Canon Releases 250-Megapixel Camera Sensor

Canon has dominated the world of optical imagery for some time. With its steady release of innovative cameras and camcorders over the years, it’s almost expected that the multinational company would come out with a device as revolutionary as the 250-megapixel APS-H CMOS. The boast worthy 19,580 x 12,600-pixel sensor, precise enough to break the world record for resolution in its size, can distinguish letters on the side of a plane flying nearly 12 miles (18km) away.


According to Daily Mail, the APS-H CMOS might one day be used in spy cameras for ‘specialised surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment.’

The “monster sensor,” on its own, easily makes other cameras look obsolete. But just to add frosting to the cake, the APS-H CMOS can also shoot video footage at 30 times sharper than 4K and 125 times sharper than Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) [even if it can only do so at five frames per second]. Furthermore, it has an ultra-fast signal readout of 1.25 billion pixels a second – meaning it is able to get “the captured image data out of the sensor and onto the main system bus” at an incredible speed, according to Ars Technica.


Although we probably won’t see the 250 MP sensor on a DSLR any time soon, Canon has quite a reputation to uphold in the domain of optical imagery. Most likely, the sensor will be utilized in medical and surveillance gear before making its way to consumer markets. But, perhaps as a instance of foreshadowing the inevitable, the company has already constructed a basic prototype camera around the sensor, complete with a SLR lens attached to its front for testing.

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