Canon Has Developed a 250-megapixel APS-H CMOS Sensor

Canon 250 megapixel

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Imaging company Canon has managed to create an APS-H CMOS sensor that packs an amazing 250-megapixel sensor in a package that’s only 29.2 x 20.2mm big. If the number of pixels impress you (that’s 19,580 x 12,600 pixels by the way), know that the CMOS sensor that it’s in is smaller than the size of a typical 35mm full-frame sensor.

The megapixel count isn’t just for show – Canon says that the sensor, when installed in a prototype camera, can capture the lettering on the side of an airplane flying 18KM from where the photographer is standing. Of course to achieve that they also probably used some pretty nifty telephoto lenses, but knowing that that feat is achievable with the new hardware is pretty amazing.

The sensor also has a readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second, which means it’ll be able to shoot glorious super-high-res images up to five frames per second. Canon isn’t targeting the consumer market with cameras made with the sensors, and says it’s looking at “specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment.” Will we see this camera in the consumer market? Well, chances are we will – just a few years ago we laughed at the idea of cameras with more than 20-megapixels, and just this year Canon came out with their highest resolution cameras yet, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DSR.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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