The 24MP full frame Leica M sensor is made in Grenoble, France by STMicro, which recently updated its website with the claim that it would soon offer CMOS image sensors “with 100’s of millions of pixels.”
How much is enough though? We know that Canon has much larger sensor samples in the works than what it has released on the market and we’ve heard solid rumors of Canon field-testing a 75MP+ camera since last year. However, 20-ish megapixels seem to suit most photographers quite well. For those hungry for much higher resolutions, we have plenty of medium format options in the 40MP+ range to consider.
Then there is the storage demand. Laptops are cringing at the thought of even larger photo files being stored on built-in storage – especially as we make the transition from spinning drives to much smaller capacity SSD drives.
Are we about to see Megapixel War 2.0?
If the next Leica M featured a 100MP+ sensor, would that make it more or less attractive? What would the price tag be on that thing!?
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