Canon’s new pure video camera seems to be a super machine capable of delivering an ISO equivalent to over 4 million. All that power comes at quite the cost however: a $30,000 price tag.
The ME20F-SH boasts a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor that allows for such lofty ISO in the small camera. This essentially gives the ME20F-SH the power to capture full color images in such low light that you could forgo the usual infrared tint in favor of a clear color image. According to Canon, this means even in environments “of the dimmest lighting conditions”, even those “lit by artificial illumination or under a moonless night sky”. It’s also worth noting that this is only up to 1080p, which Canon says is to “achieve the highest possible low-light sensitivity”. This does beg the question of future upgrades, with 1080p becoming less and less common in the growing age of 4K.
The ME20F-SH sports 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI (output-only) ports, as well as 2.5 and 3.5mm stereo mic jacks. It also has an EF mount, meaning a large amount of lenses will likely be available. Canon will actually release a list of compatible lenses closer to the release of the camera. With their own (very long) assortment of lenses, I’m sure there will be plenty of options available. Some other key features include:
- High quality Full HD 1080p/1080i/720p output.
- Flexible control with auto and custom settings.
- Compatible with a wide range of EF lenses.
- Remote control of camera settings and built-in ND and IR cut filters possible.
- Small and lightweight for ease of integration.
The Canon ME20F-SH is projected to be available December 2015 for $30,000. For more information be sure to check out the press release below. There doesn’t seem to be a product page live at the Canon USA website, however you can visit the Canon Europe page for a bit more info: cpn.Canon-Europe.com
Canon’s First Ultra-High-Sensitivity Multi-Purpose Camera Features ISO Equivalent Of Over 4,000,000
MELVILLE N.Y., July 30, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today has introduced the Company’s first multi-purpose camera, the new ME20F-SH, which delivers exceptionally high sensitivity to capture Full HD video with a minimum subject illumination of less than 0.0005 lux1 (at maximum 75 dB gain setting, equivalent to an ISO sensitivity of over 4,000,000). Nighttime surveillance and security, cinematic production, reality television, and nature/wildlife documentaries are just some of the ME20F-SH’s many possible usage applications. With the ability to capture color video in extreme low-light conditions and its simplistic and versatile design, the ME-20F-SH Multi-purpose Camera can be easily incorporated into existing infrastructures and systems to provide high-quality video capture even where subjects might not be seen with the naked eye.
Canon’s new multi-purpose camera employs an enhanced version of the 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor for Full HD video use that was originally developed by the Company in 20132. Its compact, modular body design allows easy custom configurations for diverse usage scenarios. While capturing video in extreme low-light conditions often requires the use of infrared illumination (a technique that only yields video in black and white), the ME20F-SH camera achieves impressive high-sensitivity performance enabling the capture of color Full HD video with reduced noise in low-light conditions without the need for infrared illumination.
The ME20F-SH camera’s CMOS sensor has pixels measuring 19 μm square3, which is more than 5.5 times the surface area of the pixels on the CMOS sensor featured in select top-of-the-line interchangeable lens cameras4. Furthermore, the sensor’s pixels and readout circuitry make use of Canon proprietary technologies to achieve both reduced noise and exceptionally high sensitivity on subjects with a minimum illumination of less than 0.0005 lux. This multi-purpose camera allows users to discern subjects under even some of the dimmest lighting conditions, such as environments lit by artificial illumination or under a moonless night sky. Furthermore, similar to Canon’s Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography cameras, the ME20F-SH camera includes Canon Log and Wide DR, which make possible a wide dynamic range, delivering high-image-quality video results across a range of illumination environments, from low- to brightly lit conditions.
The new ME20F-SH employs the same EF mount (Cinema Lock type) as Canon’s SLR cameras and Cinema EOS System-series of professional digital cameras, allowing users to make use of the Company’s extensive lineup of interchangeable EF lenses5. By letting users select the ideal lens based on their shooting or application requirements, taking into consideration such factors as angle of view and level of brightness, this multi-purpose camera facilitates a wide spectrum of imaging possibilities.
Employing output-only 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI terminals, Canon’s ME20F-SH camera enables users working on location to output video via a single cable to a variety of peripheral equipment, including external recorders and monitors. Equipped with a φ2.5mm stereo mini-jack and a round 8-pin jack for RS-422, the multipurpose camera is capable of connecting with Canon’s RC-V100 Remote Controller (released in June 2014; sold separately)6. By allowing users to operate the camera or change settings from a remote location, the camera facilitates video capture from inaccessible locations as well as fixed-point surveillance. Furthermore, a φ3.5mm stereo mini-jack allows the camera to connect with an external microphone, enabling users working on location to output audio and video signals to connected peripheral equipment.
The Canon ME20F-SH is expected to be available in December 2015 at a suggested retail price of $30,000.
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