Canon Develops One CMOS Sensor to Rule Them All

A week ago Canon announced the development of a APS-H CMOS sensor that delivers a staggering 120 megapixels. Not content with ruling the megapixel race, they’ve just announced a physically gigantic sensor — the largest CMOS sensor in the world.

In the photo above, the sensor is shown next to a standard 35mm full frame sensor. The thing measures 202 x 205 mm (or 7.95 x 8.07 inches), or 40 times the size of current sensors, and is extremely sensitive. It can supposedly record 60fps video under moonlight. Potential applications of this kind of sensor include capturing the night sky and documenting nocturnal animal behavior, though (like the 120MP sensor) you probably shouldn’t expect this to hit the consumer market anytime in the near or semi-distant future.

  • Fastactingrelief

    Full frame digital 4×5 cameras brought to you by… Canon? I’ll take two.

  • Szabi (szabiakanich)

    What’s with that square aspect ratio? :P Other than that, “kickass” sensor. Would love to see it in action.

  • Matthias Saunders

    Oh my, if they start making 4X5 digital cameras, I would be in heaven!!!!!!!!!

  • Matthias Saunders

    Oh my, if they start making 4X5 digital cameras, I would be in heaven!!!!!!!!!

  • Matthias Saunders

    Square sensor???!!!! Dude, 6×6 square format used to be the rage back in the day! I would love for us to get back to that format in some form or fashion.

  • Twalker294

    A medium format sensor costs $20,000+. What in the world do you think a 4×5 sensor would cost?

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  • Edie Howe

    Pardon me. My gear lust got the better of me.

  • Paul Jubenvill

    when i first heard about the resolution, i was pretty sure it was pointless… but now i know why the resolution is so high. haa… big camera.

  • QuBe

    It’ll use a paint shaker as a sensor cleaner.

    So, is this finally the last word in megapixels?
    Or will their be one like Steven Wright’s 1:1 scale folding road map of the U.S.?

  • Eddiesmithphoto

    resolution isn’t mentioned for this one, I’d love to see a large format back based on it though, particularly if they could make it with a removable ir filter, imagine the IR shots you could make with it,

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  • weedy454

    put it in production and see the price go down