Nikon’s just announced the launch of a new addition to its family of full-frame DSLRs. For those unfamiliar with photographic terminology, a full-frame DSLR uses a sensor of roughly the same dimensions as a 35mm film frame. In a nutshell, large camera sensors have bigger pixels and are therefore able to produce larger image files and sharper pictures. But there’s more… Full-frame sensors also provide a wider field of view than the average consumer DSLR, which is typically fitted with a smaller APS-C sensor. They’re also better in low-light situations.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a great deal of difference between Nikon’s new 24-megapixel D610 DSLR and its D600 predecessor. Shooting speed has been increased from 5.5 to six frames per second and the camera now features a near silent Quite Release burst mode that will prove especially handy for wedding and wildlife snappers who don’t wish to draw attention to themselves. But that’s about it. Some online analysts have suggested that the D610 is nothing more than a quick-fix update to disguise a possible problem with the outgoing D600, which, according to some owners, has suffered from mysterious particles of dust or oil on the sensor. Let’s hope this new model has no such foibles.