I really got quite excited at first after learning about the new DL-line of compact cameras from Nikon all set to be delivered by June 2016 at comparatively modest prices. One inch sensor technology packed into cool looking compact camera bodies with lenses that sound up to the task and even a touch screen to top things up. Finally Nikon got the message…that was my first reaction. Then I caught up with the news. They left out the built-in EVF on both the Nikon DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 and the Nikon DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8.
By golly, it happened again. IMHO otherwise great new cameras have been crippled (without incorporating an EVF) and left to be more or less mediocre compared to products from competing companies. Maybe that is just me. But this will make it easy for Sony to remain in the driving seat. Even more so when they update the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV this year. That well established top-of-the-line professional compact camera already features a swell electronic viewfinder (EVF) that hardly leaves anything left to be desired. Now, if they could only make that LCD a touch screen…But if you ask me – I would gladly sacrifice the touch screen functionality for a decent EVF – built-in of course and not only available as an accessory. That does not only leave the new Nikon cams a little too expensive for my taste (RRP without optional external EVF ranging from € 769 for the Nikon DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 to € 959 for the Nikon DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8) but also makes these photo tools much more difficult to handle and above all cumbersome to carry and stow away.
If you have no use for electronic viewfinders and are happy shooting the way you are used to from your smart phone, these two compact Nikon cameras may be what you desire nonetheless. The lenses seem to offer a great package after all and especially the Nikon DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8 is quite unique at this point in time. 4K-video and state of the art auto focus are nice features after all. The new small DL cameras kind of remind me of the old Nikon Coolpix A – but with zoom lenses instead of fixed prime ultra wide. See my article here.
Nikon still seems to fear cannibalism when it comes to their DSLR cameras. But would customers really be put off from buying a Nikon DLSR because of a readily available Nikon compact with built-in EVF? Would there be a stampede killing off all DSLRs driving potential buyers towards mirrorless offerings? Read this if you fear the end is near 😉 .
Need any more infos? Check out the Nikon press release here.