A full frame DSLR is the dream camera for most photography enthusiasts. A full-frame digital SLR is a digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) fitted with a 35mm format (36×24 mm) image sensor. You get double the sensor size of a regular APS-C DSLR and this gives super-smooth tonality, low noise and great depth of field effects.
Dubai Blog’s choice for most of the event we cover as media is the Nikon D610, currently the entry level model among Nikon full frame DSLRs. As professional bloggers we don’t need the extreme features of a superior model, but at the same time we need to get high-quality pictures and video, without spending to much time in the post-editing to balance bad light conditions, for example.
Just a year after the arrival of Nikon’s full-frame D600 in the fall of 2012, its replacement arrived in 2013. The D610 is the exact same as the D600 but with a new shutter mechanism that boosts continuous shooting and adds a ‘Quiet Continuous’ mode. Nikon D610 shoots 6 fps, up from 5.5 fps on the D600 and compared with 4 fps offered by the D800. A new Quiet Continuous mode shoots at 3 fps and, as its name implies, makes less noise while doing so. Finally, the auto white balance system has been updated to produce more accurate color in artificial lighting, and more realistic skin tones. The other upgrade is an improved auto white balance system.
The D610 is an excellent DSLR, with top-notch photo quality, a well-built body and impressive movie recording capabilities.
Nikon D610 key features
- 24.3MP Full-frame CMOS sensor (10.5MP DX-format crop mode)
- ISO 100-6400 (expandable to ISO 50-25,600 equivalent)
- Maximum 6 fps continuous shooting; new quiet continuous mode shoots at 3 fps
- 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type AF points
- Refined auto white balance system
- Wireless flash control
- 3.2in 921k-dot LCD screen
- Dual SD memory card slots
Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of copies created using RAW+JPEG; pictures can be copied between cards. It’s a superb feature from our point of view, both if you are using the second card for backup and overflow during day-long event.
- 1080p30 full HD video
- Uncompressed video recording via HDMI