Nikon D610 vs D600: 06 Autofocus – no change
The D600 uses Nikon’s powerful but amateur-orientated Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus module. This has 39 autofocus points clustered in and around the centre of the frame, and although it’s a decent system it doesn’t have the same reputation as Nikon’s 51-point professional AF system, as used on the D800, D4 and, interestingly, the much cheaper DX-format D7100.
Nikon has kept this same 39-point AF system for the D610, presumably to preserve differentiation in the Nikon range. The D610 was an opportunity for the company to upgrade the AF, but it hasn’t used it.
Nikon D610 vs D600: 07 Movies – no change
The D600 is a great camera for movies, and with no movie mode changes for the D610, that looks set to continue.
Both cameras can shoot full 1920 x 1080 movies at 30p, 25p and 24p frame rates, plus 60p, 50p, 30p and 25p at standard 1280 x 720 resolution, saving movie files in the H.264/MPEG-4 format.
Nikon D610 vs D600: 08 Wi-fi – no change
Both cameras offer wi-fi via Nikon’s plug-in WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adaptor. There were rumours that Nikon was about to introduce built-in wi-fi to the D610 in line with rival manufacturers, but these proved to be unfounded.
The WU-1a isn’t very expensive – it costs just £49/$49 – and it works in conjunction with a free app on iOS and Android devices. You can transfer pictures to your smart device, and use the device to control the camera.
Nikon D610 vs D600: 09 Dimensions – no change
This is where the similarities hit home. Physically, the D600 and D610 are identical. The bodies measure 141 x 113 x 82mm, and weigh 850g with a battery and memory card fitted.
In fact the only difference is the extra setting on the release mode dial for the D610’s Quiet Continuous mode.
It’s worth pointing out, though, just how compact this body is for a full-frame DSLR. The D600/D610 body is only a few millimetres larger than the DX-format D7100 and just 85g heavier. It’s much closer in size to the D7100 than it is to the D800.
Nikon D610 vs D600: 10 Price – maybe cheaper… eventually
The launch price for the D610 is actually lower than the D600’s. The D610 comes in at £1800/$2000, while the D600 was £1956/$2100.
It’s not that simple, of course. The D600 has been out for a year and is now on sale at discounted prices – and these have dropped even further with the announcement of the D610.
You can currently expect to pay several hundred less for the D600, though how long this will continue remains to be seen.
Stocks of the D600 will eventually dwindle, and the D610 should come down to the kind of prices being paid for its predecessor or, thanks to the lower launch price, slightly less.