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Published On: Thu, Apr 12th, 2018

Canon’s Sensor Shoots Footage in the Dark, Company Rolls Out Firmware Upgrades

Canon’s new 2.2-megapixel chip allows users to capture slow motion footage in the dark to offer dramatic videos. Canon’s race to compete with Sony has heated up in recent weeks, as the company hopes to remain relevant.

Canon released a 120-megapixel video last week followed by footage of the company’s new full-frame sensor, the 35MMFHDXS CMOS. The 2.2-megapixel sensor has been designed to capture video in extreme low-light conditions.

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The sensors capture video at 100 frames per second and offer video that outshines infrared sensors that distort images.

Commercial customers can purchase the sensor, which is offered in color and monochrome. The company claims that new technology has been deployed to reduce noise. Canon initially designed the sensor to be used for security purposes, but professional photographers are vying for the chance to capture wildlife and outdoor scenery at night.

The sensors offered high-speed capture with a maximum of 100 FPS.

Sony has been a main producer of sensors for high-end photography, with many camera manufacturers relying on Sony’s chips to offer advanced cameras. Canon’s new sensor is completely built in-house, with the company’s demo video showing the detail of a waterfall and the stars in the sky shot in very low-light conditions.

The 35mm sensor offered 19um with Full HD CMOS.

Canon also announced the release of a professional video firmware upgrade. The upgrade provides a major update for camera models: XF405, XF400 and C200. The three models will get the addition of the XF-AVC Canon video format. The addition removes the need to use a third-party MXF converter for several models.

Canon’s EOS C200, C300, C300 Mark II, C700 and C700 GS models will also have lens metadata embedded into the footage shot on the cameras.

Owners of the EOS C300 Mark II and EOS C200 will enjoy new enhancements to the touchscreen. The touchscreen will be more sensitive and allow users to have an easier time focusing on their selection.

Canon will also be upgrading the Wireless File Transmitter to meet regulatory compliance. The transmitter is for the WFT-E8 Wi-Fi adapter. Cinema RAW Light will be getting 24-bit LCPM audio on the Canon EOS C200. The C200 will also have the camera’s output monitoring capability upgraded to the Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) when using certain HDR workflow displays.

Firmware upgrades will be available to all owners of the Canon models above on the company’s official Canon Support site. The upgrade will also increase support for new Canon lenses, allowing users to have advanced lens functionality in the future.

The EOS C200 will receive additional upgrades, too, including a digital teleconverter option that adds x1.5, x3 and x6 function. Canon has also made editing easier on the C200 with the addition of segmented frame support. The segmented frame support will allow monitoring on previously unsupported monitors.

Certain models will notice an increase in efficiency and improved production workflow. The XF405, XF400, XF-AVC and C200 will also have greater efficiency, with high-definition and ultra-high-definition footage.

Author: Jacob Maslow

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