Nikon Goes Retro with New DL Series of Advanced Compact Cameras
If the past several years of camera introductions have proven anything, it’s that there’s a hunger for dials, knobs and large image sensors among the camera buying public. Not one to miss the boat, Nikon is delivering all of the above in its new DL series of advanced compacts.
There will be three models in the lineup, which will arrive in stores in the summer. All will offer fixed lenses and use a 20.8-megapixel, 1-inch backside illuminated CMOS sensor. Other shared features include a burst mode of up to 20 fps with continuous AF or up to a scorching 60 fps with AF fixed on the first frame. The cameras boast 105 phase detect AF points and 171 contrast detection points as well as Nikon’s Dual Detect Optical Vibration Reduction. They’ll also record 4K video (3840 x 2160 at 30p), shoot RAW (NEF), offer built-in Wi-Fi and NFC and use Nikon’s updated Snapbridge technology for sharing images wirelessly with mobile devices.
The lens barrels on the new DL cameras will have a manual focus ring and the front lens elements will have fluorine coating to repel dirt, water and oily smudges.
The DL24-85 offers an 24-85mm focal range fixed lens with an f/1.8-2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range. It has a 3-inch tilting OLED display and is the only model in the DL family with a Super Macro Mode that offers a magnification of 1:1. The camera features focus bracketing and focus peaking to aid in composition.
The DL24-85 will retail for $650 and is available for pre-order now.
The DL18-50 has an 18-50mm equivalent lens with an aperture of f/1.8-2.8 throughout the zoom range. It uses Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to help reduce ghosting and flare and accepts 46mm filters.
Given its wide-angle lens, the camera offers perspective correction to fix image distortion. This camera features a 3-inch inch tilting OLED touchscreen.
The DL24-85 will retail for $850 and is available for pre-order now.
The DL24-500 offers a variable f/2.8-5.6 aperture across its telephoto zoom range. It features a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a2,359k-dot OLED display and an eye-sensor plus a Vari-angle 1,037k-dot OLED screen.
The DL24-500 also sports a hot shoe and a stereo microphone input jack and the ability to output a video signal via HDMI.
It will retail for $1,000 and is available for pre-order now.
Both the DL24-85 and DL18-50 can accept the optional DF-E1 electronic viewfinder (EVF) via an accessory shoe. The DF-E1 features a 2,359k-dot resolution with eye sensor, alongside a tilting mechanism, diopter adjustment and anti-reflection coating. Pricing and availability for the EVF haven’t been set.