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D4X with a 75 megapixel sensor?

ericbowles

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Fri 18-Oct-13 08:05 PM

If you took the pixel size for the V2, and applied that size to the FX size dimensions of 35.9mm x 24.0 mm, you get a sensor measuring 10,560 x 7,070 or around 75 megapixels.

The D800 worked out to a similar result if you took the pixels of the D7000 and applied them to the FX sensor. It seems to reason that Nikon is perfectly capable of delivering a 75 megapixel camera. The issue is probably processing speed and might come with a 2-4 fps frame rate.

For a landscape photographer - or someone who wants maximum resolution - such a camera could be attractive. File sizes would be large - double the size of the D800 files or around 150 MB uncompressed. While a little slower, such a file size could be handled with new processors and a larger buffer. Computers would have no problem handling the large file size even though it might be a little slower.

Obviously this is a high end camera with advanced features. The XQD memory is specifically for this kind of application and supports the faster write speeds that would be needed. But it would be a worthy part of the D4 lineup.

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