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Canon Announces 250-Megapixel CMOS Sensor
By Ian Seldrup, September 7, 2015 @ 10:30 PM (EST)

It was only back in February that Canon unveiled “the world’s highest resolution full-frame DSLRs,” the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R. But now the Japanese giant has put even those monster 50-megapixel cameras in the shade with the announcement of a new CMOS sensor that produces 19,580x12,600-pixel images. That’s around 250 megapixels!

Amazingly, according to the news announcement on Canon’s website, all those pixels are crammed into an APS-H size sensor (as found in cameras such as the EOS 1D Mark IV), which is approximately 29.2x20.2 mm—that’s smaller than full-frame 35mm size. To illustrate the amazing new resolution, Canon say the sensor captures images that allow you to distinguish the lettering on the side of an aircraft flying at a distance of around 11 miles from the shooting location.

As well as still images, the sensor shoots ultra-high-resolution video at five frames per second, which is impressive considering the pixel count. The resolution obtained was about 30 times more than 4K video and 125 times that of Full HD video. That means it would be possible to make use of even small cropped portions of the frame without a loss of quality.

Canon state the technology is being considered for use in “specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression.” Fancy a 250-megapixel DSLR, anyone?



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