Canon launches new low light capable camera


Canon has announced the launch of the ME20F-SH, a professional multi-purpose
video camera capable of capturing full colour images in extremely low-light
environments. Boasting a maximum ISO in excess of four million (+75dB), the ME20F-SH is designed to be as small as possible whilst delivering high quality professional
grade Full HD footage.

Supporting image capture in situations where it previously would not have been
possible, the ME20F-SH is ideal for use within specialist applications such as TV
productions of night-time wildlife, deep sea/cave exploration, astronomy and
surveillance. The ability to install the camera in a semi-permanent location, with
remote control operability also means that for documentary and natural history
filmmakers, long term projects and events can be captured with minimum staffing.
Due to the specialist nature and demand for this product, the ME20F-SH will only be
available to selected partners.

Infrared capability

Capturing video in low-light conditions often requires the use of infrared
illumination, a technique that traditionally only yields footage in black and white.
The ME20F-SH however, achieves high-sensitivity performance enabling the capture
of colour Full HD video with reduced noise, even in low-light conditions and without
the need for infrared illumination.

High sensitivity

Designed to be used in situations where ambient light levels are extremely low, the
ME20F-SH features a newly developed Full Frame 35mm with 2.26 MP CMOS sensor
and a DIGIC DV4 processor. The sensor’s pixels and readout circuitry use Canon’s
proprietary technologies to achieve both reduced noise and exceptionally high
sensitivity, allowing you to capture subjects illuminated with less than 0.0005 lux.
Similar to Canon’s Cinema EOS cameras, the ME20F-SH includes Canon Log and
Wide DR settings, which enable a wide dynamic range (800%), delivering high-quality results across a variety of ambient lighting conditions, without the need for
supplemental lighting.


The ME20F-SH offers several options with regard to connectivity to external third
party devices for recording or remote viewing purposes, and is also compatible with
Canon’s RC-V100 for full remote control over the camera.
The ME20F-SH also employs Canon’s EF mount with Cinema Lock, as found on the
Cinema EOS C500, allowing users to take advantage of interchangeable lenses.

ME20F-SH key features:

• Ultra low-light performance at ISO 4million
• High quality Full HD 1080p/1080i/720p output
• Flexible control with auto and custom settings
• Compatible with a wide range of EF lenses2
• Remote control of camera settings and built-in ND and IR cut filters
• Small and lightweight for ease of integration


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