Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Canon Announces 120 MP Sensor, will be sold with free Hummer

Canon announced today the creation of the world's first 120 MP sensor.  Yes, you read that correctly-- 120 megapixels!  It's an APS-H (1.3x crop) sensor, the same size used in Canon's flagship EOS-1D Mark IV DSLR (which currently only has 16 megapixels).  No word from Canon about when or if this will ever be sold in a camera.  Obviously, I'm joking with my title, because if this is ever released it would cost a small fortune.

I'm also not sure what the point would be?  Here's the dirty truth about megapixels-- having more of them doesn't mean a thing if the lenses on your camera can't actually resolve that much detail.  I doubt that Canon (or Nikon for that matter) has any lenses that can.

Not to mention that you would need a supercomputer to process the RAW files.

You can find more info about this monstrosity at DPReview or Canon USA.

2 comments:

phule said...

Interestingly:

Pixel density would be 20.3MP/cm^2

Pixel density of the G11 is 23MP/cm^2.

(someone should check my math...)

Andy said...

You're math seems solid to me, phule (though I majored in English, so perhaps someone else should check :)