Rumour: Canon developing 83-megapixel EOS R camera

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Canon could be developing a mirrorless camera body with an 83-megapixel sensor, according to a new patent.

Canon News discovered a patent in Japan for an 83.06-megapixel sensor of 11,150 x 7,450 pixels in size. A translation of the patent description states:

A large number of pixels of 4 columns × 4 rows (8 columns × 8 rows of focus detection pixels) are arranged on the surface to enable acquisition of a captured image (focus detection signal). In the first embodiment, the period P is 4 [mu] m, the number of pixels N in the lateral 5575 columns × vertical 3725 lines of pixels = about 20.75 million pixels, the column period P of the focus detection pixels AF is 2 [mu] m, the focus detection pixel number N AF lateral The description will be made assuming that the imaging device has 11150 columns × vertical 7450 rows = approximately 83.06 million pixels.

Meanwhile, Canon Rumors reports receiving a ‘mini-flood’ of information since the patent publication about Canon’s intentions for the new sensor.

Canon Rumors says its sources claim the 83MP sensor will sit inside a new EOS R camera that is larger than the original EOS R and has a deeper grip. It will also reportedly offer a joystick, tilting viewfinder, dual SD card slots and a larger LCD than the EOS R.

This news gels with previous reports that Canon is developing a new EOS R camera that will top the recently announced Sony A7R IV in resolution.

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