Canon announces development of a 120 megapixel DSLR and 8K Cinema EOS system

Canon Global today announced a massive development- A DSLR that packs a massive 120 Megapixels. This comes just a few months after Canon released the 50 megapixel monster- the 5DS and 5DS-R , and just a day after Canon announced a 250 Megapixel sensor (highest pixel count for a sensor in its size) that is meant for special applications such as industrial, surveillance and scientific applications.


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The Company also announced the development of and 8K Cinema EOS camera system. The camera will have a super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that will have a high-resolution of 8,192 x 4,320 pixels (approximately 35.39 mega pixels) and will even record video at a frame rate of 60 frames per second. The sensor would be able to capture with 13 stops of dynamic range and a wide colour gamut (REC 2020 colour space).


Canon 120 Megapixel DSLR

Graphic released by Canon for the proposed products under development. Images are for illustration purposes only, not the actual product.


The company is also working on developing a professional level monitoring display unit to compliment its Cameras. The reference monitoring unit will have 8K resolution and “high brightness, high dynamic range and a wide color gamut. 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” as per Canon.

Canon further added that the cameras will “expand the possibilities of visual expression” and “recreate the three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects, making them appear as if they are really before one’s eyes.”

Most importantly, both the Cameras will be compatible with Canon’s current range of lenses. The 120 mega pixel DSLR in production will be able to use 60 lenses out of the 96 in Canon’s present EF line up. The 8K Cinema camera in production will be able to use 78 out of the 96 lenses in the EF line up (60 EF lenses and 18 lenses from the Cinema line up).

There is no word as of now, as to when these cameras will be officially out in the world, or how much they would cost, but considering that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are set to be broadcast in 8K, Canon is moving ahead in the right step.

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