Canon Prototype Camera Show with 250MP Sensor

September 14, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

What’s it that could embarrass technology? If there’s one answer for that, then it has to be technology itself; or more precisely, the progress of technology.

Just take the instance of cameras. We once had cameras that bragged 5MP sensors as the key-highlight. But today, those might not even satisfy your selfie-requirements.

The current benchmark of a solid-built camera could be a sensor that could be of 16MP quality, 21 MP or even 30+ megapixels. But here’s Canon on the other side, that’s paving the way for a sensor that could well don the current-gen megapixel counts with the hat of shame.


Being developed in their units for use in digital cameras is a sensor that boasts a pixel quality of 250MP (19,580 x 12,600); a sensor that’s 100 times better than the front-cam of an entry-level smartphone.  The company has also revealed a camera prototype that features their 250MP-CMOS sensor.

In effect, with these sensors, you can even read the letters on the side of an aircraft that’s 18km away. It excels even in video capturing, with an output that’s 30 times denser than the resolution of 4K video. However, it disappoints with the frames per second, as the new sensor is able to capture videos only at five frames per second.

But hopefully, they could overcome that hassle, just like they eased past their initial technical hurdles. With a data-read speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second, Canon initially had barriers in the form of signal and timing problems. But that was later sorted out with the digitally improved signal processing systems.


Canon explains that the new sensors are useful not just in terms of the pixel count, but also with its size-efficient performance. With a high rate of pixel count, the sensor still measures only 29.2 x 20.2, which is lesser than of even the normal sensors used in current-gen cameras.

Provided that they manage to skip past the remaining barriers, it definitely seems that Canon is forging the future of camera technologies with this new sensor. And it’s not just two birds they are hitting with a single stone, may be there’s even more.

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