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01.06.20         photography  

The Mega Pixel War Just Ended - Here is Why | Why there won't be a 100 MP FF (35mm) Sensor


With all the problems we have been seeing in resolving power of the Canon M6ii and the Canon 90D, I get a few questions each week asking me this marks the end of the Mega Pixel War. The short answer is Yes, we have reached a point where camera manufacturers have crammed so many mega pixels into sensors that to add more will create a host of problems, namely with lens resolving power.

The long answer is a little bit more tricky, as every system has its own limits and constraints in regards to lens mounts. I expect the R line to be very good, but not much better than the 75-85 MP of the expected high MP R coming in 2020, the reason? Physics. Its essentially maxed out at that point.

Could we see a 40 MP APSC or 100 Mega Pixel Full Frame Sensor (35mm equivalent)? Of course it can be made, but it would require very high performing lenses, and even then diffraction would be setting in even earlier. Economically, it would be a specialist type of ecosystem, not one for the masses.

There are other ways to get into higher MP images, such as using sensor shift / multiple exposures, but lots of strange things start happening when we get into very tight pixel pitches, so, no- its not likely the Mega Pixel war will go much further. Camera manufacturers will have to find new ways to compete. Enjoy!

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