DL or No DL? What you need to know about the Nikon DL compacts
Are compact cameras still relevant? Nikon seems to think they can be, if they're good enough. It's announced three premium compacts, all built around 20.8MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensors, with its latest 'EXPEED 6A' processor. If that sensor spec sounds familiar, it's because the Nikon J5 uses a very similar...probably the same...one.
The firepower in that new processor results in 4K video capture capabilities and bursts up 60 fps without AF, and 20 fps with. Combine this speed with a hybrid AF system that uses 105 phase-detect and 171 contrast-detect points (the same one found in the 1-System), and you should have three seriously capable compacts.
When we sat down with Nikon reps back at CES 2016, they explained how engineers developed the three in unison, but targeted each camera's focal length range toward a very specific customer. However, all three customers are expected to be DSLR shooters looking for a smaller, lighter alternative for everyday shooting. As such, all three can shoot Raw, offer Adobe RGB, can utilize Nikon i-TTL Speedlights, and use a menu system very similar to that found in their pro and enthusiast DSLRs.
|Nikon DL Premium Compact Camera with 18-50mm f/1.8-2.8 Lens|
|Nikon DL Premium Compact Camera with 24-85mm f/1.8-2.8 Lens|