New DL premium compacts from Nikon

CP+-dinkusHere’s something different: Nikon has unveiled three DL compacts at CP+, featuring larg(ish) sensors, fast, high quality optics, DSLR-type functionality and SnapBridge connectivity.

The Nikon DL18-50 with optional accessory EVF.

The Nikon DL18-50 with optional accessory EVF.

The three new cameras are the DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8, DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8, and the DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6, designating the focal lengths (35mm equivalent) of each of the new cameras.

The camera will arrive in Australia in June. No local pricing available, but US prices are US$850 ($1175) for the DL18-50, U$S650 ($900) for the DL24-85 and US$1000 ($1385) for the DL24-500. (All ex-GST, of course.)

The 18-50mm ultra-wide-angle zoom lens ‘boasts the fastest and brightest maximum aperture in Nikkor history’, the second is a fast, 24-85 mm standard zoom lens ‘offering beautiful blur (bokeh), and super macro performance’, while the last is an ultra high-power zoom lens that exhibits superior resolution over a broad range of focal lengths, up to 500mm.

They each use a 1-inch (12.8×9.6mm) backside illuminated CMOS sensor matched with the new Nikon Expeed 6A image-processing engine.

The Nikon DL series features a hybrid AF system combining both phase-detection AF and contrast-detect AF. The focus points are densely packed to ensure wide AF area coverage for reliable performance in unpredictable shooting environments. Autofocusing speed is approximately 0.09 sec. Continuous shooting at full resolution is a zippy 20 frames per second.

Thr interface is based on the Nikon DSLR structure, ‘completing the seamless transition when switching between shooting with a DSLR and…DL camera.’

The DL series also offer video recording in 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p quality, alongside a suite of creative movie-making options.

The cameras also support Nikon’s newest connectivity platform, SnapBridge, for the seamless and immediate transfer of images to paired smart devices via Bluetooth low energy. Photographers can now upload and share their favourite images and on-going project updates as soon as they are captured, whether shooting in the field or in the studio.

DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8 primary features
– A fast, ultra wide-angle zoom Nikkor lens with maximum apertures of f1.8-2.8. The 18-50 includes a large-diameter, moulded-glass aspherical lens element, an aspherical ED glass element, a high refractive index (HRI) lens element, and Nano Crystal Coat;
– Perspective control that corrects distortion of architecture and other wide subjects
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;
– 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 3-inch 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_SL_LCD_3DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 primary features
– Super Macro function that enables capture of the subject at approximately 0.37x (life-size reproduction with conversion to 35mm [135] format). Photographers have the option to shoot with the super macro function, enabling ‘life-size’ close-up shooting at a 35mm-format equivalent. 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;
– 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 3-inch OLED touch-screen monitor with tilting mechanism
– Built-in flash;
– DF-E1 Electronic Viewfinder (optional)

DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6 primary features
DL_24_500_front34l– The lens architecture incorporates both aspherical ED glass elements and ED glass elements, providing sharp and clear rendering throughout the optical range;
– Dual Detect Optical VR provides compensation for camera shake. The lens is also equipped with Sport VR mode built into super-telephoto interchangeable lenses for DSLR 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;
– Fluorine coat adopted to keep lenses cleaner for easier maintenance;
– OLED electronic viewfinder with eye sensor;
– An approximately 1037k-dot 3-inch OLED touch-screen monitor with vari-angle mechanism;
– Built-in flash.

For Nikon Australia press release: Nikon Announces Premium DL Compact Range


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