Just Announced: Nikon Reveals Three DL Series Premium Compacts

Just Announced: Nikon Reveals Three DL Series Premium Compacts

Nikon has today announced the upcoming release of three new premium digital compact Cameras. The so called DL series, equipped with 20.8 Megapixel 1-inch sensors, 4K video recording, and super fast autofocus capabilities.

The new cameras will undoubtedly be seen as direct competitors to existing 1-inch sensor premium compacts such as the Canon G7x Mark II, and the ever popular Sony RX 100 line of cameras, but unlike their competitors Nikon is offering three separate models each with its own unique zoom range: The wide angle DL 18-50, mid-range DL 24-85, and telephoto DL 24-500. Each of the three models is equipped with the same 1-inch CX format sensor, capable of shooting at a continuous 20 frames per second with autofocus, and capturing 4K video at 30 frames per second.

Hardware-wise the DL 18-50 and DL 24-85 are both built around a traditional compact style body with f/1.8-2.8 lenses and touch based tilting OLED screens, with the DL 24-85 also housing a built in flash. The DL 24-500 is housed in a larger super-zoom style body with a f/2.8-5.6 lens, fully articulated “vari-angle” LCD screen and built-in 2.36 million dot electronic viewfinder.

Upon their release the DL 18-50 will be priced at $849, the DL 24-85 at $649 and the DL 24-500 at $999. The new cameras are expected to be available later this summer, and I for one will be taking a long hard look at the DL 18-55 as a possible compact wide angle companion!

The DL series cameras are available for pre-order from B&H Photo at the links below:

 

From Nikon

DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8 primary features

  • A fast, ultra wide-angle zoom NIKKOR lens with maximum apertures of f/1.8-2.8 and support for the 18-50 mm*1 equivalent range of focal lengths
  • The lens built into the DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8 offers the fastest maximum aperture in NIKKOR history for the 18-50 mm equivalent*1 focal lengths, f/1.8, allowing users to enjoy dynamic perspectives, high contrast, beautiful background blur, and fast shutter speeds in even darker situations. Adoption of the same superior optical technologies used with interchangeable lenses for digital SLR cameras, including a large-diameter, molded-glass aspherical lens element with a large thickness deviation ratio*2, an aspherical ED glass element, a high refractive index (HRI) lens element, and Nano Crystal Coat, enables effective compensation for all types of aberration and sharp, clear rendering.
      • *135mm [135] format equivalent.
      • *2Difference in thickness between the center of the lens and its edges.
  • Perspective control that corrects distortion of architecture and other wide subjects
  • This handy function compensates for the unnatural tapering effect in images that is caused by differences in distance between the camera and various parts of the subject. It can be corrected with shooting by controlling the subject’s horizontal and vertical orientation in 20 steps while confirming the effects in the monitor.
  • Other features
    • Fluorine coat adopted to keep lenses cleaner for easier maintenance
    • A step-zoom ring allows users to instantly change the focal length by setting it to one of six predetermined positions
    • An approximately 1037k-dot 7.5-cm/3-in. OLED touch-screen monitor with tilting mechanism
    • DF-E1 Electronic Viewfinder (optional)— compact, high-resolution, OLED electronic viewfinder equipped with a tilting mechanism.

DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 primary features

  • A fast, normal zoom NIKKOR lens with maximum apertures of f/1.8-2.8 and support for the 24-85 mm*1 equivalent range of focal lengths
  • Adoption of a large-diameter, molded-glass aspherical lens element with a large thickness deviation ratio*2, and an HRI lens element enables superior rendering with effective suppression of all types of aberration. The lens achieves beautiful blur characteristics, especially with close-up shooting, for exceptional macro and portrait images.
      • *135mm [135] format equivalent.
      • *2Difference in thickness between the center of the lens and its edges.
  • Super Macro function that enables capture of the subject at approximately 0.37x (life-size reproduction with conversion to 35mm [135] format)
  • Be it insects or fine textures, the DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 captures stunning shots for photographers looking for fresh perspectives. Photographers have the option to shoot with the super macro function, enabling “life-size” close-up shooting at a 35mm-format equivalent for those needing a closer look at their pint-sized subjects. The focus bracketing function automatically shifts the focus position slightly during continuous shooting, which comes in handy during super macro shooting where accurate focus can be difficult to achieve due to the very shallow depth of field.
  • Other features
    • Fluorine coat adopted to keep lenses cleaner for easier maintenance
    • A step-zoom ring allows users to instantly change the focal length by setting it to one of six predetermined positions
    • An approximately 1037k-dot 7.5-cm/3-in. OLED touch-screen monitor with tilting mechanism
    • Built-in flash
    • DF-E1 Electronic Viewfinder (optional)— compact, high-resolution, OLED electronic viewfinder equipped with a tilting mechanism.

DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6 primary features

  • An ultra high-power zoom NIKKOR lens with maximum apertures of f/2.8-5.6 and support for the 24-500 mm* equivalent range of focal lengths
  • To suppress color fringing and distortion, while compensating for all types of aberration throughout the optical zoom range, the lens architecture incorporates both aspherical ED glass elements and ED glass elements, providing sharp and clear rendering throughout the optical range. The broad range of focal lengths supported by this one camera enables capture of sporting scenes, wildlife, and aircraft with 500 mm super-telephoto shooting, as well as broad landscapes with 24 mm wide-angle shooting.
      • *35mm [135] format equivalent.
  • Dual Detect Optical VR provides compensation for camera shake
  • In addition to providing superior compensation for camera shake, the lens is also equipped with SPORT VR mode built into super-telephoto interchangeable lenses for digital SLR cameras, enabling the more precise capture of subjects moving at high speeds with the appropriate level of camera-shake compensation and a more stable viewfinder image.
  • Other features
    • Fluorine coat adopted to keep lenses cleaner for easier maintenance
    • OLED electronic viewfinder with eye sensor
    • An approximately 1037k-dot 7.5-cm/3-in. OLED touch-screen monitor with vari-angle mechanism
    • Built-in flash

 

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