A digital image sensor that boasts resolutions of more than 20 megapixels is definitely one which conforms to the full-frame form factor, right? Not if Sony has got anything to say about it: rumours are abuzz that the Japanese electronics giant has got plans to introduce an APS-C format image sensor that is capable of capturing images at a jaw-dropping resolution of 25 megapixels.
Read on to find out more.
It is common knowledge that most crop body DSLRs which make use of either the Four-Thirds or APS-C image sensor formats are usually capable of capturing still images at resolutions of approximately 14 to 20 megapixels. This means that photographers who want to capture high-quality still images at much higher resolutions will have no choice but to invest in cameras which feature either full-frame or medium format image sensors, both of which are much bigger than the typical APS-C image sensor and usually cost significantly more than the latter.
However, it appears that Sony has got something in mind that will allow photographers to shoot the same high-resolution images typically found on full-frame and medium format DSLRs on a cheaper crop body camera. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but the rumour is that the Japanese electronics giant is currently in the process of developing an APS-C sensor that packs enough pixels to kick resolutions up to full-frame and medium format territory.
At the center of this rumour is Sony DSLR trainer Michael Bubolo, who reportedly claimed in an interview with Amateur Photographer that he had heard unsubstantiated reports about the company’s plans to shove a 25 megapixel APS-C sensor into a future Sony Alpha DSLR. According to Bubolo, the new sensor is also said to be much more sensitive than Sony’s current batch of sensors, and can supposedly attain ISO levels of up to hundreds of thousands, a figure which is currently only available on top-of-the-line full-frame and medium-format camera bodies.
No further information about the rumoured 25-megapixel image sensor has been leaked out yet, so readers should probably take such information with a grain of salt. That being said, it will be interesting to see whether the introduction of such a sensor will have any long-reaching effects on the sale of professional full-frame and medium format cameras.