Canon unveils 4.5 MILLION ISO (!!!) camera with 164fps video

Canon announces new industrial digital cameras that may see at night, in illumination significantly less than 0.0005 lux!

Think your camera has good ISO performance? Well, there’s good and there’s really good – and Canon has announced two new cameras that definitely fall into the latter category, with astonishing 4.5 million ISO performance.

The Canon ML-100 and Canon ML-105 are a pair of new multipurpose modular cameras, designed for industrial use where capturing video in incredibly low light conditions is crucial.

To this end, both cameras can capture color full-color 1080p movie with illumination of less than 0.0005 lux (at maximum 75 dB gain setting), which is equivalent to a sensitivity in excess of ISO4,500,000.

These aren’t the kinds of cameras intended for vlogging or videography, though; with their ability to record colour low-light images, these machine vision cameras are employed in industrial system design where seeing colour pictures during day and night is paramount.

Both the Canon ML-100 and ML-105 feature next-generation 19um full-frame CMOS sensors. And while not created for consumer use, you can be sure that all the extensive sensor research – such as the recent Canon 250MP sensor – feeds back into the manufacturer’s development of more mainstream bodies.

Indeed, earlier this year Canon won an Emmy Award for its 4 million ISO digital camera – another multifunction program, the Canon ME20F-SH – so these advancements in niche industry cameras certainly informs the broader technology that we enjoy in other cameras (maybe one day Canon will give us a camera to rival the Nikon D6, which has a sensitivity of ISO 3.28 million!).

The Canon ML-100 possesses a CoaXpress terminal, delivering 12-bit RAW video at up to 73fps, with 2.74 million pixels of optimum video output and Region of Interest support – which can push the frame-rate to 164fps at 720p.

The ML-105 camera, meanwhile, has a 3G / HD-SDI terminal for standard video environments. It can output YCC 4:2:2 10-bit output in 1080p resolution at 60fps, powered by Canon’s Digic DV4 image processor.

Both cameras can be obtained with either a Canon EF or M58 mount. The Canon ML-100 with M58 mount will be available at the end of December, while the EF version and both Canon ML-105 options will be available in April 2021.

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