Canon security engineers are sure to create a little sibling rivalry with their engineer friends at Axis over their announcement of a 600mm* pan-tilt-zoom with extreme low-light capabilities.
They are quite enamored with it:
This new camera will totally revolutionise low light surveillance...
As in "like, totally dude"
and again show the world why Canon is a global leader in IP Network cameras.
Not to be a jerk but when was the other time? Ok, let's see this bad boy!
Clever, a Darth Vader inspired look, kids will love it!
Drawing on a range of optical technologies that Canon has cultivated over many years, the network camera being developed will feature a large-aperture ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length of more than 600 mm (35 mm film equivalent) that achieves a bright F-value of 2.4 to allow large amounts of light to enter.
The lens will incorporate aspherical and UD (Ultra Low Dispersion) lens elements that suppress the incidence of chromatic aberrations, which become more prevalent as a lens’s aperture size increases, while making possible a compact lens unit.
The combination of the large-aperture lens with a high-sensitivity sensor and high-performance image processor will enable the colour recognition of a subject’s face at a distance of 100 meters even in dark environments with a mere 0.08 lux of illumination, roughly equivalent to the illuminance of moonlight.
By comparison, conventional night time surveillance to date has only been possible within a limited range with the aid of infrared illumination, or by using a night mode that only captures images in black and white.
Is it a revolution or just spin?
*35mm equivalent. Depending how big the sensor is that could be as little as a 80mm security lens.