I got a closer look at the 120MP prototype DSLR today at the Canon Expo.
First off, Canon has an actual working prototype that they were shooting live images at the full 120MP resolution on the Expo floor.
The sensor is a 120MP APS-H format sensor mounted in a Canon 5Ds camera body. Canon uses APS-H sensors for its prototypes because it is the easiest sensor for Canon to make in a one-off situation with prototype models. I don’t know why this is but I can’t remember any high-resolution prototypes that weren’t APS-H format.
The model out on the floor at the Expo was using the model name EOS Y038 in the EXIF data. I’m sure Canon has an internal naming scheme for keeping track of its prototypes. If anyone understands the structure of the naming scheme, feel free to chime in.
Right now, the sensor only operates at ISO 100. It is producing RAW files around 210MB per image.
Canon has a 4K reference display on which they were viewing and editing the RAW files. The 1:1 view on the 4K monitor is just incredible. These photos don’t do the resolution justice but at least you get a sense of the crop capability.
Now, just imagine you’re editing photos on a 1080p display. As these camera resolutions continue to grow, photographers’ need for a 4K or higher resolution display is going to be real.
This remains a technological demo with no time to market being tossed around. For Canon to be shooting with this thing though, it looks like they could bring it to market pretty soon. Given the recent introduction of the Canon 5Ds models, however, I wouldn’t expect to see it for at least a couple of years.