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Canon has developed a sensor that can capture Full HD colour videos in 0.08-lux environments

By Ng Chong Seng - on 27 Aug 2020, 5:02am

Canon has developed a sensor that can capture Full HD colour videos in 0.08-lux environments

(Image: Canon.)

Canon has announced that it has developed a sensor that can capture Full HD colour videos in low-illumination environments as dark as 0.08 lux.

Called the LI7050, the 1/1.8-inch CMOS sensor has a pixel size of 4.1µm and features an HDR drive function for a wide dynamic range of 120dB. The latter enables the sensor to capture 30fps videos without blown-out whites and crushed blacks in both very dark and very bright environments (up to 80,000 lux). Even with just normal drive, the sensor still delivers a dynamic range of 75dB, which Canon says is good enough for up to 500-lux environments. 60fps recording is also possible in this normal mode.

Additionally, the LI7050 supports the MIPI CSI-2 interface, so it can be adopted in a wide range of consumer and industrial-use cameras. Obviously, the sensor’s high sensitivity and colour recording ability mean it’s well suited for industrial IP cameras that need nighttime colour recording (remember, conventional IR-based cameras record in monochrome), but it can also be used in other small video cameras, such as underwater drone cameras, microscopes and wearable cameras for security personnel.

Canon has already begun sample shipments of the LI7050; official sales to camera manufacturers will start in late October 2020.

Source: Canon (via DPReview).

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