Nikon could produce future APS-C sensor without Sonys help!

The prestigious french magazine Focus Numerique made an exclusive interview at Tetsurô Gotô (director of laboratory research and development at Nikon).
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The most interesting part for us Sony user is (google english translation): “We have a long relationship with Sony. If the sensors D3s Nikon, D3 and D700 were designed by Nikon, Nikon D3x those of small sensors and APS-C are from Sony. We want to use our own sensors in SLRs most popular [small sensor APS-C], as the performance of our sensors are better. However, it will take some time because it must make economies of scale. Sony is a big company that sells many sensors camera makers. The Alpha DSLR use Sony sensors and we also use Sony sensors in the D3000 and D5000 for example. In our D300, we use a basic Sony sensor and ours have the same definition, but they are quite different, because we make many changes.

That sounds like Nikon is playing with the idea to produce 100% “native” Nikon sensors!

(SR5) UPDATED with more details -> First Sony DSC-TX5 waterproof camera images!

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UPDATE: Our source gave us more details: “10fps burst, sweep panorama, iAuto, two image stacking modes for lowlight capture with high ISO and low noise… you’ll see these across the X series“.

Rumored specs (source: photorumors)

* Full 1920×1080 60i AVCHD at either 17mbps or 9mbps, your choice.
* MP4 at 1080p (12mbps) 720p (6mbps) or VGA (3mbps) also available.
* Superb stabilization. Optical Zoom and Optical stabilization is available in video (AVCHD or MP4).
* Backlight correction HDR. * Face detection, face motion recognition, smile shutter.
* Full metadata GPS and Compass tagging (HX5V only). Latitude, Longitude, Time, Date, and the direction you were facing when you took the shot.

Important note: Two days ago we have been the first to post the rumor about the new TX5. Step by step our rumors are becoming more reliable! We will keep in mind the name of the source who sent us the information. I am sure he will tell us more soon!

(SR2) Sony TX5, the underwater camera .

Just recieved a rumor from a new source. This rumor has not be confirmed by any other source.

The source says the TX5, Sony’s underwater point and shoot should be announced soon. “We can glean two things from the title. T means touch screen and since all of Sony’s touch screens are resistive they can actually work underwater and the X indicates the Exmor CMOS system, most likely the BSI R sensor.
Don’t know pricing, or specs, though, based on other X series cameras it’ll be 10mp and likely the 4x Zeiss formula in the lens, though if it’s of the 25mm variety like the TX7 or the 35mm variety like the TX1, that remains to be seen. I am personally hoping for the former.

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