Canon has unveiled an astonishingly detailed, 250-megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor which features a signal readout rate of 1.25 billion pixels per second. The 19,580 x 12,600 resolution set a new world record for a camera of its size and is nothing short of an engineering marvel. According to Canon, the sensor can even detect the lettering on an aircraft from 18km away. Additionally, it’s predicted the camera will record video which is 30 times sharper than the 4K standard. This simply mesmerizing given the beautiful crispness 4K video exhibits.
The sensor isn’t geared towards mainstream usage but designed for security surveillance or other industry applications. Although, consumers should be able to procure 50 and 75 megapixel cameras in the next two years. While mobile phones contain fairly usable cameras, they are still no match for a DSLR. As a result, it seems photography companies are exemplifying the benefits of a DSLR over compact cameras. Honestly, I cannot see compact cameras remaining that popular if mobile sensors improve dramatically in low-light conditions.
In terms of picture and video quality, the future is very bright and I’m not entirely certain if the human eye can fully appreciate video quality 30 times crisper than 4K. Whatever the case, Canon is making huge technological strides and giving professionals the best tools possible to create stunning content.
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