Canon’s New Low-Light Sensor Shoots 100fps in the Dark

In a bid to break their self-proclaimed innovation slump, Canon has announced three new sensors, one being a new 2.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor capable of ultra-high speeds in extremely low-light conditions.

Shown above, Canon’s 35MMFHDXS CMOS Sensor is capable of shooting an incredible 100 frames per second in 1080p Full HD resolution – all in low light.

This is great news for us nature photographers, as the sensor enables crisp slow-motion footage of moving subjects to be shot at night – footage that would be hazy using traditional technology.

“The 35MMFHDXS CMOS sensor delivers high sensitivity, low-noise imaging performance, even in exceptionally low-light environments,” Canon states. “The sensor’s pixels and readout circuitry employ new technologies that reduce noise, which tends to increase as pixel size increases.”

The video shows the full extent of the sensor’s abilities with clips of people walking, rushing streams, and starry night skies that are captured in mesmerising, pin-sharp HD video.

“High sensitivity and increased well depth have been achieved through a larger pixel size of 19µm x 19µm (square) with proprietary device design technologies. The 35MMFHDXS CMOS sensor is available in RGB or Monochrome.”

Although the video footage is impressive, we are keen to see how the sensor will perform with wildlife subjects in motion, as the sensor could potentially transform the filming and study of nocturnal animals.

The all-new sensor lineup also includes a colossal 120 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, which comes in at about 60x the resolution of Full HD video, as well as a 5MP 2/3-inch global shutter sensor.

For more information on the new sensors, head over to Canon’s official sensor portal. The portal contains a wealth of information on the three new sensors, including specification sheets and white papers for each.

Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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