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

Started Oct 29, 2008 | Discussions thread
Alexramos
Alexramos Senior Member • Posts: 1,601
Re: expensive strategy

Look a little history...

The last sensor that Sony sold was the CCD 10MPx on D80/D40x/D60/K10D/GX-10/K200D/K2000D/a100 and the CMOS 12MPx on D300/D90.

The actual 10MPx CCD on a200/a300 is a SuperHAD, a new version of CCD 10MPx and different to a100 sensor, Sony sold this sensor to anybody.

Is many probably that CMOS 12MPx APS-C was a agreemend between Sony and Nikon for a sustitute of D2x and this sensor had some time in design. Maybe then Nikon choose FF for D3 and used the CMOS 12MPx on D300.

Sony from 10MPx CCD haven´t sold more DSLR sensor and is logic, Sony is in DSLR market.

The D300/D90 sensor is the same on a700 and, why the first has 14bits and the second just 12bits??

The 14bits on D300 sensor I think is just a exposure time manipulation, but the native tone gamma is 12bits.

Nikon has a big problem:
-Don´t has other APS-C sensor now
-Don´t has other FF sensor now

-Nikon don´t has the experience for design a sensor alone or built it (How can Nikon has experience and make a better sensor if never, never, they have made one) NOTE: is very funy read how people say that K20D sensor is a design of Pentax/Samsung... please, Pentax is like Nikon, they don´t design alone sensor.
-They are looking for a new supplie (Microsoft??, MF maker??)

Nikon has a problem similar to the new sensor, BIG. They used the same D300 sensor on D90 because doesn´t has other.

They will use the same D300/D90 sensor on the D60 sustitute and the D700 was a escape way for its market.

The FF 12MPx CMOS sensor on D3/D700 is good?? sure, is a excelente sensor, but it can´t be compared with FF 24MPx CMOS sensor on a900.

The quality and performance of Nikon FF sensor is for pixel size and ISO dedicate and the Sony sensor is for resolution, details and sharpen image.

The FF Sony sensor has a very good image quality to high ISO, is very similar until ISO 3200 to D3/D700 sensor from RAW image.

Nikon know and used for many years Sony sensor and to say now that Nikon doesn´t want the Sony sensor because it is 12bits or has not the quality, is stupid, Nikon need the Sony sensor and ever they have used them, but now the market and history is defferent and them sensor are not available.

Look the Sony forum or web site of Minolta/Sony and you will see to many Nikon user asking for a900 and buying it. The a900 is a good point in the actual market and a good solution for Nikon user that want a high resolution DSLR and D3x never came.

Nikon target to other direction, MF?, maybe because is the only way thay can find a new sensor, but the FF technology is new yet and the next year we will see a very intersting advance...

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I would like change my a100 for a350...

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