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Nikon tackles Sony RX100 with three DL compacts

Nikon has launched not one but three new DL compact cameras that could pose a more flexible threat to the Sony RX100 IV.

While Sony has steadily rolled out four Sony RX100 models in as many years, Nikon has just announced that three similarly equipped compact cameras will hit the market simultaneously this summer.

All three Nikon DL cameras sport 1-inch CX-format 20.8-megapixel image sensors, Nikon’s Advanced Hybrid AF system, its Dual Detect Optical VR (Vibration Reduction) system, the EXPEED 6A processor and fixed zoom lenses.

All can shoot at up to 60fps with fixed focus and 20fps with continuous AF – mightily fast, in other words – while they can capture 4K video at 30fps. All come with a hotshoe, too, which could come in handy for the two that don’t feature an EVF.

The chief difference is in the nature of each fixed lens, as well as a few handling variations.

The Nikon DL24-85 is the direct RX100 rival of the trio, with a similar range of focal lengths and an f/1.8-2.8 aperture. It also features a tiltable 1,037k-dot OLED display, which isn’t quite as sharp as the Sony RX100 IV’s, but does have the benefit of being touch-sensitive.

The Nikon DL18-50’s lens has the same aperture range, but is useful for much wider shots starting from 18mm. Nikon calls it “the brightest ultra-wide-angle lens Nikon has ever made.”

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Finally, the Nikon DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6 provides serious reach, with a 21x zoom f/2.8-5.6 lens. This is the most specialist of the three, with the notable addition of a 2,359k-dot OLED electronic viewfinder.

All three DL cameras will launch in June. The Nikon DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 (to give it the laboriously full name) will reportedly cost £550, the Nikon DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8 £670, and the Nikon DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6 £750.

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Which DL compact camera do you think will come out on top? Let us know in the comments below.

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