News Release

September 12, 2017
Canon Inc.

Canon proposes new imaging solutions business that will utilize new compact multipurpose module camera under development

TOKYO, September 12, 2017—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company has committed to a proposed new imaging solutions business that will leverage the optical and sensor technologies the Company has cultivated over many years. As the first step in establishing this business, Canon is developing a compact multipurpose module camera that the business will employ: the MM100-WS. Canon plans to display the camera as a reference exhibit at the Canon booth at various future events.



Example of the new imaging solutions business

Example of the new imaging solutions business

The MM100-WS achieves a compact body size of approximately 40 mm (w) x 40 mm (h) x 21.6 mm (d). The camera also realizes a highly customizable body designed to accommodate upcoming modules that enhance dust and moisture resistance and durability needed for a wide range of applications. What's more, the camera is capable of image capture in low-light environments with as little as 1 lux of illumination1.

Canon will also make available upon request the Application Programming Interface (API)2 for the MM100-WS, enabling users to utilize the camera for a wide range of solutions. Thanks to its compact body and high scalability, the MM100-WS is ideal for such professional and industrial applications as monitoring narrow spaces, piping inspections, automotive-use cameras, video content creation and as a support tool for a wide variety of occupations.

Going forward, as part of the proposed creation of this new imaging solutions business that utilizes the MM100-WS, Canon will develop and make available various modules, accessories and software for the camera to facilitate the customization demanded by users for a wide range of applications and scenarios.

Additional information

Canon will feature examples of solutions utilizing the MM100-WS at the Canon booth during the following upcoming exhibitions:

Event Venue Date
IBC2017 RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands September 15-19, 2017
SEECAT 2017 Tokyo Big Sight, Japan October 11-13, 2017
Inter BEE 2017 Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan November 15-17, 2017
  • 1Image capture at 1 lux may not be achievable depending on camera settings.
  • 2A collection of information that contains programming functions and code required for such actions as function calling sequences and file control methods needed for an external application to use or edit camera functions.