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NEW Nikon D610

Just announced the new Nikon D610. Enthusiasts ready to step up into full frame photography will definitely be excited by the endless opportunities this highly anticipated DSLR provides.

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FX-Format EXPEED 3 Sensor
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 colours as natural and precise as they look in reality. Portrait photography has a stunning three-dimensional look as well.

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.

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.

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Image Processing
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
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. 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.

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6 FPS Continuous Shooting
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 in FX formats, for a maximum of 100 shots is realised. 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 and release time lag is approx. 0.052 s which is close to the approx. 0.042 s of the D4. The shutter-release button and power switch are coaxially located, realising 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.

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‘Q’ and ‘Qc’ Shutter Release Mode
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.

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100% Frame Coverage

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, realising 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.

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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 centre 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.

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Full HD Movie Quality
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 optimised 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 minimised.

Multi-area Mode with Full HD D-Movie
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.

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