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In efforts to continue shattering camera technology records, Canon announced the first-ever CMOS image sensor that shoots at a whopping 250 megapixels. Taking selfies with the highly robust camera would be undermining the camera’s power and potential of capturing lettering on the side of an airplane flying 11 miles away.

Read on to find out how the powerful sensor is pushing the boundaries of professional photography below.

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Cutting-Edge Camera Sensor Technology

Canon’s new sensor is capable of capturing 19,580 x 12,600 pixel photos. You could technically print a billboard-sized image as large as 136 x 87.5 feet on a single sheet without sacrificing quality (a regular billboard is composed of around 48 standard sheets).

According to the official news release, the CMOS sensor was upgraded to accommodate the high pixel count:

“With CMOS sensors, increases in pixel counts result in increased signal volume, which can cause such problems as signal delays and slight discrepancies in timing. The new Canon-developed CMOS sensor, however, despite its exceptionally high pixel count, achieves an ultra-high signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second, made possible through such advancements as circuit miniaturization and enhanced signal-processing technology.”

The APS-H sensor is surprisingly smaller than several 35mm units, such as the Canon 5D Mk III and Nikon D4S. However, it is slightly larger than most consumer APS-C sensors.

Going Beyond 4K Video Resolution

When it comes to video footage, the unit can shoot at resolutions up to 125 times higher than Full HD, and roughly 30 times sharper than 4K. With a video frame rate of 30 frames per second, users can magnify and edit clips without losing quality. Individuals will need a lot of space to save lengthy recordings, as every second of footage equates to an “are you kidding me?” 1.25GB of storage.

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Who’s This Camera For?

In the past five years, leading camera brands have started creating industry-specific machines to accommodate professional environments. An example of this is Fujifilm’s X-T1 IR, a special edition infrared shooter for artists and crime scene investigators.

Canon’s latest offering mostly caters to the security and surveillance sector. Forensic scientists may benefit from the level of clarity that the camera brings when applied to complex crime sites and data analysis. Extreme outdoor photographers could also use the sensor to shoot colossal mountains, unforgiving oceans and active volcanoes from a safe, manageable distance.

The company has not set a date for an official commercial release, so don’t expect the unit to be available at your local electronics store any time soon. Canon has a reputation for announcing futuristic cameras years before they hit mainstream markets. In 2010, the 120-megapixel APS-H sensor was unveiled, while the current highest resolution full-frame DSLR available today is the 50-megapixel EOS 5DS.

“As photography becomes more specialized and more images are captured than ever before, the burden is on the photography equipment to keep up with the demands of today’s artistic talents,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc.

“These new camera models will provide many photographers with new options to deliver their vision to clients, fans, and the world.”

That is, whenever Canon decides to bestow its latest high-tech camera on salivating photographers worldwide.

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