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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Nikon D610 Final Verdict: My Review Summary After 2 Weeks of Shooting With The Nikon D610

Sometimes your gut reaction on seeing something go tells you a lot, and I think that was the case with the Nikon D610. I was sad to see it go. Reluctant to say goodbye as I packed it up to ship it back to Nikon.  Did I shed a tear? I'll never tell. :-)

The Nikon D610 was a pleasure to shoot.  AF is good. Locks on quickly, and I didn't have any problems acquiring focus in any of the situations I shot in, including low light like in the museum high ISO shots.

Image quality is superb. The D610’s 24 megapixel full frame sensor delivers very detailed images with excellent color and great dynamic range. I have nothing but positive things to say about the D610’s image quality. Really, I don’t think there’s much out there that can beat it.

Build quality is excellent. I’ll take the smaller body with tough polycarbonate and less weight over the larger, heavier DSLR bodies any day (except if I was shooting sports or in a war zone). The D610 is well constructed, and the fit and finish are very nice. No complaints here.

Video quality is good. I’ve seen nothing to complain about and when you consider the excellent high ISO abilities of the D610, I think it opens up some great possibilities for video work. I do wish you could change the aperture while shooting, but then that’s a problem with quite a few DSLR’s, and it’s something I’ve learned to work around.

I’ve mentioned it before, but I love the fact that the D610 has dual card slots. Big bonus, and something I wish more cameras had. It can also be a life saver, especially if you’re shooting professionally for a paying client.

The D610 is packed with little electronic goodies too, like the electronic virtual horizon which I found myself really liking because it makes it really easy to ensure your picture has a level horizon in it, or even just to make sure any subject you’re shooting is level in the photo. I ended up using it more that I thought I would, and it’s just one of those little extras that make life easier.

Overall, I’d HIGHLY recommend the Nikon D610. For the price, you simply can’t beat it. The D610 delivers some of the best image quality currently available, and for less than $2,000 if you shop around or get it on sale.

I could only have wished for such an amazing camera when I was shooting weddings full time, and indeed, if I was buying a DSLR for wedding work today, the Nikon D610 would be it. Same for portrait or commercial photography. The Nikon D610 is the best value out there.

If you want a full frame DSLR, definitely have a serious look at the Nikon D610. Buy it with the 24-85mm kit lens, add a Nikon 24 f2.8D or 28mm f1.8G, a Nikon 50mm f1.8g, a Nikon 85mm f1.8g, and you’ve got a kit that’s capable of the BEST image quality money can buy.

Check out all of our Nikon D610 Review Videos:

and all of our Nikon D610 Review Articles:

Nikon D610 Review: Day 7 - Dominique... a Portrait Session with Speedlite Softboxes

Nikon D610 Review: Day 6 - Keurig: Shooting the World's MOST Popular Coffee Maker (Product Photography with a Single Softbox)

Nikon D610 Review: Day 3 - Power Tools Product Photography With Grid Spots & Off-Camera Speedlites

Nikon D610 + Nikon 50mm f1.8G = Simply STUNNING Image Quality!

Nikon D610 Review: Day 2 - Off-Camera Speedlites at the Beachville Museum Pt2

Nikon D610 Review: Day 2 - HIGH ISO at the Beachville Museum (Projector, 1st Baseball Game, Piano & Other Mid-1800's antiques) Pt1

Nikon D610 Review: Day 1 - Thoughts on the Nikon D610 after 1st Shooting Assignment at the Woodstock Museum

Nikon D610 Un-Boxed: First Impressions and Initial observations of the Nikon D610  

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