Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor is a professional-level 1/3-inch native 1920 x 1080 image sensor which delivers outstanding video resolution, improved low-light performance†, and a wide dynamic range
Incorporating a technology proven in Canon's professional level camcorders, the HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor is a 1/3" native 1920 x 1080 image sensor that delivers outstanding video resolution, superb low-light performance and a wide dynamic range. Unlike image sensors found in competitive consumer camcorders, the HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor uses fewer pixels, which are significantly larger and more sensitive, resulting in optimized video performance.
Outstanding Video Resolution (800 Vertical and 900 Horizontal TV Lines)
Since the effective number of pixels of HD CMOS Pro is equal to 1920 x 1080, resizing is eliminated, allowing Full HD video to be captured and recorded with professional precision.
Superb Low-Light Performance (1.2 lux)*
Because each individual pixel is larger and more sensitive, each is capable of capturing more light, allowing high quality video to be achieved even in dimly lit conditions. The sensitivity of the HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor is approximately 20% better than the HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor found in the 2011 VIXIA HF G10 camcorder.
Wide Dynamic Range
A larger pixel area also allows more light to be stored, resulting in 280% improvement in dynamic range for exceptional reproduction of both highlights and shadows.** Skin tones are captured in a finer gradation, and stable gamma and Auto Exposure control is also achieved resulting in a more 'lifelike' image.
† 20% improved low-light performance compared to the Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor used in the Canon 2011 VIXIA HF G10 Camcorder.
* Rating measured with auto shutter speed of 1/30 second.
** This statistic is the result of comparisons with Canon's HD CMOS Pro, versus Canon's 2010 VIXIA HF S-series camcorders.