Nikon announced its new “premium series” of Nikon DL series cameras, February 22. (Yawn) The three new compacts, each in a different focal length, feature a 1″ sensor and 4K video. From Nikon’s press release:
These pocketable yet powerful imaging tools offer an elite level of imaging prowess that fits easily in one’s palm. Equipped with a variety of focal lengths optimized for different types of shooters, the DL24-85, DL18-50 and DL24-500 combine powerful NIKKOR optics with a large 20.8-megapixel (CX-format) 1-inch BSI CMOS sensor to produce stunning image quality and amazingly detailed images, even when shooting in low-light.
The new DL24-85, DL18-50 and DL24-500 will be available in early summer 2016 for suggested retail prices of $649.95, $849.95*, and $999.95, respectively. Pricing and availability for the optional DF-E1 electronic viewfinder, compatible with both the DL24-85 and DL18-50, is TBD.
Following in the same vein Nikon also announced three new “long zoom’ Coolpix cameras. (sigh) From Nikon’s press release:
Designed to capture stunning images, 4K UHD (in select models) and HD video from up close or far away, these new COOLPIX cameras boast super-long zoom lenses and superior performance while also offering Nikon SnapBridge for easy sharing of photos. Providing outstanding zoom capabilities ranging from 60x and 40x respectively, the COOLPIX B700 and COOLPIX B500 allow users to explore their creative freedom regardless of the distance. With a powerful 35x zoom lens, the COOLPIX A900 is a compact, stylish and feature-packed camera that fits comfortably in a pocket.
Editor’s note: Despite Drew Gurian’s enthusiasm why can’t Nikon make a mirrorless camera on-par with rivals Sony and Fuji? Same to you Canon? Can anyone take the DL series, or Canon EOS M products seriously?
In other news:
Ricoh announced a new WG-series Action Cam. The Ricoh WG-M2, a compact, shockproof and fully waterproof. Approximately 40% smaller than previous WG cameras, the WG-M2, features a ultra-wide 204-degree lens and 4K video. Ricoh says:
In addition to being waterproof to an impressive depth of 65 feet, shock-resistant against a fall from 6.5 feet, and able to operate in temperatures as low as -10°C, the new WG-M2 now offers video-orientation, a new feature that ensures video is recorded upright if the camera is mounted sideways or even upside down. For remote control and image/video transfer, the WG-M2 is controllable via Wi-Fi with a smartphone or tablet using the free Ricoh ImageSync app
The Ricoh WG-M2 will be available late April 2016 at a suggested retail price of $299.95.
Ricoh also announced the Pentax K-3 II Silver edition to celebrate Ricoh’s 80th birthday. ThePentax K-3 II Silver edition will be available in late spring 2016 online exclusively at ricohimaging.com at asuggested retail price of $999.95.