Canon's once-every-five-year event "Canon EXPO Tokyo 2015" show kicked off in Japan and the company is offering a peek into its vision for the future - the latest imaging technology, as well as future products, solutions and services.
The company plans to commercialize a 4K LCOS projector in the second quarter of next year. A working prototype showcased at the event displays at resolution a of 4,096 × 2,400 pixels, and a brightness of 5,000 lumens. The device is not small - it weigs at 18kg, but its significantly lighter that the existing projectors. It is capable of projecting content sized at 600 inches, and 80-inch at a distance of 1m. A combination of four projectors can be used in order to achieve a 8K theater experience.
Canon is also developing the Cinema EOS System 8K camera with the high resolution of 8,192 × 4,320 pixels (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels). The camera is equipped with a Ultra-High Sensitivity 35mm-equivalent Full-Frame CMOS Sensor, which is possible to capture imagery in extreme low light that the naked eye cannot clearly see. It shoots 8K video at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops of dynamic range and a wide color gamut.
Canon’s 55-inch and 30-inch 8K displays show images with incredible realism as they support HDR. Their brigthness is 600nit and 400nit, respectively, and correspond to a wide color gamut of BT.2020. 8k is the theoretical limit the human eye can see, and these displays have a pixel density of over 300 ppi.
Featuring a resolution of approximately 120 effective megapixels, a new SLR camera now being developed incorporate a Canon-developed high-pixel-density CMOS sensor within the current EOS-series platform, which will realize compatibility with the company’s interchangeable EF lens lineup. The high-resolution images that the camera will be capable of producing will recreate the three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects. The camera will facilitate a level of resolution that is more than sufficient for enlarged poster-sized printout while also enabling images to be cropped and trimmed without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.
The Canon MREAL (mixed reality) system on display in the creates a visualization experience by combining CGI with reality. It’s envisioned to be used in training programs where it’s important for physical objects to be part of the exercise.
Demonstrating the future of sharing family moments is the new Intelligent Imaging for Life System. It has been designed to provide an engaging visual experience that lets users display, interact, organize, and print images directly from cameras and the Connect Station CS100 device.
Canon is also showcasing a table where you can interact with your photos. By placing your camera on the table, you can see the images on the memory card, crop images, print them, and arrange them in a photo album.
Canon has also developed a 250 megapixel (19,580 × 12,600 pixels) CMOS sensor (APS-H size, about 29.2 × 20.2mm) that can capture images in low light without noise. This ultra-high sensitivity sensor can also capture video at 5 frames per second.