Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Canon: 50 megapixel picture of the neighbour's cat anyone?

Canon just announced they have created a DSLR-sized (19mm by 28mm) 50 megapixel CMOS sensor. No stated intent to make this into a production item yet, nor have I seen any discussion of the noise performance something with this many photosites on a relatively small chunk of silicon might exhibit.

Clearly, what they mean to convey here is that anyone who thinks the pixel wars are over is sorely mistaken. Canon is keeping up the pressure on its rivals in a move that's akin to the old cold-war tactics: state a stretch goal and show enough forward progress to make it seem like this is a mainstream effort that will inevitably succeed.

Having said that, I want one, and I want it NOW, with lenses to match and a 10 fps burst shooting rate! Oh, and for around $1,000 please.

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