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We suspect Nikon did this for a reason - namely, to make D800 owners who need a second body buy another D800 rather than the cheaper D610.
(Do note however that the Remote control mode also has a “Remote mirror up” option, which you can activate via the shooting menu if you have the ML-L3 infrared remote control but not the MC-DC2 cable release.A centred locking pin prevents users from inadvertently changing the shooting mode - a welcome improvement over the D7000's design (and one that's easy to get used to, too).The dial also offers the same choices - P, A, S, M, U1, U2, Scene, Auto and Auto with Flash Off.But if you plan on using the two cameras each other, that's a different story.The same goes for using the D610 as a back-up to a D800 - the interface differences make it difficult to seamlessly switch back and forth between the two cameras.That doesn't make it any less sturdy - in fact, the D610 boasts the exact same level of weatherproofing as the D800.
The right-hand grip is smaller but still quite comfortable, even if using the camera for an extended period of time.
The U1 and U2 positions allow easy retrieval of complete sets of camera settings, a much better solution than the D800's separate Shooting Menu Banks and Custom Settings Banks.
The only gripe we have about this is that there are only two of them - as far as we're concerned the green Auto and Auto with Flash-Off options could have been omitted to make room for additional and much more useful U3 and U4 positions.
The camera comes with a 39-point AF module - thankfully, the focus points aren't permanently marked on the focussing screen, so viewfinder clutter isn't a problem.
The arrangement of the 39 focus points is similar to the D7000 but on the D610, they are grouped even more tightly in the centre of the frame, offering less coverage for the off-centre areas.
Underneath the shooting mode dial is the so-called Release Mode Dial, which has also been carried over from the Nikon D7000.