Some info on the 24 MP Nikon - from a Sony engineer

Started Oct 29, 2008 | Discussions thread
Andrew Koenig Contributing Member • Posts: 587
Re: Some info on the 24 MP Nikon - from a Sony engineer

Dan Wells wrote:

The Alpha 900 team was at PhotoPlus last week, and they let an
interesting tidbit slip... They claim that they convinced the sensor
division at Sony (the folks at PhotoPlus were camera designers) NOT
to sell the A900 sensor to anyone, in order to build Sony's camera
market share.

Having seen some of the reviews of the Alpha, I imagine they need to do everything they can to build market share. So far the Alpha seems to be not quite ready for prime time. For example, my understanding is that you cannot turn off noise reduction, even in raw mode, so there is no possibility of using anyone else's NR algorithm.

If Sony's playing that game, Nikon had better BOTH add medium-format
AND design their own sensors (they can get someone to fab them) -
being perpetually behind Canon and Sony in sensor technology...

I don't know about that -- I saw some glowing reports about the LBCAST sensor in the D2 series, and I seem to recall that they've patented some new sensor design ideas recently.

If someone offered me the opportunity to swap my D700 for a camera that was identical in all respects except that it had twice as many pixels, I would turn them down, because unless someone has repealed the laws of physics, I would expect that camera to lose a stop of low-light sensitivity.

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