Canon Develops and Tests 250MP Sensor

Last Updated on September 8, 2015 by PixelPluck

Canon Develops and Tests 250MP Sensor.
Canon, today announced its newest creation and its creating huge buzz. The Japanese company revealed that they have managed to create a new sensor for digital cameras – APS-H CMOS – 250 MP, or about 250 million pixels (19580 x 12600 pixels), a real record for this category. By comparison, the highest-resolution commercial DSLR camera— Canon 5DS and 5DS R—has an image sensor with “just” 50.6 megapixels, on a much larger full-frame (36×24mm) sensor.

To demonstrate the ability of this “monster”, Canon installed this sensor in a camera and photographed a plane that was 18 km away. The image had such good quality that could see the letters on the body of the flying plane. Image capture employed a combination of optical and digital zooming while distinguishing of image content was realized through the magnification of an approximately 1/40,000th-sized area of the captured image. Also according to the company, the video capture with this new component comes to have a resolution about 125 times better than Full HD sensor (1920 x 1080 pixels) and 30 times better than 4K sensor (3840 x 2160 pixel).

Canon-250MP-CMOS-Sensor details

Despite the extremely high pixel count, this new Canon sensor has an ultra-high signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per seconds. That is possible thanks to advancements in miniaturization of the circuit and enhanced signal processing technology.

You may very well need a specialized computer and processor to quickly edit the files that will be generated. 

Canon's 250 Megapixel Prototype Camera

The exceptionally high definition made possible by the sensor lets users crop and magnify video images without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.
Canon wants this monster of megapixels to be used for security purposes, equipping of monitoring devices and other equipment to prevent crime. The high-resolution would also be useful for measuring equipment and other industrial devices. So if you were expecting it to be in your smartphone for selfies then you may have to wait for few more years 😉 .

Canon showed off a prototype 50-megapixel sensor in 2007; and now, eight years later, there is the Canon 5DS. In 2010, Canon had upped the prototype ante to 120 megapixels. If Canon manages to squeeze out a 120MP DSLR in 2018, then we’ll see a 250MP camera by 2023. But with technology evolving so rapidly we may see it sooner than expected.

Canon Develops and Tests 250MP Sensor, What do you think about this ? Will we see some new technology coming in or the megapixel war will continue forever? Share your view in comments below.

Source: Canon USA

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