More megapixels doesn’t really mean better photo quality. You need to consider other specs and photography skills. But a 250-megapixel camera is a different story. Today, Canon announced that it is working on a 250-megapixel CMOS sensor that incorporates over 250 million pixels, making it a camera with the highest number of pixels.
Canon showed us a working camera prototype using the new sensor, which can reportedly capture images of the lettering on the side of an airplane flying 18 kilometers away—an impressive feat for a sensor that is smaller than a 35mm full-frame sensor.
Traditional CMOS sensors are prone to signal delays and other signal problems when their pixels counts increase. However, Canon’s new CMOS sensor has an enhanced signal-processing technology and circuit miniaturization, allowing it to achieve readout speeds of up to 1.25 billion pixels per second.
Additionally, the sensor can also capture high-pixel count videos at a speed of five frames per second. Canon’s tests of the 250-megapixel sensor reveals resolutions that were roughly 125 times that of Full HD videos and about 30 times that of 4K videos. This allows users to crop and magnify images without affecting image clarity and resolution.
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Canon didn’t say when it’s planning to launch the technology. There’s no word on its pricing, either. But Canon says that it will likely use the sensor on applications related to surveillance, crime prevention, instrumentation, industrial equipment, and visual expression.