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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Canon ME20F-SH Camera 'Sees In Complete Darkness'

Canon ME20F-SH Ultra High Sensitivity Camera

Canon announced the Ultra High Sensitivity Camera - ME20F-SH on July 20, 2015. It has a super-sensitive full-HD 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor inside a small form factor body. The new camera can record color images in near-complete darkness, while its cubic chassis can be placed unobtrusively on set or in the wild. While the sensor is only 2.2 megapixels (effective) in resolution, each pixel measures 19 microns, making it more than 7.5 times larger than an equivalent 18.1 megapixel 35mm full-frame sensor. This large pixel size allows the sensor to gather much more light in all situations. This helps images taken in low-light situations maintain a low noise floor for cleaner and more vivid video.

The rugged body is almost square in configuration and features multiple mounting points for discreet placement. The camera can capture images at up to ISO 4,000,000. Its low-light capability makes the camera ideal for wildlife documentaries, security and law enforcement purposes.

Using Canon’s EF mount, the camera is fully compatible with Canon’s EF line of lenses, including the CN-E lenses with electronic communication. Using the built-in crop mode, the camera is also compatible with EF-S lenses and Canon’s Cine Servo zoom lenses, which can be controlled through the camera, as well. The camera does not record video internally; rather, it sends 1080p video at up to 60 fps out from its 3G-SDI and HDMI terminals. One SDI terminal and the HDMI terminal can be programmed to include OSD (onscreen display) information for camera operation. The camera settings can be adjusted using the on-camera controls or via a remote control connected with the 2.5mm jack or the RS-422 terminal.

You can see a HD video of the camera in action from Canon Japan. This is an amazing video to watch. The camera retails for about $19,999 in the United States and some dealers are taking pre-orders now. I am very interested in this camera for my wildlife photography photo shoots but need to investigate it further once it is available.


Michael Daniel Ho said...

This amazing camera should be available around December. Currently it will be 'difficult' to get still photos from it (I believe) but I need to do more investigation on this piece of equipment to see if it can be adapted to my kind of wildlife photography.

Kenny said...

Wow, the videos says it all. Amazing performance by this camera. Canon needs to exploit this technology and bring out a more useable product for professional photographers and videographers without the need for the rails and mounts in order to operate the camera.