Just recently Sony's Z5 smartphones created a flurry at IFA in Berlin for their powerful 23MP cameras, a resolution rarely touched upon by phone makers and making us wonder if spending on digital cameras makes sense anymore.
However, Canon just announced who's the boss by revealing a sensor that features a resolution more than ten times the one featured by Sony's latest flagships.
The new 250MP APS-H CMOS sensor features a mind boggling resolution of 19,580 x 12,600 pixels, just enough for you to zoom in and count an ant's feet as it walks through your neighbour's roof. If that isn't enough, it'll make you read the markings on an airplane flying 18 kilometres away!
Both Sony and Canon are Japanese corporations, by the way.
As for the sensor, the presence of thousands of pixels doesn't in any way add any noise to the resulting images. The sensor can processes as much as 1.25 billion pixels a second and can process high resolution videos that are thirty times sharper than 4k videos. Even if it is on paper, it's unlikely our naked eyes will be able to discern the difference as much as Canon intends them to do.
However, the video capturing feature could be more apt for commercial or official use. Canon says that the sensor can help with "specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression."
Even so, the technology now exists and if you can afford it, smartphone cameras would mean no more than mere binoculars to you in future.