Nikon currently operates with two sensor formats in its DSLRs, DX and FX. Practically speaking, the FX format is the same size as the old 35mm film frame. The DX is smaller, which results in a “crop factor” of 1.5x when compared to the 35mm “full frame.” Thus, a 50mm lens appears to have the focal length of a 75mm lens on a DX camera. The Nikon D3 and D700 are FX format cameras. All other Nikon DSLRs use a DX format sensor.
Recent rumblings and some pretty convincing evidence suggests that Nikon may have something bigger in store for us, much bigger.
Nikon’s Big Announcement
If you recall, Nikon put an ad in Rangerfinder Magazine that claimed something BIG was coming:
Initially, I suspected this related to a high-megapixel camera, like a D3x at 25MPs. After a few other rumors have trickled out, however, it appears that the big news could be much bigger than I gave it credit.
MX Format Leaks
Nikon Rumors received an image from a reader, which suggests the existence/development of an MX format camera from Nikon:
The list on the left seems to indicate Nikon image sensor formats and image sizes by pixels. Note, there are three listed: DX, FX and MX.
The FX image sizes suggest the Nikon D3 or D700 sensor sizes at 12 megapixels.
The MX image sizes references a max image size of 40.7 megapixels!
Nikon Watch also received some info (e.g., sensor size as 48x48mm) from a reader who appears to have some insider knowledge about the project.
A relatively compact traditional “medium format-esque” camera in a new camera line that will be aimed at studio, portrait, landscape and wedding photographers needs, with a more affordable price point than present larger format digital backs. This will allow the continuation of the D line as the sports and news photographers choice, expanding on the D3 with an upgrade to a 24mp sensor (hopefully available for the D3 body!) and future plans for 60 frame rate video recording modes in future models.
Hit up the links above for more details on the Nikon MX format and stay tuned to Photography Bay for the latest details as they roll in.
UPDATE: A list of Nikon MX format lenses have been added to the mix of rumors:
- AF-S MX Nikkor 24 f4.0G
- AF-S MX Nikkor 45 f2.8G
- AF-S MX NIkkor 85 f2.8G
- AF-S MX Nikkor 135 f2.0G ED
- AF-S MX Nikkor 200 F2.8G ED
- AF-S MX Nikkor 65-180 f2.8G ED IF