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.
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