By Lisa Johnston
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Melville, N.Y. – Nikon introduced Tuesday the D610 full-frame DSLR.
The FX-format Nikon D610, which will be available at the end of the month at a $1,999 suggested retail for the body only or $2,599 for the body and an AF-S 24-85mm VR lens, features a 24.3-megapixel sensor, a 6 fps continuous shooting speed and a Quiet Continuous Shutter Mode of up to 3 fps.
Nikon said it has also improved the auto white-balance system over the previous D600 model, while keeping the Expeed 3 image processor, 3.2-inch 921,000-dot LCD monitor, video capture of up to FullHD 1080p/30p H.264, external mic and headphone inputs, expandable light sensitivity to ISO 25,600, multi-CAM 4,800 AF sensor with 39 points, and built-in flash with commander mode.
The DSLR supports the WU-1b wireless mobile adapter.
Nikon said the sensor and processor work together to enable high image quality with a wide dynamic range and high signal-to-noise ratio for images with smooth color and tonal gradations and low noise levels.
The technologies also combine to enable the 6 fps continuous shooting speed and quiet shooting mode that allows the camera to record sequential shots without raising and lowering the mirror.
FullHD 1080p video is supported up to 30 fps in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format, and manual control over the ISO, shutter speed and aperture is possible for optimized control over the look and feel of movies. Uncompressed recording is possible with an optional external recorder connected via the HDMI port; both headphone and microphone ports are available for refined control over recorded sound.
When working in live view, for either still or movie shooting, a contrast-based AF system is used to achieve focus and can function in continuous, full-time servo mode to for work with moving subjects.
Four distinct AF-area modes are available when using the contrast-detection focusing method: Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF and Subject-tracking AF.
The intelligent Scene Recognition System with 3D Color Matrix Metering II uses a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor to evaluate and analyze scenes, including brightness, contrast, subject distance and colors.
During video recording, manual exposure control is possible through adjustment of the ISO, shutter speed and aperture setting, and full-time autofocus can be used along with face detection and subject tracking.
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