Canon CMOS Sensor: Ultra-High 120MXS with 60x Resolution of Full HD

The sensor that Canon 120 showed can generate images 60 times larger than full HD at a frequency of 9.4 frames per second.

Canon, the giant Japanese camera company, published a video that shows the resolution of one of his creations. Specifically, it shows the power of a CMOS sensor that manages to record video at 120 megapixels. This equates to 120 million pixels, in a resolution of 13280 x 9184. In addition, it is 60 times larger than the Full HD resolution (1920 × 1080). Remember that Full HD is equivalent to 2 megapixels.

The comparison is made with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV , which has a Quality of 30.4 MP but records a maximum of 4k. However, in this case it was set to record at 1080p. Currently the SLR camera (DSLR) with the highest capacity on the market is the Canon EOS 5DS , which has 60.6 MP.


You can see the precision that this sensor has when zooming. Small details like the internal mechanism of a watch or distant as a person sitting on the other side of the stadium do not escape in front of its image quality.

Its main problem is the low frequency of frames that it presents. His recording casts a cup of only 9.4 frames per second. This is logical, due to the complexity of processing such large images.

Does this make it a useless creation? Certainly not. Sacrificing some fluidity of image for greater clarity could be useful in contexts such as wildlife surveillance or observation.

According to Canon, the increased size of this sensor (202mm x 205mm) compared to other existing ones allows it to perceive more light:

The sensor enables the capture of images in 1/100 of the amount of light required by a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor, facilitating the shooting of 60 frames per second of video with only half the brightness that usually exists in a full moon night”.

However, we may not see this sensor included in a commercial camera soon. In fact, Canon had already talked about him in a blog 8 years ago.

While over time cameras are created that come a little closer to their level, the effort of the company to reach the hands of individuals has been almost nil since then. Even with the publication of this video there were not announcements of any tentative date for its publication.

Hopefully not only an exhibition and leave us with the desire to have access to 120 megapixels.

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