Is there time for an interchangeable sensor DSLR?

Started Oct 19, 2012 | Discussions thread
AlephNull Senior Member • Posts: 1,619
Re: Is there time for an interchangeable sensor DSLR?
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Theodoros Fotometria wrote:

According to the now 3 years old Nikon patent, the sensor will be at the edge of a small box (much like the screen of a small cell-phone), which will be slotted in position from the left side (as we look at the VF eye-piece) and it will be user interchangeable....

The big problem is that the sensor must be positioned very accurately in relation to the lens mount - it must be at exactly the right distance, and exactly perpendicular to the lens axis.

Any interchangeable system is going to have some slop in it (or you couldn't interchange the units!).

That's why the only interchangeable system I know of so far (the Ricoh) integrates the sensor and lens mount into a single unit, and replaces both at the same time.

My guess is that someone in Nikon had a cute idea and patented it, then someone else in Nikon crushed the idea with reality  Or maybe they patented it to distract their competition

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