Nikon D610 is already in stock!

It has not even been two weeks since the Nikon D610 was announced and B&H already has some units in stock! I have also been notified that my sample has been shipped out, so I should be able to get my hands on one next week. Obviously, a rigorous test of the shutter is awaiting the D610 to make sure that there are no problems with dust or oil this time. Considering the fact that the D610 has a brand new shutter mechanism, I am sure that I will not see any of those issues, but I still want to check. I also want to make sure that there are no other potential flaws with the camera and compare the noise and fps speed right next to my D600.

Nikon D610

If you have pre-ordered your copy of the D610, it should ship today. Otherwise, you can order yours today and have it ship out first thing next Monday morning from the B&H warehouse.


  1. 1) Ricardo Vaz
    October 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Nassim, when it arrives put the intervalometer to work (1 sec intervals) until it reaches something like 2.000 shutter actuations. This way you can detect in 33 minutes if the shutter problem is solved!!! If you get oil spots you will be one of the first to detect it hehe

    • October 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      That’s exactly the plan! Before and after :)

  2. 2) Ricardo Vaz
    October 18, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Or put it on manual and shot 6fps, it will be even faster

    • October 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      Timer sounds better to me, since I do not want to sit there and keep holding the shutter :)

  3. 3) Alex
    October 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Who need the 610 after releasing A7 ?

    • October 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Alex, those who own a lot of Nikon lenses and accessories :) Plus, DSLR is still the way to go for autofocus-critical applications like sports and wildlife.

    • 3.2) Sridhar
      October 18, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Alex, Still A7 looks like a beginners camera or every day camera for quick use, even semi pros wont think about A7/A7r. Features and lens availability A7r still long way to go and to know the flaws on A7r we have to wait atleast another six months to know the actual facts from real time users.

      • 3.2.1) Alex
        October 18, 2013 at 10:55 pm

        I`m agree that make sense to wait some time before purchase (firmware update, more user feedback and lab analysis).
        About 610.. Not sure its ok for semi-pro and pro because of AF design and awkward controls. Considering less size, weather sealing and better ergonomic of A7, it could be considered as better keeper for people category, you mentioned above.
        For pro – D4-D800 hands down.

        • Marco
          October 19, 2013 at 5:36 am

          Another thing to keep in mind is that as a wedding/event photographer for example, it is much easier to be taken seriously while holding a gigantic full frame dslr and 70-200mm lens. Not that the quality of the photos will be any different. It’s just the perception of the regular people who hired you and other potential clients that are watching.

  4. 4) Robert
    October 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I’m still really peeved about the D610 release. I made the move from D300 to D600 6 months ago to go with a full frame camera. At that time I did a lot of research on Canon vs. Nikon and stayed with the Nikon brand. It was a big decision because of the new lenses I had to invest in – 16-35, 24-70 and 70-200. Now I feel the brand has really let me down as its the brand you put trust in when you make an investment like this. Its impossible for me to recommend Nikon after this experience, and a lot of friends are asking me about my new rig who are also about to make the switch. Is there any recourse from Nikon for D600? Have they even made any comment?

    • 4.1) Randall
      October 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Yes, Nikon has commented… loud and clear. Nikon just wants you money, Robert. They don’t give a #$%* about “trust”. You’re not alone, everyone who bought a D600 got screwed. The D600 is a lemon and the D610 is the latest of many punches to the gut of all who were suckered into buying one. Well, actually the latest punch is to those who haven’t yet sold their D600: the bottomless devaluation of their camera on the secondary market. In summation; the D600/D610 fiasco is Nikon’s comment, and their screaming it from the top of their corporate lungs.

    • October 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Robert, I still have a D600 and I love it, despite its initial dust issue. If you still have a problem, send yours to Nikon and they will replace the shutter with the one on the D610 (last I heard, that’s what they have been doing). Once that’s done, you should not have issues with dust.

      As for Nikon, I have written a lot about the unacceptable attitude of the company. Very unfortunate, but that’s the sad reality…

      • 4.2.1) Randall
        October 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm

        My d600 is at Nikon right now. I have had it since launch. This will be my third time sending it back. First time they did a cleaning. Second time they replaced the sensor and shutter and made a change to the white balance. Now I’m outside warranty and as soon as I sent them proof that I still had the dust issue they sent me a shipping label. They have been much more responsive and even called me today to let me know they got it and it would be fixed. I was worried because I am past one year warranty. I honestly hope they would refund me or send new a 610 but if they can permanately fix my issues I will be happy.

        • Robert
          October 19, 2013 at 10:31 am

          Randall, when I read through all the D600 forums there are so many people experiencing what you are going through. Not only does it cost you time and money returning a faulty product, the value is diminishing – who wants to buy a used camera that the manufacturer won’t stand by, and thats been in the shop 3 times for repairs. And how confident can you be that it will perform to spec from now on. I think all D600 owners should band together in a “class action” type of campaign, and shame Nikon into supporting their product. All D600’s should be upgraded to D610’s at their cost. I wonder how many D600’s have been sold in the US since it was introduced.

  5. 5) Corey Hardcastle
    October 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Of course it would be ready immediately. It is not like they had to fabricate a new camera. After all, it is just a D600 with a new shutter.

    • October 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Corey, LOL, so true :D

    • 5.2) Carl TightShooster
      October 19, 2013 at 2:01 am

      What we get currently from Nikon arer boring Updates to their existing line;
      Sony , Olympus and Pentax are much more creative.


      • 5.2.1) Carl TightShooster
        October 19, 2013 at 2:02 am

        and .. Fujy!

      • 5.2.2) Rami
        October 19, 2013 at 2:40 am

        But when they do release something like a 58mm lens which has not existed in their lineup for several years you get people complaining that nobody needs a 58mm, why didn’t they just update the 50mm?! Can’t please everyone I guess…

  6. 6) Rami
    October 18, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I would be really, really surprised if the D610 had any dust or oil issues. It’s the one thing Nikon had to ‘fix’ on this model and I’m pretty sure they would have enough QC this time around to make sure this doesn’t happen! I just hope it doesn’t mean they have overlooked something else…
    In the meantime, the DxOMark sensor test is out and it’s almost similar to that of the D600, which is a good thing!

    • October 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Rami, thanks for the link – not sure why DxO even bothered testing the D610, since it has the identical sensor as the D600. I am planning to review the D610 this weekend – will simply use the pictures from the D600 review and update info on the new changes. Should get a hold of the D610 later today, hopefully.

  7. 7) Ricardo Vaz
    October 18, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Nassim, I’m going to USA next year and I’m thinking in upgrade my D5200 for a D610. After read a hell lot about the D600 I came to the conclusion that it is a very good camera.

    One thing that doesnt leave my head is its performance on DXO and DPREVIEW when compared to the review of the 5D markIII, both sites say that the D600 is as good as the 5Dmk3 when ISO is below 12800. Have you ever had the chance to test the 5dmk3 and compare it to nikon cameras in low light situation?

    • October 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Ricardo, I have written a review of the Canon 5D Mark III, with comparisons to other cameras. I did not compare the D600, but if you see the D600 review, you can pull up images and compare them side by side…

    • 7.2) Edward Liu
      October 19, 2013 at 2:28 am

      There is also a Flickr group dedicated to low-light/high ISO photos from the D600 on Flickr at if you want to see lots more examples. I know I have the confidence to do shots at kids’ birthday parties without a flash where kids are only lit by birthday candles, and know I can get something usable even without noise reduction in Lightroom.

  8. 8) Peter
    October 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    The digital camera world is much the same as the iPhone world. As long as customers (the driving force) look for “better” cameras/cell phones, the more companies will try to meet their perceived wants (not needs).

    I bought a Nikon full-frame D700 in Feb. 2009. I see nothing yet in the market that would tempt me to buy a new DSLR. There have been ZERO substantial/meaningful changes in the digital camera market (forget the MP lunacy) since then to make me want to dump my D700.

    • October 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Peter, you are a smart person :) Use that D700 till it dies, literally! Lovely camera.

  9. 9) Adnen L
    October 18, 2013 at 4:42 pm


    I’m planning to upgrade from a D7000 (with 16-85, 35 1.8 and 105 micro) to a D610 with 70-300 (at good price if in bundle) and a wide angle lens. I hesitate between 28 1.8 and 18-35 zoom… which one should I pick ?

    • October 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Adnen, it depends on what you want to do with those lenses. For landscapes, I would get the 18-35mm over the 28mm f/1.8. For low-light photography situations, the 28mm f/1.8 is a better choice.

  10. October 19, 2013 at 1:07 am

    It will be interesting to read your review. I currently have 2 X D700 and want something that is quieter when shooting weddings, but I don’t want a D800. I wasn’t tempted by the D600, but hopefully the D610 may be what I need with it’s quiet mode.

    • October 21, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Tony, the D600/D610 definitely has a damper shutter/mirror mechanism when compared to the D700 or D800.

  11. 11) Frank Jr.
    October 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I am considering leaving DX behind and going FX. If I am going to jump ship with Nikon I will invest in a new Canon 5D MK III with a EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM L II and a 70-200mm f/2.8 to start over with. Starting over and selling all my Nikon equipment isn’t very appealing to me, but I do not want to continue giving my hard earned money to a company that is earning a reputation of not supporting it’s customers. For me the D610 is a slap in the face to the folks that purchased the D600. Not to mention Nikon not wanting to acknowledge the focusing issues with the D800.

  12. 12) Jesper
    October 20, 2013 at 3:38 am

    That’s right, Mansurov! If you still have a problem, send yours to Nikon and they will replace the shutter with the one on the D610.

    Read more:

    THERE are some bloggers, imbeciles idiots morons blogger, who proposed the complete replacement of the D600. But the ideal solution is to ask Nikon to put inside the D600, the D610’s shutter.

    Replace the entire camera is an absurd claim, a waste of material, hard work, effort, resources.

    You don’t have to take seriously bloggers who propose a complete replacement of the ENTIRE camera. These bloggers are idiots, with no brains, capitalists, spoiled, insensitive, indifferent to the environment, ignorant. These bloggers show off Fotos taken in NATURE, but then they propose solutions anti Environment.
    The ideal solution is to ask Nikon to put the D610’s shutter inside the D600.
    Remember, most of the plastic of the world, ends in the oceans. See the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (also called the Eastern Garbage Patch). See Garbage Island: An Ocean Full of Plastic!

  13. 13) Mechislav
    October 20, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Nikon has done well. Nikon is becoming a a fascinating SPECTACLE. Nikon is building fantastic cameras. I would try all Nikon cameras. I tried the D700, the D600, the D800, the D4, but also the D5200, the D7100. UNBEATABLE Cameras. I have the Nikon D3s: stunning sensor sensitivity with up to ISO 102400!
    Nikon has done well. Has renewed the D600, changing shutter. Nikon is always the NUMBER 1!

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