Canon shows off 120 megapixel camera sensor

Canon announced today that it has developed a CMOS sensor capable of delivering image resolutions of around 120 megapixels.

The APSH format sensor has an image area measuring just 29.2 x 20.2mm (about the size of the end of your thumb for quick reference) and can output a whopping 13,280 x 9184 pixels.

Canon reckons the sensor can output full HD 1080p video using just one sixtieth of its total surface area. Which we take to mean it could theoretically record 60 Hi-Def streams at once. Imagine that lot pumped out to a video wall containing a 10 x 6 grid of giant screens.

Parrallel processing also means that the new sensor can create ultra high-resolution still images at close to ten frames per second.

There's no indication from Canon when (or even if) this remarkable sensor will make it into an actual camera, but you can bet if it does it will be aimed at the very upper end of the pro market and will cost several arms and legs.

Canon's current flagship Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR manages a paltry 21.1 megapixels, weighs in at just under £4,000, and you don't even get a lens for that far from inconsequential chunk of change.