Nikon have announced three new premium compact cameras that are capable of capturing 4K video through their 1inch

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On the exterior, Nikon’s new range of premium compacts has the uber-cool retro style that users of Fujifilm or Olympus cameras will find instantly familiar. But there is a lot more going on that some stylish new looks.

Inside all three of the new cameras is a 20.8-million-pixel, 1-inch size, sensor, that is capable of raw image capture, as well as an Advanced Hybrid AF system, Expeed 6A processor and SnapBridgeconnectivity via Wi-fi or Bluetooth to transfer and back-up images as you shoot.

However, for videographers there is also plenty to find interesting, with the headline feature being that all three of the DL cameras will capture 4K movies at 30p, or up 60fps when recording 1080p footage. As you would expect the cameras have the standard 29mins 59 secs video record limit, or a 4GB file limit, although when shooting at 1080p 50/60fps, this limit is reduced to just 10mins recording time.

Each of the cameras has Micro HDMI output, Given their ultra-portable bodies and the rather lovely-looking optics on each of their fronts (more on that momentarily), the DL cameras could prove to be a useful backup body for getting shots on the go.

Interestingly eac camera is paired with a very different lens, so despite the feature set being largely identical on each camera, you can choose one based on your exact shooting requirements. So what are the differences between the Nikon DL cameras?

Nikon DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8
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This is the jack-of-all-trades among the range, with a nice standard zoom range of 24-85mm. Its Super Macro mode delivers detailed close-ups, while composing shots is easy with the 1037k-dot OLED tilt touchscreen. A control ring on the barrel can be assigned with preferred functions. The camera is available in black or chrome finishes, if you really want to commit to the retro thing.

Nikon DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8
product_01_01This is the wide-angle among the trio, and its 18-50mm optic is the brightest ultra-wide angle lens Nikon has ever made, featuring Nano Crystal Coat for extra clarity. Like its sibling it features a 1037-k OLED tilt touchscreen.

Nikon DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6product_01_01-1

The high-power 24-500mm zoom lens on this model makes it the most versatile of the bunch, and a good choice for action or wildlife photographers. It’s also the only one with a built-in viewfinder, a 2,359k-dot OLED model to be specific (though the others can have one attached as an optional accessory). The camera is also the only one of the three that features an external 3.5mm microphone socket.

The three models will be available in June 2016. The Nikon DL24-85 starts at £549.99, the DL18-50 at £679.99 and the DL24-500 at £749.99

 

First Thoughts

The three Nikon DL camera look very interesting for photographers, but, on paper at least, still have some way to go to catch up with the Sony RX100 IV and RX10 II in terms of their video features. Yes, shooting 4K is great, but this year, it is the cameras that don’t have 4K capture that will be going against the norm. With little information on the other features of the camera, such as focus peaking, zebra patterning and video shooting image profiles, the jury is still out on whether these can be using as small B-cameras alongside a larger DSLR, but our first thoughts are that these are aimed more at those who may want to record some video alongside the stills images. Useful when travelling, but those more serious about their video would be better to suited to the RX series cameras.

We will, of course, be looking at the video features, and footage, from the Nikon DL cameras when we have a full working sample available for reviewing in the coming months.