Nikon Mirrorless 2.7x Sensor Compared to Other Sensor Sizes

dpreview forum member Jorginho created a couple side by side images showing the recently leaked Nikon mirrorless camera sensor next to other sensor sizes. It gives us a visual look at how big a 2.7x sensor actually is. Above, we see the Nikon sensor next to the tiny Pentax Q sensor, which has a crop factor of 5.7x.

Here it is compared to the 2.0x crop factor sensor of a Micro Four Thirds camera:

Large enough to have much higher quality than compact cameras, but small enough to have a compact camera-sized body. That seems to be what Nikon is aiming for here.

(via dpreview via 1001 Noisy Cameras via Foto Actualidad)

  • Anon

    Show me a comparison shot to full frame please.  

  • Dnguyen

    I think it’s more along of the lines of big enough to have better quality than compact cameras (including their coolpix line), but small enough so it doesn’t eat up their digital SLR sales.

  • Anonymous

    Another bad decision from Nikon. They will be in 5th place amongst manufacturers in 2 years time.

  • Anonymous

    That doesn’t make sense except with a Leica M9, because this is comparing compact interchangeable lens systems.  SLRs are a different size class and type of camera.  Even then, M9 is in a very different price class.  The largest that makes sense is comparing against, for the sake of this article, is Sony’s E mount.

  • Creadvty

    The only thing we can infer from these shots is the proportion of the sensor relative to the camera mount. Because the camera mount sizes are likely to be different between these cameras it is incorrect to use that info to deduce the relative sizes of the sensors.

  • Wing Wong

    Nice. Another mediocre sensor format/size that will under perform. Check out this sensor size comparison wiki:

    The 2.7x crop sensor will sit in the empty space between the pocket cameras and micro 4/3rds. I guess they are going after an “untapped” market segment… *cough*dilution*cough*

    Way to confuse your customers, who might have bought a bigger end DSLR, but end up buying a “higher quality compact” instead, then, seeing that the image quality is not up to snuff, decide to switch to another brand offering a compact body with higher quality, ala Canon/Sony.

    In this day and age, there is literally NO reason why a newly designed digital camera can’t produce CLEAN images up through ISO 800, save for bone-headed product design decisions and cost issues.
    Making the sensor smaller means cheaping out, as a small form factor camera with an APS-C sensor is completely doable and has been done by others. The issue is that such a camera would cost more.

    Just make us a better camera! Less fluff. More substance. PLEASE.

  • Wing Wong

    Or an APS-C sensor, even… like the NEX(s) from Sony. Jeez.

  • Michael Zhang

    I think this is assuming that the sensor IS in fact 2.7x, which was rumored before the image leaked. Since the sensor sizes for MFT and Q are known exactly, you can do side-by-side comparisons showing relative size :)

  • Mario Groleau

    Sony NEX cameras have aps-c sensor!

  • Ryan S

    Is this Nikon news about the d800? No? Then who cares?!?!

  • Ryan S

    Is this Nikon news about the d800? No? Then who cares?!?!