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Even if a count of 3.2 megapixels per 1-in. single-­photon avalanche diode image sensor means nothing to you, you can appreciate that combined with a super-telephoto broadcast lens, Canon’s new MS-500 camera captures sharp videos from some six miles away—even at night. The camera’s sensor precisely counts the number of photons, or light particles, in each pixel, explains Ryan Kamata, senior product marketing manager at Canon Europe, eliminating the image “noise” that plagues other cameras. Canon is marketing it to government agencies for surveilling sensitive areas.

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