Nikon D610 vs Nikon D800

Winner
Nikon D610

90

Nikon D800

87

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D610

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Overall image quality
Great image quality
96.0
True resolution
High true resolution
36.2 MP
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
200 ms startup delay
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D610.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D800.

competitors

Nikon D610 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,560 - $1,997 body only

$2,108 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$879 - $1,097 body only

$1,389 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
Nikon D500

Nikon D500

Pro DSLR

$1,997 body only

$3,067 with 16-80mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

Nikon D800 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,560 - $1,997 body only

$2,108 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
Nikon D810

Nikon D810

Pro DSLR

$2,268 - $2,797 body only

$3,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,150 - $2,499 body only

$2,700 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

discussion

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Windman77 (11:17 AM, September 06, 2014)
D610 shares D7000 no sealed body... not a bad camera anyway, but be careful and protect it from rain... D800 you can use it in snow/rain conditions with no worries
 
Oliver (11:40 PM, August 21, 2014)
well its pretty much a tie for everything except MP and max shutter speed
 
Avatar for Snix Snix (11:49 AM, August 05, 2014)
i like the "reason to buy a d610 is that it have an built in flash", nice that you forget that the d800 have that too...
 
Avatar for TWOEYEDROB TWOEYEDROB (1:50 AM, March 31, 2014)
I think the tie is between the MP and the cost. Somehow they came up with a tie? i dont know.
 
Danijel (11:44 AM, March 24, 2014)
How can this be a tie? Are you kidding?
 
Harry (10:03 AM, March 09, 2014)
Hi, please share where you get your used cameras from?
 
RM (7:35 PM, December 14, 2013)
Do you mind sharing where you buy your used cameras from? I am looking for a used one myself, but never got the courage to opt for used for. Anything particular I need to be aware of when buying a used camera?
 
evan (9:49 PM, November 04, 2013)
I have the the d7000 just ordered the d800. Mostly shooting portraits and weddings, I've been waiting for a Nikon full frame camera. Specs look good, I thought I would get the most bang for my buck with the d800. I upgrade every 18 months to try to keep up with the almost latest bodies. I buy used from respected sites to cut costs. If you have the full frame lens you're half way there. Once I off load my d7000 I will most likely look into the d610 for a backup but remember great glass goes a long way. Good luck!
 
krfessl (1:38 AM, October 19, 2013)
Thinking of upgrading my d7k to d610 or D800... Anybody done this? Thoughts??