Nikon’s 4K 1,000fps sensor

Nikon introduced the world's highest level of sensor which is proficient to capture 4K x 4K video at 1000 frames per second. 

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Nikon introduced the world’s highest level of sensor which is proficient to capture 4K x 4K video at 1000 frames per second. 

Nikon introduced a significant development in stacked CMOS sensor technology. This new sensor designed by Nikon not only offers superior 4K resolution, but it simultaneously achieves a wide dynamic range and high-speed shooting. In combining these features, it represents the world’s highest levels of image sensor performance. It was introduced at the recent International Solid-State Virtual Circuits Conference.  

Moreover, this new CMOS image sensor uses a fine-pitch wafer-level wire connection technology consistent with the 2.7 um pixel size. Furthermore, it has a total pixel count of approximately 17.8 megapixels that realizes 4K × 4K high-resolution imaging of 1,000 frames per second and 110-dB high dynamic range (HDR) characteristics.

This is known to be one of the broadest energetic ranges in the camera industry. As a visual instrument manufacturer, Nikon is also immersed in the research and development of cutting-edge image sensor technology. “These efforts build upon Nikon’s optical technology, precision measurement/manufacturing technology, and material technology.” 

However, the recently launched Sony A1 can shoot up to 120 frames per second for 4K. Meanwhile, this new Nikon sensor is capable of capturing more than 8x the frames.

One of the most interesting features of this new 17.84MP 1-inch sensor is the fact that it has a stacked design. Stacked sensors allow for a much faster read-out speed, even at relatively higher resolutions. 

However, Nikon seems to be taking this to a whole new level. However, Sony has used a stacked sensor design in its latest flagship camera systems. This design is partly why it has been able to produce high-resolution cameras with high frame rates, like Sony A1. 

Shooting up to 1,000 frames per second will allow users to explore some amazing slow-motion options. Not just that, the sensor is even capable of that frame rate when shooting in 4K. This means that videographers will have more flexibility when it comes to cropping and final output resolutions. 

The newly introduced 1-inch sensor can even prolong its dynamic range to 134db when shooting at 4K 60p. At that frame rate, users will still have the aptitude to slow down footage, but will also benefit from the extended dynamic range. 

Moreover, Nikon has not yet confirmed what kind of camera will have this sensor. Issues relating to heat dissipation and managing the data could prevent it from being used in a consumer camera. However, it’s great to see Nikon producing something that pushes sensor technology forward.