A 29-Megapixel Sensor and a Canon EF Mount on a… Security Camera?

We received a tip in our inbox earlier today for a 29-megapixel digital camera that uses Canon EF mount lenses. While those aren’t exactly attention-grabbing specs, the type of camera is quite different: it’s a security camera. Canadian surveillance company Avigilon has a line of JPEG2000 HD Pro security cameras. These cameras come in 8MP, 11MP, 16MP, and 29MP models, and use Canon EF mount SLR lenses.

According to the company, the 29MP model can replaced 95 traditional VGA-resolution security cameras, shooting high-quality images even in poorly lit conditions. It uses a 4/3-inch progressive scan CCD sensor to snap 6576×4384 photographs — two per second. Users can have manual control over the camera’s aperture, white balance, and shutter speed (which ranges from 2 to 1/60000 sec).

Here’s a sample photograph captured with the camera (full-res here):

Some of the colors are a bit off (those people are quite red), but the quality isn’t too shabby, huh?

This demo video shows the camera’s usefulness for surveillance purposes. You can zoom quite deeply to look at specific details (e.g. license plate numbers in a parking lot):

Though it could be fun and useful for some photographic applications, buying one of these cameras isn’t as easy as hopping over to your closest camera shop and grabbing it off the shelf. It’s intended for businesses, so you’ll need to speak with the company’s sales representatives. We’re guessing they’re not very cheap, either.

Still, it’s pretty neat seeing a popular SLR lens mount on a camera like this, and it’s amazing to see what’s going on in the security camera industry in terms of imaging specs.

Thanks for sending in the tip, Peter!

Image credit: Photographs by Avigilon

  • Sam Agnew

    Apple say they inspect the assembly work on iPhone 5 with a 29 megapixel camera. What is the betting they are a customer? Maybe using it with a Canon macro lens?

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Probably not a good idea for monitoring places of high risk if you can disable the equivalent of 95 traditional VGA-resolution security cameras with a single paintball.

  • John Reinert Nash

    The 8-11-16-29MP series of CCD sensors are widely used in machine vision cameras for inspection of screens and other devices. Having a machine vision camera with an EOS or F mount is actually not that rare a thing. Fun fact: the sensors are made in Rochester, NY!

  • Henson and Bedges

    that’s a big bellied dude!

  • Roy

    We’re finally approaching the resolution we’ve been seeing on CSI for years… in the reflection of someone’s eye that is.

  • Nathan Blaney

    A while back, I sold a Sigma EF mount fisheye to a guy who was using it on a security camera. He brought the whole camera setup and everything to test it out. Pretty cool. He had some other purpose for it other than security, but I don’t remember what that was.

  • castellogo

    It is actually more like an EOS 6D with better body

  • 4224242

    since when us 29 MP not attention grabbing anymore?

  • Joseph Teeter

    I was thinking the EXACT same thing!

  • 9inchnail

    “It’s intended for businesses”

    Sure. Not intended for the police or National Guard to pick out protesters and run them through face recognition software.

  • joel hempenius

    or a woman who is pregnant with 12 kids