All of these cameras have the same guts, as far as we can tell, making them all roughly the same except for the lens difference, and that means all of them — from the DL18-50, the DL24-85, and the DL24-500 — should work roughly the same way.
It also means they all have the same maximum 171 focus points, the same vibrations reduction, the same wireless connectivity with Near-Field Communication, and the same 4K video capture.
Yes, this is a Nikon compact with 4K video built in, which will offer 25p and 30p options for 4K Ultra HD, while Full HD runs from 25p all the way up to 60p, while slow motion will be offered through a variety of settings depending on the resolution you’re capturing at.
The two smaller models — the 18-50 and 24-85 — will also receive a 3 inch tilting touchscreen LCD, but no electronic viewfinder, though you can add one in if you choose to. Meanwhile, the larger option — the 24-500 — will get that electronic viewfinder, while the 3 inch touchscreen will be on a vari-angle hinge, meaning it can do a little more in how it moves.
On paper, though, the specs look quite good, and it finally seems like Nikon has built a compact worthy of taking on not just the latest Canon G series cameras, but also even that of Leica’s, and that’s a good thing.
Better yet, the DL range of cameras actually look like cameras, which has been something compact cameras feel a little disconnected from of late.
These have a fake leather grip, several dials and wheels, a function buttons, and a lens you can actually fiddle with judging by the ring on the lens.
That’s a good thing, because photographers craving a second body that isn’t too heavy will likely view this range as a compact that can stand in for a larger camera.
Pricing, however, is an unknown, though we’re not expecting these to be cheap.
In fact, while Nikon doesn’t give local pricing anymore (which confuses us greatly), US pricing is ranging between $650 and $1000 for this range, suggesting the Nikon DL cameras won’t be cheap.
We’re going to pester Nikon a little more to try and find actual pricing, but start saving, because with an expected June release date, you’ll have some time to work out whether this range of compacts is worth packing in on your next trip.