Inside Nikon’s secret sensor design lab

Nikon D5 sensor wired up to a special harness to allow measurement of the signals going to and from the chip

Nikon flare-testing setup

This machine tests how microlenses respond to light coming from different angles

A precision RGB light source is used to make sure that the color filters on the sensor are doing their job

Imaging Resource published a new article about Nikon’s super-secret sensor design lab. Here are three videos on how Nikon sensor testing is performed (check out the original article - it contains a lot of information):

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Nikon KeyMission cameras are also discontinued?



After the Nikon 1 cameras were officially discontinued last week, there are some signs that the KeyMission line could be discontinued next:

  • The KeyMission 360 model is listed as discontinued at the official Nikon Japan website.
  • The two KeyMission 80 models are listed as discontinued at the official Nikon UK store (thanks for the tip Broxibear).

All three KeyMission camera models are currently in stock at B&H and Adorama without any major price drops.

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Clarification on the Nikon mirrorless camera announcement date


A quick clarification on my last post - as the title suggested "One week away from the RUMORED new Nikon full-frame mirrorless camera announcement" I want to emphasize that the July 23rd date is just one of the rumored details I have reported about the upcoming Nikon mirrorless camera. I already noticed several websites reporting this rumor as a fact. I have not seen the usual signs that precede a typical Nikon announcement and I am not sure if the official announcement will take place next week.

I will repeat what I already said about the announcement date in my blog post from July 4th:

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One week away from the rumored new Nikon full-frame mirrorless camera announcement


We are one week away from the rumored new Nikon full-frame mirrorless camera announcement. I have received some new pricing information, this time from Europe (I assume the prices are for a lens kit):

  • Nikon 45MP full frame mirrorless camera: €4,000 (around $4,670, 20% VAT included in price)
  • Nikon 24MP full frame mirrorless camera: €2,500 (around $2,900)

One possible (rumored) scenario is that 45MP Nikon mirrorless full-frame camera will be announced first (at the end of July) while the second 24MP Nikon mirrorless full-frame camera could be announced at Photokina. The shipping of at least one of the new Nikon mirrorless full-frame cameras is rumored to start at the end of August or in early September.

The upcoming mirrorless full-frame camera is rumored to be the most expensive Nikon marketing campaign ever with bloggers meetups in exotic locations and maybe even some celebrities involvement.

Here is a recap of the already rumored Nikon mirrorless full-frame camera details:

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Weekly Nikon news flash #479


→ In addition to the new US lens rebates, Nikon also has new cashback and trade-in offers in Germany (see current Nikon Germany prices). A Nikon price increase was reported in The Netherlands.


Nikon announced a production delay for the WR-A10 wireless remote adapter.


June’s BCN ranking camera sales report: the top 11 spots are taken by Nikon and Canon cameras.

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The new AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens spotted at a Nikon World Cup party



The new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens was spotted at a FIFA World Cup 2018 event - the Moscow-based photojournalist Pavel Bednyakov was invited to a Nikon party in Moscow yesterday and posted a picture of the lens on his twitter account:

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