Nikon D610 Does Not Have a Dust Issue

I have been testing the new Nikon D610 that I received today for the past 5 hours, running all kinds of tests on it. And by now, I have over 10 thousand actuations on the camera. The goal of this particular test was to see if the updated Nikon D610 has any dust issues as the Nikon D600 it replaced. Armed with the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II, I have been shooting the Nikon D610 at f/22 (minimum aperture) in my lab continuously. I am happy to report that Nikon seems to have addressed the dust issue, thanks to the new shutter mechanism that they are now using on the camera. Take a look at the below before and after shots (left: Before, right: After):

Nikon D610 Sensor Dust Before Nikon D610 Sensor Dust After

The “before” image on the left was taken when I first started the test procedure, while the “after” image was taken after about 8 thousand clicks (3x timelapses at around 2 thousand each). As you can see, I started out with a little bit of micro dust, which was very hard to see even at f/22. The only reason why it looks so obvious, is because I actually boosted the contrast values so high in Photoshop, that everything becomes clearly visible. And if you look at the “after” result, only very small particles moved around a little bit, which is quite normal considering how much air was moved while images were taken.

If you are wondering why there is some micro dust on the sensor originally, that’s because I actually wet-cleaned the sensor once with a swab before starting the procedure. My very first picture showed a moderately sized particle on the sensor, which probably got there during shipping or while I was mounting the lens, so I decided to clean it (was impossible to remove using a rocket blower). The particle was removed, but the swab left some micro dust on the sensor.

Nikon D610 Sample #2

I received a second sample of the Nikon D610 for testing. This time, the sensor was almost completely free of dust, so I did not have to clean anything. Used the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G lens set to f/22 in a slightly different lighting setup. When I boosted the contrast levels extremely high, the Nikon D610 revealed a couple of tiny dust specks (micro dust) that are practically invisible in the frame. This time I set up two timelapses to shoot for 1.5 hours total in 1 second intervals, yielding about 5,400 images. Here are the before and after images:

Nikon D610 Sample #2 First Nikon D610 Sample #2 Second

Looks good to me!


  1. 1) Ertan
    October 19, 2013 at 5:34 am

    It’s unbelievable that we (including me) are happy that there is no problem with a new Nikon DSLR :)

    • October 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Ertan, that’s the world we live in today :D

      • 1.1.1) Vesa
        October 20, 2013 at 2:29 am

        Hi Nasim,
        Is it possible to get just one file of last NEFs from this test? I’d like to make further investigation on dust issue. :)

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          October 20, 2013 at 3:23 am

          Vesa, 2 issues:
          1) I shot the above in JPEG
          2) No RAW converter will be able to open the NEF files from the D610 at this time – need to wait for Adobe and others to release updates.

          • Kevin
            October 20, 2013 at 3:27 am

            Think you’ll find N X 2 will !

            • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
              October 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

              That’s true, forgot about that, thanks!

          • Eric Duminil
            October 22, 2013 at 3:03 am

            I still don’t understand why camera manufacturers need to change the RAW format for every new camera. The D610 sensor surely isn’t so different than the D600’s.

      • 1.1.2) alex
        November 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm

        I hate to disappoint but here is what my sensor looks like after 820 shutter actuations and having cleaned the sensor already once. I love the camera, but I guess D610 did not fix the problem.

        • KnightPhoto
          November 10, 2013 at 10:13 pm

          Just clean it.

          That isn’t the same side as the D600 problem.

          • Ron
            November 28, 2013 at 6:48 am

            I do not think people will be happy that if they have to keep cleaning the sensor.
            I was ready to buy D610, but after reading that it still has oil issue, I won’t. I will just stay with D700 for now. It sounds that we have to be very careful not to be first adopters of Nikon products now. Let others try first…..

  2. 2) Mike W
    October 19, 2013 at 5:45 am

    I’m glad to hear that, Nasim. I was just playing around with Camera Raw with my D600, and after Nikon replacing the shutter mechanism and another sensor cleaning service, I still found some spots that I was not able to remove by a rocket blower. I also used my 70-300mm lens to verify that it was not my lens having the problem.

    What I did was I used 70-200mm f/4 at 200mm, f/22, 1/8s, ISO 800 (shot in front of my white monitor screen).

    On the regular NEF file, I saw almost nothing(barely noticeable), but when I moved the Blacks to -100 and Shadows to -100, there they are!

    Can you please do the same or close to what I did and show us your result? I would really, really appreciate it.

    Thank you so much.


    • 2.1) Autofocusross
      October 19, 2013 at 6:10 am

      Hi Mike.

      Someone in another thread (the ‘release’ announcment of the 610 I think) mentioned that Nikon, as of a week ago approx, were now retro-fitting the shutter of the new D610 into any D600 camera returned for the dreaded oil spotting on sensor problem.

      If I were you I would immediately get back to them, confirm that this is the truth, and let them know that the shutter they fitted has the same problem as the original.

      I am only basing the shutter ‘upgrade’ fix on heresay so you need to confirm it directly with Nikon – and let us know if you can.

      It must be very galling to have this problem on what is not a cheap camera, by any means.

      Hope you get it sorted out soon whatever way is best, and looking forward to hearing Nasim’s follow up to your question. I would go to the 610 range if I won the lottery, no so much because of price, but because I would then have the time and money to travel to places where the camera would yield me some amazing images. It seems the 610 is stepping on the toes of the 800 apart from the extra high resolution for very large prints.

      That said, if they fix your shutter, the 600 is, in image quality terms, the same as the 610 (or is it?).

      I wonder when Nikon will launch a 610E with the OLPF filter (anti-aliasing filter) removed, now that would be interesting!

    • 2.2) Randall
      October 19, 2013 at 6:24 am

      My d600 is back at nikon for the 3rd time. First time they cleaned the sensor. Second time they replaced the sensor and the shutter yet I still have dust. They called me yesterday and said they will be fixing the camera and have it back to me within the week. They seem allot more responsive this time around. Also I assume my camera is out of warranty because I have had it since launch and the last repair was almost a year ago (during hurricane sandy). I was hoping for a refund or a d610 but if they put the d610 shutter in I would assume this would be sufficient. I just wonder what was the shutter they put in last time I sent it back. If they fix this issue I will be sure to let everyone know via this forum.

      • October 19, 2013 at 6:43 am

        If your sensor still has the oil splatter, then it is most likely Nikon just replaced your shutter mechanism with the “older/faulty” version and not the “corrected” versions used on the D610.

        Secondly, you’ll know if its oil and not dust when you dry wipe your sensor…which I hope you won’t as it will only create smudges all over your sensor. Nikon kept saying it was dust and never admitted to D600 owners it was a faulty shutter mechanism splattering oil all over the sensor.

        If you read some write-ups on the new D610, the only thing new about it is a “new and corrected” shutter mechanism. This was the only time they “silently” admitted that they sold us a faulty $2000 product. So instead of offering us a remedy, they decide to sell us ANOTHER D600 in the form of the D610. Great!

    • October 19, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Nikon screwed this up so badly! The thing is, that almost no camera comes with a completely clean sensor. No Canon, no Nikon, not any brand. If you shoot at F/22 then adjust shadows and black to -100 and pixel peep at 100% you WILL see some dust on almost any new camera.

      I started seeing dust on my d800 after about 10000 actuations, but I wasn’t that surprised. FX sensors tend to collect more dust than DX (I only noticed the first spots on my d7000 after much much more) and I did change lenses several times in the field, sometimes in less than ideal condition. They appeared at f/9-11.

      After having it cleaned in the local Nikon service centre, (in August) I checked for dust of course, and I couldn’t see any at f/16 shooting the sky. Went home happy. Then I checked at F/22 and LR adjustments, and there were some tiny and transparent spots. But if you think about it, that’s really really pushing it! Most cameras will have something show up under those conditions, even brand new ones! So I don’t really worry about them as long as they don’t affect my photography, and I recommend you do the same ;)

      I recently shot products at f/16 with standard white background, didn’t see any spots. Even though I know there is dust on the sensor at F/22 and -100 blacks/shadows, it doesn’t affect my photos. And how many people shoot at f/16 regularly? Actually, I hardly ever go that far myself, preferring to stay below the diffraction limit (though with products you sometimes have to go higher).

      But as I said, Nikon screwed this up completely. Now people are going to really push it when checking for dust, subjecting the new d610 or repaired d600s to its very limits, sending them back to Nikon because they see micro dust at F/22 with LR adjustments. And you know what? I don’t blame anyone – Nikon gets what it deserves for its disgraceful handling of the situation.

      That said, I recommend stop worrying unless you see spots appear at your normal use ;) If your normal use includes doing long exposures and using narrow apertures to get the shutter speed down, and you notice spots, you have a problem. If you’re doing products at narrow aperture values and see spots, you have a problem. If you see some dust only pushing your camera to F/22 and adjusting in LR, you may not have a problem at all ;)

      • 2.3.1) Mike W
        October 20, 2013 at 3:26 am

        Thanks, Csaba. I haven’t really properly checked my D600 after the second service from Nikon, however, I am sure that it was better than the first time they serviced it by seeing the pictures I have taken so far and that has been about 3 months now.

        From what I saw on the two photos that Nasim had here, it could be worst than what I have. Thank you so much, Nasim. That’s a money saver! :)

  3. 3) Daham
    October 19, 2013 at 6:29 am

    So what are those color artifacts like seen when oil scattered on water?

    Thanks !

    • October 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      That’s mostly Photoshop adding artificial colors when levels are set to extreme levels. The one spot with a slightly different color is probably something I had on the white board that I photographed. Not entirely sure…

      • 3.1.1) Daham
        October 19, 2013 at 11:51 pm

        Thanks again ! :-)

  4. October 19, 2013 at 6:32 am

    I just sent in my D600 to Nikon after it displayed a ERR message and was completely inoperable after 13,000 actuation. Since I bought it 13 months ago, I would wet clean it 2-3 times a month. Dry cleaning it won’t do anything. In fact, it would even create smudges due to the fact that it is NOT dust but oil. The oil splatter on the sensor is obviously from the shutter mechanism. I suspect after 13,000 clicks, the oil in shutter mechanism finally dried up and froze.

    The reason why I suspect it was due to a faulty shutter mechanism was due to recent write-ups on the new D610. Most prominent was the replacement of the “new and corrected” shutter mechanism installed on the D610. All other features are exactly the same as the previous D600.

    Since I am out of the warranty period (missed it by 2 weeks), I am hoping Nikon will replace the faulty shutter mechanism with the “corrected” one used on the D610.

    When I get my D600 back from them (about 4-6 weeks from today) and if there is any oil splatter on the sensor, then I’ll know they didn’t give me the new shutter mechanism. If no oil splatter, then that’s good news for all D600 owners.

    Now, does this remind you guys of the SB900 which had the overheating problems and eventually replaced with the “corrected version, the SB910? This to me is STRIKE 2 for Nikon for not admitting to the problem and replacing the faulty unit like any other decent corporation out there….completely unethical for a company like Nikon.

    • 4.1) Mike W
      October 20, 2013 at 3:30 am

      Looks like the x10s (e.g. SB-910 and D610) are the numbers to look for, next time. :)

  5. 5) Daniel Michael
    October 19, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Nasim, thank you so much for your work! Much appreciated, this is good news!

  6. 6) Kevin
    October 19, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Re above posts see my response from Nikon – it says all you need to know about Nikon Support !

    Dear Kevin,

    Thank you for your email.

    I am sorry to hear of the difficulties that you have experienced with your Nikon D600 camera. Please rest assured that the service centre will only apply parts that are of the D600’s original design in order to bring it back to it’s standard specification. As such, the shutter mechanism of the D610 will not be applied to a D600.

    I would advise that you consult directly with service staff directly for questions that you may have over any action that the service centre may have performed on your camera during service. If you would like to do this you are welcome to call them on 0330 123 0928 Option 3.

    I am very sorry if you are not satisfied with the D600, however we are confident in the design and build quality of the model. We can only advise that any users experiencing a problem with foreign matter on the sensor should follow the instructions in the manual for sensor cleaning and if the issue persists to then send it to the service centre for cleaning and inspection, which I can see, you have done already.

    Please be advised that we will not replace Nikon D600 cameras with new ones, reimburse purchase price, or replace a D600 with a D610.

    The release of the D610 was in response to demand from a great number of users for a faster continuous shooting rate and the addition of a quiet continuous shutter-release mode. Nikon decided to release the D610 in order to respond to this demand as quickly as possible.

    If you still have any further comments please do not hesitate to contact me again.

    Kind Regards,

    < ...>,
    Nikon Europe Support

    • 6.1) Daniel Michael
      October 19, 2013 at 6:57 am

      She needs firing. Committing suicide on paper.

    • 6.2) MichaelG
      October 19, 2013 at 9:03 am

      “…..however we are confident in the design and build quality of the model.”

      “….The release of the D610 was in response to demand from a great number of users for a faster continuous shooting rate…”

      Liar liar pants on fire. Better off not saying anything than spewing these obvious falsehoods. Nikon needs to relearn integrity and service.

    • 6.3) Prime Images Photography
      October 19, 2013 at 9:31 am

      Her response is an insult to our intelligence. She should just keep her mouth shut!

    • 6.4) AM
      October 19, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      That woman should run for congress.

      • 6.4.1) Mike W
        October 20, 2013 at 3:38 am

        Come one, Daniel Michael, Michael G, and AM. Stop bullying her. She’s just doing her job. That is why she works for Nikon. :D Peace V!

        I am glad that Anaelle Moreau has the guts to come and join us in the thread.

    • October 20, 2013 at 1:24 am

      “The release of the D610 was in response to demand from a great number of users for a faster continuous shooting rate and the addition of a quiet continuous shutter-release mode. ”

      This email is worth an article of its own. It shows the kind of contempt and disrespect that Nikon to its customers. And it’s the main reason why Nikon will find harder and harder to get any kind of brand loyalty from its users.

      I’m supremely happy with the d800 and Nikkor lenses. I’m set for the next 3-4 years for sure, and don’t think switching brands. But beyond that, there is nothing that would keep me with Nikon long term. In fact, I’m eyeing what Sony does, and in a 3-4 years time frame, I might end up switching if they get their act together regarding lenses. And I’m definitely not going to replace my backup camera (d7000) with another Nikon. There are more options there – Fuji or Sony comes to mind.

      • October 20, 2013 at 3:27 am

        An article I will be glad to write.

        • Csaba Molnar
          October 20, 2013 at 8:52 am

          That would be great! I can’t understand the hostility of Nikon towards its users. The make great gear, great lenses, but they are hardly a likable company. And long term, if they continue this trend, they will lose out.

          And it’s a trend. The usual pattern is 1) full denial in face of overwhelming evidence or complete lack of any reaction 2) insulting the intelligence of users 3) reluctant acknowledgement. Except 3) didn’t happen as it did with the d800. So it’s somewhat worsening.

          And if you do write the article, please include the fact that unlike many of it’s competitors, Nikon provides zero after-sales support. Yeah, you get some bugfixes here and there, usually quite late. But other vendors do add features in firmware upgrades – Olympus, Fuji, even Canon (firmware 2.0 for the 7d, new features like uncompressed hdmi for the 5d Mark iii, etc.) And when it comes to quality and time of service, Nikon’s record is abysmal. For example, 5 days average return time for Canon vs a whopping 24 for Nikon (

    • October 20, 2013 at 3:31 am

      I don’t think this lady knows what she is talking about. If the shutter itself is replaced, there is no way that Nikon would replace it with the same crappy shutter from the D600 – that essentially brings back the original problem.

      In the case of the D600, the shutter exterior was made from low-quality metal that shred pieces when shutter was engaged. This constant rubbing and scratching of the shutter surface created lots of debris that ended up inside the camera chamber, so the sensor naturally attracted a lot of it. If Nikon replaces the shutter with the same one from the D600, it will surely continue doing the same thing – I think Nikon service centers know better than that. They should either be replacing the shutter with a different higher quality version, or use the same shutter as in the D610. Otherwise, it really makes no sense to try to replace the shutter!

      Hope this makes sense :)

      • 6.6.1) Mike W
        October 20, 2013 at 3:43 am

        “I think Nikon service centers know better than that. They should either be replacing the shutter with a different higher quality version, or use the same shutter as in the D610. Otherwise, it really makes no sense to try to replace the shutter!”

        I like that, and I hope that is what they did to my D600.

      • 6.6.2) Kevin
        October 20, 2013 at 4:10 am

        I agree Nasim that’s what should have happened but I tend to think what she wrote regarding the Shutter is what happened. I also have the Report from the UK Nikon Service Center which says quite clearly ” Replaced Shutter “. Now surely if they had fitted a new Design shutter aka the D610 then I would have expected the report to say ” New Shutter fitted “.
        To me “Replaced ” means like for like and not a new version.
        The part number of what they fitted is IF999-708.
        From what I have seen Nikon have steadfastly denied there is a Problem with the D600 shutter design and so if they started fitting new design shutters during D600 service repairs it would go against that.
        If you have proof about the Low quality metal used in the shutter then maybe there is a case in UK Law under the Sale of goods Act – Fit for Purpose Clause. I expect you have something similar Law in the US ?

        • Daniel Michael
          October 20, 2013 at 9:39 am

          We do know there are many D600 units out there, especially the later batches, that do not have a dust problem. I take it that these units were developed in response to the overwhelming negative response. Maybe these newer D600 shutters are being fitted to the units sent in and aren’t the D610 shutters. We know the D610 shutter is a newer developed shutter because it does 6fps not 5.5fps.

          So, even if they don’t replace the shutters with D610 ones, I’d at least hope they are using the ones from later batches of D600 shutters. This is still a good thing.

          Kevin, I think they have class action suits in the US for things like that.

      • 6.6.3) Flores
        October 24, 2013 at 7:40 am

        I think the big problem here is that Nikon never acknowledged what was happening, so there are several theories:

        -Problem caused by shutter lubricant (too much, wrong fluidity, wrong amount, bad shutter design (facilitating leakages), whatever). According to the specific problem this may or may not need a shutter redesign. This would be consistent with reports of oily spots and similar to a problem that plagued some D7000;

        -Problem caused by debris from premature aging of shutter blades. This would cause dust (not oily spots) and probably could be solved with a new shutter design;

        -Problem caused by mirror assembly lubricant (again wrong quality or amount, or bad design). This could not be solved by a new shutter design and could imply (in the worst cases)) a new mirror assembly design;

        -Problem caused by debris from mirror assembly back coating premature aging. This could be solved by replacing the affected mirror or mirrors.

        What is puzzling to me is why Nikon is not acknowledging the problem. I think it may have something to do with Japanese culture (I think assuming fault is very difficult to a Japanese) but large corporations usually have insurances to aid when something like this happens and, to me, it surely seems better than the possibility of losing as costumers most of the people that bought a D600.

    • October 20, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Kevin, would you mind if I quoted the response you got from Nikon Europe Support in my article?

  7. 7) Kevin
    October 19, 2013 at 7:05 am

    I presume she was just reiterating the Party line- what I find most incredible is the suggestion that the D610 shutter was designed for a faster shooting rate – wow 5.5 to 6 frames- who would notice !

    It’s the SB 900 to SB 910 scenario all over again.

    Having been a Nikon user for 35 years me thinks it’s time to change !

    • 7.1) Daniel Michael
      October 19, 2013 at 7:15 am

      Yes, that’s what the problem was, 5.5 frames per second was the problem with the D600!!
      I can only assume one of the following:
      1. Either this is Nikon’s official stance because of they don’t want to admit anything, could be because of old Japanese customs of failure.
      2. She hasn’t got the memo.
      3. They are replacing D600 shutters with the new ones from the D610, but actually don’t want to make it official. Again admitting failure.
      4. Nikon actually have NO CLUE about what is going on with the amount of angst about the D600 and this I find hard to believe, which means they have their heads buried in the sand and it is shocking customer service. This is the scariest of the assumptions, because it means total failure on Nikon’s part.

      Personally, I don’t think there is any room in this consumer world now for old Japanese customs about failure. They will lose in the long run. Success in the world today is about good customer service and correcting mistakes quickly and with minimum fuss.

      • 7.1.1) Kevin
        October 19, 2013 at 8:06 am


        Without knowing Nikon Shutter Part Numbers I cannot say for certain – other than what I’ve been told – what shutter I now have but the Service report I have have says
        ” Replaced Shutter ” and not fitted new shutter so I do think I still have a D600 design Shutter .
        The Part Number is IF999-708.
        Otherwise from the report they seem to have carried out a fairly comprehensive service.
        My only crumb of comfort at the moment is I have 2 Years warranty so I’ve still got 11 Months for it to go wrong again!

    • 7.2) Mike W
      October 20, 2013 at 3:45 am

      You have a point. I am not that desperate as you yet, Kevin. I am new to Nikon.

  8. 8) Ananda Padmanaban
    October 19, 2013 at 7:17 am

    I’m currently sitting in a Nikon service center waiting for my D600 sensor to be cleaned. They are charging $20 for the cleaning. If the issue returns then I will need to train myself to perform wet cleaning with Nasim’s tutorial.

    Since I bought the camera in USA and now I’m living in India, all warranty are off.

    It’s sad that Nikon took so much time and a different model number to fix the issue.

  9. 9) Alan
    October 19, 2013 at 10:06 am

    The before and after shots of dust look the same to me, the sensor is dirty in both shots. Any idea what the “rust” colored spot is in the lower left quadrant?

  10. 10) Randall
    October 19, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Nasim,… Your dust is showing. Bumblebeetuna!

  11. 11) KnightPhoto
    October 19, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks Nasim for making that test, is much appreciated form you to goto these lengths,

  12. 12) Mad
    October 19, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    Thanks for posting this info. I feel it would be even more useful if, with the next unit you receive, you ran some of these tests before doing ANY cleaning.

    • October 20, 2013 at 3:42 am

      Mad, will sure do :) If it was not for that big blob in the image when I first took the image, I would not have cleaned that sensor!

  13. 13) Yoshi
    October 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    I know many people are wondering if with the new shutter mechanism on the D610 they also added additional ability to change aperture in live view when having a proper exposure preview.

    I think the test is something like setting exposure preview in live view then going into live view (perhaps only movie mode?) and change the aperture via the camera. It doesn’t change until you switch out of live view and back into it.

    Perhaps you could comment on that also (or make a new article for that). I think it would get you a lot of traffic!

    • 13.1) Yoshi
      October 20, 2013 at 3:09 am

      Ah, I see you covered that in the review you just posted :)

      • 13.1.1) chris
        October 20, 2013 at 3:48 am

        Didnt find the answer in the review?! where did you find it?

        • Yoshi
          October 20, 2013 at 4:07 am

          Last sentence of the second paragraph under section 16:

          “When recording videos, the Aperture setting is locked to whatever it was before the Live View button is changed; there seems to be no workaround for this at the moment.”

          Read more:

          Same as the D600, although potentially just copied from that review and not tested? Nasim can probably confirm if he stops by.

          • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
            October 20, 2013 at 4:08 am

            Confirmed – I tested this earlier today and it is identical to the D600.

            • chris
              October 20, 2013 at 4:34 am

              ok, that´s no so good, but i can live with that. thanks.

    • October 20, 2013 at 4:08 am

      Yoshi, yes, I have tested the D610 for this particular scenario and it is identical as the D600 – you cannot change aperture in Movie Mode. You have to change aperture beforehand.

  14. 14) Lera Ion
    October 20, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Is first true test no dust and oil. Congratulations!

  15. 15) Ralph
    October 20, 2013 at 5:42 am

    Well, the Nikon D610 has no problem. I have a D600 and has no problem, too. I wait for the Nikn D650. Or for the Nikon D750. I think that the Nikon D750 will come out in 2014. If not, I will buy the marvelous D800.

  16. 16) chilibean
    October 20, 2013 at 7:29 am

    the images i see have dust; also, the lenses need to be changed as this is a source of dust. i will predict that dust will be seen with all ccd and cmos sensors since they have an electrical charge. further, the tendency of the dust to collect in the left upper area (noted in prior reports) suggests that the charges are collected in this area for processing. oil should not move from the hinge of the mirror as this area is receiving very little acceleration. charges could attract oil or dust, more likely dust since there is always dust on the mirror and the old removable range finders.

    • October 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Images have micro dust that does not bother me and they are practically invisible at larger apertures. Remember, this is an over-exaggerated example with extremely high contrast and black levels.

  17. 17) fadi sahouri
    October 20, 2013 at 9:54 am

    hi nasim did you test the autofocus under Incandescent light, i just returnd my d800 that has focus problems just Incandescent light, and am worried if i buy new one i will get the sae issue since there is many people talking about this issue and even on the d600.

    • October 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      No AF problems in incandescent light. Not sure why yours has a problem.

  18. 18) drew
    October 20, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Interesting what everyone is saying but not actually doing, such as taking out a class law suit versus Nikon and their misrepresentation of product failure. Not only denying impropriety, but also delivering a the D600 NOT up to their claims and possibly NOT fit for purpose.
    Is one of the uses of this website “” to give interested parties the chance of a common voice? Or do I expect too much?
    Nikon’s “D600 ‘Not so Clean’ 95% HDMI out ” was fixed long time later yet sold over and above the competition for half a year prior to fix. A unique selling point that actually was not true.
    Had the D600 been considerably “less expensive” than the alternatives, then I would more easily accept the shutter blowing and over-oiling.
    Nikon has been repeatedly contemptuous of those that purchased their D600 product.
    Anyone else rate these indiscretions as worth the effort of going to court to ask for a shutter recall and fix?

    • October 20, 2013 at 12:54 pm


      we are photographers, not lawyers. :) While I fully agree with most of your thoughts, I have to say – yes, you are expecting a bit too much. Our first and most important goal at Photography Life is to teach and share, not bring lawsuits to manufacturers.

  19. 19) D600 guy
    October 20, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Nikon is a brand without a future.

  20. 20) cgw
    October 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Sorry but your findings are inconclusive. A sample size of exactly one camera tested for 5 hours warrants your headline “Nikon D610 Does Not Have a Dust Issue?” Who are you trying to kid? The jury is still out.

    • October 20, 2013 at 12:58 pm


      these findings are also supported by common sense. There is no other reason for D610 being out – none at all – other than to fix the dust issue. If Nikon failed even with a “new” camera while, obviously, trying to fix D600’s problem and cover-up their attempts of doing so, I’d have to say they are utter idiots. And they are not. Because the release of D610 has hurt the company as is, it made the situation even worse than it was in some cases. If they had not fixed D600’s problem, the result would be quite frankly catastrophic and extremely shameful. D610 has no dust problem. But it doesn’t exactly make Nikon look good.

      • 20.1.1) cgw
        October 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

        No dust/oil issue? Not proven. This isn’t about “common sense.” It’s about fact-free claims. It’s about bad science. That’s what annoys me about this “article.” I read it more as apologia than verifiable evidence. Mansurov’s ridiculously small sample–one camera–isn’t a exactly a sound basis for his–or your-conclusion. Give it a few months.

        • October 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm

          I am sorry you feel this way, cgw. In any case, I strongly believe – and feel supported by Nasim’s findings – that D610 has no issue. Again, fixing it was the only reason Nikon released a new model. A bad move. And they lied, on top of that. But it was the only reason. We will give it a few months, of course. But I am rather certain no such problem will pop-up, at the very least not massively as it did before.

          I am also sorry you feel annoyed by the article and Nasim’s attempt to find out whether D610 is free of the dust issues by spending his own time testing such a camera and taking time to write up his findings. Perhaps it would make sense to test a hundred of them, I am afraid we do not exactly have the resources to do something like that. But then, we do not expect every single one of our readers to be grateful for our efforts.

          • cgw
            October 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm

            “Perhaps it would make sense to test a hundred of them, I am afraid we do not exactly have the resources to do something like that. But then, we do not expect every single one of our readers to be grateful for our efforts.”

            That’s disingenuous and condescending. All you have to do is rephrase the title to read, “My Nikon D610 Does Not Have a Dust Issue.” But then you’d not generate as many hits, right?

            • Daniel Michael
              October 20, 2013 at 5:24 pm

              Wow, so you have a go because only one D610 was tested and now when someone says “Ideally we could test hundreds”, you have another go? I actually think you’re pretty rude. They spend time to test something, and write about it and all you can do is write it off?

              If you don’t appreciate it maybe don’t bother to read it? I’m sure there are many of us who actually are interested.

            • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin Romanas Naryškin
              October 21, 2013 at 1:09 am

              I’ve literally nothing to say to that. I’d expect such comments on another well-known photography-related website, but never here.

              Have a very good day, cgw.

            • cgw
              October 21, 2013 at 5:37 am

              “I’ve literally nothing to say to that. I’d expect such comments on another well-known photography-related website, but never here.”

              Sorry Romanas but you just don’t get it, do you? What if you’d found crud on your D610 sensor? What would you have concluded? All D610 sensors are cruddy? You’ve still tested one camera but somehow don’t grasp how poor a basis that is for any sort of conclusion. It’s simply too soon to tell.
              Have fun running your uncritical fanboy petting zoo. “Well-known photography-related website?” This place? In your dreams. Thom Hogan’s forgotten more than you’ll ever know.

            • Daniel Michael
              October 21, 2013 at 6:45 am


              So what scientific evidence do you have that he D600 DOES have a dust issue? Because some vocal people write about it on forums?? I’m a scientist and I’ll tell you an internet pole is NO EVIDENCE that it has a dust problem, because most of the people who don’t have a problem won’t even bother posting. So you can’t even bring an exact science into this, or you’d need a HUGE sample to test. So give us a break about science because all of this is anecdotal in the first place. It’s about the people that have been affected.

            • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin Romanas Naryškin
              October 21, 2013 at 11:46 am


              I absolutely get everything you are saying, however rude and unpleasant the way in which you choose to do so may be. I understand that testing just one camera and saying that all of them are problem-free is bold and in most cases such a statement does not carry much weight. However, I also fully understand that despite Nikon’s claimed reasons for releasing D610, the real reason was the dust problem. The only reason. Every other “improvement” is just a cover-up, and a poor one. Testing one camera allowed us to trust the old saying again – not guilty until proven otherwise. So far, I’ve come across a few places in the internet where people claim they have no dust issues with the D610, and nowhere did I see the opposite being mentioned. Perhaps I am wrong, and yes, time will tell. But until that time comes – if it does – we are right. Because the dust issue was the only reason for D610 release. I am quite certain more photographers will come to the same conclusions. Tom Hogan already has.

              Perhaps it would have been indeed better to call the article “My Copy of D610 Does Not Have a Dust Issue”. But the way you suggested that – and the way you keep responding to comments – just makes you look like a jerk, nothing more.

              Nasim spent a lot of his time and effort testing his copy of D610 as soon as he got a chance to do so. If you can not even respect those efforts and think that we actually owe you something more, if you think this is a petting zoo and all we care about are hits, you are very much welcome to leave. Trust me, with that kind of remarks and attitude, you will not be missed.

              Sincerely, best of luck to you.

          • Sebastien
            October 21, 2013 at 4:51 am

            Nikon D610 does not have a Dust Issue! The world is based on the laws of cause and effect. The solution of a problem it is not a lottery. The Nikon engineers have focused their attention on the problem, they acted on the causes, causing new effects.
            And this new effect is: Nikon D610 does not have a Dust Issue!

            It ‘s like with the SB900 flash, replaced by SB910. Once analyzed the problem, the solution is assigned to science and technology, not to blind fate.

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          October 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm

          CGW, I think I clearly pointed out in the article that I tested a single unit and planning to test more. Did I ever say that all other D610 units are free of issues? No, I did not. Same manufacturing tolerances and variances go into the D610 as other cameras and I would not be surprised to see someone find more dust than they like.

          In fact, by now I am pretty sure that the whole dust issue is grossly misunderstood and over-exaggerated. Look at this article and read some of the comments – people do not find the above images acceptable, although I clearly pointed out that the pictures are not what you would normally see from the camera – I shot at f/22 and moved the contrast and black levels so high, that other artifacts started showing up in the image. The point of this exercise was to see if additional dust showed up in images after 10 thousand actuations. On the D610, we would have seen a huge number of specks just after several hundred shots.

          As for using one sample for this shot, how does this differ from any other review really? You would be naive if you thought that other sites use more than one sample to draw conclusions and that includes huge sites like DPReview. While I often do try to get a hold of at least several units, sometimes it is impractical or even impossible to do. The title of the article is “Nikon D610 Does Not Have a Dust Issue” and it is MY conclusion after running 10 thousand actuations on a single unit. If you do not trust this data, you are more than welcome to observe what others have to say over a period of time to make your own conclusions. And it is not like I am telling the whole world that ALL of the D610 units are free of dust issues – I made no such claim anywhere in the article.

          To sum it up, I am not in a position to test many samples just to make a conclusion that would fit your “scientific test” criteria. I receive a unit, I test it and if I see any issues with it, I report it – as simple as that. In this case, I did not see any issues with additional dust appearing on the sensor and I reported on that finding.

          • cgw
            October 21, 2013 at 7:40 pm

            Nothing in your “methodology” is reassuring. The results are inconclusive because the sample(one camera)is too small. As such, you should either withdraw this “report” as unsubstantiated or restate it as your opinion–not fact. I’m OK with private opinions–it’s the private facts I can’t take. That’s bad science. Trouble is, you don’t know or care that you’re doing it. But then that wouldn’t do much for your SEO concerns.

            • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
              October 21, 2013 at 10:25 pm

              I clearly explained everything and you still don’t get it. If we go by your “scientific” approach, none of the lens or camera reviews are good – not enough “sampling” per your logic. Why don’t you approach DPReview, DxO and all other sites on the Internet and tell them the same thing instead of coming here and leaving useless comments? They also test single units and draw conclusions – bad science there too?

              And this is the second time you are bringing up SEO and traffic, as if I am doing this just to get some extra “hits”. Seriously? Are you an expert in SEO or web marketing to point this out? Where is your scientific proof that it is the case? This article is insignificant to my web ranking and presence. Do you really think a lot of people are sitting on the Internet and searching for “Nikon D610 dust issues”? Please do not bring up this SEO nonsense, because you clearly have no clue what you are talking about.

            • A TALUG
              October 21, 2013 at 10:52 pm

              Go take some pictures and enjoy the great outdoors people…I have been shooting with Nikon hardware for 40 years. One thing I have learned is people obsessing over hardware are notoriously bad artists. Took me years to learn obsessing over sharpness and contrast is totally missing the point. Some beautiful pictures are soft focused and low contrast. I do use the best of what Nikon has to offer, refuse to use junk hardware, but learned to keep an even keel on hardware performance. Incessant testing is for newbies (who know no better) technicians (it is their job). Artists just go and make images…

            • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
              October 21, 2013 at 11:22 pm

              Thank you Talug!

              Just exchanged an email with a reader about this particular topic. It seems like all we do is complain. None of this stuff truly matters at the end of the day! Ansel Adams and other masters would have had a good laugh if they had seen how much we talk about useless stuff like sensor dust and sample variance. It seems like we are getting too obsessed by little things that do not matter at the end of the day. None of them improve us as photographers. We constantly look for perfection and find blame in anything that is less than ideal, whereas true artists often look for inferior tools to make their art look different.

              Let’s go back to being photographers please!

            • cgw
              October 22, 2013 at 5:26 am

              “Why don’t you approach DPReview, DxO and all other sites on the Internet and tell them the same thing instead of coming here and leaving useless comments?”

              Because you made them here on your site, right? You wrote the headline, right?

              “Do you really think a lot of people are sitting on the Internet and searching for “Nikon D610 dust issues”? Please do not bring up this SEO nonsense, because you clearly have no clue what you are talking about.”

              Gotcha. Can’t imagine why anyone would be concerned about this issue given Nikon’s dust/crud problems with the D600. As the Brits say, “Pull the other one.” No one’s fooled.

            • Daniel Michael
              October 22, 2013 at 7:01 am


              Are you really serious with this? Are you just arguing for the sake of it? How many of the review sites like DXO or dpreview actually use more than one or two samples for anything? We all know individual lenses and cameras can differ, but it doesn’t mean we have to get people to test every single one does it? Does this mean you don’t listen to DxO or dpreview because they only test one sample? If so, why are you even here? Don’t bother reading any review or test of any product from cameras to cars, because guess what, they only use one sample. If you REALLY want to have a scientific answer to this then the ONLY people with sufficient data will be Nikon themselves who can tell you from audits how many D600 were made and how many had to be returned for cleaning / service. That’s the only way. If you can’t understand that, please don’t use the word “scientific” because you are giving it a bad name.

              The people who read these forums come for opinions and knowledge from the people who run the site and from other readers. Everyone is gracious and humble to give their time, and in the case of Nasim and the team they put in a lot of effort for things they don’t need to do. We as readers totally appreciate that. Now if you are here for another purpose, maybe some science as you claim, why not go to a science site like the Haldron Collider, where you will learn there are even differences and errors in even huge sample sizes.

              Photography is an art, science only helps it along, if you can’t understand that, do something else.

            • cgw
              October 22, 2013 at 11:02 am

              Sorry, Daniel Michael, but the scope of Nikon’s problem with the D600–as well as their response–warrants a bit of skepticism about the D610. Testing one camera proves nothing–apart from that camera apparently not having the “problem,” or not much of a problem. Some may be trouble-free, others may be affected. Nasim has a sample size problem here. I can only assume he’s not overly familiar with statistical sampling methods. It shows.

              I have no clue whether Nasim is “gracious and humble.” He writes stuff about Nikon products that he publishes online. So do any number of other people. I have problems with his methodology and conclusions. He’s not infallible. His problem if he’s insulted.

              BTW, ever wonder how many sockpuppets post here?

            • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin Romanas Naryškin
              October 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm


              everything has its limits. Now you are being a complete jerk for absolutely no reason at all. Stop making a fool out of yourself. If you think this sort of self-inflicted superiority, dumb rudeness and baseless accusations is tolerated here, you are very wrong. I think we would all very much appreciate it if you just stopped your idiotic spamming and left.

              Learn your manners. People will respect you more. Good bye.

            • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
              October 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm

              CGW, you still never commented on the fact that every review site uses a single sample for evaluation and you keep bringing the same thing about statistical sampling. Again, if we go by your logic, then pretty much nothing on the Internet is worth looking at. No-one will take their time and resources to keep testing a product just because people like you need more statistical sampling. If you need more statistical sampling, just wait for a few months and see – I am sure others will report on their findings pretty soon.

              As for being insulted, please look at the above thread and see who started it. You insult me by saying that I don’t know what I am doing and that I am doing this just to get some extra hits and you expect me to be nice to you? And you dare calling our readers sockpuppets on top of that? I think that term defines you more than anyone else here, since people are comfortable using their real names and links to their websites while you go by “CGW”. I don’t know who you are and what you represent. For me, you are another Internet troll that just likes to complain. Please go buy a D610 like I did and test it, or to be statistically correct per your own words, why don’t you buy a dozen (or more) of those D610s and test each one of them? You have my word – I will post every test result of yours and deem it statistically valid. Or if you are worried that I might get the SEO / hits for that, post it elsewhere and I will do my best to promote it through our site.

            • Haringpinoy
              October 24, 2013 at 10:13 am

              Enough is enough … common sense would tell you – who can afford to test hundreds of these expensive units except of course the one that makes it. Common … since you are so critical why don’t you open your own website and do the good that Nasim and the others here are doing :)

            • Paulo
              November 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

              Hey… don’t you really notice this? CGW is just a f* troll…

  21. 21) Mechislav
    October 20, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    The Nikon D610 doesn’t have dust problems. Even most of the D600 had no dust problems. Nikon is building the best cameras in the world!

  22. 22) Wilhelm
    October 21, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Great! The D610 has no problem of dust. Honestly also my D600 had NO PROBLEMS. I have already taken 20.000 photos in 8 months. No problem. I am very happy to have a Nikon D600 and I look with interest to the news called D5300. I’m always really happy to see a new Nikon :-)
    Sometimes I like to imagine what will be the Nikon cameras of the future, in 100 years!
    Perhaps the lenses will be holographic , will not have weight, the lenses will trap light using a system which today is unimaginable. And sensors will be quantum sensors: there will be an infinite number of potential virtual pixels, practically infinite potential resolution. And each camera will be also a microscope.
    In 100 years! I’ll be dead, but that beautiful contrast YELLOW/BLACK of Nikon, will be still there, delivered from one generation to the next like the baton in the relay race of eternal life!

  23. 23) Sebastien
    October 21, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Nikon D610 Does Not Have a Dust Issue! Great job, Nasim!

  24. 24) Kevin
    October 21, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Put this another way – IF the D600 did not have a shutter problem why have Nikon gone to great trouble and expense to design a new one for the D610. ???

    de facto : The D600 Shutter was a faulty Design and / or Poor Materials.

    • October 21, 2013 at 5:41 am

      Kevin I believe it’s exactly the very SAME D600 but with just the “corrected” shutter mechanism….nothing else. Naturally the fps moved up from 5.5 to 6 only because of the new shutter mechanism. So it’s good my D600 conked out and I’m hoping they’ll replace my shutter mechanism with the ones they’ll be using on the D610….wishful thinking :-)

      • 24.1.1) Van-phat
        October 21, 2013 at 10:03 am

        I have a Nikon D600. I have no problem with the sensor. Probably in some exemplars of cameras have been put some shutters which were not ready, they were not dry: FROM THE FACTORY OF SHUTTERS TO THE FACTORY OF NIKON, too fast, too quickly. It is an incident. However, I have in my D600 a great Shutter, well dried, clean, trustworthy. The D600 take great pictures, better than the 5DmkIII(which costs a lot more does not have the same dynamic range and ISO performance of the D600)!
        Thank you for your work, Nasim. Nikon D610 Does Not Have a Dust Issue!

  25. October 21, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Hi, Nasim.

    Thanks for giving us that proof of what is going on inside the brand new Nikon D610

    Do you have any idea about when the “camera profile” is going to be ready for Lightroom and Camera Raw?

    Thanks! Juan

  26. 26) Nick
    October 21, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Nasim, can you, or anyone else, explain what the brown-ish, smudgey patch is located at the bottom left two thirds intersection of the sample images? I didn’t notice any mention of it and that would be of more concern (to me) because of the discoloration, and difficulty to remove in post. I am not a d610 owner yet, but this will be my next investment assuming it doesn’t have the same issue as the d600. Thank you for the review! Will this review be an on-going one? I hope so!

    • October 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Nick, most of the discoloration in the above images are from over-exaggerating contrast and black levels in Photoshop. I literally started out with white/slightly blueish images and Photoshop made them appear brown. That spot was probably a speck on the rear element of the lens or perhaps a slight discoloration on the white paper that I photographed – you cannot see any of it in the original image. Again, it is Photoshop that made the above images appear this way.

      • 26.1.1) Nick
        October 21, 2013 at 7:33 pm

        Thank you for the clarification Nasim! I’m going to go to Best Buy tomorrow and test out their display model. Just out of curiosity.

  27. 27) Danh
    October 21, 2013 at 10:11 am

    The title of this article should be “Nikon D610 Still Have a Dust Issue” because.

    1. A brand new $2k camera and already have “My very first picture showed a moderately sized particle on the sensor, which probably got there during shipping or while I was mounting the lens, so I decided to clean it (was impossible to remove using a rocket blower).” If the dust got there while mounting the lens, one should be able to remove it easily with a rocket blower.

    2. A brand new $2k camera right out of the box required a wet cleaning of the sensor and you’re saying it’s not a problem? Remember when you wet clean the sensor you voided the warranty from Nikon.

    So clearly, this article is nothing but an advertisement sponsored by Nikon. The author got his hands on this camera in advance, probably directly from Nikon because he was be able to test it already just a day after Nikon start shipping. That probably why he doesn’t care about the warranty and did a wet clean on a brand new $2k camera.

    • October 21, 2013 at 11:31 am


      saying we were sponsored by Nikon is an insult to your own intelligence. We’ve been bashing Nikon for the way it messed up the D600 ever since we were the first to spot the dust problem. Before that, we were doing extensive reports on D800 AF issues. We have absolutely no obligation to any camera manufacturer whatsoever to say nice things about them and no camera manufacturer has ever given us their products for testing, positive or otherwise. Our findings, whatever they may be, are findings of photographers like you or anyone else from using the products.

      Also, some dust specs on a sensor are very much a norm even for new cameras – it happens, but is not a regularity. Nothing to fuss about. Cameras get damaged during transportation, too, as do lenses.

      Have a great day,

      • 27.1.1) Danh
        October 23, 2013 at 12:38 pm

        We all know that getting some dust on the sensor under normal use is just facts of life, so no need to rant about it anymore. But if you’re saying dust on the sensor of a $2k camera right out of the box, not to mention dust that can’t be remove with a rocket blower but require a wet clean that will void the warranty of a brand new camera. It’s an insult to your own intelligence if you think that’s normal.

        The argument on how dust got onto the sensor during transportation is just stupid. How in the world does dust manage to find it way into a brand new camera that’s still in the box with the front mount cap on? The only way that could happen is the camera came with dust inside, and during shipment the dust become loose and landed on the sensor.

        I only own Nikon cameras so I might not know everything, but if it’s normal, why there are no stupid excuses like that about other cameras out there?

        But I’m sorry if I made a “wrongful” accusation of this website being sponsored by Nikon. But from what I can see, I have reasons to doubt.

        • October 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm

          We have a saying in Lithuania – I am unsure if it is ours or used widely around the globe: make yourself at home, but remember you’re a guest.

          If you doubt, then please do doubt. It is your choice and no one owes you a proof if what we do is not enough. Every single article we’ve written has always been our own and not an order made by Nikon or any other manufacturer for that matter. If you do not believe that, it is your problem, not ours. You are welcome not to read our articles, no one is forcing you to.

          Let me explain to you how a writer-reader relationship works, a sort of a set of unwritten rules. The writer should never demand for anything in return for what he does from the reader. The reader should never demand more from the writer. Neither one of use owes the other anything. Yet each of us should approach the other with equal respect. All it takes is a little bit of gratitude and good manners from both sides and things will start to look different. You think someone here owes you anything? You are wrong. Yes, we write for you. We do it for ourselves, too. We do it gladly. We enjoy most articles, others have to be written. But that is our own choice to do so. We write for you only as long as you respect our efforts. As soon as you stop respecting them, we do not owe you anything. As soon as you stop respecting us, you can get the hell out of here.

          Feel free to chat to other readers and us, feel free to ask questions and express critique when you disagree. But each home has its rules, simple, straightforward, reasonable rules. Make yourself at home. Remember you are a guest.

          As for the dust, if Nasim’s word is not enough for you – after all, we’ve only written a little over 800 articles so far, so I can understand how that can happen (not really) – try and read some of the comments made by reasonable readers. For example:

          “The thing is, that almost no camera comes with a completely clean sensor. No Canon, no Nikon, not any brand. If you shoot at F/22 then adjust shadows and black to -100 and pixel peep at 100% you WILL see some dust on almost any new camera.”

          Have a good day, Danh.

        • Flores
          October 24, 2013 at 8:37 am

          Pixels are so small in digital cameras, it’s almost impossible not to see dust in a new camera if you do everything you can to show it (like Nasim did).

          It’s a cause of concern if you can spot a lot of dust in a (supposedly) new camera but Nasim says he decided to clean this one because of a single relatively large speck so I don’t see any cause for alarm.

          Just my opinion, sure, but I’m a bit “geeky” and always run some tests on my new cameras and finding a few dust specks in a brand new camera is perfectly normal (as long as they cannot be seen in clear skies up to f16)

    • October 21, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Danh, because of people like you, who have no clue what to expect from DSLRs, the D610 dust issue became grossly misunderstood and exaggerated. If you are not OK with seeing any dust specks at f/22 when contrast and black levels are increased to 100% levels, then digital photography is probably not for you.

      And your accusations of Nikon paying me are completely baseless. You could literally walk into any Buy Buy in the US and buy the D610 the day when it became available. It is not like I provided this data several weeks in advance.

      As for cleaning sensors, I have been doing that for over 5 years myself. And Nikon never complained about me doing it when I sent my cameras for repair/service. It would be a waste of time and money for me to get Nikon to clean the sensor every time I had dust on it – simply impractical.

      Have a good week.

      • 27.2.1) Danh
        October 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm

        And I think because of “bootlicker” like you, lot of Nikon owner got screwed.

        The D600 have both oil and dust problem, and if you think that dust and oil spot only show up at f/22 when taking picture of blue sky or white wall, then you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. Because when taking backlit photo, dust and oil spot will show up even when you shoot with the 85mm f/1.4 lens wide open.

        Oh and didn’t you said that you “received” you camera and not literally walk into a store and buy it, I’m assuming that the camera being shipped to you, that’s excuses for how the first dust got onto the sensor.

        As for cleaning sensor, no one disagree with normal dust on sensor under normal use. But dust right out of the box that require the buyer to purchase additional kit and perform maintenance for it to work properly is not normal.

        You might of have been getting away with not telling Nikon that you have wet cleaned your camera sensor, which literally voided the warranty, maybe it’s because you’re just lucky or perhaps you have connections with them.

        • October 23, 2013 at 1:26 pm

          Danh, did you not read Nasim’s comment? He was talking about D610 dust being exaggerated seen in this particular test, not the D600 issues! Seriously. What is wrong with you? Do you spawn conspiracy theories for a living? Each and every single product we reviewed received an objective evaluation, except for the Mamiya RZ67, which I warned was not objective. When Nikon screwed up with D800, we talked about it extensively. When Nikon screwed up with D600, we were the or at the very least among the very first to report it. Now we reported D610 had no such issues and you start, forgive my choice of words, trolling about a few dust specs that became visible at ridiculously narrow aperture with ridiculously boosted black levels! Can you even see how baseless and silly your accusations are?

  28. 28) Muhannad
    October 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks Nasim,so that means there is no issue with oil and dust in this camera at all? should I order ?

    • October 22, 2013 at 8:34 am


      that depends. The D600 is just as good if you get a good copy, and much cheaper. If you would rather avoid such “gambling”, the D610 should be great. Of course, if you are not in a hurry, you could wait a couple more months first of just to be sure, and secondly – perhaps Christmas rebates will cut the price a bit and make it cheaper.

  29. 29) Lennaert
    October 23, 2013 at 3:17 am

    VERY GOOD TEST! Thank you, Nasim.
    The sensor has been tested. Nikon D610 does not have a dust issue!

    The sensor has been tested, now the sensors will test the skill of many photographers :-)

    This is the camera of my dreams.
    And now, I can buy it, the price is right.
    I also want the the legendary famous Nikon 14-24mm on that FX camera!

  30. 30) Camille
    October 23, 2013 at 7:45 am

    For those who are still worried about the D600 dust issue, I wanted to tell you that I’ve had the same problem with mine, visible for the most part from f8.0 and up. Since I mostly shoot with wide open diaphragms, it hasn’t been too much of a bother until now.

    So I called up Nikon and was told to send them my unit (for free, they have some sort of free coupon to print out and paste on the parcel), and that they will change the shutter for that of the D610.

    In my opinion, that shows they have now acknowledged the problem and are making the necessary to make they customers happy. Just send them your body if it suffers from dust/oil, because the D600 is an amazing camera!

    • 30.1) Daniel Michael
      October 23, 2013 at 7:55 am

      Thank you for posting, Camille. This re-affirms what some others have been told. Please keep us informed when you get the camera back!


    • 30.2) Kevin
      October 23, 2013 at 9:58 am


      Where are you ?
      I was told here in UK that they would only replace the shutter with the same D600 type which is supposedly what they did . You should get a service report with a list of what parts were used . My “New ” shutter is part No. IF999-708.
      As you can see from my earlier Nikon UK letter posting certainly DO NOT acknowledge that there is / was a problem .
      Maybe it depends where you live how Nikon treat your service repair ??

      • October 23, 2013 at 1:02 pm


        I would not be at all surprised that, despite what Nikon is saying, the replacement is that from D610. This is just a guess, though.

      • 30.2.2) Camille
        October 23, 2013 at 2:16 pm

        It could indeed be dependent to the service repair of one’s country. I live in Switzerland and never had a complain on how they handle repairs.

        About what shutter they are using for replacement, it could be they used the D600 shutter until the D610 was announced? I called them today to ask for a repair.

        In addition, a photo store I went to a couple of weeks ago had also told me Nikon Switzerland would replace my shutter, though they didn’t mention which model. The D610 had not been announced at the time.

  31. 31) Raj Lal
    October 24, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Thank you for your professional Test, Nasim. VERY GOOD! I wish to begin by giving special thanks to you, Nasim: you’ve built a truly beautiful photography portal. Visit your homepage is like taking a virtual journey into the meanders of today’s Photography. The Nikon D610 is a fantastic camera. By now the Nikon D610 is nearly a Nikon D800!

  32. 32) Haringpinoy
    October 24, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Nasim and all,
    Thanks, have a D800, D90, D70s and D200. Learned so much from this site. Got to know the problem with the D800 which I am happy did not have the problem. Planning on the D610 to complement the D800. And using the lenses you rated and recommended for full frame. And yes too, a big big difference between a DX and a Full Frame. Going Full frame going forward for all shots.

  33. 33) Florian
    October 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I’m sorry, but how does a long-time test with one single camera lead to the conclusion that the D610 does not have the same issue as the D600 had? There’s people who claim the D600 didn’t have an issue. Why? Because their particular camera didn’t show any problems.
    As much as I’d love to believe that Nikon got this sorted out, as long as they don’t say “listen folks, percent of our D600 had this issue because , but we fixed it and we made sure this won’t happen with the D610”, only time will tell if they just reduced the number of occurrences or if they really fixed it.
    Please don’t get me wrong, the D600 was a great camera, even with the issues. And I think the D610 is as awsome, and if they really did fix the issue, even better for Nikon.

    • October 24, 2013 at 11:40 am


      Thank you for your comment!

      We understand that testing just one camera is hardly enough to be absolutely sure there is no dust/oil issue with the D610. However, as unfortunate as it may be, we do not have the time or resources to test a sufficient number of cameras that could serve as a statistically sound proof. What this particular test has allowed us to do is go back to the old “not guilty until proven otherwise” point of view supported by the fact that there was no reason for D610 in the first place other than to fix the widely-known shutter problems that a large number D600 cameras had.

      In any case, you are right, but since testing one camera (albeit thoroughly) was the most we could do, it will have to be sufficient for the time being. We will do much more tests if an owner of D610 contacts us claiming his camera body has the issue. We very much hope that never happens. :)

  34. October 26, 2013 at 7:43 pm


    I sure don’t envy you for running this website but I do respect and thank you for all of your hard work.

    I can’t believe the amount of negativity from some readers. Can you image being married to any one of them! :)

    I just wanted to let you know that I am excited since my new D610 is on order from B&H and I can’t wait to get it!

    Keep up the great work!

  35. 35) WhiteHotPhotos
    October 29, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Hi there….any idea how long until you get around to doing your 2nd test on another D610?? I’m still crossing my fingers for clean results….

    • 35.1) WhiteHotPhotos
      October 29, 2013 at 9:05 am

      ^ OOOPS!! Nevermind!! Sorry – I missed your 2nd test results. Guess I was looking for it to be a 2nd new post to the site. Thx

      • October 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm

        No worries, I posted the update yesterday :)

  36. 36) Carol Stock
    October 29, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Just exchanged TWO Nikon D600’s that both had the dreaded oil on the sensor problem. Just made a third trip into Boulder and exchanged for a D610 but my current version of Photoshop and Bridge don’t recognize this new body.

    Any help? Yikes!

    Many thanks!

    • October 29, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Carol, Adobe should be releasing an update within the next few weeks. If you cannot wait, then there is a method to change the camera model in NEF files to Nikon D600. It involves using a command prompt and might be too complex for an average user.

  37. 37) Sujan
    October 29, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    If some one wants to get nikon D600.Do you discourage to get it ??

  38. October 29, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    But Nasim dont you think it makes better sense to get a refurbished D600 from Adorama at $1499 and spend the difference in adding to a budget for some good FX glass?

  39. 39) Carol Stock
    October 30, 2013 at 8:53 am


    John from NAPP gave me a great workaround while I wait for ACR 8.3 to resolve this issue. I’m using the Nikon supplied software to download my files and converting to TIFF there. Then Bridge and PS work just like normal.

    TIFF files are monsters though, double the file size of my raw NEF files. Any suggestions regarding that?

    Many thanks.

  40. 40) Carol Stock
    October 30, 2013 at 9:00 am


    Also, any clue how to get a shutter count on the Nikon D610? It was easy from within PS with the D600 going to File, File Info and then clicking on the Advanced Tab. On the 600 it was buried a few lines down and said something like “aux: image number” then the number of actuations. File the Advanced tab is there in this TIFF format, I don’t see any shutter numbers. Any idea?

  41. 41) Daniel Michael
    November 7, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Well Nasim, Lensrentals’ Roger Cicala has tested 10 Nikon D610 for dust/oil and concluded “they are no different to any other camera.”

    So, you were right! Thanks for doing the tests!

  42. 42) mce
    November 12, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I also would think that they should be great idiots to push a fix-“model” like D610, and have the same issue with it, but I don’t believe them anymore, so I would like firm reassurance on the issue fixing with D610. And what is interesting, you can still see some spots on D610 sample photo (upper left and right corners, after increasing contrast) at an aperture as wide as f8:

  43. 43) Juan Sol
    November 12, 2013 at 5:38 pm


    Let me give you my point of view. Sorry for my English, it is not my native language.

    Nikon D600 had (or has) at least a big problem. When shooting, specially shooting in continuous (burst) mode it leaks oil and some of this oil goes to the sensor. I have a Nikon D600 and I know what I’m talking about.

    (By the way, my D7000 was leaking oil as well and I’ve heard that D7100 and some others do too.)

    By my point of view, what Nasim was checking on D610 is whether this camera is leaking oil or not. He has explained with some detail (Thanks for your time Nasim!) even the lens he was using for the test and how many shoots he completed. Some thousands of shoots, by the way

    After the test he said that with D610, Nikon designer have resolved the big issue in D600.

    Does it mean that D610 is NEVER going to have a dust problem?

    Well, I don’t think so.


    Every DSLR and non-digital SLR have a dust problem. And they will have it until we solve their design or change the concept.

    Any time we open the camera to change lenses we let the dust enter inside our camera. Period.

    Any time we use a zoom back and forth we are pumping air inside and outside our camera. And with this air pumped inside, we are pumping tiny pieces of dust inside. Period.

    (By the way, with non-digital SLR we used to change the “sensor” every time we have changed the film. So we did not have any need to clean the sensor. Wow!).

    So, by my point of view the problem that looks like is solved in D610 shutter is the oil spilling, not the dust.

    The dust is going to be ALWAYS there!
    1.- Unless we change the design or change the DSLR concept.
    2.- Unless we NEVER change the lens and we ALWAYS use a non-zoom lens.

    So if anybody thinks that buying D610 (or any other DSLR camera, or even an EVIL camera), he is not going to need cleaning the camera from time to time…

    Hey, welcome to the real world!

    Thanks, Nasim for your web. We always learn something. Sorry for English.

  44. 44) Steve
    November 20, 2013 at 11:42 am

    My D600 is in for service to address the oil spots. I was told that they are waiting for a ne shutter part. The fellow said that they have a new shutter available now which will resolve the issue. He did not outright say it was the D610 shutter, but I would assume so. They are either using the D610 shutter or have a new D600 version of it. I wonder if it will give the new 6fps as well? LOL.

    Either way, I was told it will resolve the issue. So the good news is that there will be a bunch of D600’s at a GREAT price which can be upgraded to the new shutter. But I suppose that unless it’s being done on warranty, it would not be worth the money.

    Well anyway, will see what happens.

  45. 45) Brendan
    December 6, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Just want to ask, can you change aperture in live mode in D610?
    And please tell me in live mode if you zoom in does picture starts lagging?
    My d7000 lags when zoomed in.
    Thank you

    • 45.1) manish
      May 21, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Hi Brendan,
      In D610; In live mode you can change Aperture.
      There is minimal lag when zooming, nothing that would deter you from using live mode.
      Hope it helps.

  46. 46) Divya
    December 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Dear Nasim and the fellow readers,
    I just want to share my experience with Nikon D610, and today is the 2nd day of me having this great camera, and sadly I did find about 5 dots on the upper left corner and another one which is very prominent towards the center, upper region, tried using 3 different lenses, it is there, re-packing to send it back as I don’t want to take any risk. All my vacation plans are kind of crashed :( , by the way this is/was my first FX camera. If any one interested, I can send the proof picture that I have, I’ve been a Nikon user/fan since 7 yrs (Used DX – DSLR cameras before).
    Thanks again for all the great info. that I find here in Photographylife !!

    • December 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Divya, if you think that all DSLRs are immune from dust issues, you are wrong :) Please see this post:

      What you see could have happened on any DSLR and the issue is not specific to the D610…

      • 46.1.1) Divya
        December 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm

        Thanks for your reply:) . The other part of me doesn’t want to part with this amazing camera, I really don’t think I can clean this myself, I’m somebody who likes the new stuffs to be NEW!! I’ve a double mind though. I’m surprised, I didn’t see even a single review/comment saying this issue with new D610..but me…disappointed!! :(

  47. 47) chilibean
    December 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    as i previously noted, my experience with film, largely mechanical, cameras reveals all have dust and dust gets in the lenses as well. as noted it’s likely that sensors, because they carry a charge and move a charge, will attract dust like electrostatic air cleaners. intuition says the charges are collected on the left of the sensor, altho i have not been able to identify the side of collection from information i’ve perused on the web.

    digital camers face a llimited future as indicated by plunging sales. nikon’s response is to keep the price high and continue to lose market to “smart” phones. this is called price fixing: in the olden days 1/3-1/2 off camera prices was routine. the ftc seems to have no interest in pursuing some of the web comments about anti-competitive prices utilized by nikon.

  48. 48) Annie
    December 20, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Divya – did you try cleaning the sensor with the internal sensor cleaning procedure yet? With the old D600 that didn’t work because of the TYPE of spots they were. It had to have a wet cleaning. If these spots are just regular old dust spots then that MIGHT get rid of them. I would try it before giving up. (If you bought it at a brick & mortar store I would ask them to clean it.)

    Just wanted to add that I had a D600 for 11 months. I returned it to Nikon 5 times (with the shutter being replaced on the 4th return but the spots still came back). The spots on the D600 were BAD and there were a LOT of them – dozens. On the 5th return NIkon offered me a full refund when the spots came back again. I took it (this was in Sept.). I waited for the D610 to come out & to read Nasim (among others) reviews before jumping into the purchase finally in November. I have not had the amount of time that I would LIKE to have had to use it extensively since I got it. I have taken somewhere around 400 shots with it and so far so good. CLEAN images. SUCH a pleasure after the D600 issues I had (those spots started showing up within the first 100 images). I hadn’t wanted to post anything about the D610 until I had time to use it more but like I said, so far so good. NOTHING like my problems with the D600. I wouldn’t give up on it just yet. I would definitely try the internal cleaning first or get a rocket blower because my hunch is that it may just be dust on your copy.

    • 48.1) Divya
      December 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Hi Annie,
      Thanks for the reply and suggestion. As soon as I saw the spots, the next step was to try the built in internal sensor cleaning, but I saw the spots again. Sorry to hear all the trouble you went through with your initial purchase and glad you are enjoying the new one. I’m keeping it for few more days to test again and the seller told me that they can replace this for me if the problem persists. :)
      Thanks for all the inputs.

  49. 49) Surya
    January 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Hi All,

    I just got my D610 since I cannot resist myself from buying the nikon FX body in my budget. I hope the Dust Oil problem wont repeat with this new model.

    I suspect Nikon has just changed the name and made few enhancements for their old D600 bodies. What ever it may be, Nikon is not officially acknowledging their mistake on D600 and at the same time they cannot claim that its solved in D610. Its leaving the Nikon Fans in Dilemma!!

    Thanks for your review, its giving a bit hope! But Nikon should not be greedy having such huge reputation!

    Thanks All!


  50. 50) Michael Mogensen
    February 3, 2014 at 2:22 am

    I was given a new D610 instead of the D600 which had spot problems (a lot) which was not resolved after being repaired/cleaned 3 times.
    And now I have same spot problems with the D610 (now 3 months old). Since I am travelling a lot it is a real pain in the ass. To clean the photos in Photoshop takes too much time. I am now seriously thinking of dropping NIKON and go CANON.
    My 5 years old D90 never had a spot and was never cleaned.
    I think Nikon should take their production back to Japan. And at the same time take som courses in customer service.
    Michael Mogensen – Denmark – NIKON user for 45 years

  51. 51) Sable
    March 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    My Nikon D610 has 100s of dust/oil spots in almost exactly the same place as my D600. I’m so disappointed in Nikon and if I could afford it, I’d change to Canon immediately.

    Other forums report oil/dust spots on Nikon’s D7000, D7100 and even their D4 – whatever happened to QC?

    Brand erosion – I have no confidence in Nikon

  52. 52) Ana Zinger
    April 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I have a D600 and bought a D610 which is showing the exact same problem of oil spots on the sensor!
    A lot of spots on the upper left side! A lot!

  53. 53) Divya
    April 8, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Hello there,
    Thought of giving my experience with Nikon D610. As you can see my post here during December, I got my Nikon D610 replaced and it’s been 3months now, and I had stopped thinking about spots/dust/oil specks. But the other day when I was editing one of my blue sky picture, I saw lot of black spots. Not sure whether it is dust or oil or whatever, I had to fix that on PS6.
    Just want to know if any one has the same issue so far, I’m again not really sure whether to send this for a service yet.

  54. 54) Amit
    April 24, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Nikon replaced my D600 with nikon D610. But I see oil spot on nikon d610 images at f16. my shutter count is less than 1500.

  55. 55) helen
    July 9, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I purchased nikon d610 body on April26 and took it with me to Europ trip. after taking 1500 photos, I found a lot of dust mark on the pictures I taken. Is this problem just happen on me or other ppl facing the same problem?

  56. 56) captain
    July 15, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    The same here, Nikon replaced my D600 with dust issue for a new D610. Now 2 months later and after 7000 actuations the dust/oil issue is the same or even more then the D600. Especcialy on the left obove corner, a lot of oil spots with photos taken on f22 with blue sky. I have called Nikon today, they advice me to send the DSLR back to the Nikon Service Center for inspection. Not happy ;-(

  57. 57) Harold
    October 16, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I have been a Nikon user for 35 + years and can’t believe that quality has dropped so low. They have lost a customer. I own a D600 and have severe oil spots all over my images. They want me to send it in for repair or replacement but reading that the oil spots are still on the D610, I just want a refund. I can’t believe that some of the Nikon crowd wants people to accept this as a “Normal” occurrence. Until this camera, D600, I have never had anything like this before. These cameras are junk and the lawyers of the Class Action lawsuits need to stop selling out and force Nikon to admit they have failed their customers and force refunds for every D600 and D610 NOW.

  58. 58) AMIT BONGALE
    November 5, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    bought Nikon D600 a year back…had issue with sensor …nikon replaced shutter mechanism and cleaned sensor…
    after some time I found sensor has oil spots all over the left top corner…again sent my camera to nikon service….

    Nikon replaced shutter and cleaned camera sensor,,,,,

    Again after some time sensor was showing some oil spots….

    Third time sent my camera to Nikon….they replaced it with NIkon D610…

    This was the time when chinese media declared nikon D600 with faulty sensor and D610 was recently launched….

    Got brand new Nikon D610….

    I was very happy…after reading Nasim article and Nikon service…

    After sometime…I found Nikon D610 also has oil spots on sensor like D600…..

    When I opened case on Nikon support …they moved my case to corporate office…and from there they shipped one more brand new Nikon D610 with overnight delivery…..

    This was attempt from Nikon to cover the Nikon D610 oil spot issue…..

    Got one more Nikon D610….

    Now again I see oil spots on D610…..

    Recently I have opened new case on nikon support site….

    Nobody is replaying to it….when I called them …they said they escalated my case….they can not help me on it….

    Nikon is not able to delivery a single camera without oil spot issue….

    First time when I bought my D600…amazon helped me by replacing it twice because camera had oil spots on sensor….

    So basically I have used 3 brand new Nikon D600 and 2 brand new Nikon D610…..all the cameras are having same issue…

    Think…re-think and buy NIkon !!!

    Nasim please read readers comment from botttom….. definitely you will doubt your own conclusion….

    Thanks for your review….

    you are doing really good work !!!

  59. 59) manish
    May 21, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    The truth is that D610 has oil spot issues. I own D610 which is 1 yr old, and recently bought afs 105mm for macro work. At f16 and beyond the oil spots are so pronounced that I was forced to stop shooting. I’m going to contact Nikon Australia today and see what options do I have.

  60. 60) Tor Ivan Boine
    August 19, 2015 at 5:17 am

    You got lucky. I got my D600 replaced with a D610 under warranty. And lo and behold! After around 3000 actuations, the sensor looks like it has sucked up all the oil in the north sea!

    I cleaned the sensor my self, thinking that this was just a fluke. Nope. After another 1500 exposures, it’s dirty again.


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