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Canon Unveils Monster 250MP APS-H Sensor
Every once in a while, companies like to make ‘look what we did’ type announcements on milestone tech. Today was such a day for Canon, as the imaging giant announced a new 250MP APS-H sensor, making it the highest-resolution sensor of that size.
The resolving power of this sensor is absolutely incredible; when installed in a camera, the newly developed sensor was able to capture images enabling the distinguishing of lettering on the side of an airplane flying at a distance of approximately 18 km from the shooting location.
Canon sees the primary uses for such a camera being in the surveillance and security markets, so don’t expect it in any Rebel’s or APS-H DSLR cameras any time soon. That said, this sensor would be capable of some pretty incredible things:
Video footage captured by the camera outfitted with the approximately 250-megapixel CMOS sensor achieved a level of resolution that was approximately 125 times that of Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) video and approximately 30 times that of 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) video. The exceptionally high definition made possible by the sensor lets users crop and magnify video images without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.
As with many announcements of this type, there is no product attached to this milestone. So there are no awesome security cameras or surveillance cameras coming down the pipe anytime soon. Canon had to do something, with Sony getting all of the sensor loving lately, this was likely their attempt to remind everyone that ‘hey, we are still over here’.
Well played Canon, Well played. Now put this sensor in a DSLR and we can talk…
Olympus Announces Halt to OM-D E-MII Sales Over Manufacturing Issues
Olympus Japan has released a statement saying that sales of the OM-D E-M10 II will be halted until further notice due to a manufacturing issue that has been discovered. They have disclosed that the issue appears to be something to do with a lock and the lens mount; obviously a pretty serious issue.
They are suspending sales until at least the end of September, but there is no word yet on how this will affect anyone who has already bought an E-M10 II. The camera is still currently for sale on B&H and other US based retailers, so it is unclear if this is a worldwide issue or if it is somehow limited to Japan.
Regardless, if you have a new OM-D E-M10 II, I would get in touch with Olympus and find out if you need to do anything or if your camera is affected by this issue.
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