Canon working on 8k Cinema EOS system camera, 8K reference display and 120MP SLR camera

Canon announced that they are currently working on a new 8K Cinema EOS system camera, 8K reference display and a 120MP SLR camera that is probably based on the 120MP CMOS APS-H sensor that was announced back in 2010. Here are the released prototype pictures of the products under development:

Canon 120MP SLR camera

Canon 120MP SLR camera

Canon Cinema EOS System 8K camera

Canon Cinema EOS System 8K camera

Canon Professional 8K reference display

Canon Professional 8K reference display

Full press release:

Canon Developing Next-Generation Imaging Devices To Expand The Possibilities Of Visual Expression

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 8, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera* and professional-use 8K reference display* that will support the production of next-generation 8K video content, along with a still-image single-lens reflex camera equipped with a CMOS sensor featuring approximately 120 million effective pixels.* Through the Company's proprietary imaging technologies, Canon provides still and video input and output devices that contribute to the development of imaging culture.

Canon Inc., as a leading company in the field of imaging technology, conducts research and development into devices designed to support cinema and video production with the aim of expanding the boundaries of visual expression. Through the development of the Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display, Canon aims to contribute to smooth production workflows, facilitating not only the input and output of 8K video content, but also such processes as 8K to 4K down-conversion and 4K cropping.

The Cinema EOS System 8K camera, being developed, will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance, even at a frame rate of up-to-60 frames per second with 13 stops1 of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut. Additionally, featuring a body size that realizes outstanding mobility and a design that delivers high levels of operability, along with an EF mount that offers compatibility with most of Canon's extensive interchangeable EF lens lineup,2 the camera will support diverse shooting styles and means of visual expression.

Incorporating Canon image-processing technology, the ultra-high-resolution 8K reference display currently under development aims to achieve high brightness, high contrast (high dynamic range) and a wide color gamut. Additionally, with a pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch, a level approaching the limit of human visibility, the display intends to make possible ultra-realistic imaging that can enable the reproduction of even subtle changes in light. Furthermore, when used in combination with the Cinema EOS System 8K camera, the display under development will be capable of conveying truly impressive levels of visual expression.

Featuring a resolution of approximately 120 effective megapixels, the SLR camera now being developed will incorporate a Canon-developed high-pixel-density CMOS sensor within the current EOS camera -series platform, which will realize compatibility with most of the Company's diverse interchangeable EF lens lineup.3 The high-resolution images that the camera is being designed to be capable of producing can recreate the three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects, making them appear as if they are really before one's eyes. The camera under development is being designed to facilitate a level of resolution more than sufficient for large-format printing and extensive cropping capability while maintaining fantastic image quality.

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  • WillWeaverRVA

    A DSLR with the 120MP APS-H sensor? So is this going to be like some kind of “super EOS 1D” or something?

  • saywhatuwill

    Well, alrighty then. Sounds like Canon is going to make it real easy to crop the sections you really want for your 1080p and 4k movies.

  • Oompsy

    How many 8k cameras actually exist on the market today? RED 8k Weapon is supposed to come out in the near future… not so sure about current offerings.

  • Jonathan P Soffa

    I find it strange the 120MP sensor they are developing is an APS-H size sensor. Why not just use Full frame size….

    • jojo

      They seem to be using their now redundant APS-H format
      for development and specials, and then they will no doubt transfer to FF or APS-C for anything that makes it to mainline projects.

      Another thought: APS-H sensor with stabilization and
      FF lenses anyone?

    • ZePreem

      Why no medium format? Like a Fuji GX

  • canonboi

    Clearly canon is abandoning the stills market and is putting all their resources to cinema and video.

  • ZePreem

    Kind of a waste, considering my Nixon 8.1mox camera out performs most at 8×10 pints

  • Disqus Discuss

    You could take this more seriously if Canon had done a decent job on the 5DS or whatever, rather than just recycling out-of-date technology.

  • Zachary Larsen

    8k is yesterday’s news. Call me when they have something in 32k

  • Eagle of MorningCalm

    more mega pixel ? No thanks. I just want to have small pixel like 12mp with superior less noise performance.

  • dbltax

    Canon abandoning the idea of creating useful products in favour of a numbers arms race?

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