Cancellation of the release and sale of the DL series was announced on February 13, 2017. See here for details.
Nikon Australia is pleased to announce the launch of the new Nikon DL series, a new line-up of premium compact cameras incorporating high-performance NIKKOR lenses, Nikon’s unique SnapBridge low-energy Bluetooth connectivity and a suite of features 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 of 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 DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8 is equipped with a 18-50mm1 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens that boasts the fastest and brightest maximum aperture in NIKKOR history, while the DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 adopts a fast, 24-85mm1 normal zoom lens, offering beautiful background blur and super macro performance. Finally, the DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6 rounds off the range with an ultra-zoom lens that exhibits superior resolution over a broad range of focal lengths, up to super-telephoto 500mm1.
For the accurate and precise acquisition of photography subjects, the Nikon DL series is the first range of compact cameras in the industry to feature an advanced Hybrid AF system, combining both phase-detection AF and contrast-detect AF. The focus areas 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 0.09s2. This works in tandem with an outstanding continuous shooting speed of 20 frames per second.
Beyond still image capture, the DL series supports photographers looking to capture video in 4K UHD (3840 × 2160)/30p quality, alongside a suite of creative movie-making options. From the ability to replay moments in ultra-low speed with slow motion movie, to time-lapse, superlapse and motion snapshots, various creative modes enable the photographer’s flexible pursuit of their vision with the help of their Nikon DL. The DL range is also able to capture images in the RAW format, for the convenient and precise adjustment of image quality.
The cameras support Nikon’s newest connectivity platform, SnapBridge, for the seamless and immediate transfer of images to paired smart devices3 via Bluetooth low energy. Professional photographers can now upload and share their favourite images and on-going project updates as soon as they are captured, whether shooting in the field or in the studio.
“The Nikon DL series provides professional photographers with the ultimate high-performance compact camera for flexibility when shooting on the go or in spontaneous and unexpected environments,” said James Murray, Director of Sales & Marketing, Nikon Australia. “An essential for any photographer’s kit, users will find it easy to switch between cameras in their arsenal with the adoption of a Nikon DSLR user interface and system that is both familiar and intuative to their needs. This compounded with the added conveniece of SnapBridge connectivity expands possibilities for photographers to share their experiences with the world, as they happen.”
1 Equivalent focal length in 35mm  format
2 Based on CIPA guidelines; values actually measured under test conditions established by Nikon
3 Smartphones and tablets running iOS or AndroidTM