TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Nikon DL series, a new line-up of premium compact cameras incorporating high-performance NIKKOR lenses, SnapBridge connectivity and a suite of digital SLR camera functions to complement any advanced enthusiast or professional’s kit.
Inspired by the Nikon professional photographer community, the “D” in the Nikon DL series, draws on Nikon’s DSLR heritage, while “L” calls out the premium NIKKOR lens technology which serves as the focal point for the range. The series comprises three new models, the DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8, DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8, and the DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6, each equipped with different NIKKOR lens groups and crafted for different photography styles. The first is a 18-50 mm equivalent*1 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens that boasts the fastest and brightest maximum aperture in NIKKOR history, the second a fast, 24-85 mm equivalent*1 normal zoom lens offering beautiful blur (bokeh), and super macro performance, while the last is an ultra high-power zoom lens that exhibits superior resolution over a broad range of focal lengths, up to an super-telephoto 500 mm*1 equivalent.
Each model adopts a 1.0-inch type backside illumination CMOS sensor and the new EXPEED 6A image-processing engine for enabling the expression capabilities demanded by users of digital SLR cameras, while also providing sharp and clear rendering when shooting in dark surroundings.
For the accurate and precise acquisition of photography subjects, the Nikon DL series features a hybrid AF system combining both phase-detection AF and Contrast-detect AF. The focus points are densely packed to ensure wide AF area coverage for reliable performance in unpredictable shooting environments, keeping up with the DL range’s high autofocusing speed of approximately 0.09 s*2. This works in tandem with an outstanding continuous shooting speed of 20 frames per second.
Completing the seamless transition when switching between shooting with a DSLR and their DL camera, photographers using the DL series will also find themselves returning to a s
ystem that is both familiar and intuitive, with the cameras’ adoption of the Nikon DSLR user interface. The DL series also aid photographers looking beyond still image capture, with
video recording in 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p quality, alongside a suite of creative movie-making options.
The cameras also support Nikon’s newest connectivity platform, SnapBridge, for the seamless and immediate transfer of images to paired smart devices.
*135mm  format equivalent.
- *2Based on CIPA guidelines; actually measured under test conditions established by Nikon.