Nikon's DL line was announced, but never made it to market. Nikon says issues with the processing circut delayed the launch, but canccelled them outright over concern for their profitability.
Nikon, apparently recognizing that there's never a "one-size-fits-all" camera, has released a trio of advanced compacts, dubbed the DL and differentiating largely by their lenses. The Nikon DL 28-85mm is the cheapest of the bunch and offers a standard lens that's similar to the coverage of the Sony RX100 IV--but sits at about $300 less. Intrigued? So are we.
Like the other DL cameras, the mid-range lens option works with a 1" sensor that's also backlit. Based on previous experience with similar sensors, image quality should be solid for the category and similar to Sony RX models, but we haven't been able to do a hands-on test yet to be sure. The mid-range lens has a pretty good maximum aperture from f/1.8 to 2.8. Optical image stabilization is also a plus.
The Nikon DL line is also offering some pretty solid speed. Even with the continuous autofocus on, the camera can shoot at 20 fps (60 fps, if you don't mind locking the focus and exposure on the first frame). That's pretty quick, and with the camera's 171 point hybrid autofocus, the focus should be able to keep up pretty well too.
All of that fits into a relatively small body weighing less than 13 ounces. The touchscreen tilts, and there's a hot shoe slot if you would like to add an electronic viewfinder or flash. The pricier DL 18-50 does offer better screen coverage at 100 percent, with the 28-85 at 97 percent of the final image.
We expect good speed and image quality from the DL, but it also offers quite a bit of value. The similar Sony RX100 IV, while includes a viewfinder, is about $300 more. There's one more DL with a wider lens, better for landscapes, and another for telephoto zoom. Overall, this DL looks to be a good value with pretty good specs too.