After launching new DSLR models Nikon D5 and Nikon D500, along with the new AF-P lenses AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G and AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, Nikon did not stop there, but it formed a new line-up of its compact cameras. The name of line-up is DL, and its first representatives are Nikon DL18-50, Nikon DL24-85, and Nikon DL24-500.
New Nikon compacts are equipped with a 1" BSI CMOS sensor, very similar to the one in the mirrorless Nikon 1 J5, and all the three models together cover pretty much every focal length needed in most situations - from 18 to 500mm - as their names indicate. The interior of all the three new DL compacts is the same, so they share the same sensor (20.8MP CX-format (1-inch) BSI CMOS), processor (EXPEED 6A), autofocus system (a hybrid AF with 171 contrast-detect and 105 phase-detect points - absolutely revolutionary when it comes to 1"-sensor compacts!), 4K video at 30 fps, RAW support, while the burst rate is magnificent 60 fps (!) in the Single AF mode and as much as 20 fps with continuous autofocus.
Of course, every one of them features built-in Wi-Fi with NFC, as well as Nikon's SnapBridge technology (that uses Bluetooth to maintain a connection between a camera and a phone/tablet, so there is no need to re-pair).
As for the outer appearance, some parts of the design are very reminiscent of Nikon's 1-series MILC cameras, especially the top panel with controls. The LCD screens are tilting 3" 1,037,000-dot OLED touch screens, and only the DL24-500 boasts a fully articulated screen, while in the case of the others, the screen only tilts up. The viewfinder is optional (Nikon DF-E1), aside from the said DL24-500.
The main difference between the three new DL compacts is in the lens, primarily in the range. However, all of them are covered with fluorine, which keep dust, moisture, and oil away and makes cleaning easier, and all of them feature a manual focus ring around the lens as well. Furthermore, all of them sport the Dual Detect Optical VR stabilization, which neutralizes shakes and prevents blurry images. So, let's see what the difference between these three compacts is, bearing in mind what has previously been said.
The Nikon DL18-50 boasts the widest lens among compacts so far - 18-50mm; as far as the aperture is concerned, it is f/1.8-2.8, whereas the optical zoom is 2.8x. The lens also features an ND filter, while the Nikon DL18-50 represents the first Nikon compact camera to offer a Nano Crystal Coating on the lens elements, which reduces flare and ghosting. This DL compact is the only of the three that features no built-in flash, but it has got a hot shoe like the rest.
The Nikon DL24-85 is very similar to the previously analyzed DL18-50, both inside and out. However, the lens makes the difference - the range is different (24-85mm), with 3.6x optical zoom, the aperture is the same (f/1.8-2.8), once again there is the ND filter, but the lens now features no Nano Crystal Coating. The trump card of the new DL24-85 will suit primarily macro photography lovers - the DL24-85 sports the Super Macro mode (1:1), thanks to which no detail will be left out, while a minimum focus distance is 3cm.
As for the Nikon DL24-500, it is much more massive than the previous two, thus the range of its lens is the greatest among the new models - 24-500mm, with 20.8x optical zoom, while the aperture is f/2.8-5.6. Not only it is the only among the new DL models to feature a fully articulated LCD screen, but it is also the only one to sport a viewfinder - a 2,359,000-dot OLED electronic one with 97% coverage. What is more, the DL24-500 is the only DL model to possess a stereo microphone input jack and it supports the Nikon ME-1 mic.
The new DL compacts Nikon DL18-50, Nikon DL24-85, Nikon DL24-500 will arrive in summer, and their prices will be $649, $849, and $999, respectively.
The news was taken from NIKON.