Canon's new 250 mp sensor allows you to read letters 18 kms away

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Canon's new 250 mp sensor allows you to read letters 18 kms away
Canon Inc. has developed an insane 250 megapixel sensor that can read letters on the side of a flying airplane which is 18 kilometers away from the shooting location!

The 250 megapixel image sensor, which to date is the world's highest number of pixels for a CMOS sensor, will be small enough to fit inside of a DSLR camera, Canon said.

The APS-H-size (approx. 29.2 x 20.2 mm) CMOS sensor incorporating approximately 250 million pixels (19,580 x 12,600 pixels) will also achieve a video quality that is approximately 125 times that of Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) video and approximately 30 times that of 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) video.

This means users can even crop and magnify video images without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.

The latest press release, which came out September 7, reads in part:

When installed in a camera, the newly developed sensor was able to capture images enabling the distinguishing of lettering on the side of an airplane flying at a distance of approximately 18 km from the shooting location.
With CMOS sensors, increases in pixel counts result in increased signal volume, which can cause such problems as signal delays and slight discrepancies in timing. The new Canon-developed CMOS sensor, however, despite its exceptionally high pixel count, achieves an ultra-high signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second, made possible through such advancements as circuit miniaturization and enhanced signal-processing technology. Accordingly, the sensor enables the capture of ultra-high-pixel-count video at a speed of five frames per second. Additionally, despite the exceptionally high pixel count, Canon applied its sensor technologies cultivated over many years to realize an architecture adapted for miniaturized pixels that delivers high-sensitivity, low-noise imaging performance.

Because of this new development, Canon said it "is considering the application of this technology in specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression."

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