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

Started Oct 29, 2008 | Discussions thread
FrankG Senior Member • Posts: 2,219
Re: expensive strategy

bobn2 wrote:

Tiffles wrote:

That is going to be one expensive sensor for Sony then - wonder how
much they think they will sell in their own bodys. Also, don't Sony
and Nikon have a long business relation in terms of 'sensor pooling'?

How about this pure imaginary bit: Nikon wasn't happy with the sensor
Sony made (no movie function, live view, noisy, in sum worse than
what the new Canon sensor is hoped to be) and now have to design one

Well I think Nikon may be considering other options, but not for
those reasons. The A900 sensor is pretty much an upscale of the
sensor in the D300 and D90. With that they manage movie function and
live view. The noise is also not nearly as bad as made out. At equal
output sizes, it seems to be in the same ballpark as the D700, by
comparisons done on this forum, just not quite there (in fact, pretty
much the 1/3 stop worse I suggested). If people insist on looking at
high density cameras at 100% crop, then they're always going to go on
about the noise.

Even at base ISO?

If you were right then what would be the point of having such a "higher density" (as you put it) camera if you end up having to downsize the output to make it acceptable noisewise? If such is the case then there isn't any point at all.

Of course I would actually say that there is a point for at least some applications such as slow landscape and maybe portrait and studio work at low ISOs where you should easily get clean output from 24Mpix FF cameras.

However as for the A900 being only "one third of a stop" worse noise than the D700 "at equal output sizes" - would you mind pointing to your evidence for that?

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