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Canon Releases Video Sample of New High-Sensitivity Sensor
By Joseph Tepper, September 14, 2013 @ 09:00 AM (EST)

How would you go about testing the high-sensitive capabilities of Canon’s latest full frame CMOS sensor? What about trying to capture the minute amount of light emitted from fireflies.

That’s exactly what the folks at Canon did, this week releasing a video sample of the photoshoot. The light from the fireflies amounts to just .01 lux, a value that even challenges the naked human eye.

The high sensitivity chip uses large pixels, allowing it to capture light around ten times less bright than current CCDs used for astronomy. Each pixel is 7.5 times larger than those of the Canon EOS 1DX.

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