Canon reveals two of the best low light cameras: ML-100 and ML-105
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Canon recently announced two new multi-purpose cameras, the ML-100 and ML-105. Both cameras can capture video with extremely high sensitivity, making them two of the best low light cameras right now in that regard.

These cameras are made for a variety of professionals. With its small modular form factor and extreme low light sensitivity, pros working in nature, wildlife and documentary shooting will find both cameras useful. They are the follow-ups to the Canon ME20FSH, which is a camera capable of shooting full-color HD images in 4 million ISO.

ML-100 and ML-105 overview

The ML-100 and the ML-105 are high sensitivity, multi-purpose cameras that are capable of capturing Full HD Color video with a minimum subject illumination less than 0.0005 lux. That’s equivalent to an ISO sensitivity of over 4,500,000. To give you perspective on how high that is, the Nikon D5 DSLR camera has an ISO up to 3,280,000. So, this means these cameras will perform exceptionally in dark shooting conditions something wildlife photographers often find themselves in. It also means that these two cameras are among the best low light cameras currently. Additionally, they sport next-gen 19um, 35mm full-frame CMOS sensors.

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Two video output configurations to choose from

The ML-100 camera features a CoaXpress terminal, allowing the camera to transmit video, camera-control data and power on a single coaxial cable. It’s also capable of producing 12-bit RAW data output at up to 73 fps. The ML-100 offers about 2.74 million pixels of maximum video output. Also, with Region of Interest support, the ML-100 can increase frame rate output up to 164 fps at a resolution of 720p.

As for the ML-105 camera, it features a 3G/HD-SDI video terminal for use in standard video shooting using a Full HD YCC 4:2:2 10-bit output. Additionally, the ML-105 sports the Canon DIGIC DV4 Image Processor. However, it’s limited to Full HD resolution at 60fps.

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Pricing and availability

You can get both cameras in either an EF or M58 mount. The Canon ML-100 multi-purpose camera will release at the end of December and the other three models will release in April 2021.

Currently, Canon hasn’t disclosed prices.

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