This is how the new Nikon DL camera looks like

Fresh out of the rumor mill - the first picture of the Nikon DL camera with 18-50mm f/1.8-2.8 lens:

Nikon DL camera with 18-50mm f:1.8 lens
Here are the expected specifications:

  • Sensor: 1 inch BSI CMOS sensor
  • Lens: 6.7-18.5mm f/1.8-2.8 (equivalent to 18-50mm f/1.8-2.8)
  • Built-in vibration reduction
  • Filter diameter: 46 mm
  • External DF-E1 EVF
  • Retail price in Japan: 105,000 yen (around $900, US pricing will be lower)
  • Size: 105.5 x 62.5 x 56.6 mm
  • Weight: 350g
  • Available in black color

Via Digicame-info

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  • Looks like something that I would’ve bought 10 years ago. Now, not really.

    • vFunct

      This is really meant to tie into to your smartphone to replace your smartphone camera with better image quality.

  • 900$ for a 1′ sensor camera?…

    • I spent more than that for the Sony RX100 Mk II and Mk IV and never regretted it.

      • Tsais

        Those cameras shoot way above their size…
        Even bokeh isn’t bad and they are damned sharp.
        And for a 1″ sensor, the RX100IV is good in low light.

        • Spy Black

          …if it can focus…

    • nwcs

      Price the competition? It’s not bad and much wider lens than the others.

    • US price will be lower

      • Sorry, I was already thinking in Europe price, which I bet will be around that or higher.

    • Cinematism

      I paid more than 700 euros (about 850 USD ) for my Canon G7X, which also has 1″ sensor, but not that focal length. By other hand I paid 500 USD for my 6.7-13mm for my Nikon 1 J5. In this new DL camera I will have the best of both worlds. In terms of Full Frame, the 20mm f/1.8 for FX Cameras costs 799 USD. So, in terms of FX bodies and lenses, in this new little baby you will have a 18mm f/1.8, and apart a 20mm, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm at max f/2.8, but if that´s not enough, you will have VR, so you can shot at lowest ISO.

  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    That’s a YUUUGE lens! Offset hot shoe, that’s so F/F2/F3! Hope the EVF is as small as the pop-up ones from Sony. Love the grip! But at that price, it better have real 4K!

    • Michal Rosa

      YUUUUGE lens. Just like G5 X. Only not as long.

    • Riley Escobar

      The balance will be crazy when you put an SB-910 in that hot shoe.

  • Mike M

    I like it, fingers crossed for a fire sale.

  • waterengineer

    Nikon screws the pooch again. All I can do is SMFH.

  • nwcs

    At the right price I think this would be a perfect travel and walkaraound camera. Much nicer than the Fuji x100 and x70 options and probably handles better than the Canon GX and Sony RX. I like the two latter but not my style of ergonomics and such.

    • Tsais

      Ergonomics is where Sony screws up every single camera of theirs ><

      But sometimes its worth it to work around that…

      • nwcs

        True. I had a RX100 (original) and I hated the ergonomics but I loved the camera. If someone can get both right I would definitely buy.

  • Anomouse

    Maybe if it had a DX sensor, EVF and a great pancake lens, then for $900 it could compete against a Fuji X100t…. but right now a used $80 Panasonic GF1 could kick its ass.

    • Tsais

      If I wanted to be stuck with a pancake lens, even just most of the time, I’d get an a6300. On these tiny cameras, I find a built in F1.8-2.8 zoom preferable for walking / traveling about.

    • Cinematism

      If you want DX sensor, optical view finder and a tiny and very sharp lens with fixed focal length, you can go for the Coolpix A

      • Anomouse

        $250… I own one. It’s near great except for its languid, lazy auto-focusing.

  • Tsais

    Looks like a straight copy of Sony’s RX100IV, just with more wide angle at the short end and less zoom on the long end and, since its not advertised, no 4K video…

    BSI sensor is probably last year’s model from Sony anyways…

    One advantage this may have could be a super sturdy build quality, but who knows…

    • NTM

      The only point-and-shoot wide angle ever build was the FILM Ricoh GR21 with a 21mm lens.

    • NTM


      The only point-and-shoot wide angle ever build was the FILM Ricoh GR21 with a 21mm lens.

      Expensve but Nikon nailed it.

  • Joseph

    Why all the hate?! This thing looks promising!

    • mikeswitz

      Because it’s Nikon Rumors. Where would whiners go if they couldn’t complain about a new camera that they haven’t tried and really know nothimg about? Oh yeah…..Canon Rumors…..

      • Adam

        No, just all the Canon whiners who are regretting their G3X, G5X, or G7X purchase. LOL

  • Harold

    I’m not sure why they chose to start at 18mm. I guess to set them apart from everyone else?

    • NTM

      To give people the opportunity to shoot with a wide-angle?
      It’s so hard to understand?

  • MonkeySpanner

    I really dislike these bodies have an exposure compensation dial. I never use it. If I have difficult lighting I switch to manual mode, end of problems. This dial could be used for something else.

    • Cinematism

      I agree, I don´t like my Canon G7X compensation dial, hurts the skin and has little usability for me

  • Spy Black

    Nice-looking. Too bad Nikon cheaped out on the EVF. If it has an aperture grid on the screen like the RX100 cameras, it won’t be so bad in bright sunlight, but I bet it’ll have the same kind of screen as my J4, ’cause they’re gonna want you to buy that lame external EVF.

  • Cinematism

    Its beautiful!, I love so much the retro style, is a little bit between the J5 and the Coolpix A. I go for sure for the 18-50mm in black. A very welcome line and focal length

  • Paul

    Let me know when the discount, rebate, firesale begins.

  • T.I.M

    That picture is FAKE, you can tell because there is no viewfinder….

  • Adam

    Looking good! Looks like a lens cap instead of an auto cover?

  • Manuel Ferreira

    For this sensor and this price…I will prefer the Lumix LX100 for 500 and a few more Euros…. I’m in Europe where prices suck…

  • JC

    So why would I buy this over the Sony A7?

    • CaMeRa QuEsT

      Good one, really really good one!

    • heggmona

      Beats me, but why would you want the A7 in the first place?

      • Fry

        let me guess – because you don’t want to carry a backpack every time you take your camera with you ?

  • Clubber Lang

    So what is the deal with Nikon 1?

    • probably the same as the D400…

      • RMJ

        So, Nikon 1 will be back twice as badass as we ever expected ?

        • just a guess 🙂 I think Nikon will just be silent on the Nikon 1 for a while until they figure out what to do

          • Jack Scholl

            I would not be surprised if you are right. But if Nikon stays silent in their future plans for the N1 system, many of us who are passionate 70-300 users will keep whatever body/70-300 kit for tele/BIF, drop Nikon and move somewhere far away. Can’t figure why they would not add a V4 with at least a J5 sensor, and some of the DL lenses for the CX mount.
            Whatever, it is still a mystery and frustrating!

          • Jack Scholl

            Do we know when they will make the official announcement?

          • bgbs

            What’s there to figure out? Just slap a full frame on it.

      • Clubber Lang

        Yes, I suppose there are too many systems in the kitchen for Nikon. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a crop camera to compete against the Canon M line in the near future.

  • whisky

    high speed AF? RAW? wi-fi? GPS? battery? …

  • dredlew

    Why? I don’t quite see the target market. I’ve tried the Nikon 1 J5 and while there was a lot to like about it, the image quality just did not live up to Nikon’s standards. Fine for the average clicker, but for those who want a bit more, this 1″ sensor would have to have improved a lot more to justify this price. We shall see…

  • Nikon User

    Not retractable lens? WTF?

    Not pocketable compare to RX 100.

    Better give this lens to N1 series.

    This DL series will be another failure as N1.

  • Ineedmy Bobo

    Why all the hate? Personally, I’m excited about this camera. A P&S one-piece camera with a wide-angle zoom starting at 18mm? Exciting! I just hope it does RAW and that somebody will make a waterproof case for it.

    • Julian

      If it had an APS sensor I’d be a bit excited, if it had FX I’d buy it, at 1 inch though, not interested.

  • I was getting ready to really dislike these cameras, much like how I dislike the “Nikon 1” system, but these look really sexy, and it seems like Nikon didn’t intentionally cripple it too badly.

    • Aldo

      They are basically selling you lenses… and forcing you to buy a body with it.

      • TylerChappell

        Lol that’s a good way of looking at it.

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  • Riley Escobar
  • Aldo

    6.7-18.5mm … I hope you like your noses folks… cuz that’s all you’ll get with this camera when you take pictures of people

  • Sandy Bartlett

    Full coverage on DPR of all 3 models

  • Sandy Bartlett

    “For fleeting moments and fast-action, the DL line incorporates a high-speed hybrid autofocus (AF) system featuring 105 phase detect focus areas (with 171 focus points in contrast detect AF mode), as well as continuous shooting up to an incredible 20 fps, with capability to capture up to a blazing fast 60 fps with focus locked on the first frame.”

  • Nick

    I find this camera to be extremely interesting actually… The only three lenses that are anywhere near this small size with the same wide angle are the Olympus 9-18mm f4-5.6, the Nikon 6.7-13mm f3.5-5.6, and the Pentax Q 3.8-5.9mm f3.7-4. All of those only go up to about 35mm and have relatively small apertures. Strange as this camera is, it’s actually really unique in that it’s a small camera (about the size of the lx100), it’s wide end goes to 18mm which is ultra wide territory (never seen in a compact camera before), zooms all the way to 50mm, and has a fast f1.8-2.8 aperture. It may only fill a specific niche, but if you want a small camera with a fast ultrawide to normal focal length zoom, this is the only option. I’m a fan.

  • J.Coi
  • i wonder if it’s good for real estate indoor photography

  • Mark

    Without a built in viewfinder (not the add on one offered) these are all non-starters.

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