Nikon D7000 Confirmed to Use Sony Sensor

Tech analysis website, Chipworks, has confirmed that the Nikon D7000 features a 16.2MP Sony sensor. This is almost certainly the same APS-C sensor found in the Sony A55 and A580 cameras.

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  1. says

    Just used the Nikon D7000 for a large corporate shoot at the Disneyland Hotel for three days. I shot portraits as well as candids of speakers and awards banquet for 300 people. I was blown away by this cameras performance under extremely difficult stage and low light situations. I shot the same event last year using a Nikon D300s and the D7000 images are superior.

  2. Ashley Groome says

    I’m not at all surprised. The lovely D300(s) was good cooking, but things really get better and better. I shoot a D200 and I love it – I can’t wait to see what comes after the D300

  3. Paul Varner says

    Got my wife a D7000 for Christmas, knowing full well that “it’s a pretty darn good camera”. I shoot a D300. Well, didn’t take me long to prefer HER camera. Clean clean clean shots at 6400. We photographed an equestrian competition in a “lighted” outdoor arena, at night. Her camera , at 6400, consistently had horse-jump-action-stopping speeds of 1/640 or better, with no noise. I’m about to use her camera next week for an indoor “gala event” . I did this one last year, and I can tell you that the lighting is “poor”. Cant’ wait to shoot this with her D7000.

  4. Jim Wilmer says

    Companies sometimes make strange bedfellows. I wonder which situation is more embarassing: Nikon using a 16.2 MP sensor from Sony, or Sony using Nikon digital cameras to photograph their equipment? I’m going to have to think long and hard about that one.

  5. says

    Something sure isn’t adding up right. On this site I read about so and so blabbing away about the D7000′s low noise levels. Meanwhile I read in my bible for camera and lens testing, (Popular Photography magazine), that the 7000 failed miserably in higher ISO noise tests. Even at 3200 ISO the noise levels were into the “unacceptable range” Even in the lower ISO’s it has enouph noise to kill six elephants and three white horses while Canon has an 18 meg with a smaller sensor and has at least one stop better noise control. By the way, I have and use both Nikon and Canon and worship neither. Was planning on getting a 7000 but one look at those noise test results blew that idea permanently out the window. Norm

    • Tom says

      Popular Photography is probably the worse possible source for camera and lens testing. I would go online and check out the far superior sites of Digital Photography Review or Imaging Resource. Every test I’ve seen and my own observation of samples says that the D7000 is the best high iso APS-C camera currently available and better than the Canon. Are you a Canon Troll by any chance?

    • says

      I agree with you. I shoot a D700 and sorry, sensor size does make a difference in noise reduction, not megapixels. The 7000 although a very good camera is not going to shoot at 6400, acceptable. It’s pixel size that will govern the photon gathering capability. Now, if you assign four pixels in the sensor space to merge, yep, less noise (more dynamic range) but defeating the resolution gain. Nuf.

  6. Daniel says

    Norm, I’m not a Nikon user so this is my honest opinion. I surely can’t deny Nikon produces cleaner images. I’m not gonna buy one coz I’ve invested in Minolta/Sony…too expensive to jump over. But if I do one day, I’ll get the Nikon…even the old D90 images looks cleaner than slightly newer 550D. Don’t confuse yourself with reviews. Photographic test of 550D/60D produces more details because of its 18mpxl & 1.6 crop factor. But don’t confuse details with sharpness & noise level. Another thing about noise test especially on dpreview, the centre part of the images from a 550D produces extremely sharp images but it gets utterly blur at the edges…this is due to the lens design. Don’t confuse between noise reduction algorithm & lens design. Canon may have designed their lens sharp at the centre but Nikon has made it sharp overall. Check out dpreview for yourself.

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