Aug 122015
Canon ME20F-SH
Canon ME20F-SH 1 Canon ME20F-SH 2

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.

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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 camera has an EF lens mounts which makes it quite versatile, any EF lens can be attached from wide angle to extreme telephoto.

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
AF One-shot AF
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)
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