I've seen rumors that Nikon is working on cameras that can have an interchangeable sensor. I found it interesting and also clever marketwise. At this moment the cameras ar covering pretty well the photographers needs, and it can become interesting to start to sell specific sensor for the diverse kind of shooting (high iso specific sensor, a low clean one and so on). ithink that there is a chance to sell many of them.
Now, I found really strange that Canon, that's producing both Camera and Sensors is not working on something similar.
Canon il the market leader and could set a standard for all the companies, no?
If you think about it a little, a interchangeable sensor is not the best idea we've seen! Nikon filed a patent for one, but only one of every several hundred patents actually happens.
New sensor tech comes along every year or two and, it requires different pin outs, different processors, etc. If sensors had to be compatible with old design motherboards, there could be no dual pixel technology, no 8 channel readouts, no improvements at all! We would still be forced to use Digic I, 2 channel readouts, 1 inch LCD displays, and a ton of old stuff that's way out of date.
The only standard to be set would be for having a camera that was the most out of date, and perhaps for losing the most sales.
Do you really think that Nikon is going to tell Sony that they won't buy their new super duper sensor because it won't work with their 2 or 4 year or older camera body? Do you think that a replaceable sensor will be cheap? Look at RED, their modular sensor costs more than most cameras. Or at the low end, Ricoh,
The other factor is that Camera bodies and particularly shutters have a limited lifetime, why put a new sensor in a worn out body, not to mention not having the latest features that we all want.