The new Canon's ME20F-SH camera enables videographers to record in the dark
As if ISO sensitivity settings we’ve seen in the last few years weren’t already impressive enough, Canon has today announced its new ME20F-SH video camera with a maximum sensitivity that is the equivalent of ISO 4,000,000…. yep, 4 Million.
The new camera does this by using a 2.26-million-pixel full 35mm frame CMOS sensor. With such a low pixel count on the large sensor the photosites measure 19 μm square – by comparision the Sony A7S is thought to have a photosite size of around 8.4 μm square. Very simply the larger the photosite, the better the camera will see in low-light. In the case of the new Canon camera, the Japanese company claim that the camera can see in the light as low as 0.0005 lux. Basically the camera can see in the dark, with would have previously required infrared lighting and cameras.
Canon are pitching the camera as being multi-purpose, as although it has very obvious security and surveillance applications, it will also be intriguing for shooting wildlife and other documentary work where the videographer has little control of the light.
There is a catch, and that is the price. Although no details for the UK are currently available, the camera is set to cost $30,000 when it is released in December, so perhaps not a camera for the casual weekend videographer. However, it will be interesting to see the results from the camera and how the technology may filter down in to Canon’s other video products.
|Product name||ME20F-SH Multi-purpose Camera|
|Image sensor||35mm full-frame CMOS sensor (single), effective pixel count: approx. 2.26 million pixels|
|Minimum subject illumination||Less than 0.0005 lux (at maximum 75 dB gain setting, equivalent to an ISO sensitivity of over four million)|
|Pixel Pitch||19 Microns|
|Lens mount||Canon EF mount (Cinema Lock type)|
|Optical filters||ND filter with two density levels (motorized manual / auto) IR cut filter (motorized manual)|
|Frame rates||59.94P / 59.94i / 50.00P / 50.00i / 29.97P / 25.00P / 23.98P|
|Gamma||Canon Log, Wide DR, etc.|
|Video output terminals||3G / HD-SDI||BNC jack (output only) Terminal count: 21080P / 1080i / 720P|
|HDMI||HDMI connector (output only)|
|Genlock terminal||BNC jack (input only)|
|Remote terminal||φ2.5mm stereo mini-mini-jack (Canon-proprietary protocol)Round 8-pin jack (for RS-422, Canon-proprietary protocol)|
|Microphone terminal||φ3.5mm stereo mini-jack|
|Auto-exposure||Combined interlocking (iris / gain / ND / shutter)|
|White balance||AWB, color-temperature setting (setting range: 2000 to 15000 degrees Kelvin), natural light, light bulb, Setting A, Setting B|
|Digital teleconverter||2x, 4x|
|Power input||4-pin XLR DC11-17VTerminal block 2-pin jack DC11-17V|
|Operating temperature||32 degrees F (0 degrees C) to 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)|
|Body dimensions||Approx. 4 inches (102mm) (w) x 4.5 inches (116mm) (h) x 4.4 inches (113mm) (d) (excluding protrusions)|
|Weight||Approx. 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg) (body only)|