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Nikon Introduces Three DL One-Inch Type Sensor Premium Compact Digital Cameras with Varying Focal Lengths

Posted 27/02/2016 at 12:05 PM


Competitors should be warned that Nikon has entered the 1"-type premium compact digital camera market by unveiling three new models: the Nikon DL18-50, the Nikon DL24-85, and the Nikon DL24-500. These three cameras compensate for every focal length while their design and interface is reminiscent of Nikon''''s 1-series mirrorless cameras.


Common Features of the Nikon DL18-50, Nikon DL24-85, and the Nikon DL24-500


All three Nikon DL cameras have a 20.8MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor that works with the new EXPEED 6A image processor. This combination allows a top ISO of 12800 and 4K Ultra High Definition video recording at 30p or 25p. Likewise, the three premium compacts are equipped with Dual Detect Vibration Reduction that collates data from angular velocity sensors to minimize camera shake. The lenses are also coated with fluorine to keep them moist and oil-free.


The three cameras also have 3", 2037K-dot, tilting touchscreen LCDs. They are also fused with Wi-Fi with Near Field Communication and Nikon''''s ''''SnapBridge'''' technology which creates a link between the camera and a smartphone via Bluetooth. As per CIPA standards, the battery life of all three cameras is at 290 shots per charge.


But what separates the Nikon DLs from other 1"-type cameras is its Hybrid Autofocus which makes use of 105 phase-detect and 171 contrast-detect points. When engaged in continuous or single autofocus, these Nikon cameras are capable of burst shooting at 20 fps and 60 fps respectively.


Features of the Nikon DL18-50 Premium Compact Digital Camera

The Nikon DL18-50 has the widest lens of the three which has a 35mm focal length equivalent of 18-50mm. With an aperture range of f/1.8-2.8, the DL18-50’s lens has a 3-stop Neutral Density filter. It is also covered by Nano Crystal Coating to reduce flares and ghosting. The lens has a top shutter speed of 1/1600 sec (1/16000 when the electronic shutter is used) and has seven rounded aperture blades that is useful for out-of-focus bokeh effects.


This is also an ideal camera for architectural shots thanks to its built-in perspective correction. Full Manual Exposure control and RAW support is also possible with the Nikon DL18-50. Likewise, it is the one model among the three Nikon DL cameras that has a hot shoe because it doesn’t have a built-in flash.


Features of the Nikon DL24-85 Premium Compact Digital Camera


On the other hand, the Nikon DL24-85 does not have the Nano Crystal Coating but it has a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-85mm. It is also reliable during low-light shooting because of its f/1.8-2.8 aperture range. Unlike the other two models, the DL24-85 is capable of capturing life-size, 1:1 macro images from a minimum distance of 3cm (1.1”) and with the help of focus bracketing and peaking. This camera also has a built-in ND filter and manual priority Autofocus.

Features of the Nikon DL24-500 Premium Compact Digital Camera

Finally, long zoom camera enthusiast will enjoy the Nikon DL24-500. As the name states, it has a 24-500mm equivalent lens and a maximum aperture range of F/2.8-5.6. What sets it apart from the Nikon DL24-85 and the DL18-50 is its articulating display and built-in OLED viewfinder. Among the three, it is the only one with an input jack for microphones like the Nikon ME-1 Shotgun.

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