It’s been no secret that Sony is a major supplier of sensors in past Nikon DSLRs. With the past few generations of DSLRs, however, Nikon has been rather coy about the sourcing of the actual sensors within the cameras. When asked, Nikon reps usually respond by saying the sensor is “designed by Nikon” and refuse to provide further details on who actually makes the sensor.
It has been long-speculated that the 36MP full frame sensor inside the Nikon D800 is, in fact, manufactured by Sony. To put the speculation to rest, Chipworks showed off a close-up view of the sensor from a disassembled Nikon D800 that bears Sony product number IMX094AQP, confirming that the heart of the D800 is delivered by Sony.