Are you just not happy with the detail you're getting from your new 50-megapixel camera? Wish you could resolve your client's eyelashes from across town? This is the sensor for you.
Recently, Canon announced that they are developing a 250-megapixel APS-H (1.3x crop factor) sensor, with applications in law enforcement and surveillance, industrial imaging, and "visual expression." A video has emerged from Canon Expo Italy that shows a demonstration of the sensor, but also seems to showcase a new "Turbulence Removal" technology. One of the images shows the sensor's ability to resolve the signage on buildings from 15 kilometers away, using a EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens. At these distances, though, spatial temperature fluctuations cause differing air densities, which refract and scatter the light, an effect that is magnified across such large lengths. The video shows a "Turbulence Removal" feature that restores the image. While details on the technology are not clear, this could be a great tool for people who frequently use telephoto lenses outdoors, particularly in hot environments (safari photographers would love this).
Even at 3 kilometers, one can clearly make out an individual person on one of the observation decks of the Eiffel Tower. For perspective, this level of resolution is over 30 times higher than 4K. With the Nikon D810, Canon 5DS and Sony a7R II currently rounding out the high megapixel wars at 36-50 MP, a five-fold increase is utterly astounding and holds unforeseen potential for photographers for whom the utmost level of detail is crucial. What would you do with 250 MP?
[via Photo Rumors]