Nikon 1 Mirrorless Cameras Crunch Data 5x Faster Than the D3X

Nikon included the above illustration when announcing its new mirrorless cameras in the UK. The company’s new EXPEED 3 image processor, which is supposedly “the fastest in the world”, can process data at a whopping 600 megapixels per second. That’s equivalent to 24 frames per second with a 25MP sensor!

In an interview with The Imagine Resource, Nikon General Manager Masahiro Suzuki says that the processor is five times faster than the company’s current flagship DSLRs by using 24 channels of digital readout instead of 12 channels of analog readout. Regardless of whether or not the Nikon 1 System succeeds, the fact that this kind of technology is making its way into consumer cameras is pretty exciting.

(via dpreview)

  • Brad Trent

    “…the fact that this kind of technology is making its way into consumer cameras is pretty exciting…..”

    Really?!! I would be far more excited if this kinda tech wizardry was actually available in PRO-level cameras. How many average amateur photo geeks need this kind of data-crunching speed in order to shoot their (soon-to-be-overly-HDR’d-and-put-up-on-Flickr) images anyway??? It used to be the great tech advances trickled DOWN from the pro stuff to the consumer. This kinda thing just cements the notion that Nikon, Canon, Sony and all the other camera companies could give a rat’s ass about their professional clients because the profit margins are much higher in the point-and-shoot end of things.

  • ry

    Just because it can process 600 megapixels per second it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s doing the same amount of processing for each pixel as an image processor in a pro body. 

  • James L.

    Brad, I think you are looking at it from a negative angle.  This camera is a next generation device that has the new processor in it.  And that is fine.  Nikon is spending MORE time developing the D800 and D4 (remember they are in development right now) – we should be thankful that they are not rushing those products out without putting in the needed R&D time.  That’s my 2 cents on the matter!

  • ssl

    ya, you can take 100s of “not so good” photos fast. hmm… not sure that is what I like to do.

  • Anonymous

    Brad Trent’s html site ( just cements the notion that he could give a rat’s @$$ about his non-flash-installed viewers because the allure of posting bitter diatribes on photo blogs is way more exciting than making sure his site is accessible to folks who would prefer to avoid the huge burden of a plugin that makes even the fastest computers cry.  

    Before you attack my rant as pointless, let me do it for you.  It’s pointless. (although your work really does look interesting, and I really can’t see it on my computer since I have opted to uninstall flash forever).  

    But really, us photographers today are such a fickle bunch — we can’t have it both ways.  Camera makers either put the first iteration of tech in their pro line, and allow it to trickle down to the consumer cams, or they do vice-versa.  Nikon used to take a top down approach, and I believe they have switched their entire approach on this generation of cameras.  I believe they are doing this to address the problem of that tech being better in the consumer cams than the pro bodies because it was further developed by the time it made it down to the consumer cams.  

    The reality is that it’s the consumer cams — not the pro gear — that gives these camera companies global reach.  This is a two-birds/one-stone approach for these companies.  

    Put another way, If 600MP/s is what we’re seeing in the little glorified point and shoot, then imagine what we’ll see when the tech is better, cheaper, and smaller (and finally installed in the pro bodies).

  • Brandon

    it’s really not so much a trickle down thing, but a what is newest thing. whatever is the latest usually has the latest tricks. the new pro bodies will come when the manufacturer thinks it’s time, and when that happens you can bet they will have everything thing here and more.  and a short while later when the lower end models are updated they will have even more tricks to get you wondering how you survived for so long with your current camera… rush out to buy them also, and so on, and so on…

  • Christian Rudman

    5x faster and 20x uglier and more useless. This camera is amazing as far as tech goes, but it’s not a science fair project. Why Nikon keeps burying their heads further up their asses and away from their hobbyist/enthusiast/pro market is beyond me. I really don’t feel like whatever happens with the D4/D800/D400 is really going to be groundbreaking. If they could learn to drop Auto-ISO from the video on their “prosumer” cameras, maybe they would be going out on a limb. Otherwise I will keep expecting to be thoroughly disappointed with everything Nikon does from here on out. Who knows, with that kind of high standard they may just impress me one day. 

  • Anonymous

    Waaaaah.  What a sad story for you.

  • Sebastián Soto

    And where’s the statement that what matters is not the camera but the user?
    Also, I find much more safe and logical for a company to ‘test’ a new technology on cheaper equipment and a wider amount of costumers.