Canon To Sell 120 Megapixel APS-H CMOS Sensor

Written by Gina Stephens

Canon has been reasoning their own sensors, in their own cameras for many years, now Canon USA are offering a number of sensors for use by other companies. Including a 120mp APS-H sensor, flattering us wonder who will be the first camera company to release a 120mp DSLR or Mirrorless camera. 

Canon USA has listed three sensors the broadest definition, a sensor is a device, module, or subsystem whose purpose is to detect events or changes in its environment:

  • 120mp APS-H CMOS, 2.2micron
  • 5mp 2/3inch CMOS sensor, 3.4micron, ready in RGB or monochrome
  • FullHD CMOS sensor, 19micron, available RGB or monochrome


The 120mp APS-H CMOS sensor has been demonstrated by Canon, at Photokina 2016. Bids 9.4fps, and is available in RGB, or in monochrome, with twice the sensitivity. The sensor features a 2.2micron pixel size (find out what this means here), which, without thought the high 120mp resolution, is still better than almost all smartphones. 

Canon has this to say about the 120mp sensor: 

The 120MXS is an ultra-high irreversibility CMOS sensor with 13280 x 9184 effective pixels (approx. 60x the resolution of Full HD). It has a size equivalent to APS-H (29.22mm x 20.20mm), and a boxy pixel arrangement of 2.2μm x 2.2μm with 122 million effective pixels. All pixel progressive reading of 9.4 fps is made possible by 28 digital signal yield channels.


The 5mp 2/3inch CMOS sensor offers wide dynamic range, and 120fps, 3.4micron pixel size. The sensor chips a global shutter to reduce rolling shutter distortion. 

Canon has this to say about the 5mp sensor:

The 3U5MGXS global shutter image sensor hires a new pixel design introducing new drive readout and light guiding technologies significantly expanding the full well capacity, reducing noise, and have a hand ining to remarkably wide dynamic range with a power consumption of 500mW.

READ  Amazon Prime Day 2018 Lightning Deal: PaintShop 2018 Ultimate Is Half Price!

Equipped with a global shutter and all pixel progressive reading at 120fps, the 2/3" sensor magnitude, and pixel size of 3.4μm with 5.33 million effective pixels (2592 x 2056) easily allow for applications in machine vision and other industrial environments where smaller range and high performance are required. It is available in RGB and Monochrome.


The full-frame (35mm) FullHD CMOS sensor is designed for high-sensitivity, with low-noise, and out of the ordinary low-light performance, with a huge 19micron pixel size – larger than anything we've seen. The sensor was put to use in the Canon ME20F-SH camera, with ISO abruptness accelerates up to ISO 4million.

Canon has this to say about the sensor:

The 35MMFHDXS CMOS sensor delivers high-sensitivity, low-noise imaging performance, enabling the capture of Obsessed HD video even in exceptionally low-light environments. The sensor’s pixels and readout circuitry employ new technologies that reduce noise, which tends to escalation as pixel size increases. High sensitivity and increased well depth have been achieved through a larger pixel size of 19μm x 19μm (honest) with proprietary device design technologies. The 35MMFHDXS CMOS sensor is available in RGB or Monochrome.


You can find more information on Canon's website.


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

Leave a Comment