Nikon’s New DL Compact Line Offers Premium Performance: Starts with DL24-85, DL18-50, DL24-500

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Nikon today has debuted a new line of premium compact cameras outside its usual Coolpix branding. The new line is dubbed ‘DL’ (which you’ll see marked in the bottom corner of the cameras much like the FX/DX badges on DSLRs), and is aimed at providing a selection of smaller backup cameras for people used to working more with a DSLR range. The first generation are all built around the 1″ size CX sensor from Nikon’s mirrorless line, and are paired with the EXPEED 6A processor also first seen there. All DL entries can shoot raw, 4k video, use dual VR, and feature hotshoes allowing access to Nikon’s CLS speedlite system. These first three all feature a resolution of 20.8 megapixels and the ability to shoot at between 20 and 60 frames-per-second depending on whether continuous AF is used or not. Beyond that, each of the three is distinguished by a different lens each aimed at a different style of shooting.

DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8

DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8

The DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 is the standard shooter of the bunch, featuring as noted in the name a 24-85mm equivalent f1.8-2.8 NIKKOR-branded zoom lens. As the smallest lens of the group it’s the most pocketable option, and with a slated retail of $649.95 it’s the most friendly on pocketbooks too.

DL18-50 f1.8-2.8

DL18-50 f1.8-2.8

The second entry, the DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8 is a similar idea, except the focal range has shifted to the very wide end, giving an ultra-wide 18mm equivalent to a normal 50mm at the telephoto for people who prefer shooting wide more (such as street and landscape photogs) Fast, wide lenses aren’t cheap even at this size though, and the DL18-50 will carry a price tag of $849.95, a $200 premium over the standard zoom.

DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6

DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6

The last entry forgoes the fast apertures for a more staid f2.8-5.6, but uses a more typical ultra-zoom range of 24-500mm (20.83x). Unlike the first two, which only use an optional viewfinder, the DL24-500 has a built-in EVF to help you make use of that monstrous lens in a more stable position. The price tops out at $999.95 for this one.

See the links below to get your pre-orders in on any of the DL lineup.