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Well according to Hogan and the Nikon web site, they are "Nikon " sensors. The D700 also featured a non Sony sensor.
I pasted this off an older post from Nikon Rumors:
"Chipworks has a new report online for the Nikon D4 and the 16.2MP FX CMOS sensor inside (NC81366W) is made by Nikon. Similar to the D3, D3s, D700 and D3100, the sensor inside the D3200 was also made by Nikon. The D7000 did use a Sony sensor.
Few months ago there were some rumors that Aptina is developing a new full frame CMOS sensor for Nikon."
Read more on NikonRumors.com: http://nikonrumors.com/2012/08/22/the-sensor-inside-the-d4-is-made-by-nikon.aspx/#ixzz2oioncyU0
Umm, yes, That is correct. It's also in line with what I said. The 12MP FX sensor (used in the D3, D3s and D700) and the 16MP FX sensor (used in the D4 and Df) are Nikon-designed but fabricated by a 3rd party.
The D2X(s) had a Nikon/Sony co-designed sensor sort-of shared by the Sony DMC-R1 (the Sony used a cut-down version of the same sensor, much like the relationship between Sony's 24MP APS-C sensor and their 16MP 4/3rds sensor) , the D3X uses a Nikon-specific variant of the same basic 24MP sensor also used by the A850, A900, A99, A7, D600 and D610, with known variants in sensor toppings and output stages (the Sony versions and the D6x0's use the Sony on-chip ADC, the Nikon D3X apparently uses custom toppings, CFA and a Nikon-specified channelized readout).
As I said, Nikon used Sony sensors in the D2X and D3X, but their own 12MP FX and 16MP FX sensors in the cameras with those sensors.
The D3200 has a Toshiba sensor. It was originally believed to be a Nikon sensor by some as it is widely believed that Toshiba does Nikon's current sensor production. That sensor is shared by the D5200, D5300 and D7100, with varying topings
The D3100 has a unique Nikon-designed 14MP sensor, it may be in some way related to the Toshiba 24MP part.
It's sometimes difficult to tell what's Nikon-designed and what's just customized to Nikon's specifications as Nikon has on multiple occasions used custom variants of stock sensors such as the 12MP parts used in the D300 and D300s (while the D90 for example used the stock Sony part of the same basic sensor).
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