Canon is working on a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and 8K reference display that will support the production of next-gen 8K video content, along with a still-image single-lens reflex camera equipped with a CMOS sensor featuring approximately 120 million effective pixels.
In addition, Canon has developed an APS-H-size (approx. 29.2×20.2 mm) CMOS sensor incorporating approximately 250 million pixels (19,580 x 12,600 pixels).
The Cinema EOS System 8K camera, which is being developed, will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes high-resolution 8,192×4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance, at a frame rate up to 60fps with 13 stops of dynamic range and a wide color gamut. The camera features a compact body and an EF mount that offers compatibility with most of Canon’s interchangeable EF lens lineup.
Incorporating Canon image-processing technology, the ultra-high-resolution 8K reference display aims to achieve high brightness, high contrast (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 — the display intends to make possible ultra-realistic imaging that can enable the reproduction of even subtle changes in light.
When installed in one of Canon’s prototype cameras, the newly developed sensor was reportedly able to capture images that enable the distinguishing of lettering on the side of an airplane flying at a distance of approximately 11 miles (18 km) from the shooting location. The new CMOS sensor achieves a signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second, made possible through advancements such as circuit miniaturization and enhanced signal-processing technology. The sensor enables the capture of ultra-high-pixel-count video at a speed of up to five frames per second.
The company is also developing a still camera featuring a resolution of approximately 120 effective megapixels. The SLR camera will incorporate a Canon-developed high-pixel-density CMOS sensor within the current EOS camera series platform. This will allow compatibility with most of the company’s interchangeable EF lens lineup. The camera will be capable of producing a three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects. It will also provide resolutions more than sufficient for large-format printing and extensive cropping, while maintaining high image quality.