movie editing

Progress bar with indices

The D610 allows you to choose the role played by the preview button during movie live view via custom menu. If "Index marking" is set, you can add indices at important frames during movie recording to locate the frames quickly in later-stage in-camera editing. Indices are indicated along with the progress bar, which is easy to confirm visually.

Simultaneous display of movie and movie live view output on external monitors via HDMI

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The D610 employs an HDMI mini-pin connector. Simultaneous display on an LCD monitor and external monitor is available. In movie live view, it is possible to output in the same resolution as the recording size of the movie (max. 1,920 x 1,080*). In movie recording or movie live view, you can opt not to display the setting information which appears on the LCD, on the connected equipment via HDMI. This is convenient for viewing the entire frame when the image captured with a camera needs to be checked in real time with the large screen of the monitor connected via HDMI. Also, it is possible to record uncompressed movie live view data directly to an external device before recording it to an SD memory card, meeting demands of professionals who need uncompressed high-quality movie footage to edit on connected equipment. Furthermore, if the camera is connected to a TV compatible with HDMI-CEC, remote playback operation of the camera using a TV remote control is available.

  • *When recording a movie through an HDMI interface, the output image may be smaller than the value set with the "image size/frame rate" menu.


Image size (pixel)/frame rate*
Maximum bit rate (★high/normal quality)
Maximum recording time (high/normal quality)
1,920 x 1,080; 30p
24 Mbps/12 Mbps
20 min./29 min. 59 s
1,920 x 1,080; 25p
1,920 x 1,080; 24p
1,280 x 720; 60p
1,280 x 720; 50p
1,280 x 720; 30p
12 Mbps/8 Mbps
29 min. 59 s/29 min. 59 s
1,280 x 720; 25p
  • *Listed value. Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively.

Note: The videos shown here were taken using the D-Movie function, then converted to Flash Video format for ease of handling. Image quality varies from the original.