So you thought the megapixel race was over?
This will probably be in the 1D Mark IX
TOKYO, August 24, 2010—Canon Inc. announced today that it has successfully developed an APS-H-size*1 CMOS image sensor that delivers an image
resolution of approximately 120 megapixels (13,280 x 9,184 pixels), the world’s highest level*2 of resolution for its size.
Compared with Canon’s highest-resolution commercial CMOS sensor of the same size, comprising approximately 16.1 million pixels, the newly developed
sensor features a pixel count that, at approximately 120 million pixels, is nearly 7.5 times larger and offers a 2.4-fold improvement in
With CMOS sensors, while high-speed readout for high pixel counts is achieved through parallel processing, an increase in parallel-processing signal
counts can result in such problems as signal delays and minor deviations in timing. By modifying the method employed to control the readout circuit
timing, Canon successfully achieved the high-speed readout of sensor signals. As a result, the new CMOS sensor makes possible a maximum output speed
of approximately 9.5 frames per second, supporting the continuous shooting of ultra-high-resolution images.
Canon’s newly developed CMOS sensor also incorporates a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) video output capability. The sensor can output Full HD video
from any approximately one-sixtieth-sized section of its total surface area.
Images captured with Canon’s newly developed approximately 120-megapixel CMOS image sensor, even when cropped or digitally magnified, maintain
higher levels of definition and clarity than ever before. Additionally, the sensor enables image confirmation across a wide image area, with Full HD
video viewing of a select portion of the overall frame.
Through the further development of CMOS image sensors, Canon will break new ground in the world of image expression, targeting new still images that
largely surpass those made possible with film, and video movies that capitalize on the unique merits of SLR cameras, namely their high mobility and
the expressive power offered through interchangeable lenses.
That is pretty damn insane. I wonder what that costs to produce....Considering it is APS-H (although I doubt any other size would even be possible
with this density), I bet it is a fortune and wont ever see any sort of real production.