Canon's New CMOS Sensor Is 40 Times Bigger Than Others

Exactly one week ago, Canon unveiled a pretty impressive 120 megapixel sensor, and today the company followed up with the announcement of “the world’s largest” CMOS sensor. Sized at 202 x 205 mm, the new sensor is 40 times bigger than the Canon CMOS sensors out there now.

The company says the sensor can capture images “in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a professional-model digital SLR camera” (those with a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor). In other words, shooting high-quality pictures and video during the night will become much easier (think shooting video at 60fps in just 0.3 lux of illumination).

The only problem is that Canon doesn’t reveal when the CMOS sensor will actually become available. But at least you can see the new device on the picture above (on the left; the one on the right is a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor).