It’s confirmed: Nikon Z9 sensor is made by Sony

Jun 8, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

It’s confirmed: Nikon Z9 sensor is made by Sony

Jun 8, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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I know some of you must have been on the edge of your seats for this little piece of news, but now we know. After much speculation, it’s been confirmed that the Nikon Z9‘s image sensor is manufactured by none other than Sony.

The SonyAlphaRumors website published the news today, saying “the Nikon Z9 sensor is not only manufactured by Sony but also part of Sony’s patent authorization.” Interesting!

Previously we had been led to believe that Nikon’s CMOS was developed by Nikon itself, and merely produced by other companies. However, we shouldn’t really be surprised by this news. In the past, many Nikon cameras used Sony sensors. For example, the Nikon D850 used Sony’s off-the-shelf sensors. There are actually 30 different Nikon cameras that contain Sony sensors, including the Nikon Z7 II. In fact, the only real contenders for the manufacturer were Sony, Towerjazz or Toshiba.

And just as in mobile phone technology, Sony sensors appear in other camera brands as well. Anything from iPhones to Fuji cameras contains Sony sensors, it’s the largest sensor manufacturer in the world, currently.

The information was listed on the site Tech Crunch where it published a report about the Z9 imaging sensor. The report was spotted by eagle-eyed Twitter user How2Fly who put two and two together. Apparently, the information is detailed enough and Tech Crunch is a reliable enough source that it is basically confirmed.

Possibly this information won’t alter the course of your day, but for anyone wondering this should at least be confirmation of where that sensor in your new Z9 has come from. Now we can all sleep peacefully tonight.

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3 responses to “It’s confirmed: Nikon Z9 sensor is made by Sony”

  1. pandacongolais Avatar
    pandacongolais

    It’s nothing new that Nikon is using Sony sensor, is it ?
    Am I wrong when I think I read many years ago that Nikon was producing industrial equipment used by Sony to make their sensors ? And then, in return, Nikon got access to Sony’s products ?

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Nikon still does make semiconductor lithography systems that are used to make sensors and other components. I don’t think there’s any “in return” part to this. Sony makes and sells sensors that go into lots of other companies cameras.

      https://www.nikon.com/products/semi/

      What is perhaps (slightly) new in this case, though, is that in the past, Nikon was said to have had Sony and other companies manufacture the sensors based on their own specs and designs. Now it looks like the D850 wasn’t just an exception to the rule, going with an off-the-shelf Sony sensor, but now seems to be the new rule.

  2. John Beatty Avatar
    John Beatty

    Not new here. Many products we use have other manfacture parts and pieces in them. All domestic vehicles in the US have parts made in China, Japan, etc… Sorry Chevy/Ford guys, you have rice burner parts in your trucks…