Canon’s 250 MP Sensor Can Read Lettering on a Plane from 18 km Away
Canon has just announced a new image sensor that incorporates approximately 250 megapixel (19,580 x 12,600) – which according to the company, is a world record for resolution in its size.
The Japanese camera maker says the new APS-H CMOS sensor is capable to distinguish lettering on the side of an airplane from 18 km away. That’s really impressive, isn’t it?
Additionally, the sensor is extremely fast with a readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second, and the company says it has good noise performance despite the pixel count. Besides photos, the sensor is designed to capture incredibly high-resolution video.
“Video footage captured by the camera outfitted with the approximately 250-megapixel CMOS sensor achieved a level of resolution that was approximately 125 times that of Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) video and approximately 30 times that of 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) video,” says Canon in today’s press release.
The new technology is not aimed at the retail market though; rather it could be used in “specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression.”
Of course, there are numerous other factors than just megapixel count, that play an important role in determining image quality. But still, the images the sensor captures are likely to be of very high quality – after all, we’re talking about 250 million pixels!
But you shouldn’t get too excited as of yet, as we don’t think the sensor is going to hit shelves anytime soon. Canon has an obsession with devices having far-out specs. Just to give you an idea: the company announced a then-unthinkable 50 megapixel CMOS prototype back in 2007, just to release a pair of 50-megapixel DSLRs earlier this year.