Does anyone know who actually manufactures the sensor in the D800? I'm assuming it is a Nikon design that is outsourced to someone like Sony (similar to the D3x, which uses a Nikon-tweaked Sony sensor.) I'm curious, or did Nikon pull off a major coup by developing world class sensor manufacturing capability overnight and hit a home run with their first efforts?
That's a good question. It will be interesting to see if Nikon comes out with a super sensor maybe the size of unperferated 35mm film to be in direct competition with medium format. Maybe a D4X. I did try shooting infrared with the D800 and what I got didn't have any infrared charateristics so the must have a really good IR blocking filter http://www.ronbakerphotos.com
I am sure it's a Nikon tweaked Sony sensor.... Follows the D7k sensor in almost all tests including dynamic range.... The D7k is a Nikon tweaked Sony sensor... so the D800 is more then likely in the same boat....
I'd be interested o know mode about the sensor too. If you look on Wikipedia, Nikon has a patent for a microlens style sensor that reads RBG at each photo site rather than one Colour at each site and then interpolate the missing data.
I was wondering if this technology has found its way into the D800.
Have a look at the Nikon diagram. I also see Thom Hogan says the D800 uses a micro-lens but not sure if this is what he means. Difference to Foveon is that this one runs the photo sites on a horizontal,plane and light is channelled via Colour transparent mirrors.
It would be nice to know if this has got off the research bench into a camera.
I recall reading it's a Sony sensor that is also going to be used in an upcoming Sony DSLR. But the D800 is expected to outperform the Sony due to some design characteristics that impede the Sony's light sensitivity (by 1EV or so).
I've been doing some reading. I am not sure if the info about Sony is correct. Nikon has been designing their own sensors for a few years while and outsourcing the production. Apparently a company called Renesas made a few. If Sony made it, I suspect that it was to a Nikon design.Sony may have had to develop some fabrication technology to achieve it and could use this to make a similar sensor but it won't have the Nikon processing which is likely to mean a lesser end result..
I doubt we will really find out for sure where it comes from.
I don't think the Nikon patent I referred to is being used. It appears it dated back quite a few years in Japan and the link I posted referred to the registration of the Japanese patent in the US a few years after the initial patent.