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New Nikon Z9 flagship?

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Sun 01-Nov-20 07:00 AM
I've got an outlandish idea, but it might explain the confusion and multiple models being tested.

Right now we have an exposure mode dial that allows a choice between Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Auto, and Program priority, but the hardware is always being used the same way. Why not have a mode setting that changes the way the hardware is optimized?

Let's see one camera with processors that use hardware in different configurations. The image processor can be tuned for action - fast processor, smaller image (perhaps alternate lines of pixels read and processed), baked in noise reduction for better high ISO performance, improved AF speed and accuracy, etc. But the mode could also be optimized for high resolution - fast processor for more data, slower frame rate to avoid heat issues and allow advanced processing, largest resolution, dual image processing that combines image data, lowest ISO, improved AF accuracy with average speed, multiple focal plane imaging, buffer used for multi-image processing, etc. Think of it as a "plug-in" for your camera.

Nikon has said all along their business model emphasizes common components being reused. But the hardware of the Z6 and Z7 is almost identical - just the sensors are different with different sensor processing. It's possible to take that to the next level and have a pro body that can operate AF, processors, and buffers in different modes.

That's my story. And it would be a game changer.

Of course, it could be something much simpler.

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