Nikon D610 Could Be Announced In October.

Nikon D610 Logo
Dust Free?

Nikon D610 release immenent

I own the Nikon D600, I purchased one the day that my D800E went in for repair because I expected a long and agonising wait for it to be returned as is Nikon’s reputation.

The D600 Image quality is good, and the camera offers a good feature set in a quite compact form factor  and a relatively-reasonable price.

The only blemish on the otherwise nearly perfect record of the Nikon D600 has been persistent reports of “dust and oil” gathering on the sensor that takes a lot of cleaning.

It seems that the blemishes are an oily compound thrown out from the shutter mainly in the top left corner.

I personally haven’t yet experienced this phenomena, and hopefully won’t.

It does seem though that this has been a quite widespread and nasty blemish on the D600’s reputation as a solid performer with above average image quality.

Many forum post’s appeared with pictures of blue sky’s shot at F22 just to prove the issue does exist.

Just how badly this affected the sales of the D600 is not known and Nikon seemed to be ignoring the issue many people have.

It appears that sending the camera in for repair results in the camera getting a new shutter and a good clean, which judging by the reports does nothing to alleviate said problem.

Now the rumour mill has it that Nikon is launching a new model namely the Nikon D610, in answer to the dust and oil issue.

The specs of the Nikon D610 are said to be the same as the Nikon D600 except for a slightly faster shutter speed, plus of course a fix for the issue which has reportedly blighted the sales of the D600.

The camera is rumoured to be announced on the 7 or 8Th of  October

So where  will this leave Nikon D600 owners? probably with a camera with a poor second hand price and a lot of time cloning out of spots in Photoshop..

Any Nikon D600 owners out there with thoughts on this ?

Whitby Street At Night
Image Taken With Nikon D600

Update For Nikon 610

Seems the rumour mills were correct about the newly announced Nikon D610.

Nothing special a slighter faster frame rate (.5 Per second) making the camera a 6 frame per second unit instead of 5.5 frames per second. Plus some very minor changes !!

D610 Primary Features

  1. Nikon’s exclusive technologies for superior image quality
    • An effective pixel count of 24.3-million pixels and an FX-format CMOS sensor for superior image quality over a broad range of standard sensitivitiesThe D610 offers an effective pixel count of approximately 24.3-million pixels and is equipped with an FX-format CMOS sensor developed exclusively by Nikon. This sensor enables images exhibiting very little noise and rich expression of tones throughout the entire range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100 at the low end to ISO 6400 at the high end. In addition, ISO sensitivity can be expanded down to the equivalent of ISO 50 (Lo 1), or up as high as the equivalent of ISO 25600 (Hi 2) to offer the superior image quality expected of an FX-format camera with both still images and movies recorded under a variety of lighting conditions.
    • The EXPEED 3 image-processing engine with high-speed processing capabilitiesThe D610 is equipped with the same EXPEED 3 high-performance image-processing engine built into high-end D4, D800, and D800E Nikon FX-format cameras. This enables faithful rendering, vivid color reproduction, and a broad dynamic range. It also effectively suppresses noise with advanced noise-reduction processing for images captured at high sensitivities, all while preserving definition and sharpness.
    • Auto white balance that achieves natural color reproductionGreater optimization of image analysis of the most common scenes enables Auto white balance achieves more natural color reproduction for images captured indoors as well as outdoors in the most common scenes.
    • Picture Control for accurate reflection of user intent or creativityPicture Control is Nikon’s exclusive imaging system that allows users to adjust various image characteristics to achieve a desired effect or to match creative intent. Images that match the user’s intent can be captured by selecting an option—Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape—prior to shooting. Specific elements, including Sharpening, Contrast, and Brightness, can also be fine-tuned individually to suit a particular scene or preference. A Picture Control button on the back of the D610 enables direct access to the Picture Control menu.
    • NIKKOR lenses that maximize the superior rendering performance of the D610The performance of the CMOS sensor built into the D610 is maximized with the use of NIKKOR lenses equipped with Nikon’s advanced optical technologies for clear and sharp reproduction of even the finest details. This year marks the 80th anniversary of NIKKOR lenses for Nikon interchangeable-lens cameras, and total production has reached 80 million. The rich lineup of NIKKOR lenses, from ultra wide-angle to super-telephoto, fisheye, zoom, Micro, and PC-E lenses, makes photography of any type of scene, and for a wide variety of applications, more enjoyable.
  2. High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 6 fps*1 for up to 100 shots*2, and quiet continuous shooting at approximately 3 fps*1
    • The dedicated drive mechanism for independent high-speed mirror operation, and the high-speed processing of the EXPEED 3 image-processing engine enable high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 6 fps*1 in both FX and DX formats for up to 100 shots*2. This makes it easy to capture decisive moments with moving subjects, such as an approaching train or a wild bird taking flight. When combined with Dynamic-area AF, which precisely captures moving subjects, users can feel free to leave focusing to the camera so they can concentrate on framing their photos. The D610 also offers a power-up time of just 0.13 s*1 and a release time lag that challenges the approximately 0.042 s*1 of the D4 at approximately 0.052 s*1. Positioning of the shutter-release button on top of the power switch enables smooth operation from turning the camera on to releasing the shutter, and a comfortable grip that also helps to optimize operation enable quick and comfortable shooting for instant response to photo opportunities. The D610 also offers a quiet continuous shutter-release mode (Qc) for quiet, continuous shooting at approximately 3 fps*1.
      • *1Measured in accordance with CIPA guidelines.
      • *2With shooting of JPEG-format images. Excluding shooting of FX-format images at an image quality setting of JPEG Fine and an image size setting of Large (up to 51 shots possible), or an image quality setting of JPEG Normal and an image size setting of Large (up to 90 shots possible).
  3. Superior basic performance and operation
    1. AF system with 39 densely packed focus points, 7 of which are f/8 compatibleThe D610 is equipped with an AF system of 39 densely packed focus points. 9 of these at the center of the frame utilize cross-type sensors for more accurate subject acquisition. What’s more, 7 focus points at the center of the frame (3 vertical and 5 horizontal) support a maximum aperture of f/8. This makes autofocusing with lenses that have a combined maximum aperture of f/8 or faster possible. For example, accurate autofocusing is possible when a telephoto lens with a maximum aperture of f/4 is used with a 2x teleconverter for a combined maximum aperture of f/8.
    2. Scene Recognition System with highly precise and practical auto functionsUsing the highly precise 2,016-pixel RGB sensor, which also functions as the metering sensor, and an effective pixel count of 24.3-million pixels, the Scene Recognition System accurately identifies a number of scene characteristics, including brightness and brightness distribution within the frame, contrast, subject brightness and colors, subject position, the range of the frame taken up by human subjects, and the position of human faces. A variety of data based on these characteristics are then reflected in control of a number of automatic functions so accurate they are regularly used by even professional photographers, including autofocusing, auto exposure, i-TTL balanced fill-flash, auto white balance, and Active D-Lighting.
    3. An optical viewfinder with approximately 100% frame coverageThe D610 maintains the same approximately 100% viewfinder frame coverage as the D4 and D800-series cameras so that the optical viewfinder can be used for precise framing of a wide imaging area. Viewfinder magnification is approximately 0.7x*, a value that makes viewfinder display, including information displays, easy to see. A glass pentaprism is used. A framing grid convenient for landscapes and architectural photos can also be displayed in the viewfinder (with shooting in FX format).
      • *With 50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1 m-1.
    4. Double memory card slots for effective use of 2 SD memory cardsWhen 2 SD memory cards are inserted, the role played by the card in slot 2 can be selected from “Overflow”, “Backup”, or “RAW Slot 1—JPEG Slot 2” so that with NEF/RAW + JPEG recording, NEF/RAW copies are recorded to the card in slot 1 and JPEG copies are recorded to the card in slot 2. Images can also be copied from one card to another. With movie recording, the slot used to record movies can be specified to ensure that movies are recorded to a card with sufficient space. SD and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards are supported. Eye-Fi cards (available from third-party retailers) are also supported.
    5. Built-in flash capable of wireless multiple-flash controlThe built-in flash that covers the angle of view of a wide-angle 24mm lens and has a guide number of approximately 12/39 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F) enables simple and beautiful flash photography with natural brightness. It is also equipped with a commander function for controlling multiple flash units with Nikon’s exclusive wireless multiple flash-unit photography system, Advanced Wireless Lighting. The built-in flash can serve as the master flash to control up to two groups of optional Speedlights (remote flash units).
  4. A compact, lightweight Nikon FX-format cameraThe D610 offers rendering performance and superior basic performance that challenges that of our high-end models. Despite adoption of the Nikon FX format, it is a model that is also portable enough to easily be taken anywhere. In addition to adoption of a magnesium alloy that reduces weight and maintains strength and durability for the top and rear body covers, all joints are effectively sealed for the same superior dust- and water-resistance as the D800 and D800E.
  5. Recording of 1920 x 1080/30p full-HD movies that make a variety of forms of expression possibleBy simply pressing the movie-record button just above and to the left of the shutter-release button in movie live view mode, users can enjoy movie recording that makes the most the camera’s approximately 24.3-million effective pixels. In addition, adoption of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video compression standard ensures that superior picture quality is maintained while data is compressed to allow for recording of a single movie for up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds*.
    • *Maximum length is 20 minutes with some frame size/rate and movie quality settings.

    Multi-area mode Full HD D-movie: Offers two movie formats, FX-based movie format and DX-based movie format, for recording of full-HD 1920 x 1080/30p movies. Users can choose the format that best suits the way in which the final movie will be used. The FX-based movie format makes full use of the large image sensor and offers a shallow depth-of-field with an emphasis on blur characteristics while the DX-based movie format is optimal for recording movies that bring subjects closer.

    Time-lapse photography: This function enables recording of movie files consisting of photos automatically captured at a specified interval over a specified period of time. The still photos are combined and the resulting movie can be played back at a speed of 24-36,000x. This function is optimal for recording of very slow-moving subjects, such as clouds moving across the sky. This allows users to express their own individual intent.

  6. Support for a variety of accessories for complete system expansionThe D610 offers users powerful support for their photography with system expansion that includes support for wireless accessories such as the Wireless Remote Controllers WR-R10/WR-T10 and Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1b (accessories available separately).
  • Specifications, design, product name and supplied accessories may differ by country or area. Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacture.

So basically a d600 with hopefully an oil and dust monster free shutter. Nikon still have said nothing about the D600 oil and dust issues, they seem to hoping that this will now go away, but it won’t for the people who have camera’s affected by this issue.

Also the announcement will de-value the D600 as the list price of the D610 is lower than the D600.

Way to go Nikon……

For the buyers of the new camera lets all hope there are no quality issues with the new Nikon D610 that affected the D600..

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