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Canon's new 250-megapixel sensor shoots 19,580 x 12,600 images

Canon unveils a new sensor that shoots insane 19,580 x 12,600 images, capable of distinguishing letters on an aircraft, from 18km away
By: Anthony Garreffa | Cameras News | Posted: Sep 8, 2015 4:36 am

Canon has just hit a huge milestone, with its new 250-megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor that has set a new world record for resolution in its size. The new sensor is capable of shooting images at a mindblowing 19,580 x 12,600.




The 250-megapixel sensor is so powerful, that Canon says it can distinguish lettering on the side of a plane from 18km (11 miles) away. The new APS-H sensor is bigger than APS-C, but smaller than full frame, and is "primarily used on Canon's legacy EOS-1D line of DSLRs", reports The Verge.


Canon's new super-powered sensor has a quick signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second, with the Japanese giant saying that it has good noise performance even with the immense pixel count. Not only can the 250-megapixel camera shoot those insane 19,580 x 12,600 images, but it can also shoot video that is around 30x sharper than 4K, albeit at 5FPS. Canon says that the technology can be used in "specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression".


So expect the NSA and various spy agencies to begin buying these things in bulk soon.


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