Back in March, we reported on a special 35mm full frame sensor that Canon developed for video applications. And when it was announced, it was turning a lot of heads. As a refresher, the announcement stated that it is a:
“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.”
Since March, we have seen no applications for which the sensor was being used. But now, Canon Watch found something on the company’s website. However, they also stated today that, “In addition to astronomical and natural observation, Canon is looking into applying this CMOS sensor to medical research purposes as well as surveillance and crime-prevention equipment.”
That means that we may not ever see it in cinema camcorders. Head on over to their website for a look at the video.