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d800 vs d610

Barbara King , Nov 16, 2013; 06:40 p.m.

Can anyone tell me the difference between the d610 and d800? Than you for any input.


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Devon McCarroll , Nov 16, 2013; 06:59 p.m.

Are you looking for all the specs, or have you looked at D800/D600 comparisons before? The D610 isn't much different than the D600, and the specs are easy to find online. The D800 is 36mp vs 24mp on the D610, so the D800 files will be larger on your computer. D800 is a heavier (and I believe more weather sealed) body, 51 af points vs 39, but the D610 shoots 6fps vs 4fps on the D800. Are you new to photography? What type of shooting do you do?

Ellis Vener , Nov 16, 2013; 07:47 p.m.

The quick version : 33% more pixels, better autofocus, better viewfinder, and greater dynamic range in the D800. Downside of the D800: if it will be used for shooting portraits moire patterning in fabrics will be more pronounced.

Dehuan Xin , Nov 16, 2013; 08:05 p.m.

The tiny coverage of the 39 point AF can be a real headache when you shoot portraits.

David Haas , Nov 16, 2013; 08:22 p.m.

D610 uses the D7100 as a base - for control layout. D800 is closer to the D700 but is still it's own beast. It uses the buttons and dials to change modes - not the knob that is present on the 610.

Barbara King , Nov 16, 2013; 08:55 p.m.

Thanks for the info. I'm looking for full frame for portrait and nature photography. I have a d90

Daniel Jolkowski , Nov 16, 2013; 09:25 p.m.

My feeling is if you aren't sure, you don't need a d800. The d610 (or even d600) will save you a ton of money and you likely won't notice the difference.

Pete S. , Nov 16, 2013; 09:37 p.m.

D610 can shoot faster (fps), is a lot lighter, has better liveview (real 100%), has two SD slots, has smaller files (process faster in lightroom, more shots in the same space), is easier to use for those coming from lower end cameras (works the same), easier to use for non-photographers (more exposure modes), better for those with glasses (higher eyepoint), works with Nikon's WU-1b for easy connection to smartphones/tablets, has a better LCD that adjusts to ambient light levels, has better high iso, makes less noise (shutter) and is less money.

Barbara King , Nov 16, 2013; 10:04 p.m.

thank you for all the response. It really helps

Kent Staubus , Nov 16, 2013; 11:57 p.m.

For portraits, a used D800. For "nature" (assuming you mean wildlife--the term is VERY broad) get a D7100. Now, after you buy something, let us know if ANY of your actual customers can tell any difference in your shots. ;-)

Kent in SD

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