Canon ME20F-SH Camera Can Take Full-Color Shots in Near-Total Darkness
Canon ME20F-SH Camera Can Take Full-Color Shots in Near-Total Darkness.
Every photographer has missed a shot because it was too dark and they couldn’t get the flash ready in time. Anyone who’s ever been frustrated at the task of shooting video in low light should be poised to freak out over Canon’s weird and amazing new camera.The camera’s 35 mm CMOS sensor, that which converts light into electrons, is what made it special and worth an approximate $30.000 sum (its body), whereas the photosites inside the camera are significantly bigger than those on some of the best interchangeable lens cameras.
That won’t be a problem with the new ME20F-SH camera from Canon — it’s so sensitive it will take full-color pictures in darkness that other cameras would be unable to even operate in. Most extreme low-light solutions involve infrared illumination, which has the effect of switching the footage to black and white. “We’ve seen footage that was produced under testing conditions with a single candle illuminating a waterfall at a distance of 10m from the camera and they were able to get motion video of that waterfall”. Pushing far past the limits of what cameras have done before the Canon ME20F-SH is capable of photographic feats that are second to none in the world of it’s now seemingly archaic predecessors. This camera’s impressive sensitivity to light can offer the joys of immortalizing a moonless night sky, for instance, for professionals or amateurs alike. There is no doubt that Canon has pushed the bar for what cameras can, and should be able to further than ever and the way we take pictures may never be the same again.
Sensors in digital cameras are covered in tiny light-sensitive pixels — and generally, camera makers try to pack as many in as possible to create high-resolution photos. 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.
The Canon MH20F-SH features a full-frame sensor with 2.26 megapixels, don’t be fooled by the meager resolution because each pixel is quite large, about 19 microns which is 7.5x larger than pixels you’ll find in high-end DSLR cameras like the Canon 1Dx. 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. 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 camera used in both video clips is a Sony A7S, which has a max ISO value of 409,600 — the reigning champion until this new Canon starts shipping. Its output only 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI terminals allow users to output and record video to external equipment, however, there is not built-in recording media.
The ME20F-SH is ideal for use within specialist applications such as TV productions of nighttime wildlife, deep sea/cave exploration, astronomy and surveillance. The ME20F-SH camera’s CMOS sensor has pixels measuring 19 m 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. Similarly, for audio, the ME20F-SH can input video via a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack and output it via a standard 2.5mm stereo mini-jack or a round 8-pin jack for RS-422. It has a versatile interface that can be used for shooting many types of video, but the Canon really shines in its ability to shoot video in total darkness.
But, we do have a video from 2013 that was released when this technology was under development: Before you get excited at what this means for your gritty neo-noir short film set in an dark alley, let me tell you that this camera is not meant for most consumers. 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.
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. Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets.
It’s taken quite a lot of heat from camera enthusiasts in the past couple of years for falling behind in bringing new and forward-thinking features to market. In 2014, Canon U.S.A. received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the 11th consecutive year. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings.
To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. Compliant with the specification method for CCTV devices (TTR-4602B) issued by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA).
Details regarding the firmware are scheduled to be made available in mid-December 2015 on Canon’s Japanese-language broadcasting and professional video camcorder homepage: canon.jp/bctv
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