Nikon global shutter - coming soon?

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beatboxa Veteran Member • Posts: 7,699
Re: Nikon global shutter - coming soon?

beatboxa wrote:

spec68 wrote:

It’s coming to pro cameras soon. Maybe today - Sony has a big announcement at 10 regarding a new Alpha camera, likely A9 III. Canon is said to be working on a new pro mirrorless that will sit above the R5. And, of course Nikon with the rumored Z9 (not specifically global) but it will have to keep pace w/ competition if the competition releases global shutter bodies.

Not any time soon for full-frame sensors that are in a 4-digit price range (USD). The new $6500 Sony announcement (a1) is still a rolling shutter, as was the a9.

If you want a global shutter soon (within the next few years), it'll be in a smaller-sensor camera first. The typical rollout for sensor technology follows the following pattern (in order):

  • First, smaller-than-1"
  • Then, (a few years later), ~1"
  • Then (a few years later) high-end "halo" full-frame
  • Finally, (a few years later) the various low-cost models (APS-C, lower-end full-frame, etc.)

This was also the pattern followed for BSI, stacked sensors, etc., including the stacked sensors found in Sony's latest cameras, which have been in smaller-than-1" cameras for around a decade now.

I'll separate the facts & speculation (above ^) from my opinions.

But this is why I believe Nikon needs a serious smaller-format camera (and no, APS-C is still too big for this because a global APS-C camera would cost thousands and be out of reach for most people).

Canon has serious cameras in the first two categories, as does Sony.
But Nikon does not. They've shuttered the Nikon 1 and the Nikon DL. At present, there is no series from Nikon that focuses on rapid iteration via rapid improvement of sensor technology in smaller sensors (as Nikon previously had). Not a good strategy for high-tech products that rely on combinations of real-time processing, sampling, scaling, and large volumes of data.

Here's a rule of thumb:  look for when the first phones start to get a global shutter camera.  Then add around 5-10 years.  That's when we'll see them in $3000 full-frame cameras.

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