Canon Has Five New Super Specialised Image Sensors On Offer

Image Sensors

Canon added five new specialised image sensors to their lineup.

Canon’s superspecialised image sensors are used in industry applications, science, space imagery, and surveillance. To see our coverage of Canon specialised image sensors click here.

Canon 1 Inch 12MP CMOS 4K Sensor

Color CMOS solid-state image sensor, 12 million effective pixels in a square pixel array. Supports read speeds of 24 fps when reading all pixels.

  • Filter Type – RGB
  • Sensitivity – 22,000 e/lx/sec @Analog gain x1 (TBD)
  • Sensor Size – 1 inch
  • Number of Effective Pixels – 4000x 3000 (Horizontal x Vertical)
  • Pixel Size – 3.2 um x 3.2 um
  • Shutter – Rolling shutter 12 bit, 24 fps (All Pixels)
  • Maximum Frame Rate – 10 bit, 60 fps (4K2K)
  • Saturation 22,000 e (TBD) @ Analog gain x 1
  • Dark Random Noise – 2.8 e rms @Analog gain x16 (TBD)
  • Dark Current – 17 e/sec (TBD) @package reverse side 60℃
  • Drive Frequency – 27 MHz (recommended)
  • Output Channels – Data: 12 lanes, Clock: 2 lanes
  • Output Format – LVDS output maximum 648 Mbps @12 bit
  • Power Consumption – 540 mW(Typ.) @All pixels readout 24fps (12bit)
  • Power Supply Voltages 3.3V, 1.8 V
  • Package Type – 150 pin ceramic LGA
  • Package Size – 25.10 mm x 22.20 mm x 2.99 mm

Canon 1/1.7 Inch 12MP CMOS Sensor

Color CMOS solid-state image sensor, 9.3mm measured diagonally, 12 million effective pixels in a square pixel array. Supports 4K/2K video at 30 fps and 12MP still images.

  • Filter Type – RGB
  • Sensitivity – 8,900 e/lx/sec @Analog gain x1 (TBD)
  • Sensor Size – 1 / 1.7 inch
  • Number of Effective Pixels 4000x 3000 (Horizontal x Vertical)
  • Pixel Size – 1.86 um x 1.86 um
  • Shutter – Rolling shutter 12 bit, 15 fps (All Pixels)
  • Maximum Frame Rate – 11 bit, 30 fps (4K2K)
  • Saturation – 12,000 e (TBD) @Analog gain x1
  • Dark Random Noise – 1.3 e rms @Analog gain x16 (TBD)
  • Dark Current – 7 e/sec (TBD) @package reverse side 60℃
  • Drive Frequency – 27 MHz (recommended)
  • Output Channels – Data: 12 lanes, Clock: 4 lanes
  • Output Format – LVDS output maximum 648 Mbps @12bit
  • Power Consumption – 0.52 W (Typ.) @All pixels readout 15 fps (12bit)
  • Power Supply Voltages 3.5V, 3.4V, 3.3 V, 1.8 V
  • Package Type – 129 pin ceramic LGA
  • Package Size – 15.80 mm x 14.90 mm x 2.10 mm

Canon 1/2.32 Inch 2.8MP High Dynamic Range CMOS Sensor

CMOS type of solid-state image sensor (3U3MRXSAA), 1/2.32″ pixel array of 2.81M. Rolling electronic shutter for video to control the charge storage period. Can output effective 1936 x 1456 pixels video at 60 fps and 12bit via 4 channels of digital signal output. Includes HDR ( High Dynamic Range)  drive features. 3U3MRXSAAC has an RGB on-chip color filter.

  • Filter Type – RGB
  • Sensitivity (e/lx/sec) 25,000 (Green) @Analog  gain x1 (TBD)
  • Sensor Size – 1 / 2.32 inch equivalent
  • Number of Effective Pixels 1936 x 1456 (Horizontal x Vertical)
  • Pixel Size – 3.2 um x 3.2 um
  • Scan Type – Progressive scan
  • Shutter – Rolling shutter 120 dB, HDR
  • Dynamic Range – 75dB, Normal
  • Maximum Frame Rate (All Pixels) – 60 fps, Normal, 30 fps, HDR
  • Operating Temperature – -40℃ ~ 105℃(-40°F ~ 221°F)
  • Saturation – 23,000 e @Analog gain x1 (TBD)
  • Dark Random Noise – 2.7 e rms @Analog gain x4 (TBD)
  • Dark Current – 13 e/sec @Analog gain x 1, 60℃ (TBD), TBD @room temperature
  • Drive Frequency – 24MHz (recommended)
  • Output Channels – Data: 4 lanes, Clock: 1 lane MIPI-CSI2 output maximum 576 Mbps
  • Output Format – @in all-pixel operating mode 12bit, 60fps
  • Power Consumption – 300mW (Typ.) @using all pixels 60 fps (TBD)
  • Power Supply Voltages 3.3 V, 1.8 V, 1.2V
  • Package Type – 94 pin ceramic LGA
  • Package Size – 15.07 mm x 13.37 mm x 2.74 mm 

Canon Super 35mm 9.34MP 4K CMOS Sensor

Color CMOS solid-state image sensor, Super 35mm (30mm diagonally), 9.24 million effective pixels in a square pixel array. Supports speeds of 60 fps when reading all pixels, high-sensitivity 4K.

  • Filter Type – RGB
  • Sensitivity – 72,000 e/lx/sec @Analog gain x1 (TBD)
  • Sensor Size – super 35mm (Diagonal30 mm)
  • Number of Effective Pixels 4112x 2248 (Horizontal x Vertical)
  • Pixel Size – 6.4 um x 6.4 um
  • Shutter – Rolling shutter
  • Maximum Frame Rate 12bit, 60 fps (All Pixels)
  • Saturation – 39,000 e(TBD) @Analog gain x1
  • Dark Random Noise –  2.7 e rms @Analog gain x 8 (TBD)
  • Dark Current – 54 e/sec(TBD) @package reverse side 60℃
  • Drive Frequency – 72 MHz (recommended)
  • Output Channels – Data: 24 lanes, Clock: 2 lanes
  • Output Format – LVDS output maximum 576 Mbps @12 bit
  • Power Consumption – 2 W (Typ.) @All pixels readout 60 fps
  • Power Supply Voltages 3.3V, 2.1 V, 1.8 V, 1.0V, 0.85V, -1.2V
  • Package Type – 154 pin ceramic LCC
  • Package Size – 46.00 mm x 38.00 mm x 3.59 mm

Canon Full Frame 50MP CMOS Sensor

Full frame CMOS solid-state color image sensor (43.2mm diagonally), 50.6 million effective pixels in asquare pixel array. High definition, low noise, and reduced dark current.

  • Filter Type – RGB
  • Sensitivity – 32,000 e/lx/sec @Analog gain x16 (TBD)
  • Sensor Size – 35mm Full size (36 mm x 24 mm)
  • Number of Effective Pixels 8688x 5792 (Horizontal x Vertical)
  • Pixel Size – 4.14 um x 4.14 um
  • Shutter – Rolling shutter
  • Maximum Frame Rate – 6.8 fps (All Pixels)
  • Saturation – 38,000 e (TBD)
  • Dark Random Noise – 2.5 e rms @Analog gain x16 (TBD)
  • Dark Current – 9.6 e/sec (TBD) @package reverse side 60℃
  • Drive Frequency – 24 MHz (recommended)
  • Output Channels – Data: 16 ch
  • Output Format – 16 ch analog outputs
  • Power Consumption – 1.5 W (Typ.) @All pixels readout 6.8 fps
  • Power Supply Voltages 5.5V, 4.8V, 3.3V, 2.0V, 1.8 V, 1.5 V, 1.3V, 1.2V, -1.4V
  • Package Type – 104 pin ceramic QFP
  • Package Size – 55.2 mm x 44.35 mm x 2.74 mm

Below you see the full list of Canon’s specialised image sensors, and their area of application. The first five image sensors in the list are the new ones (in bold)

ChromaIFMax Frame Rate
2.8M HDR colorRolling-shutter1 / 2.32 “2.8M3.2RGBMIPI CSI260Surveillance
Full size 50M
Rolling-shutter35mm Full Size50M4.14RGBAnalog
/ Surveillance
1 / 1.7 inch
12M color
Rolling-shutter1 / 1.7 “12M1.86RGBLVDS30
1 inch 12M
Rolling-shutter1 “12M3.2RGBLVDS60
4K color
5MGS monochromeGlobal-shutter2/3 “5M3.4B / WLVDS120Industly
5MGS colorGlobal-shutter2/3 “5M3.4RGBLVDS120Industly
/ Surveillance
5MGS RGBIRGlobal-shutter2/3 “5M3.4RGB / IRLVDS120Industly
/ Life science
120M monochromeRolling-shutterAPS-H120M2.2B / WLVDS9.4Industly
120M RGBRolling-shutterAPS-H120M2.2RGBLVDS9.4Surveillance
/ Industly
120M RGBIRRolling-shutterAPS-H120M2.2RGB / IRLVDS9.4Life science
/ Surveillance
35mm FHD
Rolling-shutter35mm Full Size2M19B / WAnalog
Space science
/ Surveillance
Rolling-shutter35mm Full Size2M19RGBAnalog
Space science
/ Surveillance

Source: Canon News

This Image Sensor Makes It Virtually Impossible To Blow Highlights

Image Sensor

Researchers at the German Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart have developed an image sensor that makes it almost impossible to blow highlights with.

What this image sensor does, is using “self resetting pixels“, i.e. pixels that don’t clip when they get saturated but instead starts over and counts the times it has started over. From the research paper’s abstract:

Conventional CMOS image sensors with a linear transfer characteristic only have a limited dynamic range (DR) of about 60–70 dB. To extend the dynamic range considerably, the already successfully demonstrated concept of a linear self-reset pixel was employed in this work. With the self-reset concept the limit of the maximum analyzable photo generated charge (Qmax) during the exposure time is extended to a multiple of the saturation charge of the photo diode (Qsat) by asynchronous self-resets of the photo diode. Additionally, the remaining charge at the end of the exposure time is evaluated to increase the resolution of the opto-electronic conversion. Thus we achieved pixels with a DR of more than 120 dB combined with an improved low light sensitivity using a pinned photodiode.

In other words: you don’t have to worry about your exposure in order to save highlights in your image. Instead, you can set the best exposure for your subject and safely snap knowing that no highlights will be blown out.

This image sensor is a prototype and likely far from going into production. Never the less, it’s a technological innovation that sooner or later will be featured on image sensors.

The full paper “Realization and opto-electronic Characterization of linear Self-Reset Pixel Cells for a high dynamic CMOS Image Sensor” by Stefan Hirsch, Markus Strobel, Wolfram Klingler, Jan Dirk Schulze Spüntrup, Zili Yu, and Joachim N. Burghartz, is available here.

Let’s hope it’s something Canon will research too.

[via Image Sensors World]

Future Canon Cameras Might Have An Even Better Sensor Dust Removal Feature

Sensor Dust

Canon patent application EP3522515A1 discusses method and technology for an image sensor dust removal system. Canon already has one of the best dust removal systems in the industry, so it can only get better.

Excerpts from the patent literature:

An imaging device such as a digital camera for picking up and recording an image by converting an image signal into an electric signal receives an imaging light flux by means of the image pick up device, which may typically be a CCD (charge coupled device) or a CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) it comprises. Then, the photoelectric conversion signal output from the image pickup device is converted into image data, which image data is then recorded in a recording medium such as a memory card. In such an imaging device, a cover glass, an optical low pass filter, an infrared absorption filter and other parts are arranged in front (on the subject side) of the image pickup device to form an image pickup unit there.

In an imaging device of the above-described type, when foreign objects such as dusts adhere to any of the surfaces of the cover glass and the filters of the image pickup unit, those foreign objects block the incident light flux and are picked up as black spots in the recorded image. Particularly, in the case of a digital single-lens reflex camera, the dusts that are produced when the shutter, the quick return mirror and/or some other part arranged near the image pickup unit is mechanically driven to operate can adhere, if partly, to any of the surfaces of the cover glass and the filters. Additionally, when the lens is being replaced, foreign objects such as dusts can get into the inside of the camera main body by way of the opening of the lens mount and adhere to any of the surfaces of the cover glass and the filters. However, when each of the cover glass and the filters is equipped with a piezoelectric element and the piezoelectric element is made to operate as a vibrating plate that give rise to elastic vibrations (to be referred to as flexural vibrations hereinafter) in the thickness direction, it can be made to operate as a dust removal device for removing the dusts adhering to the surfaces thereof.

[…] in an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a vibration device comprising a vibrating member having at least n (n≥2) piezoelectric elements arranged on a vibrating plate, each of the piezoelectric elements being formed by using a lead-free piezoelectric material and electrodes, wherein, if the temperature that maximizes the piezoelectric constant of the piezoelectric material of each of the n piezoelectric elements is expressed as Tm (m being a natural number from 1 to n), at least two of T1 through Tn differ from each other.

More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

Canon Might Have a 63MP Full Frame Image Sensor On Their Agenda, Leaked Document Suggests

An apparently legit Canon document describing a full frame image sensor with a resolution of 63MP leaked over the web.

The 35MM63MXSCD named CMOS sensor has Dual Pixel AF, shoots around 5fps, and is made with a 300nm manufacturing process.

We expect Canon to announce a high resolution EOS R camera in Q4 2019. Could this be the sensor Canon will feature in their upcoming high resolution EOS R camera? Hard to say. It might be but it might also well be one of Canon’s super-specialised image sensors, maybe even a prototype that never went into production.

The sensor in the leaked document seems at first glance to be the sensor rumored for the high res EOS R model, although the latest rumor we got was talking about a 75MP sensor. We tend to believe this sensor has nothing to do with the upcoming high resolution EOS R camera.

More about Canon’s special purpose sensors can be learned here.

What is you opinion?

[via EOSHD Forum]