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Nikon acknowledges Sony connection in D3X image sensor  
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 | by Rob Galbraith
In response to questions we and others had posed to Nikon USA about the imager in the D3X - both its origin and what technical features might set it apart from the imager in the Sony DSLR-A900 - the company has crafted a response. In it, they acknowledge that Sony is the manufacturer of the D3X's 24.39 million image pixel CMOS sensor, but go on to say it's a "unique sensor design" that was "developed expressly for the D3X."

The full text of the response is below:

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.

Ultimately, Nikon's response doesn't shed too much light on how certain core image characteristics, including high ISO image quality and rendering of fine detail, might differ between Nikon's and Sony's highest resolution digital SLRs. To assess things like that, we'll all likely have to wait until the D3X ships later this month.
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