Nikon DSLR Sensors

Nikon D3 CMOS NC81361A

The legendary Nikon made D3 CMOS NC81361A

Ever wondered which manufacturer made the sensor for your Nikon? It must be noted that Nikon will have specified what they want tweaked from the sensor if outsourced. They have used Sony sensors from the onset mostly for the DX but for a few FX models too, however some of their flagship models, the D3 and D4 are “Nikon” sensors. The D5 appears to also be a Nikon developed sensor but made by Renesas.

According to Nikon’s website:

Image Sensor

Every Nikon digital camera comes equipped with an image sensor that delivers sharp, high-resolution images with minimized noise — even at high ISO sensitivities. The image sensors used with Nikon cameras, including FX (36.0 x 23.9 mm), DX (23.6 x 15.6 mm), CX (13.2 x 8.2 mm) and other smaller sensors, are originally designed in-house to assure optimally excellent image quality. Whichever format or category you choose, you can be sure that the image sensor at work will give you still pictures and movies of the highest quality.

D100: 6 MP CCD Sony
D200: 10 MP CCD Sony
D300: 12 MP CMOS Sony

D40: 6 MP CCD Sony
D40x: 10 MP CCD Sony
D50: 6 MP CCD Sony
D60: 10 MP CCD Sony
D70: 6 MP CCD Sony
D80: 10 MP CCD Sony
D90: 12 MP CMOS Sony
D7000: 16 MP CMOS Sony
D7100: 24 MP CMOS Toshiba
D7200: 24 MP CMOS Toshiba
D7300: Rumoured not released as of March 2017

D500: Unknown at this point (March 2017).

D3000: 10 MP CCD Sony
D3100: 14 MP CMOS Nikon
D3200: 24 MP CMOS Nikon
D3300: 24 MP CMOS Sony

D5000: 12 MP CMOS Sony
D5100: 16 MP CMOS Sony
D5200: 24 MP CMOS Toshiba
D5300: 24 MP CMOS Sony (?)
D5500: 24 MP CMOS Sony

D600: 24 MP CMOS Sony
D610: 24 MP CMOS Sony
D750: 24 MP CMOS Sony

D700: 12 MP CMOS Nikon
Df: 16 MP CMOS Nikon

D800/D800E: 36 MP CMOS Sony
D810/D810A: 36 MP CMOS Sony

D1: 2.7 MP Sony
D1h: 2.7 MP Sony
D1x: 5.47 MP Sony
D2h: 4 MP LBCAST Nikon
D2x: 12 MP CMOS Sony (Nikon designed)
D3: 12 MP CMOS Nikon
D3s: 12 MP CMOS Nikon
D3x: 24 MP CMOS Sony
D4: 16 MP CMOS Nikon
D4s: 16 MP CMOS Nikon

D5: Unknown at this point (March 2017).

Nikon 1 cameras: sensors made by Aptina.

Note: some of the Nikon-designed sensors are made by Renesas who have since been bought out by Sony.
Predominant Source: Nikon Rumours


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