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| p.3 #7 · p.3 #7 · Limited evidence mystery camera (5DX) is 30MP+ |
Ralph Conway wrote:
Why should Nikon tripple the predecessors resolution within 1 generation? If they are able to do so, I guess they would have been able to make a 16/18 MP FF D700 3 years ago, too.
The D700 was only Nikon's second full-frame SLR. There weren't many sensor options for it, not least because the new sensors that were nearly ready immediately went into the high-end D3X and D3S cameras (and, as it turned out, never trickled down).
But consider this: the 12-megapixel D3 replaced the 4.1-megapixel D2Hs, i.e. it tripled the pixel count, while more than doubling the sensor size! And on top of that, it doubled the sensor's efficiency, massively improved many camera sub-systems, and increased the frame rate. So there is precedence for Nikon tripling the pixel count in one generation, and generally making a big splash with a new camera.
I own a D700, so I'm not thrilled about it losing half its value overnight, if that happens. But I think a 36-megapixel D800 is now a near certainty.