New Canon camera comes with an ISO 4,000,000 sensitivity, meaning can make pictures in night sky without a flash unit. Other possible usage of this camera is night documentaries, wildlife videos at night and such things. A usual Full frame camera has a native sensitivity of 25,600, how is it compare to the new Canon ME20F-SH ? Each doubling means double amount of light. 25,600 – 51,200 (1 stops) – 102,400 (2 stops) – 204,800 (3 stops) – 408,900 (4 stops) – 817,800 (5 stops) – 1,635,600 (6 stops) – 3,271,200 (7 stops) totally seems around 7.2 stops.
The camera can record HD video. This extreme capability comes with a price which is in this case is 30,000 USD. Why not put this sensor in a Milc camera for 400 USD ?
The camera has a Full frame 35mm sensor with bigger pixels than the usual cameras sold today. The boxy design won’t make Italian designers envy I guess. At the back of the camera lots of ports can be found.
The minimum illumination is the camera needed only 0.0005 lux. At Full moon the illumination is 0.25-1 lux.
The pixel pitch is 19 mikrons. This means the camera has around 2.3 Megapixel resolution.
The camera will be available from December 2015.
Canon ME20F-SH specification
|Product name||ME20F-SH Multi-purpose Camera|
|Image sensor||35mm full-frame CMOS sensor (single), effective pixel count: approx. 2.26 million pixels|
|Weight||Approx. 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg) (body only)|
|Body dimensions||Approx. 4 inches (102mm) (w) x 4.5 inches (116mm) (h) x 4.4 inches (113mm) (d) (excluding protrusions)|
|Minimum subject illumination||Less than 0.0005 lux (at maximum 75 dB gain setting, equivalent to an ISO sensitivity of over four million)|
|Pixel Pitch||19 Microns|
|Lens mount||Canon EF mount (Cinema Lock type)|
|Optical filters||ND filter with two density levels (motorized manual / auto)
IR cut filter (motorized manual)
|Frame rates||59.94P / 59.94i / 50.00P / 50.00i / 29.97P / 25.00P / 23.98P|
|Gamma||Canon Log, Wide DR, etc.|
|Video output terminals||3G / HD-SDI||BNC jack (output only) Terminal count: 2
1080P / 1080i / 720P
|HDMI||HDMI connector (output only)|
|Genlock terminal||BNC jack (input only)|
|Remote terminal||φ2.5mm stereo mini-mini-jack (Canon-proprietary protocol)
Round 8-pin jack (for RS-422, Canon-proprietary protocol)
|Microphone terminal||φ3.5mm stereo mini-jack|
|Auto-exposure||Combined interlocking (iris / gain / ND / shutter)|
|White balance||AWB, color-temperature setting (setting range: 2000 to 15000 degrees Kelvin), natural light, light bulb, Setting A, Setting B|
|Digital teleconverter||2x, 4x|
|Power input||4-pin XLR DC11-17V
Terminal block 2-pin jack DC11-17V
|Operating temperature||32 degrees F (0 degrees C) to 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)|