If you were impressed with the definition of a 4K video, imagine what to expect from 13K images. Canon has created a 122-megapixel CMOS sensor that can record videos at a resolution of 13280 × 9184 pixels and showed what the component is capable of.
The video shows the sensor capturing the minutest details of a clock mechanism and the anti-counterfeit marks of a cash note. Then, Canon displays facial expressions of a person in the bleachers of a stadium filmed at a considerable distance. The image remains sharp even when using digital zoom.
The sensor in question is called 120 MXS and has a physical size equivalent to the APS-H standard (29.22 × 20.2 mm). It shoots at 9.4 frames per second, which is not much, but it’s a great engineering challenge when the resolution is so high: it’s 60 times more pixels than Full HD.
Each frame of the video has approximately 9 megabytes, according to Engadget, which results in a file with the bitrate of 90 MB/s (or 720 Mb/s). For the sensor to work, there are 28 data channels, which process 18 gigabits of information every second.
Canon says the sensor “is useful for continuous image capture at extremely high resolutions,” and is available for other manufacturers to build their products, and is “ideal for a variety of demanding applications such as biomedical and surveillance imaging.”