Quick Post: Some Nikons with Sony Sensors

The net seems to be thriving on recent news that by pulling apart a number of Nikon DSLR cameras it has been discovered that certain cameras, like the latest D7000 makes use of Sony CMOS Sensors.

It has been speculated about for some time and for some they will sleep better knowing they were right, but its not that big a deal is it?

In my brief time working at Sony I posed the question to a visitor from the technical side of Alpha HQ and was told that the sensors they were producing for other companies like Nikon were done in line with those companies requirements, hinting that they may not all be identical.

Despite all of the above, there is limited impact to the average consumers photographs and what I have seen in the comparisons I have done before, of cameras that were supposedly sharing the same or similar sensors, is that the firmware can play a big part in what the camera puts out, something Nikon does well.

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Tristan - Founder

Founder of PhotoComment. In a relatively short space of time he has experienced the photography industry almost full circle. From camera repairs, to photographic retail, wholesale, marketing for one of the large camera brands, part time photographer and of course blogger there is hardly a moment when he is not eating, drinking and occasionally getting some sleep where photography is not involved.


  1. Cas Pretorius January 27, 2011

    Is it the same as buying a Jag with a Tata engine? 🙂

    • Tristan - Founder January 27, 2011

      You could flip that the other way round too 🙂 in reality I think its more like having a VW with an Audi engine, same thing either way.