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Canon ML – New Full-Frame Cameras with ISO 4,500,000 Announced

November 4th, 2020 Jump to Comment Section 1
Canon ML - New Full-Frame Cameras with ISO 4,500,000 Announced

Canon has just announced two new FHD , full frame camera models , the Canon ML - 100 and ML - 105 with ultra high light sensitivity , aimed mostly at industrial use . Both models come with either Canon EF or M58 lens mounts . The 19 - micron pixels allow the light sensitivity to go as high as 75dB ( equivalent of 4 , 560 , 000 ISO ). Depending on the models , the cameras can output RAW or processed video signal .

Canon first introduced a VERY light - sensitive full frame FHD camera already five years ago , the Canon ME20F-SH, and this camera was already able to reach 75dB ( approximately 4 , 560 , 000 ISO ) in light sensitivity . ( More information on that camera can be found here : our article and video from the IBC 2015).

Canon ML - 100 and ML - 105 Cameras

Both new models incorporate a full - frame CMOS sensor with large 19um ( 19 microns ) pixels . Although the sensor size and resolution stayed the same , Canon states this is a new sensor , not the one used in the ME20F - SH . The light sensitivity reaches a maximum of 75dB , which equals approximately 4 , 560 , 000 ISO . According to Canon , the camera will be able to capture color video with a minimum subject illumination of less than 0. 0005 lux .

Canon ML series cameras with EF Mount . Source : Canon

Both , the ML - 100 and ML - 105 will come in two different versions with different lens mounts &# 8211 ; either Canon EF or M58 mount . The cameras offer a compact , cube - shaped body and modular design that allows implementation and integration into industrial solutions . Both models will not be able to record internally and the difference between them lies in the recording options and connectivity .

Canon ML series cameras with M58 Mount . Source : Canon

The Canon ML - 100 camera features a CoaXpress terminal , which allows for the transmission of video , camera - control data and power on a single coaxial cable . The one - cable - does - it - all design could be suitable for use in industrial systems . The CoaXpress terminal produces 12 - bit RAW data output at up to 73 fps ( full sensor readout ) or up to 164fps at 720p resolution in crop mode , which Canon calls &# 8220 ; Region of Interest &# 8221 ;. The ML - 100 features approximately 2 . 74 million pixels of maximum video output .

The Canon ML - 105 camera features a standard 3G / HD - SDI video terminal and has the Canon DIGIC DV4 image processor built - in . Thanks to the processor , the camera can output processed YCC 4 : 2 : 2 10 - bit image in Full HD 60fps . It is worth noting that according to Canon , the ML - 105 has not been yet authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ).

Canon ML - 100 ( right ) and ML - 105 ( left ) cameras connectors . Source : Canon

I am curious to see if the new sensor handles noise better than the older full - frame 19 microns sensor . Outside of industrial use , I can see the extreme lowlight performance being useful , for instance , in wildlife cinematography . What do you think ?

Price and Availability

According to Canon , the M58 mount version of the Canon ML - 100 multi - purpose camera is scheduled to be available at the end of December 2020 , and the other three models are scheduled to be available in April 2021 .

There is no word about pricing yet . As a reference , the five years old Canon ME20F - SH retails for $ 19 , 999 . We will update the article as soon as we get more information about pricing .

What do you think about the new Canon ML - 100 and ML - 105 cameras ? Can you see the cameras being used outside of the industrial sector , as well ? Let us know in the comment section underneath the article .

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