Canon Announces Ultra-High-Sensitivity ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera Featuring ISO Equivalent of Over 4 Million

Canon USA today announced the upcoming ME20F-SH, the company's first multi-purpose camera. The new Canon promises to deliver ultra-high sensitivity, capturing Full HD video with a minimum subject illumination of less than 0.0005 lux. At the maximum 75 dB gain setting, this means an equivalent ISO sensitivity of over 4,000,000.

With such high sensitvity, the camera will lend itself to a variety of applications, from cinema to reality television and beyond. Documentarians shooting night scenes will enjoy the flexibility offered by the ME20F-SH, as will anyone looking for an enhanced version of Canon's 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor.


The ME20F-SH camera’s CMOS sensor has pixels measuring more than 5.5 times the surface area of the pixels on the CMOS sensor featured in select top-of-the-line interchangeable lens cameras. Those big pixels and the camera's related readout circuitry work in harmony with Canon's proprietary imaging technologies to achieve reduced noise and high sensitivity.

On the subject of capture, much like 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 lighting situations.

The ME20F-SH uses Canon's EF mount, meaning all of your EF glass will work on it, as well as Canon's Cinema EOS System-series of lenses.

Canon's ME20F-SH satisfies location shooting needs with output-only 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI terminals, a 2.5mm stereo mini-jack, a round 8-pin jack for RS-422, and the option to connect the camera with Canon's RC-V100 Remote Controller (sold separately). The remote operation function makes the ME20F-SH a decent choice for remote, inaccessible and hidden camera locations, whether for fixed-point surveillance or capturing creative angles.

The Canon Me20F-SH is expected to be available in December 2015 at a suggested retail price of $30,000.

Russ Fairley
Russ Fairley
Russ Fairley is a producer, editor and motion graphic designer. He also writes for Videomaker and several other publications.

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