Isn't it time for Nikon to go modular in FF?

Started Mar 6, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Isn't it time for Nikon to go modular in FF?

Nikon probably has in their hands the two best sensor/ADC systems in 135 (FF) format. Maybe they will also develop a video dedicated sensor at 22MP, if that's really relevant, or the next action dedicated sensor could be like that.

Think of 3 FF bodies, suggested prices (maybe not realistic, some may know more about that):

  • B1 A relatively basic body, no frills, no tough sealing, about size of D7000, 1,000USD

  • B2 D800 level, 2,000 USD

  • B3 D4 level, 4,800 USD

Each would take the sensor/toppings/ADC modules, all at about 1,800USD:

  • M1 Present D800's 36MP s/t/ADC,

  • M2 Present D800E's 36MP s/t/ADC, possibly with a stronger CFA and base ISo at 50.

  • M3 Present D4's 16MP s/t/ADC

  • M4 Possibly a 22MP s/t/ADC dedicated to video.

Buying separately, prices above. Kits, progressive discounts, like:

B1+M4 = 2,500
B1+M2+M3 = 4,000

B2+M2 = 3,500
B2+M2+M3 = 5,000

B3+M3= 6,300
B3+M2+M4= 7,800

Modules updtaed every 2 years (minor, major, alternatively), bodies every 4 years.

Nikon would seel a lot of modules, maybe less bodies at each iteration, but many more lenses.

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