Monday, September 16, 2013

Canon Reveals New Video Sensor That Shoots in the Dark

Canon's full-frame CMOS sensor
Low-light sensitivity is one of those things that you look at and are impressed by when buying a camera or camcorder. Can you shoot a birthday surprise in the light of a cake full of birthday candles? It's not as if you get that many reasons to shoot in those lighting situations, but...

Canon has introduced a new video sensor that shoots detailed video in 0.01 lux, in other words total darkness. And after improving and tweaking the sensor, they have now released a video of Yaeyama-hime fireflies on the Japanese island of Ishigaki. The details are pretty amazing, and the closeups of the flashing of the fireflies attains an effect like that of a police car's flashing roof light.

Currently, the sensor seems to have some limitations that rule out its shooting in full normal light, so Canon sees it as a specialized product for applications like medical research and surveillance.

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
Gizmodo

Link to article:

Excerpt: "Back in March, Canon showed off an in-development video sensor that could capture the details of a scene in almost no light. The results were primitive, but impressive. A new video clip of fireflies in a dark forest shows the progresses Canon is making, and it's pretty amazing.

The new clip was shot with a prototype camera featuring the new full-frame CMOS sensor shooting in full HD at 30 fps. Clearly there's a lot of detail in the vegetation and glowing fireflies captured, despite the fact that the shot was taken after sunset with a light level of about .01 lux. That means that if you were standing in that forest you would hardly be able to see anything at all with the naked eye."

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