120-megapixel video? Your eyes don’t deceive you. Canon's 120MP sensor’s technical name is the 120MXS, and it features an insane ultra-high-resolution of 13280x9184 pixels.
To put this sensor’s resolution size into perspective, 8K resolution comes in at 33.2 megapixels (7680×4320). The 120MXS is nearly four times the resolution of 8K. When compared to Full HD, it’s about 60 times the resolution.
Canon just released a video showcasing its 120-megapixel CMOS sensor, so you can check out the sensor’s insane resolution for yourself:
The 120MXS is a APS-H sensor, between the 36X24mm of full frame and 22.5x15mm of an APS-C crop sensor.
“Ultra-high-resolution is made possible by parallel signal processing, which reads signals at high speed from multiple pixels,” Canon says. “All pixel progressive reading of 9.4fps is made possible by 28 digital signal output channels. It is available in RGB or with twice the sensitivity in monochrome.”
You can see what the sensor is capable of when the video compares the 120MXS to a 2MP sensor shooting the gears of a watch. The 120MXS hands down wins the comparison without it even being close. You can clearly see so much more detail with the 120MP sensor’s image.
It’s high pixel count also allows it to be amazing at retaining a considerable amount of detail, even when digitally zoomed super close. Just look at this side-by-side comparison:
Canon first announced the sensor in September 2015 and showed it at on of its expos in May 2016. However, there’s still no timeline for when we might be seeing the 120MXS available in a camera.