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Canon’s Gigantic 8-Inch CMOS Sensor Now Shooting Meteors at 60FPS

Last year Canon announced the world’s largest CMOS sensor — an 8-inch chip that’s 40 times the size of those found in Canon’s full frame cameras. Now, a year later, the sensor is finally being put to good use, having found its way into the Schmidt telescope at the University of Tokyo’s Kiso Observatory. The extreme-sensitivity of the sensor has allowed astronomers to detect more faint meteors during a 1 minute period than could previously be seen during an entire year, and has the ability to record those meteors at 60fps. Now we’ll just patiently twiddle our thumbs and wait for the sensor to appear in an upcoming digital camera.

(via Canon via Photography Bag via Engadget)


 
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  • http://dmitrisanimaiton.com Dmitri

    This is intense. Applying this to the space industry is just the right thing to do. It has been dormant since the trip to the moon. Boring as hell, never went anywhere or done anything. Mars?

  • http://dmitrisanimaiton.com Dmitri

    This is intense. Applying this to the space industry is just the right thing to do. It has been dormant since the trip to the moon. Boring as hell, never went anywhere or done anything. Mars?

  • http://twitter.com/omicronlyrae Oliver Lea

    “faint meters”? is that meant to be meteors..?

  • http://twitter.com/omicronlyrae Oliver Lea

    “faint meters”? is that meant to be meteors..?

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    thankya :)

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    thankya :)

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    thankya :)

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    thankya :)

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    thankya :)

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    thankya :)

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    thankya :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    So is it 40 times the mega pixels ZOMG!!! 

  • Michael Thompson

    My god, imagine that thing in a DSLR.


    http://photography.thompsonm.me.uk

  • http://blog.wingtangwong.com/ Wing Wong

    Wow. Just… wow. Hello large format photography with this bad boy.  Wonder what the battery life is for that thing…

  • http://blog.wingtangwong.com/ Wing Wong

    Wow. Just… wow. Hello large format photography with this bad boy.  Wonder what the battery life is for that thing…

  • http://blog.wingtangwong.com/ Wing Wong

    *crackle* Houston, we’re going to need a bigger flash card. *Crackle*

  • http://blog.wingtangwong.com/ Wing Wong

    *crackle* Houston, we’re going to need a bigger flash card. *Crackle*

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

    Time to dust off your bellows fellas.

  • Anonymous

    It would be very interesting to see some of those captured pictures indeed!

  • Anonymous

    It would be very interesting to see some of those captured pictures indeed!

  • Anonymous

    It would be very interesting to see some of those captured pictures indeed!

  • Anonymous

    It would be very interesting to see some of those captured pictures indeed!

  • http://www.paul-d.tv Paul D

    I’m waiting for the Canon 8 Inch sensor Mark II

  • Brandon

    didn’t a highly positioned person in Canon state openly in an interview about the 1dmk4 that they had to stick with the aps-h sized sensor cause they weren’t able to pull info off a “full frame” sensor fast enough for 10 fps? have they learned a few tricks since, or did the guy mean, we can’t do it at the price point we need to hit?

  • http://sljonesdigital.com SLJonesDigital

    Astronomer 1:  “Is that a black hole?”
    Astronomer 2:  “Dead pixel.”

  • Dizeman

    “didn’t a highly positioned person in Canon state openly in an interview about the 1dmk4 that they had to stick with the aps-h sized sensor cause they weren’t able to pull info off a “full frame” sensor fast enough for 10 fps? have they learned a few tricks since, or did the guy mean, we can’t do it at the price point we need to hit?
    ”  ——————- that would be backward thinking indeed, reduce the overall image capture ability of a camera sensor just to attain 10 fps, when most photographers have no need for 10 fps whatsoever. Seems more sensible to produce the finest sensor capture quality you can and provide a secondary product for those few that actually NEED 10 fps ———- If you NEED 10 fps, maybe you need to be shooting VIDEO.

  • Kyoshinikon

    While the 1Dx answered that Nikon has been doing it for a few years now…