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News: Nikon Comments on D3x Sony Sensor Rumors

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There has been much speculation and debate across the internet concerning whether or not the Sony A900 and Nikon D3x share the same sensor, especially since the D3x cost $5,000 more than the Sony.

Both sensors are about the same size, resolution, and both are manufactured by Sony. However the Nikon sensor supports a slightly broader ISO range, 14 bit output, and liveview, while the Sony A900 sensor does not. Another potential difference that is being reported is that pixel pitch on the A900 is 5.9 microns vs. a smaller 5.49 microns on the D3x.

Nikons relationship with Sony with regard to sensor design and manufacture is extremely complex, so while it remains unclear exactly how much technology, if any, these two sensors share, Nikon has released a brief statement to attempt clarify the issue.

Here is the full text from Nikon:

The Nikon D3Xs 24.5-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor was developed expressly for the D3X in accordance with Nikons stringent engineering requirements and performance standards, with final production executed by Sony. Featuring refined low-noise characteristics, 12 and 14 bit output, Live View capability and more, the D3Xs unique sensor design was carefully blueprinted to perform in perfect concert with proprietary Nikon technologies including EXPEED Image Processing and the Scene Recognition System. Meticulous efforts allowed the sensor to become one of the many essential components and technologies which contribute to the D3Xs superior image fidelity.



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