Why did Nikon choose 36 megapixels ? - why not larger ?

Started Dec 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
MrSkelter
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Re: Why did Nikon choose 36 megapixels ? - why not larger ?
In reply to exRhodesian, Dec 11, 2012

Unlike most chips, sensors with smaller features cost more to make because their overall size doesn't go down. Whereas with each shrink Intel get more chips off a wafer, Nikon and Sony don't. In fact, yields go down because as the number of photosites increases, the number of errors does.

Current cellphone chips scale up to full-frame with 100 MP or more. We will get to these numbers but manufacturing will have to improve in order to keep prices reasonable.

I wonder if the solution will be 200 MP+ sensors with bin pixels and output lower resolutions allowing for individual photosites to fail without damaging the output.

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