Canon Is Now Selling Sensors and This Excites Us Greatly

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One of the biggest complaints we’ve had about new cameras has been that images from them all look the same. That’s not entirely a bad thing. However, when you sit down to review camera after camera, and there’s little difference between models, it’s hard to get excited. This, in part, is due to Sony’s domination when it comes to selling camera sensors. However, all this could soon change as Canon has entered the sensor segment and is now selling their camera sensors to third parties. Let’s talk about why this is music to our ears.

This news about Canon sensors being sold to third parties was originally posted on Photo Rumors. They talked about how they reported that Canon might branch out into this segment a few years ago. Sure enough, this has indeed happened. Why Canon has kept this news on the down-low though is perplexing. The news was broken on an official Canon website, though, as far as we know, there have been no press releases.

Canon Sensors For Everyone

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So, what sensors are Canon offering up to others? Right now, it seems as though the camera sensors on offer are going to be better suited to commercial applications. There are four camera sensors in all. Two of them are high Megapixel APS-H sensors (a 250MP and 120MP). One sensor is a 2/3-inch Global Shutter sensor, and the final sensor is a 1/1.8-inch HDR sensor. So, while these sensors might not be snapped up by other mainstream camera makers for use in Mirrorless cameras for the masses, this is still exciting news. Canon has shown with the sensors in the EOS R5 and EOS R6 that their new silicon has the chops to compete with the best sensors out there.

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Sony has been supplying camera sensors to other camera manufacturers for a long time now. Most mass-produced cameras feature Sony sensors, so many cameras these days produce images with similar characteristics. Samsung is another player in the camera sensor market. However, they focus more on smartphones and other industrial cameras. However, we really wish they would enter the ILC fray again.

Having another company, like Canon, selling camera sensors to third parties is definitely a step in the right direction, though. Hopefully, going forward, the camera sensors available to others will become more diverse because, honestly, right now, cameras are becoming quite stale. There needs to be some serious sensor innovation (i.e., full-frame and APS-C global shutters). If Canon entering the sensor market can help speed the development of new sensor technologies along, we’re all for it.

What Do You Think About Canon Selling Camera Sensors?

We always value your opinion here at The Phoblographer. It’s the reason why we always want you to tell us what you want to see too. How do you feel about Canon selling camera sensors? Do you think this is a good move for them? Do you think there needs to be more competition for Sony in this segment? Are camera manufacturers doing enough when it comes to differentiating their products? Lets us know in the comment section below.

Brett Day

Brett Day is the Gear Editor at The Phoblographer and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. Brett has his own photography business that focuses on corporate events and portraiture. In his spare time, Brett loves to practice landscape and wildlife photography. When he's not behind a camera, he's enjoying life with his wife and two kids, or he's playing video games, drinking coffee, and eating Cheetos.