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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.
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.
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.
|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 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|
|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)|
|Video storage media||External Recording Device|
|Recording file format||Depending on External Device|
|Recording frame rate||3G/HD-SDI Output: 1920x1080:|
|HDMI Output: 1920x 1080: 59.94P/59.94i/50P/50i/29.97PsF/25PsF|
|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|
|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|
|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.|
|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|
|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.|
|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|
|Infrared shooting mode||Yes: IR Cut-out filter, electrically operated.|
|Shockless WB||Yes, via Custom Function Menu|
|Manual setting||Set A, Set B (Default 5,500K)Kelvin ( 2000K - 15000K)|
|Recording||Linear PCM 48 kHz 16-bit digital conversion, 2 channels|
|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)|