Canon has announced the development of a high-sensitivity 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor for recording videos in extremely low-light conditions.
Canon was ranked the top Japanese patent holder in the United States. Overall, the company is the third US patent holder, behind giants like IBM and Samsung.
Today, the company has announced that it has successfully developed a high-sensitivity 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor for capturing full HD videos.
Canon’s new 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor was designed only for recording videos
According to Canon, the new sensor is aimed exclusively at film-makers, as it is not intended for taking pictures. The new 35mm sensor can record crisp full HD videos even in low-light conditions.
The camera maker announced that the sensor’s pixels measure only 19-micron in size, meaning that they are 7.5 times bigger than the pixels of the Canon EOS 1D X DSLR.
The new sensor is based on innovative technologies, designed to reduce noise levels. It is widely known that bigger pixels are more susceptible to noise, but Canon’s breakthrough technology will reduce noise levels to a minimum.
Canon added that the 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor can capture “clearly visible” videos in dim environments with an illumination of only 0.03 lux. This is only as bright as a crescent moon and in these conditions it is very hard for the human eye to see any objects.
Conventional CCD sensors have roughly the same perception of the human eye while recording astral videos. However, the new sensor can capture stars of 8.5 magnitude, compared to the naked eye which can see stars of 6 magnitude.
Canon’s camera prototype, based on the new high-sensitivity sensor, is already on display
Canon has already developed a prototype camera based on the new sensor. The company successfully tested the 35mm full-size sensor in a room illuminated by burning incense sticks with amazing results.
Moreover, it recorded the Geminid meteor shower, in order to demonstrate its capabilities while recording astral bodies.
The company said that the new sensor will have implications in astronomy, nature observation, medical research, and surveillance equipment. For the time being, a release date has not been mentioned, but the CMOS sensor should become available soon.
Canon announced that the 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor which can record high-sensitivity and low-noise footage is on display at the Security Show 2013, an event which takes place between March 5 and March 8 in Tokyo, Japan.