120 megapixel digital camera sensor from Canon revealed

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canon-aps-h-120-megapixel-sensor-0.jpgCanon have just revealed details on a 120 megapixel APS-H digital camera sensor that could be sliding into their gear in the near future.

The first of its kind in the world, it can shoot still images at resolutions of 13,280 x 9,184 pixels, as well as being able to shoot Full HD video using just one-sixtieth of its surface area.

“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”, said a Canon spokesperson.

“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”.

Capable of ten times the resolution of Canon’s next-step down commercial CMOS sensor, it represents a pretty massive jump. It’ll certainly be an impressive spec to slap on the side of DSLR packaging, though no word yet when it’ll hit the market inside a product.

Gerald Lynch

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