Canon Announces 250-Mpixel CMOS Sensor

Sep 7, 2015
Tadashi Nezu
The CMOS sensor with a pixel count of about 250 million
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Canon Inc developed an "APS-H-size" CMOS sensor with a pixel count of about 250 million (19,580 x 12,600).

Canon claims that it is the highest-resolution CMOS sensor in the world. The company succeeded in using the sensor to recognize characters printed on an airplane flying about 18km away from the sensor. Combining optical and electronic zoom functions, it enlarged a part whose area is 1/40,000 that of the taken photo.

The new CMOS sensor can read out signals from 1.25 billion pixels per second because Canon scaled down circuits and improved signal processing technologies. As a result, it can shoot video with a frame rate of 5fps.

Canon will consider applying the new CMOS sensor to measurement instruments, industrial equipment and visual expression in addition to special monitoring/crime prevention devices.