Gears of a watch

120-megapixel video? Your eyes don’t deceive you. Canon's 120MP sensor’s technical name is the 120MXS, and it features an insane ultra-high-resolution of 13280×9184 pixels.

To put this sensor’s resolution size into perspective, 8K resolution comes in at 33.2 megapixels (7680×4320). The 120MXS is nearly four times the resolution of 8K. When compared to Full HD, it’s about 60 times the resolution.



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Canon just released a video showcasing its 120-megapixel CMOS sensor, so you can check out the sensor’s insane resolution for yourself:

The 120MXS is a APS-H sensor, between the 36X24mm of full frame and 22.5x15mm of an APS-C crop sensor.

“Ultra-high-resolution is made possible by parallel signal processing, which reads signals at high speed from multiple pixels,” Canon says. “All pixel progressive reading of 9.4fps is made possible by 28 digital signal output channels. It is available in RGB or with twice the sensitivity in monochrome.”

You can see what the sensor is capable of when the video compares the 120MXS to a 2MP sensor shooting the gears of a watch. The 120MXS hands down wins the comparison without it even being close. You can clearly see so much more detail with the 120MP sensor’s image.



It’s high pixel count also allows it to be amazing at retaining a considerable amount of detail, even when digitally zoomed super close. Just look at this side-by-side comparison:




Canon first announced the sensor in September 2015 and showed it at on of its expos in May 2016. However, there’s still no timeline for when we might be seeing the 120MXS available in a camera.


  1.  It is hard not to he blown away with admiration for such an achievement; but for most of humanity it will have little relevance until such times as it is able to be piped into our living-rooms at prices we can afford. In many parts of the world, mankind has failed to advance beyond standard definition, (or perhaps 720p for the more fortunate), due to bandwidth and other considerations, and the relevance of  formats from 4K upwards is almost certain to be lost upon those for whom they are merely acquisition formats, which might as well exist on another planet. Here in New Zealand, we may count ourselves amongst the more fortunate in that we have a fair proportion of our terrestrial and satellite in HD, albeit, much of it heavily compressed. I am afraid we still have a long way to go in getting image quality out of the labs and where it ought to be, in front of those who matter, (ie the people). 

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