Canon officially released the new 250 megapixel APS-H sensor

Canon Japan officially confirmed the market launch of this new sensor in late October. The 250MP APS-H sensor will be available in botho colo and monochrome versions.

And this is the google translated press text:

Main features

The new product is an ultra-high resolution CMOS sensor with approximately 250 million pixels, which enables you to capture detailed information in an image while shooting a wide range. In addition, by setting the pitch of one pixel to 1.5 μm (micrometer), we have achieved approximately 250 million pixels in APS-H size, making it possible to use it for various purposes. It can be used for various purposes such as FPD (flat panel display) inspection, which has become higher definition due to the development of 4K / 8K video technology, industrial inspection, video production, digital archive, wide area surveillance, microscope, etc. Meet the needs of users.

Get detailed information even in a wide range of shooting with ultra-high resolution of about 250 million pixels

The new product is capable of imaging at ultra-high resolution of about 250 million pixels, which is about 125 times that of full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) and about 30 times that of 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), and can be taken in any shooting range. Sufficient resolution can be obtained by trimming the area and enlarging it with an electronic zoom.

Achieves ultra-high-speed signal reading of approximately 1.25 billion pixels / second

With CMOS sensors, the amount of signal increases as the number of pixels increases, causing signal delays and slight timing deviations. The new product has an ultra-multi-pixel structure of approximately 250 million pixels, but by refining the circuit and advancing signal processing technology, it has achieved an ultra-high-speed signal readout of approximately 1.25 billion pixels per second. This enables ultra-high resolution imaging at a speed of approximately 5 frames / sec even when all pixels are read out.

Supports data output according to user needs with “ROI read function” etc.

The new product is equipped with a “ROI (Region of Interest) read function” that selectively reads only an arbitrary area. If you want to read only a specific area at high speed, you can use the “ROI read function” at 24 fps for 8K (7,680 x 4,320 pixels), 30 fps for 4K (3,840 x 2,160), and 60 fps for full HD (1,920 x 1,080). Video recording is possible. It also has a “thinning out reading function * ” that thins out the entire image area in the vertical direction to read out, so you can select the data output method that suits your needs.

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    4 patterns of thinning are possible. 1/3 is about 15fps, 1/5 is about 25fps, 1/7 is about 35fps, and 1/9 is about 45fps.
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New Leica SL system camera to be announced along three new SL lenses! Here are the specs!

(High credibility rumor):

Image on top shows the Leica SL with 24-90mm zoom lens.

Yep, our source was right and Leica is indeed going to announce their completely new SL Full Frame mirrorless and autofocus system on October 20! And Leica will announce three new SL lenses with the following specs:

– Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 1: 2.8-4 / 24-90 mm ASPH.
– Leica Apo-Vario-Elmarit-SL 1: 2.8-4 / 90-280 mm
– Leica Summilux-SL 1: 1.4 / 50 mm ASPH.

I have been told this is an extremely expensive cameras. I don’t think this can be a real Sony FE system competitor. It will remain a luxury product for the niche and rich photographers market.

Lens info via Digicameinfo!

(High credibility rumor) The new Leica mirrorless non-rangefinder camera could be named “Leica SL”!

(High credibility rumor):

The current Leicaflex SL (on sale on eBay).

The Taiwan government agency NCC and the Russian agency Novacert registered a new Leica camera which has yet not been announced. The Taiwan government requires all new Wifi capable devices to be registered before they go on sale.

The new Leica camera name is “Leica SL“. This is highly likely going to be the name of Leica’s first Full Frame (non-rangefinder) mirrorles system camera! The camera will be announced in October. And if you wonder why Leica di chose the “SL” appendix than the answer is that one:

Our sources told us the new Leica camera will have a design inspired by the “Leicaflex SL” system (camera here on eBay). The Leicaflex was a camera with mirror but the new Leica SL will simply be a mirrorless camera with EVF in the middle of the body.

A couple of weeks ago one of those sources sent me this:

Coming soon: An interchangeable lens version of the Leica Q, with AF lenses. Due out in time for Photo Plus, in October.
This will not be the replacement to the M240 but rather a new system with new AF lenses, bulkier than the Q or M lines, with an EVF and lighter build despite the bulk. Sensor will be similar, if not the same, as the Q’s sensor. Anticipate that it will come bundled with a 50 mm f/2 Summicron lens and retail around $8,000 USD. Build quality will be comparable to the M line and Q line…much of the Q’s tech, including in body image stabilization, electronic shutter, and built in high res EVF, will be included. The camera may harken in design to Leicaflex bodies of years gone by…like a bulkier XT-1 with more simplified layout. This may end up being called the new “R” camera and may well take old R lenses via adapter, along with new AF R lenses. Not sure that it will take M lenses.

That sounds cool…and expensive!

NCC link found via Digicameinfo. Novacert link via Mistral. Thanks!

(High credibility rumor) The end of a rumor saga? Fuji X-PRO2 will finally be announced in January.

(High credibility rumor):

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The current X-PRO1 with a photoshopped “2”. Yes, exciting change :)

Yes, the long painful wait for the new X-PRO2 is close to an end! The folks at Fujirumors got info from reliable source saying the camera will be announced in January. The major changes are expected to be inside the camera. The X-PRO2 will keep the original X-PRO1 design but (listen listen!) possibly feature a new Sony sensor! Will that mark the end of X-Trans? Probably not but Sony proved to make very high quality sensors and it would certainly help Fuji to use them to keep costs down. I can hear the lament of the Fuji folks on this :)

(High credibility rumor) Zeiss to expand the Loxia range with a new 21mm FE lens.

(High credibility rumor):

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The image on top shows you the nice [shoplink 300350 ebay]Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Biogon ZM lens (listed here on eBay)[/shoplink]. Well if rumors on SAR are correct than Zeiss will launch a new Loxia 21mm f/2.8 for the Sony FE system in mid October. Usually Zeiss uses the same basic design as their ZM version. So expect the Loxia to be similar in internal lens arrangement design, size and optical quality.