Canon did it once again. The camera maker released ME20F-SH, the ultra powerful camera that a perfect fit for low-light color video shooting.
Time and time again, Canon releases one precious item after another, meant to challenge the market and customers alike. This time, the new camera is hailed to be comparable to Arri and RED’s digital movie cameras, capable of extraordinary performance.
Surely, the price tag is slightly prohibitive. The 30,000 dollars multi-purpose ME20F-SH sports ISO 4,000,000. Yes, we read that right. It is merely an indication that material shot in low-light conditions will turn out crystal clear. The camera can see in the dark.
What allows the camera this performance is the newly designed CMOS sensor. Thanks to the new technology, ME20F-SH can shoot Full HD videos even in a dark room, where the only sources of light are three incense sticks.
The demonstration is available in the video presenting ME20F-SH, along with other examples.
According to PetaPixel
“a full moon on a clear night is about 0.27 to 1.0 lux, and 0.0001 lux is a moonless, overcast night”,
while Canon’s ME20F-SH is capable of capturing full color, full HD video as 0.0005 lux.
Hold your horses for a little longer, as the 30,000 dollar camera is bound to hit the market in December. According to Canon’s release, the ME20F-SH is the perfect match for documentaries, nighttime surveillance, even TV and cinematic production.
“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,”
read Cannon’s announcement.
Blame the performance on the sensor’s pixels, which are 5.5 times the pixels’ surface area supported by other interchangeable lens cameras.
No need to worry about lens. As ME20F-SH features the same mount as SLR cameras from Canon, any EF interchangeable lens will do.
Photo Credits: petapixel.com