Nikon DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8, DL 24-85 f/1.8-2.8 and DL 24-500 f/2.8-5.6 cameras announced

Nikon DL 24-85 f/1.8-2.8 camera Nikon DL 18-50 f/1.8-2.8 camera Nikon DL 24-500 f/2.8-5.6 camera
Nikon announced three new DL cameras with different focal lengths and 1" sensor (pre-order here).

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Nikon DL 18-50 f/1.8-2.8 camera

Sample photos

  • A fast, ultra wide-angle zoom NIKKOR lens with maximum apertures of f/1.8-2.8 and support for the 18-50 mm*1 equivalent range of focal lengthsThe lens built into the DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8 offers the fastest maximum aperture in NIKKOR history for the 18-50 mm equivalent*1 focal lengths, f/1.8, allowing users to enjoy dynamic perspectives, high contrast, beautiful background blur, and fast shutter speeds in even darker situations. Adoption of the same superior optical technologies used with interchangeable lenses for digital SLR cameras, including a large-diameter, molded-glass aspherical lens element with a large thickness deviation ratio*2, an aspherical ED glass element, a high refractive index (HRI) lens element, and Nano Crystal Coat, enables effective compensation for all types of aberration and sharp, clear rendering.
    • *135mm [135] format equivalent.
    • *2Difference in thickness between the center of the lens and its edges.
  • Perspective control that corrects distortion of architecture and other wide subjectsThis handy function compensates for the unnatural tapering effect in images that is caused by differences in distance between the camera and various parts of the subject. 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.
  • Other features
    • 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 7.5-cm/3-in. OLED touch-screen monitor with tilting mechanism
    • DF-E1 Electronic Viewfinder (optional)— compact, high-resolution, OLED electronic viewfinder equipped with a tilting mechanism.

Nikon DL 24-85 f/1.8-2.8 camera

Sample photos

  • A fast, normal zoom NIKKOR lens with maximum apertures of f/1.8-2.8 and support for the 24-85 mm*1 equivalent range of focal lengthsAdoption of a large-diameter, molded-glass aspherical lens element with a large thickness deviation ratio*2, and an HRI lens element enables superior rendering with effective suppression of all types of aberration. The lens achieves beautiful blur characteristics, especially with close-up shooting, for exceptional macro and portrait images.
    • *135mm [135] format equivalent.
    • *2Difference in thickness between the center of the lens and its edges.
  • Super Macro function that enables capture of the subject at approximately 0.37x (life-size reproduction with conversion to 35mm [135] format)Be it insects or fine textures, the Q13225 captures stunning shots for photographers looking for fresh perspectives. Photographers have the option to shoot with the super macro function, enabling "life-size" close-up shooting at a 35mm-format equivalent for those needing a closer look at their pint-sized subjects. 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.
  • Other features
    • 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 7.5-cm/3-in. OLED touch-screen monitor with tilting mechanism
    • Built-in flash
    • DF-E1 Electronic Viewfinder (optional)— compact, high-resolution, OLED electronic viewfinder equipped with a tilting mechanism.

Nikon DL 24-500 f/2.8-5.6 camera

Sample photos

  • An ultra high-power zoom NIKKOR lens with maximum apertures of f/2.8-5.6 and support for the 24-500 mm* equivalent range of focal lengthsTo suppress color fringing and distortion, while compensating for all types of aberration throughout the optical zoom range, the lens architecture incorporates both aspherical ED glass elements and ED glass elements, providing sharp and clear rendering throughout the optical range. The broad range of focal lengths supported by this one camera enables capture of sporting scenes, wildlife, and aircraft with 500 mm super-telephoto shooting, as well as broad landscapes with 24 mm wide-angle shooting.
    • *35mm [135] format equivalent.
  • Dual Detect Optical VR provides compensation for camera shakeIn addition to providing superior compensation for camera shake, the lens is also equipped with SPORT VR mode built into super-telephoto interchangeable lenses for digital SLR 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.
  • Other features
    • Fluorine coat adopted to keep lenses cleaner for easier maintenance
    • OLED electronic viewfinder with eye sensor
    • An approximately 1037k-dot 7.5-cm/3-in. OLED touch-screen monitor with vari-angle mechanism
    • Built-in flash
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  • HD10

    It would be good for Nikon to release there lenses as an interchangeable lens option for Nikon 1 camera owners. That plus a properly designed V camera body will get Nikon users a viable alternative for small compact cameras outside the m43 field.

    • Aldo

      Nuuu this release Is to avoid making something too great… but good enough… anti d3/d700 mentality

    • doge

      To me, these cameras send a signal that they’re killing the Nikon 1 camera line. If these sell well, I don’t see why they would continue producing both lines.

      • I agree. I think the Nikon 1 is history already. Of course Nikon will never admit it.

        • steven8217

          The V4 will need to wait for the next generation of the 1 inches sensor so these pocketable series use the similar J5 sensor make sense and they are actually great design especially the DL 18-50 to me but I do not believe Nikon will end the Nikon 1 V series as sometime the sensor improvement take more than 12 months, will know the outcome by the 100th anniversary of Nikon in 2017 🙂

          • Wait, the V4 needs to happen now with the BSI sensor in the J5 that has been available for a year now… The V1, V2 (which I own), and the V3 have essentially the same performing sensor – excellent in good light, but a dog in low light. The J5 sensor was the breakthrough that the system needed, on parity with the Sony 1″ units, and the tech needed for these silly fixed lens units. Where is the V4???

      • Joshua Boldt

        Yes, I agree this is the end of the 1 series. One thing I felt like with the Nikon 1 and a lot of my Nikonian friends was that we just had one lens that was our favorite that sat on the camera all the time, so it wasn’t that practical to have a bunch of lenses. On the other hand, we always wished that that one lens was a lot better. These new DL cameras are small and they have the range I like in a compact camera (24-84), and they have really nice DLSR-like lenses. They’ve replaced the 1 series, they just haven’t admitted it.

        • Spy Black

          Actually, I used not only two N1 lenses with my J4, but In also bought an FT1 adapter and slapped on my regular full frame Nikkors on it for shíts & giggles. It was always fun to have massive telephotos like my 300mm’s 810mm equivalent to make images like the one below looking across to Manhattan.

          I had also purchased a 30-110 N1 and the J4 with it’s 10-30 kit lens and the 30-110 were always on me to capture anything I came across. It’s only Achilles Heel is the noisy sensor, but I would still be able to capture images that would otherwise pass me by.

          My recent purchase of a 4/3rds Panasonic GM5 will put an end to that, the J4 will be relegated to underwater work, which was my original attraction to purchasing it.

          If these new DLs are truly pocket-able, then that will be their real attraction. The 24-85 model is the sweet spot, with a practical range and a practical price. My Canon S110 and Sony RX100 III would fit in my jeans pocket, something the J4 or GM5 simply can’t do. Unfortunately the S110 died and the RX100 has shítty AF, so they’re history to me. If these DLs can truly fit right in your jeans pocket, then they are useful as a camera that can always be with you when you need a decent quality and capability camera at your disposal.

          • Shark

            Comments 5047 …. when do you find time making photos.??

      • Stan Dibben

        As soon as the 70-300 cx price drops, the Nikon 1 line will be born again in my hands.

        • ChriZZZZ

          In mine too, perhaps. But I’d rather prefer that the J5 i own is not the last Nikon CX camera. I would buy a similar lens to the 16-35 f/1.8-2.8 immediately, as it would really improve the J5. Otherwise, my next Camera will be probalbly a panasonic m4/3. A camera for my pocket doesn’t make any sense to me as i won’t carry it in my Pocket because they are not dust- and water proof and the most compact camera in your pocket is still a smartphone.

    • simeyesky

      I was somehow hoping for this also. Maybe a bit wider then: a 16-35mm eq. f/1.8-2.8, this 24-85, and a good f/2 macro lens, to go with a new V. What a nice travel kit it could have been.

  • mikew

    Well the 24-500 image has kept my interest

  • pjpo

    This 18-50 seems to be an absolute first! A compact camera with a true wide angle lens, and fast, and small, and a 1″ sensor. People just can’t be satisfied. Look at the Nikon 1’s own 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. That’s a slow lens but much bigger than this. For Nikon to get the wide angle this bright is an accomplishment. The 24-85mm however, is going to get beat up by the RX100IV. Sony, would you please make an 18-50mm RX?

    • SK8

      Nikon’s optional EVF will make it a non-starter for many – no matter what lens it has.

      • pjpo

        This is true, but I don’t miss it on my RX100iii. As for using the optional EVF, being able to tilt like it does is excellent. I used a NEC-5r with the optional EVF, and while that was bulky, I preferred the usability over the NEX-6’s integrated EVF. Then I’d take it off when I wanted to go for small. Granted, Sony’s pop up EVF is the best solution.

      • Eric Calabros

        Smartphone generation don’t care about EVF. Integrated would make it bulky, or it would shrink the back display.

        • BrainBeat

          Remember this is meant to be a “PRO” series of camera and to me no build in EVF I am not interested. I do not want to carry around an addon EVF that could get lost and makes it so you can’t use the hot-shoe.
          I am at this moment in the market for something like these but am considering tossing up between 2 mirror-less options and the LX100 ( I feel the Sony RX100 line is too small). As Nikon did not have this out already and without the built in EVF puts these below the other options anyway and would not likely have the available when I need to buy it (before March 29th).
          I also would have to say there is not enough customization in the smaller 2. So good try but too late Nikon.

          • Andy Aungthwin

            Nikon can’t please everyone but people like me and my wife will be very happy.

            The wife doesn’t like the EVF but I do. So, whether we are on holidays or just taking turns shooting at home, we can both use the DLs the way we want.

            As a side note, I already have a V1 as well as a J5 but I plan to get the DL24-85.

            I also hope that everyone who keeps bringing up this “No built-in EVF, no buy” would just get a Sony and move over to a Sony forum.

            • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

              Good point – my only beef with Nikon is that the DL family should have been done sooner although hope to update my RX100 – mk 1 with a DL once I know how good these DL’s are and for price to fall back a bit – probably tail end of 2016 / 2017.

            • pjpo

              Nikon has sat on their laurels for far too long. They have had the 1 for how long now without making a 1″ sensor compact?

          • Eric Calabros

            “Pro” guys also said something similar about front wheel which D5xxx/3xxx dont have, but I never missed it when I use these bodies. People are shooting with 5 inch phones these days. “EVF is a must” is just a century 20 notion I think. I’m not defending Nikon design choice, maybe they add integrated in next generation, its their first. I just generally reject the idea of EVF availability as a holy command.

            • FE10

              I’d like to see how you compose your shots.

          • Clubber Lang

            I’m sure Nikon says this is PRO but they are are aiming at a market who really don’t prefer an EVF and want the smallest camera possible a step up from their phones. I’m betting there are better cameras to come for the other markets.

          • Stan Dibben

            X-E2. Price dropping (X-E2s out), quite good EVF, APS-C sensor. Not too small.

          • FE10

            The LX100 is a great camera..but can’t take much punishment. EVF is essential for those that shoot at all hours of the day.

        • FE10

          Smartphone shots are crap. You probably don’t need an EVF if all you do is take photos of yourself.

    • Captain Megaton

      “For Nikon to get the wide angle this bright is an accomplishment.”

      I suppose, but not in the way you are probably thinking it is.

      • pjpo

        Besides the Rokinon 12mm (also 18mm effective) f/2, what is similar?

        • Captain Megaton

          Sony RX100, Panasonic LX100, Canon GX7. Once you are at 8.8mm, getting to 6.7mm is just a matter of cranking up the corrections another notch.

          • pjpo

            all of those are 24mm equiv. at their widest. I don’t even know what you mean by “cranking up the corrections”. By that, you make it seem like it would have been just a tiny bit harder for them to have gone all the way to f/1.2. And I’m sure it would be the same size.

          • preston

            It is ridiculous to compare 18mm to cameras than only go as wide as 24mm. There is a 16 degree difference in field of view. You can’t just say “8.8 seems pretty close to 6.7 so therefore they can use the same optics design for them”.

            • David

              I think he’s basically saying that the way you get these kinds of wide angles is to basically make a fisheye, with massive distortions, and then correct them in camera. Thus you just go more aggressive with the corrections and you can have whatever lens you want. Not sure this is correct, but whatever.

      • preston

        Then it what way is it an accomplishment?

    • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

      I’m okay with the DL’s wished they did it sooner – would be interested with a DL to replace my first generation RX100 @later date if the image quality is same / superior, Video 4K is not limited to 5 mins and doesn’t overcook the sensor and the price is good – other bits on it are excellent

  • mikew

    Hope that’s a manual zoom on the 24-500

    • Davo

      There’s a (T)ele amd (W)ide lever around the shutter release and only one ring around the lens barrel which is likely for focus so I think it’ll be a power zoom only I’m afraid.
      Taking bets on how many seconds to go from widest to longest tele.

    • FE10

      Yeh..and pop-up flash. I haven’t used flash since the 1990’s.

  • Davo

    I had high hopes for these but the controls are a little disappointing.
    Its more Coolpix upsell than a companion for advance DSLR users as I’d hope.
    Not even one control wheel.
    I have no doubts that these will be superb cameras and produce excellent images but the way you interact with the camera is also important.
    I think my only hope is for Ricoh to release a GR-esque body with a 1″ sensor wide angle zoom compact.

    • Max

      I was looking for a control wheel too. And *sigh*, a built in viewfinder.

      • There seems to be a wheel on the back, visible in two shots of the 24-85, and presumably the 18-50. There’s a dedicated exposure comp dial on top, so it stands to reason there’d be at least one other dial.

      • FE10

        Too bad if you want to shoot flash with an EVF.

    • Joshua Boldt

      The control ring on the lens is set for manual focus when you turn it; however, you can also use it to adjust aperture, shutter, white balance, and more. You click the function you want to adjust with your finger on the touch screen, then turn the control ring on the lens to adjust that item. I believe holding down the FN button can be assigned to a function on the control ring also. For instance, you can assign aperture to it and adjust the aperture by just holding down FN and turning the dial (rather than having to look at the back and click it on the touch screen). Or, you can assign the ring to be something like aperture by default if you never use manual focus (i.e. you wouldn’t have to click anything, just turn the ring to change aperture).

      • FE10

        Just go get an LX100 it has more options.

      • Davo

        Thanks for the info as I’m not familiar with Nikon non-DSLR UI.
        But I think it reinforces my views. I was actually referring to the smaller DL18-50 and DL24-85 when referring to the lack of control wheels.
        For the size of the DL24-500, it ought to mimick DSLR controls. I’m afraid Nikon is pigeonholing advance Users into DSLRs and nothing else.
        Coming back to the smaller two DLs. Some usage of the touch screen combined with a front dial might not be too bad since you’re not placing the camera at eye level (unless you use the optional EVF). A top function button combined with a rear command dial is also good but we’re moving back to DSLR-esque controls that I’m sure is asking for too much.
        The notched lens zoom ring is a nice touch if it goes to the right focal length when you power up.
        Lastly, they should really optimize the UI for one handed shooting but still have the ability to change settings quickly as oppose to DSLRs that are optimized for two handed shooting. That will really up the appeal to advance users but I’m not sure that’s Nikon’s target. Honestly I think Nikon’s focus is on the competition rather than which users they’re targeting.

  • whisky

    nikon’s on top of their game again. well done nikon.

    • Andy Aungthwin

      Yes, the DL24-85 is very tempting.

      I find that at f2.8 the 32mm (85mm fov) f1.2 on the 1 cameras has enough background blur for casual portraits.

      At the moment I need to carry both my V1 and J5 to get what I consider a travel kit.

      The DL24-85 would be perfect for holidays.

      And focus peaking for macros to boot!

  • AnthonyH

    It’s good that the Sony RX series and Panasonic LX100 have some competition. I wonder how the image quality will compare though, given the sensor sizes used in the Panasonic LX100 and Sony RX1 are bigger. Seems like the Sony RX100 might have a real challenger.

    • Quadrupel

      The RX100M4 is challenged in some areas but untouched in others, e.g. in the thickness and EVF departments.

      • Ayoul

        Yep, we’ll have to wait to have a proper idea of the quality of the lens, AF or the general handling, but the lack of EVF is certainly a big minus for Nikon.

      • Eric Calabros

        Well DL24-85 is as much as that thickness and that EVF, cheaper.

  • D700s

    OK, I’m interested. Didn’t think I would be but there’s a lot to like in these.

  • Nikon User

    Optional EVF? Waiting for the next model.

    • FE10

      Too bad if you want to shoot flash with the EVF.

  • Sandy Bartlett

    That wide angle! Wide & fast lens! Perfect travel, wide to normal. Feature set rocks, fast Dual hybrid AF, 4k video, swivel touch screen, advanced VR, 20 fps with full AF. For 850, I think I’m in if the IQ is there.

  • Plug

    The pictures show that the EVF tilts. Useful feature, do competitors have that?

    • Nikon User

      Yes, it is a copy of Canon Eos M3 EVF, and of course, Canon’s also copies others.

      • nwcs

        Panasonic has done that as well.

        • FE10

          Who’s copying Panasonic?

          • nwcs

            Leica? 🙂

    • FE10

      No..it regresses back to the P7000. The designers didn’t realise Nikon introduced a flipout several years ago.

  • Um, excuse me? 18-50mm 1.8-2.8????

    • Shutterbug

      The focal length is in full frame equivalence. The aperture isn’t.

      • Gianluca

        it isn’t for blurring the background, but it is for light gathering (astrophotography…).

      • Yes, yes, but in my line of work, that’s actually a good thing. Shallow DOF is the bane of a nightsape photographer; I’d absolutely LOVE to have a 2.7x crop, f/1.8 aperture on the equivalent of 18mm lens. All I need is for ISO 3200 to be decent enough to produce a 4K timelapse frame, or 4K video.

        • true

          It’s not just the blurring, it also gets less light / noisier ISO performance across the range. I think it wont matter if you’re shooting in very good light (sunny or sunset), but I think even a cloudy weather may prove to be challenge for the smaller sensors. In-door without flash will probably be too mushy.-

          • I’ve already shot tens of thousands of frames on a Sony RX10 mk2, and I am / was very happy with the images both day and night.

            It is definitely more grainy at all ISO’s, even base ISO’s, but grain / noise never stopped a great image from being great, if you’re simply trying to have a camera with you at the right place at the right time, and can’t bring a DSLR. I’d rather have one of these than a cell phone, that’s for darn sure, and I’d rather have one of these as my 2nd / 3rd camera body, instead of a beginner DSLR.

      • nwcs

        Aperture is a physical property. For similar framing the effective depth of field is different. In any case, that doesn’t mean this small camera isn’t useful.

        • preston

          Focal length is also a physical property. .

          • nwcs

            Yes, which means 100mm is 100mm is 100mm. Field of view, in the end, is more important.

    • jarmatic

      I had that same thought! I was thinking the 18-50 wasn’t the 35mm equivalent. It is. Sweet.

    • true

      It’s not just the blurring, it also gets less light / noisier ISO performance across the range. I think it wont matter if you’re shooting in very good light (sunny or sunset), but I think even a cloudy weather may prove to be challenge for the smaller sensors. In-door without flash will probably be too mushy.

  • Micha Quär

    What about the video-function? 4k or not? It`s important for me 🙂

    • Kyle

      Yes they do uhd at 30/25.

      • Micha Quär

        And what about Super-Slowmotion as the RX100IV/RX10II? I mean something like 500fps in 720p for example

        • simeyesky

          Specs are available on Nikon’s website(s).
          According to specifications:
          Slow motion: 1,920×1,080/ 120p

          Slow motion: 1,280×720/ 240p

          Slow motion: 800×296/ 400p

          Slow motion: 400×144/ 1,200p

  • Dewsy Sipos

    I find your lack of mic-in disturbing.

    also, is the video full sensor readout?

    The Clean HDMI out works with 4K?

    • HotDuckZ

      Clean HDMI out work with 4K but I didn’t know about timecode, if they can sync time code I prefer Tascam 701D & Zoom F8. That a super professional work in ultra small package.

      • Dewsy Sipos

        Yeah, i think these little cams are seriously good options for budget filmmaking. The clean 4K output, built in ND, 1 inch sensor. This is like a BMPCC, jus with a slightly bigger sensor and fixed lens. Something like the Sony AX1000 (for the 4K and 1inch sensor) costs more than triple this price. okay, it has more zoom range, but the rest…. Just as good if not better.ú

        I guess once you start using an external recorder, the audio problen insandly goes away. However, for daily Vlogging the mic in would be much more convinient and small solution

  • Kyle

    At least the 2 smaller ones use the same battery. 24 series. The big one uses the 20 series.

    Wish one of them used the trusty 15 series like my V1, D750, and D7200.

    Nonetheless, these little guys look perfect for safety cams with 4K and 120 fps HD video. I’ll be picking up the super zoom and ultra wide one.

    • pedantic_brit

      I’m puzzled why they didn’t stick with the same battery for all three – as far as I know the EN-EL20 and 24 are almost exactly the same size but with different tab arrangements to prevent substitution. Personally I wish all three had used the 20 (same as V3 and Coolpix A). Irritating but not a deal breaker.

  • Daniel Högberg

    Now to the big question, does the zoom return to the previous setting when starting the camera or do i have to zoooooooooom every time i start the camera?

    • Quadrupel

      My guess is if you use the “W-T” setting, yes; otherwise it should automatically go back to the pre-selected number on the zoom ring.

    • Thom Hogan

      I believe it does on the 24-85 and 18-50, not so sure about the 24-500. The 24-85 and 18-50 have a zoom ring that is “notched,” essentially giving you something like five quick detents at useful focal lengths, and if you left the lens at one of those notches, I believe it remembers it during power cycles.

  • simeyesky

    Do someone knows why the accessory shoe is centered on the 24-85mm and left sided on the 18-50mm ?

    • hje

      there was no space “left”

      no, I was wondering that too

      • simeyesky

        Oh, I see the 24-85mm has a built-in flash.
        I guess it hasn’t been considered useful/practical for the 18-50mm.

  • Daniel Högberg

    Leaf shutter or electronic jello like the 1-system?

    • Narretz

      Both.

  • Giedrius Vegys

    Does it have time-lapse shooting capability?

  • simeyesky

    [NR] expected specifications mentionned a 46mm filter thread, but I cannot find anything on the official specifications.

    • EnPassant

      A 46mm filter thread is on the DL18-50. Just look at the frontal image of the lens.
      DL24-85 use a 40.5mm filter thread and the DL24-500 have a 55mm filter thread.

  • Narretz

    So, quo vadis N1 system? Three new 1in fixed lens cameras doesn’t look good for the 1in interchangable lens system. I predict Nikon is moving straight to FF mirrorless system camera and abandoning the 1 system.

    • That’s my guess too.

      • PhilK

        If true, I think they probably got their moneys-worth out of the AF development and so on on the bodies.

        The largest pity is probably the N1 lens line: so much development and production resources devoted to all of those lenses which would become artifacts. Resources that they surely could have used elsewhere to shore up competitiveness.

  • Originaru

    No integrated EVF no buy for me.

  • DouglasGottlieb

    Where are the manual controls for aperture and shutter speed? Looks like all done by the little dial in back. No wheels. Those rear dials are usually awful. I hope they got this right. The whole user experience (for my preferred shooting style) rides on it.

    No wheels, no weather sealing, no built in EVF mean this probably isn’t the camera for me, although the 18-50 is very tempting.

    But I wanted a more traditional approach, not a point and shoot camera.

    • Quadrupel

      The black ring on the lens may serve as a dual purpose aperture/focusing ring. No wheels indeed and that’s too bad. I also wish there were a dedicated exposure lock button.

    • Eric Calabros

      you can assign shutter speed or aperture to lens “control ring”.
      Man we can’t have full freedom we have with our DSLRs in these little creatures.

      • Shutterbug

        Unless it’s a mistake, the press materials specifically say the manual focus ring is not assignable to other tasks.

    • Sandy Bartlett

      “Nikon has applied the know-how and technology of its legendary DSLR cameras to the DL series. The DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8’s GUI and menus are very similar to Nikon DSLRs, as are the command dial with PSAM control, rotary multi-selector, power switch, customizable Fn (function) button and RAW (NEF) capabilities. Focal length can be set in steps or adjusted fluidly across the zoom range with the lens’ precision zoom ring, while the control ring allows precise adjustments of aperture, shutter speed, manual focus or even white balance.

  • MonkeySpanner

    I just can’t see how these will sell any better than the coolpix A. Actually, the CPA, having a DX sensor seems like a better option.

    • pedantic_brit

      I have a Coolpix A and love it – great sensor and remarkable good lens – but 28mm is often not wide enough or it is too wide.
      I’ve preordered an 18-50.

      • MonkeySpanner

        I also have/love my CPA. But I won’t be ordering these cameras until they go on fire sale.

        • pedantic_brit

          I’d prefer to wait for a deep discount too but if it ships in time for a May trip I have planned I want the option of taking one with me. I’m not 100% sure it is the camera for me but it looks close enough that I want a place in line.

    • Shutterbug

      The RX100 series sells extremely well, and the DL series just blew it out of the water in areas like autofocus and lens options. I think it will sell better than the A, and be a real competitor to the RX100’s.

      Also, the A just didn’t sell well at $1200 USD. As soon as the price started to drop, they were almost impossible to find – it was a great camera but not at full MSRP.

  • Uncompressed 4:2:2 video output, 1080/120 and 720/240 video, focus peaking, perspective compensation in the 18-50. This feels to me like the first compact cameras Nikon hasn’t gratuitously crippled in some way. Except for the hotshoes on the smaller cameras which look N1ish to me.

    • pedantic_brit

      It must be a regular hotshot with additional contacts for the EVF (either at the forward end or possibly underneath like the LX5) since Nikon specifies compatibilty with SB-700/500/300 etc and the SU-800 and little macro flashes.

  • doge

    I don’t understand why they completely changed the body style at the 24-500. That thing is a DSLR without the removable lens. The other 2 look like they’re at least jacket pocketable, maybe even shirt pocket, but this thing is just totally unnecessary.

    They should have made the 24-500 with a DX sensor and that same size body. That would make more sense than what they created. But I’m sure they were too worried about losing sales of their precious D3XXX DSLRs.

    • Then the lens would be even bigger.

      • doge

        True. But if the body was the size of those other 2 cameras, it wouldn’t matter. It’d like carrying around a large lens only. Like the coolpix A, but better.

        • Lex Cross

          You don’t get it. The lens would be MASSIVE. you wouldn’t be carrying it around at all. That lens would be bigger than the 80-400 in order to go from 24-500 on an apsc sensor with that aperture.

    • jarmatic

      Ergonomics and stability. A grip and a viewfinder are needed so the user can brace the camera against his/her face when shooting at the long end of the lens.

  • IronHeadSlim

    The more you read and hear the better they become! I would love this in a V1 body!

  • Sebastien

    The first 2 cameras look nice.

    Now, bring me a similar mirrorless system similar to X-T1 😉

    • TheInconvenientRuth

      Come on say it. SAY IT. The third one looks like a Coolpix…

  • Dewsy Sipos

    Do we know anything about the video bitrates?

  • HD10

    Dpreview camera comparison shows Nikon DL as supporting sRGB only and thus not support Adobe RGB. Can anyone confirm whether this is correct?

    • TheInconvenientRuth

      From dpreview: “As such, all three can shoot Raw, offer Adobe RGB, can utilize Nikon
      i-TTL Speedlights, and use a menu system very similar to that found in
      their pro and enthusiast DSLRs.”

      • HD10

        Thank you. It looks like dpreview camera side-by-side comparison is still rough on the edges as this still shows the Nikon DL series as supporting only sRGB.

  • TheInconvenientRuth

    …I also have a large thickness deviation ratio.

  • Very disappointing the 2 wider angle models don’t have side hinge LCD. I will have to pass because of this. I love the side hinge for vertical shots. Bottom hinge is Useless for vertical shots.

  • Jarret O’Shea

    I’m pretty sure I just missed it in one of the posts, but is there a (US) price for the DF-E1 viewfinder? I’m hoping they don’t price it like the one for the 1 series, which is completely ridiculous.

  • NTM

    As much as I like the 18-50mm,the second could have been a 35-135 (or something like that) instead of the usual,boring and useless (for me) 24-85.

  • tomanatura

    Interesting, seems to be important announcement for Nikon… So, I think, there wont be D3400 announcement, what do you think?

  • HotDuckZ
    • Dewsy Sipos

      This looks good! When i was seeing the specs, this text was a little different, and the detailed specs seet did not mentioned cleam output for 4K. Thank you for the correction.

      Honestly, the whole happening was a big mess. Some sites wrote ND for the 24-80, some sites not. (I’m still not shure)

      Also, i’m not so familiar with uncompressed video (yet). Can you help me with this: Does the clean hdmi out automatically mean flat profile? Like s-log. Or the colors stay graded, just the in-camera compression gets bypassed? Thank you again!

  • Hendrik

    This cameras can do focus peaking and focus bracketing??
    Nicon fooled us with the 1 series…
    I am upset…

  • Shark

    more of the same old stuff… but no good mirrorless ILC from nikon.

  • Henning

    I don’t mind that it takes a little bit longer this time, because Nikon will make the camera perfect.

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