Canon has unveiled the ME20F-SH, a professional multi-purpose video camera which the company claims is 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 professional grade full HD footage.
Supporting image capture in situations where it previously would not have been possible, the ME20F-SH is well suited to specialist applications such as TV productions of nighttime 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. The ME20F-SH will only be available to selected partners.
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.
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 the user 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 per cent.
Key features of the ME20F-SH include: Ultra low-light performance at ISO four million; full HD 1080p/1080i/720p output; flexible control with auto and custom settings; compatible with a wide range of EF lenses; remote control of camera settings and built-in ND and IR cut filters possible; small and lightweight for ease of integration.