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Canon ME20F-SH 1080p / 1080i / 720p Multi-purpose Full HD Video Camera with Maximum ISO in Excess of 4 Million (ME-20F-SH)

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Overview
Capture ultra low light footage as ‘never seen before’ in colour and IR
With the release of the ME20F-SH, Canon introduce a professional multi-purpose video camera capable of capturing full colour images in extremely low-light environments. Boasting an industry leading unrivalled maximum ISO in excess of 4 million (+75dB), the ME20F-SH is designed to be as small as possible whilst delivering high quality professional grade Full HD footage.
This compact and lightweight innovative full-frame, Full HD video camera delivers ultra low light performance and infrared capability at unrivalled sensitivity to open up a new world of creative shooting possibilities.
Image capture is viable now in situations where it previously would not have been possible - the ME20F-SH is ideal for use within specialist applications such as TV productions of night time wildlife, deep sea/cave exploration, astronomy and surveillance. The ability to...
Summary
Camera Type: Broadcast
Form Factor: Modular
HDMI Output: Yes
Lens/Mount: Canon EF
Maximum Video Resolution (recorded): 1920x1080
SDI Output: Yes
Sensor Size: 35mm
Sensor Type: CMOS
Variable Frame Rate: Yes
Video Resolution: HD 1080
Weight: 0-2kg
XLR Audio Input: Yes
Included in box
  • 1x Canon ME20F-SH Camera
  • 1x 2-pin Power Connector

About the Canon ME20F-SH Full HD Camera

Capture ultra low light footage as ‘never seen before’ in colour and IR

With the release of the ME20F-SH, Canon introduce a professional multi-purpose video camera capable of capturing full colour images in extremely low-light environments. Boasting an industry leading unrivalled maximum ISO in excess of 4 million (+75dB), the ME20F-SH is designed to be as small as possible whilst delivering high quality professional grade Full HD footage.

This compact and lightweight innovative full-frame, Full HD video camera delivers ultra low light performance and infrared capability at unrivalled sensitivity to open up a new world of creative shooting possibilities.

Image capture is viable now in situations where it previously would not have been possible - the ME20F-SH is ideal for use within specialist applications such as TV productions of night time 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 this camera is a useful tool for documentary and natural history filmmakers.

Shooting in low-light conditions often requires the use of infrared illumination, a technique that traditionally is captured in black and white. The ME20F-SH however, achieves impressive 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.

  • A unique, 35mm full-frame, video camera with extreme low light performance in colour, over ISO 4 million and IR support.
  • Shoot Full HD 1080p/1080i/720p to an external recorder and benefit from Canon Log and Wide DR.
  • Automatic control with AE, AWB, AF and Custom Picture settings, plus ISO 800 to 4 million for shooting day/night time.
  • Experience a wealth of lens options via an EF mount with Cinema Lock and a 12-pin terminal for Canon Servo lens support (with compatible lenses).
  • Works with the Canon Remote Control RC-V100 to control the built-in IR and ND filters.

Exceptionally high sensitivity 
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 you 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%), delivering high-quality results across a variety of ambient lighting conditions, without the need for supplemental lighting.

Connectivity 
The ME20F-SH offers several options with regard to connectivity to external third party devices for recording or remote viewing purposes, and is also compatible with Canon’s RC-V100¹ for full remote control over the camera.

Enabling a wide range of imaging possibilities 
The new ME20F-SH employs Canon’s EF mount with Cinema Lock, as found on the Cinema EOS C500, allowing users to take advantage of the company’s extensive lineup of interchangeable lenses². By enabling operators to select the ideal lens based on their shooting or application requirements, taking into consideration such factors as angle of view and level of brightness, the multi-purpose camera facilitates a wide range of shooting possibilities.

Camera:
Image Sensor:
Sensor 35mm Full Size CMOS Sensor
Filter RGB Primary Colour Filter (Bayer array)
Effective pixels per sensor Approx. 2.25MP (2000 x 1128)
Minimum illumination 0.0005 lux or less( Gain 75dB, f/1.2, 29.97P, 50IRE)
Horizontal Resolution Depends on the lens used.
Lens:
Lens Mount Canon EF mount with Cinema Lock
ND filter Yes, 2 density (1/8, 3 stops or 1/64 , 6 stops) Manually selected electronic control
Focus control Manual Focus using lens or via RC-V100 Remote Control; One
Shot AF via assignable button
Iris control Manual; 1/2 stop increments. Push Auto Iris via assignable button.
Auto (combined function combining Iris, Gain, Shutter and ND filter operation)
Aperture range Depending on selected lens
Filter diameter Depending on selected lens
Image stabilization system Depending on selected lens
Digital Tele Converter Yes : X2/ X4 tele converter
Image Processor:
Type DIGIC DV 4
Sampling accuracy YbCbCr 422 via 3G/HD-SDI; RGB 444, YCbCr 444, YCbCr 422 via HDMI
Bit depth 10 bit (8 bit effective)
Recording:
Video storage media External Recording Device
Recording file format Depending on External Device
Recording frame rate 3G/HD-SDI Output: 1920x1080:
59.94P/59.94i/50P/50i/29.97P/25P/23.98P
1280x720: 59.94P/50P/29.97P/25P/23.98P
HDMI Output: 1920x 1080: 59.94P/59.94i/50P/50i/29.97PsF/25PsF
1280x720: 59.94P/50P
640x480: 59.94P
768x576: 50P
Custom Picture Options Canon Log, Wide DR, EOS Standard, Normal 1 -
Normal 4 . User customisable settings: Black, Black Gamma, Knee, Sharpness, Noise Reduction, White Balance
Auto Exposure Modes Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av) and Automatic Gain Control (AGC)
ND Filter Auto or Manual
System:
Inputs/ Outputs:
Audio in 3.5mm stereo mini jack, plug-in power mic supported
Headphone output 3.5mm Stereo mini jack
Video monitor output Yes, 3G/HD-SDI (BNC) OSD output compatible, HDMI.
HDMI Yes. Output only,
3G/HD-SDI output Yes, X2; Output 1 OSD compatible, Output 2 Clean output only.
Genlock Yes, input only, BNC
DC input Yes x2, 4-Pin XLR, 2-Pin connection. Input 11 - 17V
Lens Terminal Yes, 12-pin connector
Remote Control Terminal Yes, x2: Remote A: 2.5mm mini jack/Remote B:
Circular 8-pin . Both utilise Canon Unique Protocol.
Memory Card connector Yes, microSD card (for firmware update only, no recording capability)
Colour Bars Yes, SMPTE, EBU and ARIB depending on system frequency
Other:
User Assigned Functions Yes, 4 buttons.
Assignable items:One-Shot AF / Push Auto Iris / ABB /AE Shift + / AE Shift - / Bar
/ Set WB /Tele-converter / Infrared / External Rec / Custom Picture /
Camera Mode A/M. These items work with the RC-V100 remote controller.
Shooting Functions:
Exposure:
Exposure metering Backlight, Standard, Spotlight
Exposure compensation Yes: ±2.0, ±1.75, ±1.50, ±1.25, ±1.0,±0.75, ±0.50,
±0.25 or ±0
Auto Gain Control setting Yes , OFF (75dB) or value from 36dB to 75 dB (in 3
dB increments)
ISO Sensitivity Maximum in excess of ISO 4,000,000 equivalent at -75dB
Dynamic Range Canon Log/Wide DR mode: 800%/12 stops at +9.0dB (Approx. ISO2300)
Gain setting 0dB to -75dB in 3dB intervals.
Shutter Speed:
Control Modes Manual 1/4 stop increments, Auto (combined function combining
Iris, Gain, Shutter and ND filter operation)
Shutter speed 1/3 sec - 1/200 sec depending on recording mode and system frequency
Scan Reverse Yes
Infra-Red:
Infrared shooting mode Yes: IR Cut-out filter, electrically operated.
White Balance:
Auto Yes
Preset Daylight/Tungsten
Shockless WB Yes, via Custom Function Menu
Manual setting Set A, Set B (Default 5,500K)Kelvin ( 2000K - 15000K)
Audio:
Recording Linear PCM 48 kHz 16-bit digital conversion, 2 channels
General:
Optional Accessory RC-V100 remote Control Unit
Power Input DC: 11 - 17V via 4-pin XLR or 2pin connector
Dimensions 102mm x 116mm x 113mm (W xH x D) 4.0 x 4.6 x 4.4 inches
Weight (camera only) Approx. 1.1 kg (2.4 lbs)
Operating Temperature range Approx. 0 to 40°C, 85% (relative humidity),
Approx. -5 to 45°C, 60% (relative humidity)
  • Ultra low-light performance at ISO 4 million
  • High quality 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
  • Auto exposure modes including Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av) and Automatic Gain Control (AGC)
  • Auto or Manual ND filter operation
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