Canon is developing a 250-megapixel CMOS sensor, which can be used with a regular DSLR. Therefore, it is possible to capture images with about 250 million pixels (19,580 x 12,600), the highest amount of pixels in a CMOS smaller than a full-frame 35mm sensor according to the manufacturer.
Just to give you an idea, the professional cameras with the highest resolution currently on sale, the Canon 5DS and 5DS R, “only” have 50.6 megapixels. Also, according to the company, the sensor is capable of capturing images so detailed that you can clearly read the lettering on the side of a plane flying 18km away.
The CMOS APS-H achieves an ultra-high signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second and the manufacturer ensures that in spite of the pixel count, the new sensor has an excellent noise reduction performance. But it is not only in capturing images that the new sensor Canon draws attention. According to company, the CMOS APS-H has the ability to capture videos with a resolution that was approximately 125 times that of Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) video and 30 times that of 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) video.
Due to the high cost of implementing this technology, we will not see this sensor in the market anytime soon. According to the company, they are “considering the application of this technology in specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression.”