Canon 120mp CMOS Sensor
Canon is showing off a 120mp CMOS sensor this week at CP+, which they talked about back in 2010. While the sensor isn’t said to be for photography, it is interesting nonetheless. You can see an image of it compared to the brand new 50.6mp (53mp total) sensor that will appear in Canon’s EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R DSLRs.
The frame rate of read-out for this ultra high-resolution is 9.5fps, and is made possible by reading multiple pixels simultaneously at high speeds – a process Canon is calling ‘parallel signal processing’. The 120 million pixels – of 2.2 µm pixel pitch – are contained on a sensor 29.2mm x 20.2mm in size, yielding pixel dimensions of 13280×9184.
Read more at DPReview // image credit: DPReview
DPReview has posted an couple of interviews it has had with Canon executives. Once in late 2013 and another at CP+ last month. Most of the interview is about what you’d expect a Canon executive to say.
On the topic of Smartphones
“Realistically, thanks to the global prevalence of smartphones there are more photographs being taken. And as such I anticipate an organic growth of people who are using their smartphone and come to want to take better photographs. Regardless of what device they’re using, whether it’s a smartphone or a compact camera or DSLR, I’d like to encourage people to take more and more pictures.”
On Canon being stagnant or boring
“They may perceive us in that way, but we are incorporating technological innovation into our products. The EOS 70D’s Dual Pixel AF technology is a good example of innovation that is unique to Canon.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF was born out of the concept of allowing the user to freely choose which kind of finder they wanted to use. The optical finder, the camera’s LCD or the screen of a mobile device via our EOS Remote app.”
On 4K video taking over from true still images
“Yes, definitely. There will always be a need for still photographs, in my opinion. I believe that still images contain more information, and have more depth and meaning.”
On the EOS M2 coming to North America or Europe
“It’s a possibility but we haven’t made a final decision yet. We’re looking at the market.”
Read the full interview
Reviewed.com has their camera staff at CP+ in Tokyo and have taken some time to write a pretty extensive preview of the Canon PowerShot G1 X II. On the surface, they appear very positive about the camera. Keep in mind, these thoughts are without actual real world image samples and usability tests.
Some thoughts from reviewed.com
“The retooled Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a clear shot at the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II—a camera that currently enjoys an undisputed reign atop the pocket cam hierarchy. And in some key specs, the Canon is a superior offering. Its lens is both brighter and has more reach, and the sensor’s a lot bigger, too. All of that ought to translate to higher image quality, especially in low light.”
Read the full article | Canon PowerShot G1 X II at B&H Photo
image credit: reviewed.com
Rumored specs for a replacement to the PowerShot G1 X have surfaced on the Xitek forums. The camera will “probably” be announced for CP+ next month in Tokyo. If true, it looks like Canon isn’t straying too far from the original G1 X. Pricing will probably be the biggest thing in this cameras success. It can’t be anywhere near the original $700 price tag.
- 20.2MP 1.5″ CMOS sensor
- 3 inch LCD touch screen
- Similar size and design to the G1 X
- DIGIC 6
- 24-120mm f/2.8-5.8
- New “real image” optical viewfinder.
Source: [XT] via [PR]
CP+ 2014 Camera & Photo Imaging Show
We’re told that Canon could possibly announce and show two new lenses at the CP+ 2014 show in Tokyo, Japan. The show runs from February 13, 2014 until February 16, 2014.
They will not be Cinema EOS lenses. New lenses for videographers will be held for NAB 2014 in Las Vegas, along with some new Cinema EOS camera(s).
It’s speculated that one lens will be an “L” and the other a consumer non-L prime. As with all lens announcements, things are very loose and rarely have a media event attached to them.
There is also a possibility of a development announcement on a camera body we’re told.
Hope to hear more soon…