I am currently at the SPIE meeting in San Diego where I learned that Canon is going to start offering some of their sensor technology to other camera manufacturers. They were showing a number of new CMOS chips with extended NIR capability out to 1100 mm. In my view, most of those chips are uninteresting because they have 19 micron pixels.
The one new chip that they had on display that was interesting was an APS-H (29.22 mm x 20.20 mm) with 2.2 micron square pixels. That is a whopping 13,280 x 9,148 pixel, 120 Mpx array! It has 28 output channels so that it can be read at 9.4 fps. Wow. The bin depth is 10,000 e- and dark current is 8.1 e-/sec at 60C. They couldn't give me a read noise or QE spec. The chip is available in a color (RGB) or a mono version.
And now for the bad news. The price for chip alone is $10,000. I explained to them that for the amateur AP market, they'd have to get the price down by a factor of 2-4 before there would be much interest. To my surprise, they seemed interested to hear that news and expressed some interest in attending the AIC meeting to learn more about the AP market.
I don't know if this will go anywhere, but it is interesting to see that Canon is starting to market their chip technology. You can view their site along with the spec sheet at:
Here's a photo of the chips that they had in the booth.
Edited by jhayes_tucson, 08 August 2017 - 06:22 PM.