How to take a photo from 15 kilometers away

Canon presents a 250 megapixel sensor prototype in Paris with which you could photograph a sign from a distance and read what is written At Expo Paris, an event organized by Canon, the photography company has outlined the main lines of what the future of imaging may look like in the next five years: 250 megapixel photos, videos shot with an almost total absence of light and 8K resolution camcorders. Of the proposals presented, the prototype of a 250 megapixel image sensor stands out. With it it would be possible to photograph a sign 15 kilometers away and read what is written. Although it does not seem likely that something like this could be seen in a camera anytime soon, Canon announced a few months ago that it is already developing a 120 megapixel camera.

The company has the two DSLRs with the highest resolution on the market: the EOS 5DS R and EOS 5DS, with 50 megapixels. Although these teams are intended for professionals, Canon also allows you to demonstrate that it has unattainable technology for phone cameras and that SLRs, the company’s great asset, still have a life ahead of them. The high sensitivity to light is another of the benefits with which Canon has made great. This is the case of the ME20f-SH professional camcorder, equipped with a sensor the same size as that of high-end SLR cameras, but with a resolution of only 2.26 megapixels. After a test, we found that, indeed, it can capture images with Full HD resolution almost in complete darkness. The secret is in the camera’s peculiar sensor of four million ISO, a figure far higher than what the competition has been able to achieve. Canon also uses this technology in its video surveillance cameras, a sector the company is trying to enter to offset the decline in its camera sales. 8K images Expo Paris has also hosted the presentation of a film camera capable of filming 8K images: each frame is equivalent to a photograph of about 35 megapixels.

It is surprising, because Canon has been resisting equipping its SLR and compact cameras, with such a good reputation among video professionals, with 4K technology, something that even some mobile phones incorporate with great reliability. Nature and sports photographers will appreciate the 600mm f4 DO prototype. In its new version, which has only been tested without automatic focus, it reduces the previous model by 30%, good news for professionals who have to carry this bulky equipment. Among the new advanced compact cameras of the brand stands out the Canon G5 X, an evolution of the solvent Canon G7 X, which continues to equip a one-inch sensor with 20 megapixels and has a very bright 4.2x optical zoom lens . At first glance, the main novelties with respect to the previous model are perceived: the electronic viewfinder that complements the screen, a component of excellent quality – as it was verified when testing the machine for a few minutes – and the incorporation of a shoe to flash. Also the camera design has improved. Its ergonomics are more successful and it has new controls.

Again, some will miss that the camera is capable of recording 4K video, especially considering that similar competing models do, but what is most missed is an audio input. Had it, it would be a solvent pocket camcorder. The main downside of this product is its price, just over 800 euros. A figure very similar to that of those high-end mobile phones that have been causing so many headaches in recent years to photographic technology companies. Camera brands do not look for what the mobile took from them Photography companies are not going through their best moment. Both Canon and Nikon, which have traditionally led the industry, are trying to accommodate the decline in camera sales due to competition from increasingly better phones.

In fact, Canon had to lower its earnings forecast last summer due to poor performance from its photographic division. Although many Canon cameras have had technology to communicate with phones and tablets for a long time, it is shocking that at Expo Paris no line of research has been shown to approach mobile devices more decisively. Experts play with the idea that both Canon and Nikon launch a phone designed for photography, or collaborate with a company in the sector, but none of these speculations have come true. Canon, surely, has not shown in its exhibition all the lines of research in which it is working.

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