Canon U.S.A., the Double 2022 Gold ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Champion for Best IT Access Control & Authentication and Best Device Visibility and Control Solutions, is introducing the Canon MS-500.
The Canon MS-500, an ultra-high-sensitivity interchangeable-lens camera (ILC), is equipped with a SPAD sensor that features the world’s highest pixel count on its 1” Single Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) sensor of 3.2 megapixels.
Canon announced the development of the camera in April 2023, and visitors to the Canon booth at NAB 2023 saw a working sample of the camera in action.
In areas with extremely high-security levels, such as seaports, public infrastructure facilities, and national borders, high-precision monitoring systems are required to surveil targets day and night accurately.
The new MS-500 camera achieves a minimum subject illumination of 0.001 lux3. Combined with ultra-telephoto broadcast lenses, the MS-500 may capture clear color videos of subjects at a distance of several miles, even at night.
The new MS-500 helps to strengthen Canon’s ultra-high-sensitivity camera lineup, which also includes the ME20 and ML Series, allowing the company to meet a variety of customer needs in the advanced surveillance market.
(Learn how the Ultra-High-Sensitivity MS-500 multi-function camera with the SPAD (Single Photon Avalanche Diode) sensor innovates long-range surveillance even in dark conditions. Courtesy of Canon and YouTube.)
SPAD Sensor Plus Broadcast Lenses Enable Long-Range Night Surveillance
The SPAD sensor uses a technology known as “photon counting,” which counts light particles (photons) that enter a pixel. When incoming photons are converted to an electric charge, they are amplified approximately one million times and extracted as digital signals, making detecting even small amounts of light possible.
In addition, every single one of these photons is digitally counted, prohibiting the introduction of additional noise during signal readout—a key advantage of SPAD sensors.
This enables clear color video shooting even under a 0.001 lux low-light environment.
The MS-500 camera has a built-in, industry-standard B4 bayonet lens mount (based on BTA S-1005B standards), a widely used mount for 2/3-inch broadcast lenses. The lens mount allows operators to utilize Canon’s extensive lineup of broadcast lenses.
“At Canon, we’re leveraging our storied history of developing sensors and other imaging technologies to create robust solutions that fit specific market needs,” explains Brian Mahar, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group.
“From our relationships in the government and security industries, it was clear that there was a need in the market for camera technologies that could capture images at long distances, in the dark, and in adverse conditions.”
“A challenging task, but one that we could meet by leaning on our SPAD sensor technology. The MS-500 is designed to be a robust addition to a high-precision monitoring system for numerous environments.”
Improve Visibility, Including Noise and Haze Reduction with Custom Picture Functions
The effect of noise and atmospheric turbulence, particularly in dark environments, may cause issues with video resolution, especially in long-range surveillance applications.
To help mitigate this occurrence, CrispImg2, a Custom Picture preset mode that optimizes resolution and contrast while suppressing image noise, is a standard setting in the custom picture menu.
Users can also create custom picture profiles to adjust and save image quality settings according to various shooting environments, enabling users to shoot high-visibility videos virtually any time of day or night.
The MS-500 camera also includes Haze Compensation and Smart Shade Control (SSC) features that help reduce the effects of haze and mist while automatically adjusting contrast and image brightness.
The Canon MS-500 SPAD Sensor Camera is available for an estimated retail price of $25,200.00.
To learn more, please visit usa.canon.com.
Canon U.S.A. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States, Latin America, and Caribbean markets.
Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility.
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Canon U.S.A. Recognized for Sixth Year in Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards
American Security, Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards, the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, now in its Eighth Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.
Canon U.S.A. (First of Two)
Best IT Access Control & Authentication Solution
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Canon U.S.A. (Second of Two)
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*Canon U.S.A. has now been recognized as a Multiple ‘ASTORS’ Awards Champion for their Sixth Consecutive Year in the Annual Homeland Security Awards Program.
Additionally, Axis Communications, a Canon Company, has also been recognized in the 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Programs, respectively.