Canon's new $30,000 video camera will amaze you
Canon just announced the ME20F-SH, a full-frame 35mm camera with the ability to reach an astonishing 4,000,000 ISO.
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At the core of the ME20F-SH is a 2.26 megapixel CMOS sensor, originally announced in 2013. It has pixels measuring 19μm - 5.5X larger than what's found on high-end DSLRs.
This allows for 1080/60p/30p/24p (and PAL equivalent) video capture in light levels as low as 0.0005 lux at a greatest gain setting of 75 Db, which is equal to over ISO 4,000,000.
As with the company's professional cinema cameras, Canon Log and Wide DR modes are available for capturing a wide dynamic range. The ME20F-SH supports EF and EF-S lenses with a locking mechanism and autofocus support.
There are built-in neutral density and IR cut filters, both of which can be disabled if desired. As one would expect, the ME20F-SH has virtually every port imaginable.
There are output-only 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI ports and both a 2.5mm mini-jack and an 8-pin RS-422 port for using Canon's remote controls. There's also a 3.5mm jack for a stereo mic as well as GENLOCK port for synchronizing many video sources.
A microSD slot is used solely for firmware updates. The camera can be controlled on an external track using a rear-mounted joystick and the five buttons that surround it.
The new camera from Canon is aimed at several markets including nighttime surveillance/security, cinema, reality TV, and nature/wildlife documentaries.
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And it comes with a positive-locking EF mount and features Canon Log and Wide DR for greatest recorded dynamic range. The camera is expected to release this December with the price tag of $30,000.