Canon has recently announced that they have successfully developed a new full-frame sensor that is capable of recording videos in dimly lit environments.
Here’s an excerpt from the official press release:
Canon Inc. announced today that the company has successfully developed a high-sensitivity 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor exclusively for video recording. Delivering high-sensitivity, low-noise imaging performance, the new Canon 35 mm CMOS sensor enables the capture of Full HD video even in exceptionally low-light environments.
The Canon sensor features pixels with the size of 19 microns square, which means it has over 7.5-times the pixel surface area than the Canon EOS-1D X. To reduce the noise that comes with the increased pixel size, the sensor utilizes new technologies in its pixels and readout circuitry. With these technologies, the CMOS sensor is able to record videos in areas that are already difficult for the naked eye to see objects.
Canon is planning to apply the technology in medical research, astronomy, and surveillance equipment.[Canon via TechCrunch]