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Canon Announces Super-HD, Multi-Band Camera


Canon Announces Super-HD, Multi-Band Camera

Canon has unveiled a camera capable of shooting super-high-definition 4K video with a resolution four times greater than full HD and an eye-watering range of features. The announcement comes from Canon Expo 2010 in Paris, where TrustedReviews is reporting back on the company’s latest developments.

The concept camera features a newly developed 2/3 inch, 8 megapixel CMOS sensor capable of super-high-definition video and photography at over 60 frame rates per second, enabling high-speed continuous shooting and high quality slow-motion playback.

It also features a compact 24-480 mm high-power, wide-angle 20x optical zoom lens with aperture settings from F1.8 to 3.8 (35mm film equivalent) and is powered by a new fully electronically-controlled lens drive system.

Canon has pointed out that the human eye would need 130 million human optic nerves, rather than the nature-given 6 million, to perceive this high level of resolution and colour perception.

As with the iPhone4 retina display, mere humans can not appreciate the recent advances in imaging technology, but Canon claims that super-high-definition cameras have real-world uses for traffic surveillance and security, which call for high definition images over a wide area, or astronomy, where scientists are studying minute changes in light.

While we wait for human evolution to catch up, TrustedReviews has some hands-on time with the product and were impressed, although the price tag, as yet unannounced, is expected to be suitably astronomical. The Pentax 645D which we saw at Photokina has a high-end retail value of £9,000, and even that is a snip compared to the £20k price of a Hasselblad digital system, but innovation doesn’t come cheap, even when you can’t fully appreciate it.

It’s fine. You’re only human.


October 12, 2010, 5:14 pm

Yeah well I bet it's still crap in low light ;)


October 12, 2010, 7:54 pm

My first thought was why we would need higher than human eye capabilities... and then I think of all those "zoom...enhance....enhance....." moments in films, CSI etc where having more definition available comes in handy.


October 12, 2010, 11:00 pm

I think we should have a sweepstake on how long it will be before anyone can buy a 42" 4k TV for under a grand...


October 13, 2010, 12:50 am

We're buying four for a project - will ley you know :)


October 13, 2010, 3:11 am




October 13, 2010, 11:35 am

Errr, was this really announced as a product that will eventually go on sale? As a "prototype", isn't it just a flight of fancy with no implication it will be sold?


October 16, 2010, 5:51 pm

it's obvious this technology will be sold.... or technology has hit a wall. Whilst a 32" 1080p may not get the full benefit, cinema screens certainly will - and will add huge creative options, i.e. for directors to play with film by zooming in after filking etc - and atually getting real detail. Also - anyone noticed that standard definition TV that has been filmed in HD actually looks better because the native image itself is better? Will probably also be benefitted here... though I guess we shall see... I just hope it cures judder, blurr on moving objects and panning, into the bargain....

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