Back from Canon Expo

I am back from presenting at the Canon Expo which ran August 31 to September 3, at the Javits Center in NY. Personally I was working with a wonderful designer named Cat Nastasoiu. We would come up with a concept for an ad and then execute the concept and output the whole thing in about 10 minutes. There was lots of new technology although most of it has not been incorporated into a product and no details about future products were available. Still it was truly enlightening to have a peak at the future. For me one of the coolest things that I saw was a prototype LCD monitors with an 8-megapixel display, or roughly 4x HD. This Ultra-High-Definition 8-Megapixel display blew me away. I was able to read small Photoshop type from 10 feet away. I can’t wait for the day when two of these are on my desktop.  Below are some of my shots for one of our ads on one of the new screens.Other things that I saw were a Multipurpose Camera which resembled something like a futuristic Hasselblad which Canon also called a 4K camera. The design includes an integrated 7-140mm, 20x optical zoom lens with maximum apertures of f/1.8 to f/3.8. The lens drive system is a new design that is electronically controlled. The Canon Multipurpose Camera’s 2/3-inch, 8-megapixel CMOS sensor shoots video at more than 60 frames per second at a resolution that’s four times greater than HD. That’s 4,000 lines of resolution, or 4,096 pixels wide.

I also saw a 300mm wafer-size CMOS sensor with 600um pixels, which is able to capture a 1-megapixel image. The extreme sensitivity allows the sensor to capture clear human facial expressions in light measuring only 1 lux, a light level where the naked eye would only see faint movement of shadows, according to Canon. The Ultra High-sensitivity CMOS sensor is currently used in a telescope in Japan.

I was intrigued by a  Ultra High-Resolution Panorama Camera’s with a 120-megapixel sensor roughly the size of Canon’s current APS-H chip, as used in the EOS-1D Mark IV.Canon also said that the 120-megapixel sensor was comparable to the number of optic nerves in the human eye, which is about 130 million. The sensor can output 1.4 frames per second with a 2.52 Gbps data rate. It can also output Full HD video at 60 fps from a designated area on the sens

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