Updated (June, 2014): Compare the Nikon D610 vs Nikon D810

Nikon D610

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Nikon D610

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Nikon D800

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Nikon D800

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D610

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,980 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
94.0
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
True resolution
High true resolution
36.2 MP
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D610

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Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 2,980 ISO vs 2,853 ISO
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The D610 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Size Smaller 141x113x82 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 850 g vs 1,000 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $1,896.95 vs $2,996.95
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The best price we've seen is $1,100 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 24.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 209 ms vs 260 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points More focus points 51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 95.0 vs 94.0
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Almost the same
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 200 ms vs 300 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
              D610:2,980 ISO
              D800:2,853 ISO
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D610:94.0
              D800:95.0
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D610:25.1 bits
              D800:25.3 bits
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D610:14.2 EV
              D800:14.4 EV
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.70x
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D610:300 ms
              D800:200 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D610:24.2 MP
              D800:36.2 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Built-in focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.2"
              Weight Heavy Help
              D610:850 g
              D800:1,000 g
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              25,600 ISO
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D610:6 fps
              D800:4 fps
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              900 shots
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              921k dots

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              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $5,184 - $5,190 with 24-70mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $1,899 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,600 - $1,650 body only

              $2,098 - $2,100 with 24-85mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,300 body only

              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $623 - $1,257 body only

              $900 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Nikon D610 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D610.

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D800.

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              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??