Nikon’s EXPEED 3 Image Processor provides top-of-the-line performance speeds, including a continuous shooting speed of 6 fps, an improvement over the D600. The other most notable advancement of the D610 is its Continuous Quiet Mode, which enables the camera to silently shoot up to 3 frames without the noise of the camera’s mirror lifting and dropping. This is a great step forward for photographers in a range of disciplines who not only recognize, but absolutely need, the ability to shoot in discreet silence.
In addition to its new features, the D610 provides the same fast and precise 39-point autofocus system housed in the D600. These points fill the AF coverage area, but this advanced AF system allows you to choose from among these 39 points, depending on the shot you are after. Nine centre cross-type sensors provide focus accuracy even in dim or tricky lighting, and seven centre points function down to f/8 for use with long telephoto lenses, used in conjunction with tele converters. The ability to choose between 9, 21, or the full 39 autofocus points provides compositional control of the highest order.
In regard to exposure metering, the D610 offers a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor as the main component in its Intelligent Scene Recognition System with 3D Colour Matrix Metering II. Within the moment it takes to press the shutter button, the sensor evaluates brightness, contrast, distance, and colour and provides not only precise, but consistently accurate image assessment and metering.
The built-in flash on the D610 is an intelligent, powerful illumination system able to light up dark scenes and automatically provide just the right amount of fill-flash. It supports Nikon’s i-TTL flash-metering system and can act as a Commander to two groups of remote flashes across three channels for intricate wireless flash control. Of course, the D610 provides a hot-shoe mount to support external flash with any Nikon Speedlight.
Reaching across media, or blending two into one, the D610 offers HD video capture on par with the best available. Full HD 1080p video is supported with frame rates of 30p, 25p, or 24p; MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression and HD 720p video is supported in frame rates of 60p, 50p, or 30p. Professional features in the form of fully manual exposure control, microphone and headphone inputs, and uncompressed external recording capabilities via HDMI make the D610 a great choice for those wanting broadcast-quality capture in a compact form. In addition, multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie gives you the freedom to use both FX or DX formats when shooting video, and compatibility with a huge range of DX and FX NIKKOR lenses provides unmatched versatility and image quality.
Sharing images in an instant is possible when utilizing the optional WU1b. With the adapter and Nikon’s free Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility App, instant upload and transfer is simple, and you’re also able to use your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet as the camera’s remote control.
The D610 brings Nikon’s advanced photo- and video-capture systems, including the impressive new Continuous Quiet Mode, and places them in a compact, manageable form factor. And as mentioned, the D610 is available with several varieties of lens kits.