Get ready videographers, Canon is prepping something big. The company has developed a new full frame sensor specifically for video use. According to their press release,
“CMOS sensor features pixels measuring 19 microns square in size, which is more than 7.5-times the surface area of the pixels on the CMOS sensor incorporated in Canon’s top-of-the-line EOS-1D X and other digital SLR cameras. In addition, the sensor’s pixels and readout circuitry employ new technologies that reduce noise, which tends to increase as pixel size increases. Thanks to these technologies, the sensor facilitates the shooting of clearly visible video images even in dimly lit environments with as little as 0.03 lux of illumination, or approximately the brightness of a crescent moon—a level of brightness in which it is difficult for the naked eye to perceive objects.”
Canon successfully captured video with the sensor while filming a meteor shower and when recording video in a room lit only by one candle. The video is still very pre-production stage but it’s awesome to know that they’re making progress.