I titled my D600 review “Nikon D600–My Favorite Nikon Ever?!!!” because at that point in time (October 2012) I was still getting over my disappointment of the D800. The D600 still went on to be my DSLR of the year (alongside the Canon 6D), but for the Nikon platform in 2012 I felt it was “the” camera to own when all factors (price, image quality, size, etc…) were considered. In short, it was my preferred “everyday” camera for the Nikon platform. In fact, I liked it so much that I almost bought one (but my investment in Canon gear stopped me).
Fast forward over a year later and a LOT has changed, but surprisingly not much changes on the D610. You basically get a marginally faster burst mode and a quiet shutter burst mode (great for event photographers). Despite this disappointing list of improvements, I enjoyed its predecessor so I decided to have an extended evaluation period with this camera over a variety of conditions as I had done with its predecessor.
Real World Sample Images
The following sample images were all taken with the D610 and the Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens and no flash. The images are not processed in any way (no crop, rotate, sharpen, nothing). These are the in-camera jpeg’s that have simply been renamed and uploaded. You can click the photos to download the original files and you can visit the gallery to get more samples not featured in this article.
Click here to see my conclusion in part II.
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