CES 2021 was relatively disappointing for camera lovers. Now, there were not any camera hardware was announced during the Consumer Electronic Show that would make you sit up and take note. Canon, was no different. However, at the same event, it did something that has made people talk.
Canon has unveiled an interactive site which will allow you to use its CE-SAT-1 satellite and it will be equipped with a lightly modified 5D Mark III DSLR.
The satellite can be used to grab simulated photos of locations that include New York City, the Bahamas and Dubai. Under this, you will be able to click images from space while sitting at home. This microsatellite was rolled out by the camera maker in 2017 and it will hold an EOS 5D Mark III camera which is fitted with a 40 cm Cassegrain-type (mirror) 3720mm telescope.
The satellite orbits at a 600 km orbit (375 miles) and it will provide about a 36-inch ground resolution within a 3×2 mile frame. Canon also claims it houses a PowerShot S110 for wider images.
This new website also has an interactive demo of the satellite and this will take you through the concept. Also, it will showcase images that are clicked from different parts of the world. And, you can also use pre-captured images from a wide variety of locations – that include the Bahamas, New York City, San Jose, Alaska, Japan, Antarctica and more.
Now, there is one catch here. The users will be able to go this new website and capture the images, these are not the real time images but pre-captured shots by the satellite. Each of this shot will show the location and altitude of the image. If users want to capture live images, Canon would need to move the CE-SAT-1 around the Earth at nearly 17,000 miles per hour.