Canon developed a sensor that “sees” in the dark

posted on March 5th 2013 in Photography with 0 Comments

Photography in low light conditions is the workhorse of the brands today. While the photos in normal conditions are always great, when we’re in low light we have to refine the criteria and it is one of the situations when we can notice the capabilities of a good photographer. Now Canon has managed to make a sensor that captures so much light that seems to see in the dark.

Canon has announced today that they have developed a CMOS sensor full-frame 35mm high sensitivity and exclusive video recording. What this sensor provides is an image with very little noise in low light environments. This is achieved by having pixels that measure 19 microns, or what is the same, pixels that are 7.5 times larger than what we can find  now in the top model from Canon, the EOS-1D X. Furthermore we have used a new circuitry that helps reduce noise processed image.

This makes the sensor able to record clear images with an illumination of 0.03 lux, like the illumination provided by the crescent moon. If we use the time to see stars and other bodies in the night sky, its capacity far exceeds from the human eye.

As you can see in the video, it has been captured footage of proof to demonstrate the capabilities of the sensor and compared with one type EMCCD. As seen in the dark room, it is appreciated not only more clearness but also we can see the subject’s face. When recording the starry sky the stars are seen as if there were no atmosphere, and the most impressive part is perhaps the last recorded scene where we see a full moon. In the shot with the new sensor seems to be the day.

Perhaps the only drawback is the output resolution. To be lower than with ordinary sensors has decided to use only for video, it does not require much resolution.

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