The MS-500 is Canon's first advanced surveillance camera equipped with an ultra-high-sensitivity Single-Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) sensor and developed for surveillance with clear colour videos of day and night at distances of several kilometres or more.

  • High sensitivity SPAD sensor
  • Full colour imaging in extreme low-light
  • B4 mount to support Canon broadcast lenses

Ultra-high Sensitivity SPAD Sensor

Recording with lesser noise

The MS-500 is Canon's first technologically advanced security camera, designed for surveillance at distances of up to several kilometres and capable of recording videos in crystal-clear colour both day and night.

In contrast to the traditional CMOS sensor, the SPAD sensor measures brightness by digitally counting each incoming light particle (or photon) using a process known as photon counting. 

Canon Broadcast Lens Compatible

The B4 mount on the MS-500 makes it compatible with Canon's extensive range of broadcast lenses, including those that offer both high image quality and high magnification ultra-telephoto zoom.

Long-Range Surveillance in Dark Conditions

Advanced Surveillance

Emergency response is required 24 hours a day, seven days a week for security and accidents or disasters.

  • Surveillance of seaports and coastlines
  • Surveillance of abnormalities near borders
  • Surveillance of public infrastructure facilities and critical facilities

These are difficult-to-shoot scenes that requires recording from an extreme distance. The MS-500's newly created ultra-high-sensitivity SPAD sensor and the extensive selection of high-magnification, ultra-telephoto zoom broadcast lenses from Canon make it possible to shoot such difficult scenes.

Intuitively Designed

Rugged box-style design with a rear panel for camera operation that includes professional connectivity. 


Please refer to the table below for the specifications of the MS-500

Image Sensor 1" SPAD sensor
Effective pixels: approx. 2,100,000. Total pixels: approx. 3,200,000
Lens Mount B4 mount
Compatible Lenses Broadcast lenses (B4 mount)
Minimum Subject Illumination (Colour) 0.001 lux (Color [Night Mode], no light accumulation, f/1.4 equivalent, shutter speed 1/30, 50IRE, maximum gain)
Optical Filters ND Filter Motor operated insertion-extraction (manual / automatic), 1 density level (1/64)
IR Cut Filter Motor operated insertion-extraction (manual / automatic)
Interface Video Output Terminal 3G/HD-SDI (BNC jack x 1)
Audio Input Terminal (MIC Terminal) N/A
Serial Communication Terminal Available (Remote Terminal, RS-232C/RS-422/RS-485)
Genlock Terminal Available (BNC jack x 1, input only)
Lens Terminal Available (Circular 12-pin jack)
Video Output Format

1920 x 1080: 59.94P, 59.94i, 50.00P, 50.00i, 29.97P, 29.97PsF, 25.00P, 25.00PsF

1280 x 720: 59.94P, 50.00P

Focus Control Manual, One-shot AF
Custom Picture Function Available 1 preset: Crisplmg2
Haze Compensation Function Available
Infrared Shooting Infrared Shooting Available
Day / Night Switch Auto, Manual (Day Mode/Night Mode)
Lens Aberration Correction Peripheral Illumination Correction N/A
Diffraction Correction Available (excluding certain non-supported lenses)
Chromatic Aberration Correction Available (excluding certain non-supported lenses)
Power Supply 12-30 V DC
Power Consumption Max. approx. 31.0 W (camera body only)
Operating Temperature

Operating temperature range: -20°C – +45°C (-4°F – +113°F)

Start-up temperature range: -10°C – +45°C (-14°F – +113°F)

Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 128 x 128 x 184 mm (5.04 x 5.04 x 7.24 in.) (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 2.3 kg (5.08 lb.) (camera body only)