Nikon has announced a completely new line of premium compact cameras called the DL series. The DL series (Digital Lens) is geared toward serious photographers and packs powerful 1-inch sensors into the cameras. The DL series has launched with three initial cameras, the DL 18-50 f/1.8-2.8, DL 24-85 f/1.8-2.8, and DL 24-500 f/2.8-5.6.
Inside each camera is a 20.8mp CX-format 1-inch BSI CMOS sensor with a maximum ISO of up to 12800. The cameras can do 60fps continuous shooting with fixed autofocus (20fps with continuous autofocus).
The lenses and physical design are the main differences between the cameras. The cameras feature three different focal ranges, 24-85mm, 18-50mm, and 24-500mm. The DL 24-500mm is the bigger and bulkier superzoom camera of the series, while the DL 24-85 and DL 18-50 are smaller and more compact.
Each of the lenses features a manual focus ring, a flouring coating for repelling dirt/water/oil, and a Nano Crystal Coat for reducing ghosting and flaring.
On the back of each camera is a high-resolution 1.037-million-dot OLED touchscreen – the DL 14-85 and DL 18-50 have a tilting one, and the DL 24-500 goes a step further with a full Vari-angle screen.
Some final specs in all three cameras include 4K video recording at 30fps, slow motion recording at 1200fps, HDMI output to an external recorder, still photos from video, a hot shoe, SnapBridge for wireless connectivity via Bluetooth to a smart device, and Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.
Here is a promo video for the new Nikon DL Series:
Here is a longer promo video that includes some tech-talk about the new Nikon DL Series: