Part suppliers sometimes telegraph their customers’ plans months in advance: when you’re the only provider for a key piece of technology, it’s not hard for others to read the tea leaves. Aptina might have just given us one such peek into the future by unveiling its 1-inch AR1011HS camera sensor this week. As the Nikon 1 series is one of the few current, mainstream camera lines to use Aptina’s 1-inch sensors, it’s quite possible that we’re looking at a template for one or more of Nikon’s tiny interchangeable-lens shooters. The 10-megapixel CMOS sensor and low-light sensitivity aren’t surprises. We’re more interested in the wild levels of video capture support — the AR1011HS can record 1080p footage at 120 frames per second, oversample movies at that resolution or scale up to quad HD. There’s no guarantee any or all of the features will make the cut, especially given a dearth of 4K TVs, but it’s not hard to imagine Nikon playing to the 1′s high-speed strengths with an even quicker upgrade. Mass production starts in the first quarter of 2013, and while neither Aptina nor Nikon has confirmed any plans, Aptina’s emphasis on top-tier companies in the “performance-oriented” mirrorless camera world leaves few other choices for a partnership.
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