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Posted by jk: Sat Sep 28th, 2013 07:47 1st Post
http://nikonrumors.com/2013/09/27/nikon-files-a-patent-for-a-camera-with-interchangeable-sensor.aspx/

Well I really like this and it would be really good news for us as camera users.  No more upgrading of camera body just to get  sensor with a few more/less pixels.



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Posted by Eric: Sat Sep 28th, 2013 08:29 2nd Post
jk wrote:
http://nikonrumors.com/2013/09/27/nikon-files-a-patent-for-a-camera-with-interchangeable-sensor.aspx/

Well I really like this and it would be really good news for us as camera users.  No more upgrading of camera body just to get  sensor with a few more/less pixels.


It would need some very precise locating system to ensure the sensor is correctly positioned by the person upgrading.

I also wonder if ALL the circuitry will be on the removable module? Will focusing and metering elements that will from time to time also need upgrading be similarly accessible?



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Posted by jk: Sat Sep 28th, 2013 11:25 3rd Post
I think it would be a slide in item so it would lock into the correct position. This also requires the huge number of electrical connections for the sensor data to made correctly. Current technology is moving some AF components onto the sensor as well so this complicates the connections.

I am sure the physicals are easy compared to the screams and cries that will come from the marketing people as they dont really 'understand' the mentality of end users, only the racking up of more consumer spend and unit sales!!

Potentially a person would buy one camera body and several high cost sensor units rather than several camera bodies and keep trading them in.
For example if this beast existed now I would want it as a D800 body with a 36MP, 24MP and 16MP sensor. How that said it is more likely to come first in a D5/6 camera.



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Posted by Eric: Sat Sep 28th, 2013 15:11 4th Post
jk wrote:
I think it would be a slide in item so it would lock into the correct position. This also requires the huge number of electrical connections for the sensor data to made correctly. Current technology is moving some AF components onto the sensor as well so this complicates the connections.

I am sure the physicals are easy compared to the screams and cries that will come from the marketing people as they dont really 'understand' the mentality of end users, only the racking up of more consumer spend and unit sales!!

Potentially a person would buy one camera body and several high cost sensor units rather than several camera bodies and keep trading them in.
For example if this beast existed now I would want it as a D800 body with a 36MP, 24MP and 16MP sensor. How that said it is more likely to come first in a D5/6 camera.

I wonder how much the body and knobs cost compared to the 'works' ?
You could still find, for example, a replaceable D800 sensor costing £1000+.



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Posted by jk: Sat Sep 28th, 2013 17:44 5th Post
The cost of the tooling for the bodies is high but most of the shells are either ABS or magnesium alloy.

So once you have that if you had a user replaceable sensor then it is just firmware and sensor engineering.

Happy for a replaceable sensor to be around £$€1000.



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Posted by Eric: Sun Sep 29th, 2013 12:54 6th Post
jk wrote:
The cost of the tooling for the bodies is high but most of the shells are either ABS or magnesium alloy.

So once you have that if you had a user replaceable sensor then it is just firmware and sensor engineering.

Happy for a replaceable sensor to be around £$€1000.

Especially if D4/5.
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Posted by jk: Sun Sep 29th, 2013 14:06 7th Post
Dont think it will come in a D4 ;-)

D5 possibly.
I think the removable sensor feature may mean that we get a thicker (front/back) camera but I might be wrong.



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Posted by amazing50: Tue Oct 1st, 2013 01:33 8th Post
A short time after this camera body is released there will be aftermarket sensors from China;~)



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Tue Oct 1st, 2013 10:45 9th Post
It would also aid cleaning the sensor.



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