RGB metering, silent shutter, 100% viewfinder, 6fps, f8 autofocus, 39 af points, 24mp ff for under $2000, oh my, this is throwing down the gauntlet.
True, it seems to be positioned just behind the 5D Mark-III. In South Africa it was launched for R31,000 (body only); which was about $2885, almost as much as the 5D-III which was about R34,000 until the massive new year increases.
The fact that so many perceive it as a "D600 fixed" leaves a bad taste in the mouth. On paper at least they have spec'ed the D610 as a low cost competitor to the 5D Mark-III, but Nikon should really have used the opportunity to improve ergonomics as well. That perhaps could have justified a new product release. As a general purpose camera I can't see myself shooting with it whole day, even my 60D/6D (despite being close in size) are more comfortable to use with my ave average-sized hands. I don't know, perhaps it still sells well in other regions where potential buyers might have smaller hands.
Eos: 1Ds-III, 5D-III, 6D, 60D | Canon EF: TSE-24L-II, 16-35L-II, 24L-II, 35L, 40STM, 100f/2.8, 135L | Wishlist: TSE-17L, 200f/2L
Tamron: 24-70VC, 70-200VC, 150-600VC | Samyang: 8mm-T3.8, 14mm-T3.1
Crazy Ideas: TSE-90L-II, 40f/1, 100f/1.4, 35-85f/2, 100-300f/4_1.4xInt, 500f/5.6_1.4xInt