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

Nikon D610 vs Nikon D800

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Nikon D610

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Nikon D800

93

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D610

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,980 ISO
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
True resolution
High true resolution
36.2 MP
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

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differences

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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Almost the same
Size
Smaller
141x113x82 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$1,199.95 vs $2,799.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,599 cheaper (2.3x less)
Weight
Lighter
760 g vs 1,000 g
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More than 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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True resolution
Significantly 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
Focus points
More focus points
51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
              D6102,980 ISO
              D8002,853 ISO
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D61094.0
              D80095.0
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D61025.1 bits
              D80025.3 bits
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.70x
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D61014.2 EV
              D80014.4 EV
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D610300 ms
              D800200 ms
              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%
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.2"
              Size Large Help
              D610141x113x82 mm
              D800146x123x82 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              25,600 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D6109
              D80015
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D6106 fps
              D8004 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              921k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,611 - $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,300 - $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,009 - $1,197 body only

              $1,274 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Overall image quality Has slightly lower image quality
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,354 body only

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

              Nikon D610 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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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              Showing 9 comments

              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??