Nikon D5200, with a sensor from Toshiba, is the top-ranked APS-C camera on' DxOMark test, handily beating all Canon cameras. Nikon has done well with Sony-built sensors, too. Canon has a good image-processing pipeline and other features, but every year it looks farther behind building its own sensors. How long before it starts sourcing sensors from outside?
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- The odd thing is that, if you go back a few years, it looked to be Canon beating Nikon handily because Canon had more assets and expertise in the semiconductor realm while Nikon had always been primarily a camera company.Jan 23, 2013
- I think the real question is the camera maker's value add. I guess everyone, even apple has to outsource its chip fab.Jan 23, 2013
- It's hard to separate the sensor from the other parts of the camera. I think Canon, which long built its own CMOS sensors, is having a hard time competing. The rest of the camera is important, sure, but the sensor is the heart of the matter and if Canon doesn't get its act together I think they'll have to buy others' sensors the way Nikon et al. do.Jan 23, 2013
- My understanding was that Nikon was making modifications to the sensor designs of these other manufacturers, so it wasn't a pure outsourcing. A bit more like what apple has done with its A series of chips for iOS devices.Jan 23, 2013