Toshiba are flexing their muscle this week with the announcement of their new image sensor which is capable of capturing 20 megapixels as a capture rate of 30 frames per second (FPS) at maximum resolution, this is of course fantastic and should produce some stunning results. The sensor doesn't end there of course and will also shoot video at 60 frames per second at 1920x1080, 100 frames per second at 1280x720, more than fulfilling a lot of requirements for HFR video playback, so long as you have a compatible display.
More megapixels doesn't mean better images of course and that is something Toshiba seem to be fully aware of, unfortunately not a lot of consumers seem to be aware of the same. Many smart phones these days have crazy high pixel counts on their cameras, more so than most digital cameras that are on the market, yet this doesn't result in better picture for the most part. If it’s not paired with other quality components, most importantly a good lens, it counts for nothing. So it will be interesting to see who does what with this new sensor over the next 12 months.
Pixel count isn't always a mark of quality in its self though and the quality of each pixel matters just as much. Toshiba have increased the amount of information each pixel can read compared to previous generations of CMOS sensors and have also reduced the size of each pixel. This new 20MP version has pixels that measures just 1.2 micrometres across, opposed to the 1.34 micrometres that featured in their 16MP sensor.