Canon Inc. announced that it has developed a CMOS image sensor that incorporates approximately 250 million pixels (19,580 x 12,600 pixels) and targets various applications.
The 29.2 x 20.2 mm CMOS image sensor was installed into a prototype camera (pictured) and was reportedly able to capture images that showed the (legible) lettering on the side of an airplane flying at a distance of approximately 11 miles from the shooting location.
Canon’s newly-developed CMOS image sensor achieves a readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels/s, which is made possible through advancements like circuit miniaturization and enhanced signal-processing technology. As a result, the sensor enables the capture of ultra-high-pixel-count video at a speed of 5 fps. Video footage captured by the prototype camera achieved a resolution that was 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.
The company is reportedly considering the application of this CMOS technology in specialized surveillance and crime prevention, ultra-high resolution measuring instruments and other industrial applications.
View the Canon press release.
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