Canon Has Developed a 250 Megapixel CMOS Sensor

canon 250 megapixel sensor

Canon has officially announced that it has created an APS-H-size CMOS sensor which boasts world’s highest number of pixels (in a CMOS sensor). Comprising of a resolution of 19580×12600, this CMOS sensor can click massive 250 megapixel images.

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The APS-H size CMOS sensor (29×20mm) is being used in Canon’s EOS-1D range of DSLR cameras and its sensor size is considered bigger than APS-C size CMOS sensor, but smaller than full-frame.


canon 250 megapixel sensor

Usually in the case of CMOS sensor, there can be problems such as discrepancies in timing and slight signal delays due to the increased signal volume caused by the increasing pixel counts. But the newly announced CMOS sensor can achieve high signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second, despite its high pixel count, resulting in excellent noise performance. This beast sensor is capable of shooting ultra high 250 megapixel video, but at a speed of five frames per second.

canon 250 megapixel sensorThe resolution of video footage captured by this 250 megapixel sensor is almost 125 times of the Full HD video (1920×1080 pixels) and approximately 30 times of the 4K video (3840×2160). This means that the video can easily be magnified without sacrificing the resolution and the quality.

As of now, Canon does not seem to be launching any DSLR camera equipped with this giant 250 megapixel CMOS sensor. The brand is planning to use this technology in industrial equipments, crime prevention tools and specialized surveillance.

The camera sensors are getting bigger and bigger day by day, but as the size of a sensor increases, so does the complications attached to it. As a videographer, would you be happy to shoot 250 megapixel video at just 5 frames per second?

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