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Yes, Sony has been making the sensors for Nikon for quite a while now -- at least for the DSLRs. I don't know if they are still doing it with the new mirrorless Z series camera bodies or not, which is likely, but, yeah, Sony has had the ability right along to control the way a given sensor manufactured for another camera brand will act and just how good it really is. I wouldn't be surprised if of course Sony saved the best for use only in their sensors for their own camera bodies, which would make sense, wouldn't it?
From what I've seen, the "roadmap" thingy seems to be more pertinent and specific to listing the future appearance of eventual lenses rather than camera bodies, but I really have not been paying that much attention so that could be wrong.
There’s some advantage, sure. But to my knowledge, Sony’s sensor division is currently being run “at arm’s length” from the camera division to avoid problems with other customers, like Nikkon. The sensors Nikkon has been getting, like the one in the D850, were just as good as the ones in the similarly priced Sony cameras. The D850 and the A7R III were pretty comparable in terms of sensor performance.
Question for you Sony A7 users: can the camera save DNGs directly? That would enable some easy manipulation options straight from an iPad for example, without having to use any Adobe stuff like Lightroom etc.
I’ve been shooting Fuji cameras for a decade and like their JPEG output a lot. It helps me to get results without having to post process a ton of raws all the time.
When I was still sing my Nikons and Aperture on the Mac I also enjoyed the NIK effects but I don’t really want to sit in front of a Mac in my free time, the few hours of downtime I rather have my iPad and sit on the couch.
I’ve edited RAW (ARW) via Affinity Photo on my iPad a few times just fine. Surprisingly, even Apple’s Photos app is able to see and import ARW. iOS itself has more capable RAW support than folks might think, as it uses the same RAW engine that macOS does.