Nikon joins the premium cameras market with its DL-24 series. Nikon has produced expensive small cameras before, back when picture sensors were hoped for integrating into pocket-friendly devices. But the previous release of Sony’s cameras set a higher standard for the picture quality that pocket devices could provide with the 20MP 1” image sensor.
After some years and various tech versions, Sony’s cameras still are at the top of the game, and have true competitors in the industry, such as the Cannon PowerShot and the Panasonic LX100. Lately, Nikon is becoming a member of the affordable segment with a series of 1” sensor designs, which is a great thing for competitors and for customer choice.
Nikon is not agglomerating its top quality devices with the rather outdated Coolpix option and instead it is choosing the moderate DL feature. It is launching three versions, each reaching its own market. There are some common technical features between them, like the same 20MP 1” BSI CMOS picture sensor, raw photo capturing, a 20 fps burst rate assisted by auto-focus option, 4K videos shooting.
Nikon brings its own SnapBridge platform, which controls Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections to increase the wireless picture transfer to a smart phone. Most photography lovers will look at Nikon’s popular devices in the new line first.
Its compact DL 24 comes with a 3x zoom ratio and covering a full area of shooting. It is a quick lens, with an aperture of 1.8 and its zoom capability is more committed than other similar devices that compete in this segment.
Nikon’s DL 24 stands apart with its lens that is able to focus at close ranges, thanks to the Super Macro feature that provides 1:1 zoom. The macro option has its role on the band that encompasses the lens and that has different positions for adjusting the focus on the subject in the image.
Other built-in controllers include a separate EV compensation switch and a back control key. The back OLED screen can point up and down, while being touch sensitive. All three digital cameras in the line use an identical display that sports a 1,000k-dot resolution covered with the latest generation of Gorilla Glass.
The bigger frame has space for more controllers, along with a back and top dials, along with a switch to modify the exposure levels. The system is complemented by hot shoes and a handy flash, a set of automated FN control buttons and a modifiable screen. Videographers who want the device for 4K shooting will be pleased to find out that it incorporates a mic input.
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