You might have noticed the lens and camera announcements have been fast and furious over the last week as we lead up to CP+ – A big international photo show held in Japan. First we had the Canon 80D, then the new Tamron prime lenses, Sigma’s new lenses (cameras too) and the Sigma to FE mount adapter, Panasonics new 12-60 lens and now SIX new cameras from Nikon. Three are boring Coolpix P&S cameras but the three pictured above is a new line from Nikon – the DL Series. These are all use a 20.8MP CX-format sensor – that’s a 1 inch sensor similar to the Sony RX 100 line – clearly a competitor Nikon has set their sights on. Additionally and like the Sony each of these cameras is capable of shooting 4K video. Wifi/NFC, 120fps at 1080p round out the main features. The also all share flip up (or flip out0 touchscreens. The differences? Focal range/zoom really with a few additional features to support each range.
Nikon DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8 Digital Camera Pre Order from B&H Photo – Available June, 28 2016 for $846
Highlight Feature: Perspective Control – accurately depict architectural subjects and correct converging lines.
My own notes – This may be the new perfect vlogging camera – starting at that wide 18mm is great for hand holding and talking to the camera. I don’t know of anything else that starts as wide with this sized sensor in a compact body.
Nikon DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 Digital Camera Pre Order from B&H Photo – Available June, 28 2016 for $646
- Built-in ND filter for maintaining slower shutter speeds or wider aperture settings in bright conditions.
- A Super Macro mode and Focus Bracketing features are also available for producing close-up imagery with life-size magnification with extended depth of field.
My Own Notes – If you don’t need the wider 18mm of the first model this price is hard to beat – a great focal range, ND filter And the macro mode all for $646!
Nikon DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6 Digital Camera Pre Order from B&H Photo – Available June, 28 2016 for $996
- Sport VR mode – optimized for shooting sports or other fast-moving subjects and helps to keep the built-in 2.359m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder or rear LCD’s image stable while panning
My Own Notes – Impressive zoom and glad to see they have added an additional VR to keep it all stable. Pricey though!
Additionally Nikon will be offering an electronic Viewfinder – Compatible with the 18-50 and 24-80 the DF-E1 Electronic Viewfinder, which serves as a convenient alternative to the rear screen when working in bright lighting conditions- No info on price or availability yet.
Do you think any of these cameras has a chance of dethroning Sony’s RX 100 or RX10 series? let me know in the comments.
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