Published On: Wed, Sep 9th, 2015

Move over 4K, canon unveils 250 megapixel camera capable of supporting 8K

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Canon is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display that will support the production of next-generation video content.

This will be complemented with with a still-image single-lens reflex camera equipped with a CMOS sensor featuring approximately 120 million effective pixels. Apart from this, Canon has developed an APS-H camera sensor that fits an astonishing 250 million pixels, setting a world record for the highest number of pixels for a CMOS sensor smaller than 35 mm that has a readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second.

Through the further enhancement of the Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display under development, Canon aims to contribute to smooth production workflows, facilitating not only the input and output of 8K video content, but also such processes as 8K to 4K down-conversion and 4K cropping.

Canon has announced development of a new 8K EOS Cinema Camera that could potentially be the new C500.

“The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance even at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops1 of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut.” The 8K camera continues support of the EF lens mount. The huge lens collection is one of Canons big assets so it comes as no surprise that a new cinema camera will offer support as standard.

 Additionally, with a pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch, a level approaching the limit of human visibility, the display will make possible ultra-realistic imaging that enables the reproduction of subtle changes in light that were previously not possible.

Featuring a resolution of approximately 120 effective megapixels, the SLR camera now being developed will incorporate a Canon-developed high-pixel-density CMOS sensor within the current EOS-series platform, which will realize compatibility with the Company’s diverse interchangeable EF lens lineup.

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