Canon’s new camera can basically see in the dark

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Canon Has A New Camera That Sees Better In The Dark Than You Do.

For the uninitiated: ISO is the level of sensitivity of your camera to available light. 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.It’s all courtesy of Canon and its snappily-named ME20F-SH camera, which boasts the highest sensitivity of any camcorder we’ve ever seen: its maximum ISO goes above 4 million. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today has introduced the Company’s first multi-purpose camera, the new ME20F-SH, which delivers exceptionally high sensitivity to capture Full HD video with a minimum subject illumination of less than 0.0005 lux1 (at maximum 75 dB gain setting, equivalent to an ISO sensitivity of over 4,000,000).

Canon wants to rid you of those worries though, it has developed a new camera that sees much better in the dark than you do, it can shoot full HD color footage even if it’s almost completely dark. To put that into perspective, the Sony A7s (a camera this writer referred to as having an “insanely high ISO sensitivity range”) has a maximum ISO of 409,600. Nighttime surveillance and security, cinematic production, reality television, and nature/wildlife documentaries are just some of the ME20F-SH’s many possible usage applications. Canon, the giant multinational corporation, has hit the spot yet again in the optical products field with its brand new ME20F-SH video shooter, featuring a robust and stylish, box-shaped design. The 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor in the camera was actually first announced back in 2013, and the low-light capabilities wowed the photography world at the time.

Now before you flame me for forgetting that there are solutions that employ infrared night vision and that this isn’t particularly groundbreaking, well it is, because the camera doesn’t use any infrared night vision tricks. 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 secret to the ME20F-SH’s night vision is the size of the pixels on the sensor: they’re more than 5.5 times larger than the pixels found in top-of-the-line interchangeable lens cameras. 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.

It only does 1080p, for one, which doesn’t bode well in terms of being future-proof – Canon says that had to be done to “achieve the highest possible low-light sensitivity”, which would otherwise be reduced if it went with a higher resolution and, consequently, smaller photosites. This camera’s impressive sensitivity to light can offer the joys of immortalizing a moonless night sky, for instance, for professionals or amateurs alike. 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. Boasting an industry leading unrivalled maximum ISO in excess of 4 million (+75dB), the ME20F-SH is designed to be as small as possible whilst delivering high quality professional grade Full HD footage. 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.

And speaking of lenses, the ME20F-SH uses Canon’s Cinema Lock EF mount, ensuring Canon’s full lineup of lenses will securely lock onto the camera body. Canon has not yet released sample footage from the camera so it’s unclear what it really looks like in real life but the company does point out that this camera is more suited for “industrial” use such as wildlife documentaries and night surveillance than getting your camping experience on tape.

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. Canon hasn’t announced UK pricing or availability for the ME20F-SH yet, but according to reports from the US it’ll be released their in December 2015 priced at US$30,000.

The sensor has a resolution of just 2.26MP, suggesting that each of its pixels micro-sensors is very, very large and thus able to suck in all available light from situations where there isn’t much going spare. 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. 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.

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 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 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:

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