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Canon Develops a 250-megapixel Sensor


Still shooting with an 8MP sensor? Pff, that’s for kids. Canon just announced that they’ve developed an APS-H-sized CMOS sensor with an astounding 250-megapixel resolution. That’s enough pixels to read the lettering on an airliner flying as far as 18 km (11 miles) away! And despite having to tranmit data from a ridiculous number of pixels, advances in miniaturization and signal processing mean that this sensor is able to process 1.25 billion pixels per second, allowing you to shoot at up to 5 frames per second.

The sensor can also be used to record video footage at a resolution 125 times that of Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), and 30 times that of 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), though only at five frames per second. This would let users crop and magnify video images while retaining Full HD or 4K resolution.

The sensor was tested on a prototype camera, which means we’re not about to see cameras sporting it anytime soon. But knowing it exists does mean you can eventually expect to see it pop-up, although initially “in specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression.” Give it enough time though, and we’re sure it’ll end up in a dSLR for an astronomical price.

Prototype camera

Prototype camera

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Canon 60D, Rebel To Have Articulating Displays?


By Gaurav Kheterpal

Rumors suggest that Canon is leaving no stone unturned for a February launch for its EOS 60D DSLR and the Canon 550D/600D. No doubt that Canon has been feeling the heat of the competition from Sony with its point-and-shoots waterproof cameras and Nikon with its swivel-screen displays.

The Canon 60D may inherit 50D’s metallic body and 15.1 MP resolution but it’s likely to have an improved sensor and offer low-light sensitivity. The new Rebel would be of a smaller size than the existing Rebel T1i and would be capable of at least 720p30 video.

Watch out for Canon’s possible announcements at PMA Photography Expo on 20th February, 2010 for more.

[ Canon ] VIA [ TFTS ]

Canon Launches HD Video Recording Entry Level DSLR Camera


by Shane McGlaun

A couple years ago, I moved from a simple point-and-shoot camera to a much more complex Nikon D80 DSLR. At the time, the D80 was one of the best cameras you could get. The thing I missed right away with the D80 compared to my old camera was the ability to shoot video, but at the time, no DSLRs were able to record video.

Today things are much different and there are several DSLR cameras on the market that can shoot video in HD resolutions, like the Nikon D90. Canon today announced a new entry-level EOS Rebel T1i DSLR camera that can record video in full 1080p resolution, though at only 20 fps.

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Canon Introduces Three New HD Camcorders

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When camcorders first launched decades ago the image quality was bad, the cameras were huge, and lots of tapes were needed to record anything. Today camcorders are very small, image quality is now often HD, and tapes are mostly a thing of the past.

Canon introduced three new camcorders that all record to internal storage in full 1080p HD resolution. The camcorders are all in the VIXIA line and record in 24Mbps bit rate in AVCHD format. Canon says that 24Mbps is the highest bit rate that can be used in the AVCHD format and makes for more detailed and smoother video recordings.

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