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Nikon Patent - Hybrid DSLR without Phase AF Sensor

TNC exclusive: We have spotted a Nikon DSLR patent without Phase AF sensor. Although from the patent it’s very clear that the DSLR is using Hybrid AF Sensor and the camera will carry pixels block (AF segments) . These pixel block can be determined by camera CPU or by user itself. We have got hints in past that Nikon is working on Canon 200D II / SL3 / 250D competitor. More or less this patent sure confirm that News.

1. Sensor of the camera

The sensor of the camera isn’t a traditional sensor, but based on patent description it’s a hybrid sensor with dedicated AF zones.

We have added a patent translated description if you want to dig up more details.  In the entire description as well as in image the Phase AF sensor part / module is missing.

2. Nikon DSLR Patent Image

So, finally Nikon is moving in into the era of  Hybrid DSLR by removing the Phase AF module, however it also indicate the phase AF pixels of the camera sensor will remain always active even in viewfinder mode, display mode as well as video mode.

 

Translated patent details (Machine translation)

Translated Patent Details

The camera body 600, the lens mount 550 is coupled. The camera body 600 includes a mirror 672 on the side of the third direction than the body mount 660. Mirror 672 is fixed to the shaft so as to be rotatable between the lens unit 500 and obliquely disposed position provided inclined with respect to the subject light flux entering the third direction, and a retracted position retracted from the subject light flux .

If the mirror 672 is in the obliquely disposed position, most of the subject light beam incident through the lens unit 500 is guided is reflected on the mirror 672 in the focusing plate 652. Focusing screen 652 is disposed on the light receiving surface a position conjugate with the image pickup device 200 to visualize an object image optical system of the lens unit 500 has been formed. Formed focusing screen 652 subject image is observed from the finder 650 through a pentagonal prism 654 and the finder optical system 656.

Focusing screen 652, pentaprism 654, the mirror 672 is supported in the mirror box 670 as a structure. Image sensor 200 is attached to the mirror box 670. Mirror 672 is retracted to the retracted position, if the front curtain and rear curtain of the shutter unit 340 is opened, the subject luminous flux transmitted through the lens unit 500 reaches the light receiving surface of the imaging element 200.

The opposite side of the shutter unit 340 to the imaging device 200, the body board 620 and the rear display unit 634 are sequentially disposed. Rear display unit 634 in which the liquid crystal panel or the like is employed, located on the back of the camera body 600.The body board 620, CPU 622, electronic circuits such as the image processing unit 624 are implemented. The output of the image sensor 200 is delivered to the image processing unit 624.

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Nikon Upcoming Mirrorless Cameras 2019 - 2020

Take a look at the list of Nikon upcoming Mirrorless camera for the year of 2019 – 2020. In the list we have flagship Nikon Z9 camera, a mid-range camera is also rumored to arrive and finally Nikon Z3 is also expected.

 

1. Nikon Z9

Nikon Z9 is rumored to be Nikon Pro Mirrorless camera with High-End specifications and a option to add Dual Card Slots. We can have its development announcement in next few months.

2. Nikon Z5

Nikon Z5 will carry almost same core specification as of Nikon of Nikon Z6 camera. With a 30-35MP Resolution FF Sensor to compete against Canon EOS R or 5D Mark IV. The camera is also rumored to feature Dual card slots (XQD and Micro SD).

3. Nikon Z3

Nikon Z3 is a entry level camera and rumored to announce in 2020 with a lower price tag, to reach out more consumer. To cut down cost of the camera said to feature fixed Display and, no EVF and single card slot.

4. Nikon DX format Mirrorless

Nikon is rumored to announce DX format mirrorless camera, we have seen patents of DX series mirrorless camera and expected to announce on 2020. The DX Format Mirrorless camera with Z Mount is rumored to arrive in 2020 with standard zoom lens and a tele-zoom or a standard zoom + a prime lens.

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Nikon Working on Multilayer Stacked CMOS Sensor

Nikon is working on multilayer sensor. This isn’t the first patent of Nikon Multuilayer sensor, we have also published a article back on January 2018  of Nikon multilyer stacked CMOS sensor.

Translated text from Patent – Nikon Working on Multilayer Stacked CMOS Sensor

 The upper photoelectric conversion layer 31 and the lower photoelectric conversion layer 32 are stacked on the same optical path. Upper photoelectric conversion layer 31 is composed of an organic photoelectric layer that absorbs light of a predetermined color component (the details will be described later) (photoelectric conversion).

 

We do hope Nikon will bring these new sensor tech to DSLR and Mirrorless cameras soon.

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Nikkor Z 85mm F1.8S Lens Coming this Month

Finally we have a word from trusted rumor mills that, Nikkor Z8mm F1.8S Lens Coming this month. Not only that Nikkor Z 70-200mm F2.8 and F4 versions are also coming later this year.

Nikon Upcoming Lens Roadmap 2019

Not only Nikkor 85mm F1.8, we also have 3 more lenses on the list of 2019. Two already announced and 85mm is coming this month.

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Upcoming Camera Model Codes Update - May 01, 2019

Upcoming Camera Model Codes Update – May 01, 2019.  Take a look a the list of cameras by camera brand. These camera are in announcement pipeline and already cleared the wireless certification test.

Canon Registered Model Codes

PC2355 G5X II EC804 WM600 (Wireless Module)
PC2358 WM600
PC 2366 G7X III EC 808 WM601
PC2367 WM601

As you can see two of the them are compact camera and other two are mirrorless. Canon is rumored to announce entry level mirrorless camera as well as high-end mirrorless camera.

Nikon Registered Model Codes

N1845 Digital camera
N1847 Digital camera
N1849 Digital camera
N1850 Digital camera

Nikon is also rumored to announce a entry level mirrorless camera to compete against Canon EOS RP.

Sony Registered Camera

None

Olympus Registered Camera

IM015 Digital camera

 

Fujifilm Registered Model Code

FF180005

Leica Registered Camera

7714 Digital Camera

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This is How Nikon Compact Prototype Look Like

Its not a new or upcoming camera from Nikon, actually its a its Nikon A1000 snapped when visited wireless certification agency. It’s a prototype / sample model used for wireless certification purpose. Just wanted to share the image, at sample product you won’t see any information over the lens or camera body.

The Nikon A1000 camera was announced on Jan 2019, The camera visited wireless certification agency on May 2018.

Actual Camera Image (Nikon A1000)

also see – Nikon Hybrid Senors in Works for DSLRs and Mirrorless

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Nikon Hybrid Senors in Works for DSLRs and Mirrorless

We have published patents before about Nikon Hybrid Sensor for DSLRs. But, from the latest patents, its look like Nikon have created their own version of Dual Pixel CMOS AF System.

Nikon dedicated AF pixel ROW inside a DSLR sensor, most importantly if they are using the same mechanism as of DPAF . Then of-course we will have sensor without Dead Hybrid AF pixels.

from patent document: example, as shown in FIG. 10, the imaging device 22, an imaging device 221 for imaging, the focus detection pixels 222a for phase difference detection, and a 222b, the focus detection pixels 222a

Patent –

Nikon Sub-Pixel AF structure

Not only that, You can clearly see Nikon DSLR display with AF segments or you can say AF groups just like we have in Canon’s. But the sub pixel arrangement is entirely different from Canon, here every pixel isn’t divided into two sub pixels. Instead of that Nikon is using two pixels for AF work each on having a sub-pixel unit.

In every pixel you can see two sub-pixel division, looks similar to dual pixel CMOS AF tech were every two sub pixels are involved in AF.

Nikon Display with dedicated AF Zones

Nikon DSLR camera Display screen will be distributed in AF Zones. Once you click the display unit AF section the AF area will be automatically zoomed [optional feature].

 

For sure these new sensors tech will be implemented soon in upcoming Nikon DSLRs. Camera.

See Nikon Patent –

Working on More Advance Display Units For DSLR and Mirrorless Camera

Nikon Patent – Sensor Heat Management inside DSLRs