Nikon is the latest digital camera manufacturer that is rumored to be working on a medium format camera, which will also feature Sony’s 50-megapixel CMOS image sensor.
Several new medium format cameras have been introduced this year. Phase One, Hasselblad, and Pentax have all been active in this segment by launching the first such shooters with a CMOS-type sensor.
Previous digital MF cameras have been powered by CCD-type sensors. However, the revolution has been sparked by Sony, which is the manufacturer of the sensor found in the Phase One IQ250, Hasselblad H5D-50c, and Pentax 645Z.
Although the megapixel count is different in each shooter, the image sensor is the same and supplied by the PlayStation maker. Meanwhile, it seems like Sony will not stop here as it will reveal a new partner in the near future.
According to inside sources, a Nikon medium format camera is in development and will be announced at the Photokina 2014.
Nikon medium format camera to be unveiled at Photokina 2014 with Sony’s 50MP CMOS sensor
A reliable source has revealed that Nikon is working on a new camera with a medium format sensor. The image sensor will be manufactured by Sony and will be clocked in at 50 megapixels.
As stated above, this CMOS sensor is already available in the Phase One IQ250, Hasselblad H5D-50c, and Pentax 645Z cameras.
Nikon has patented lenses aimed at medium format cameras in the past, including the 100mm f/2.5 lens. However, up until now, Nikon has denied the rumors that it is making such device.
Thankfully, the Photokina 2014 is nearing fast and we will find out whether the rumors are true or not soon.
Canon and Leica are also rumored to launch medium format cameras soon
This information really comes out of nowhere. It would be somewhat weird to see Nikon joining that medium format battle. However, Canon has been rumored to follow the same path for a while, so you could say that the digital imaging segment is about to get a lot more exciting.
It will be interesting to see how Nikon and Canon will perform in this department. Both these giants have joined the mirrorless camera segment in recent years, but they have failed. Neither has managed to acquire a decent market share and, by the looks of it, things will not change in the near future.
Things could be different in the medium format sector. The competition is not as stiff as the rivalry in the compact, mirrorless, and DSLR departments.
Phase One, Hasselblad, and Pentax may be stealing all the medium format spectacle for now, but Leica should also join the party at the Photokina 2014 with a device powered by the same Sony 50-megapixel CMOS sensor.
Photographers everywhere will rejoice if this turns out to be true, therefore we are inviting you to stay tuned to Camyx in order to be the first to find out the news.