Nikon D300 : 14 MP ?

Après l’information (ou rumeur) récente selon laquelle Sony prépare un capteur pour appareil photo reflex numérique de plus de 14 millions de pixels pour un nouveau reflex du nom de Alpha 200 ou Alpha 300, et tout en prenant en compte les liens étroits qui unissent Nikon et Sony depuis le Nikon D200, il est temps de se demander quelle résolution aura réellement le futur remplaçant du D200.

Je parierai sur l’usage par Nikon du même capteur 14MP+ pour le Nikon D300 (comme le D200 utilisait une version accélérée du capteur 10MP de l’Alpha 100). Si cela a bien lieu et que le Canon 40D reste avec un capteur CMOS 10MP ou même 12MP, cela pourrait vouloir dire que le 40D prendra une volée de bois vert dès après sa sortie. On aura beau répéter que les pixels ne font pas tout, Canon devra se défendre sur la qualité de son image (très probablement excellente comme sait le faire Canon) hors résolution alors que les utilisateurs ne jurent que par les millions de pixels.

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  1. Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:49am ET
    TOKYO (Reuters) – Nikon Corp’s (7731.T: Quote, NEWS , Research) newest advanced cameras and a lineup of fresh faces will help it outrun rival Canon Inc (7751.T: Quote, NEWS , Research) in a scramble for loyal fans throughout Asia, Nikon executives said on Thursday.

    The precision-equipment maker said it aims to beat its shipment target of 2.6 million units in the year to March 2008 and win more customers in South Korea and China, helped by its new D300 and D3 digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras, to go on sale in November.

    « This is the real thing, » Nikon President Michio Kariya told a news conference, when asked how Nikon’s cameras were different from Canon’s new digital SLRs targeting the same mid- to high-end market.

    Nikon held a 47.5 percent market share in Japan in January-June, beating Canon’s 36.5 percent, Tokyo-based research firm BCN said. Nikon should be able to consistently hit at least 40 percent market share, Kariya said.

    Nikon is pricing its D300 at around 230,000 yen ($1,980) with initial monthly production of 60,000 units. The D3, aimed at professionals, would sell for about 580,000 yen, with initial production of 8,000 a month.

    Earlier this week, Canon announced the launch of its EOS 40D model from August 31, and the EOS-1Ds Mark III for professionals from late November, vowing to regain its lead over Nikon by year-end.

    While Canon picked Oscar-nominated veteran Japanese actor Ken Watanabe to promote the EOS 40D, Nikon opted for younger faces, including South Korean actor Bi in South Korea and Taiwanese-American singer and actor Wang Leehom in China.

    « We want to attract young, hip users, especially in China, » Nikon Operating Officer Yasuyuki Okamoto said. « If we do not somehow corner the China market, there is no future. »

    Nikon expects to ship a total 3.2 million digital SLRs in the year ending March 2009, up from 2.6 million this business year

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