The company says its new sensor is capable of distinguishing the lettering on the side of an airplane from 18 km away. APS-H is a sensor size bigger than APS-C but smaller than full-frame and is mainly used on Canon's legacy EOS-1D line of DSLRs.

The sensor has a fast signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels a second. Canon says it has good noise performance despite the pixel count. Also, the sensor can be used to capture incredibly high-resolution video, about 30 times sharper than 4K at five frames per second.

Canon says the new sensor technology could likely be used in specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment and the field of visual expression.