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

Started Oct 29, 2008 | Discussions thread
Kabe Luna
Kabe Luna Veteran Member • Posts: 9,502
Not true. NR *can* be turned off completely with the A900

and, through ISO 800, the image quality appears to be very, very good. For studio shooters, this camera and a couple Zeiss lenses makes a compelling case. The only thing it's lacking are perspective control lenses and a Live View implementation (which, BTW, may be possible via firmware update).

Personally, I'm on the fence about whether to go with an A900 or a 5DII. I'm leaning toward the 5DII because of Canon's TS-E lenses.

Andrew Koenig wrote:

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pixels, I would turn them down, because unless someone has repealed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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