Canon Launches the World’s First Ultra-High-Sensitivity Camera with a SPAD Sensor
Canon has introduced a new security camera, the MS-500. The MS-500 is the world’s first ultra-high-sensitivity interchangeable-lens camera equipped with a SPAD sensor. A SPAD sensor is a new type of image sensor that uses a technology called “photon counting” to detect light particles (photons) that enter each pixel. Unlike conventional CMOS sensors, which measure the amount of light that reaches the pixel within a given time, the SPAD sensor counts every single photon and outputs it as a digital signal. This allows the SPAD sensor to achieve zero-noise during signal readout and capture clear, full-color images even in extremely low-light environments.
The MS-500 is a breakthrough product that can capture clear, full-color images even in extremely low-light environments, such as night skies and dark tunnels. The MS-500 is designed for high-precision monitoring applications, such as seaports, airports, and national borders, where it can accurately identify and track subjects that are several kilometers away, even in darkness.
The MS-500 has a 1.0 inch SPAD sensor with the world’s highest pixel count of 3.2 megapixels. The camera also has a built-in B4 bayonet lens mount, which enables it to use Canon’s broadcast lenses that excel at super-telephoto image capture. The MS-500 is designed for high-precision monitoring applications, such as seaports, airports, and national borders, where it can accurately identify and track subjects that are several kilometers away, even in darkness. The MS-500 also has custom picture functions that help improve visibility, such as noise and haze reduction.
The MS-500 is a game changer because it offers unprecedented performance and versatility in ultra-low-light imaging. The MS-500 can capture images that are impossible to obtain with conventional cameras, such as stars and satellites in the night sky, vehicles and pedestrians in dark tunnels, and wildlife and poachers in dark forests. The MS-500 can also provide valuable information for security and surveillance purposes, such as facial recognition, license plate recognition, and object detection. The MS-500 can also be used for scientific and industrial applications, such as astronomy, bioluminescence, fluorescence imaging, and quantum cryptography.
The SPAD sensor uses a method called “photon counting”, which counts light particles (photons) that enter a pixel. Unlike the “electric charge accumulation method” of the CMOS sensor, which measures the amount of light accumulated in a pixel over a period of time, the incoming photon generates an electron and can be instantly multiplied by about 1 million times and outputted as a large electrical signal. Since each photon is counted digitally, it makes it possible for noise not to enter during signal readout.
Full HD clear color shooting is possible even under minimum subject illumination of 0.001 lux.
The MS-500 is equipped with the conventional bayonet mount (BTA S-1005B standard compliant), common for broadcast lenses. Canon’s abundant broadcast lenses with ultra-telephoto performance can be utilized.
The MS-500 is expected to be available in the market by the end of 2023. For more information about the MS-500 and its specifications, please visit Canon’s official website.