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Update: this rumor got busted! The source admitted that it was a hoax (he got banned from this blog already). There was not much I could do - this is a rumor site after all and if you read the comments to this post, you will find out that this was not such a crazy idea.

The rumor of the year:

"Nikon will have a new Firmware ready that will upgrade all existing D3's to 24.4 megapixels. The 24.4 megapixels Sensor sits in the D3 since day one. Nikon worked hard on the software to get identical files (quality wise) out of the 24.4 MP like the existing D3 files. The other reason for the release of the D3 with 12.1 MP was a contract with the sensor manufacturer (Sony).

There will be a Desk at Nikon's Photokina Booth where visitors who bring along the D3 can get the update immediately! The Firmware will be available AT NO COST after Photokina @ Nikon Homepage."

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  • Amin

    Why all the criticism re: the admin? This is a rumor site. A rumor is something which isn’t 100%. Some are more likely, some less. If the admin said this one was a sure thing, then I could understand the negative comments.

    I too maintain a rumor site. Mine is a new site, and I won’t use this space to promote it. I will mention, though, that I recently Publish an anonymous tip that is looking like it was B.S. So it goes.

    If you don’t like rumors, then don’t go to a rumor site!

    -Amin

  • Pablov

    well, after reading the page:
    http://www.lonestardigital.com/techcorner.htm
    I don’t believe it’s completely impossible to have a surprise inside the D3/D700, that would give sense to the firmware’s coding of 24MP

    The question is (assuming the sensor is more than just 12MP) if it could be possible to switch between 12 and 24MP of resolution with only a firmware update, and if that switch keeps the actual 12MP signal-to-noise ratio (when shooting 12MP images) or it would simply lower the resolution with 24MP’s noise levels.

    - Whould be impressive to have the ability to shoot a 12MP image with 12MP-like noise level, and the option to shoot 24MP images (with its respective higher noise level), both toghether in the same camera, at the choice of the photographer…

  • Pablov

    well, after reading the page:
    http://www.lonestardigital.com/techcorner.htm
    I don’t believe it’s completely impossible to have a surprise inside the D3/D700, that would give sense to the firmware’s coding of 24MP

    (many people should learn to be more cautious before speaking or laughing about others. To criticize is always easier..)

    The question is (assuming the sensor is more than just 12MP) if it could be possible to switch between 12 and 24MP of resolution with only a firmware update, and if that switch keeps the actual 12MP signal-to-noise ratio (when shooting 12MP images) or it would simply lower the resolution with 24MP’s noise levels.

    - Whould be impressive to have the ability to shoot a 12MP image with 12MP-like noise level, and the option to shoot 24MP images (with its respective higher noise level), both toghether in the same camera, at the choice of the photographer…

  • Blog Admin

    Thanks – some people do understand the meaning of the word “Rumor” others don’t and no one can change that. No matter what you do, you cannot escape critique. I can leave with it.

  • Blog Admin

    Thanks!

  • Pablov

    Lolll

    I’ll keep the 10-1000 f2 free lens (included) and remote weather control

    I have to admit my list wasn’t so creative :P

  • ZoetMB

    You guys will believe anything. I never believed this one because it was so absurd. This is along the lines of “car uses no gas and generates electricity back into the power grid.”

  • http://www.lepingzha.com Leping

    Also remembered Nikon had never made it clear what exactly does the “double micro lens” design mean.

    “A senior Nikon spokesman went as far to indicate that Nikon were using gap-less, double micro lens technology on the Nikon D3.”

    http://luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=27285&pid=217259&st=100&#entry217259

  • Eric

    This one was busted, and it was a hard one to swallow, but…

    it’s been done before!

    Fully plausible!

    Bon’t down on the admin, it was a fully plausable rumer.

  • Blog Admin

    Thanks for the support!

  • Floyd

    I LOVE this rumor. It’s like a thriller with a twist — you know something’s coming, but what could it be?… And then WHAM! Bruce Willis was dead all along; the injured cop is really Hannibal Lecter; the call is coming from INSIDE the house.

    We’re all looking around for a D3X and it turns out we’ve owned them for a year!

    Of course, it’s not true, but that’s beside the point.

  • David Olsen

    I agree Floyd ..sometimes people let the truth get in the way of a good rumour .-)

  • http://www.lepingzha.com Leping

    Wow, some one bothered to let Dan at maxmax.com to remove the AA filter from his D3, and found the gain of sharpness is only minimal:

    http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1021&thread=29423041&page=1

    this means the D3/D700 “look” is not from a strong AA filter, so it actually support the rumor that they actually have the Sony’s 24MP sensor in them and the 12MP out put are from some smart convolution of the pixels — Nikon did such binning game before but this is far more likely than the D1x scheme.

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