Meet Canon ME20F-SH: A New $30,000 Camera Shoots Video At ISO 4 Million In Near-Darkness

Talking about the most unique and powerful photography gadget from Canon, which has introduced its camera for multi-purpose use and especially for low-light photography, but it’s not going to be any budgety though. Called Canon ME20F-SH video camera with a full-frame 35mm, announced with the ability to reach an astonishing 4000000 ISO.


The main selling point of Canon ME20F-SH camera is that it has the ultra high sensivity sensor that can shoot with a minimum subject illumination of less than 0.0005 lux at maximum 75 dB gain setting, equvivalant to an ISO sensivity of over 4M. Previously it was required an infrared illumination, which can only record video in black and white but not with ME20F-SH, now that it can do full color recording in heavy darkness.

Meet the ME20F-SH, a high-end video shooter that features a sleek, subtle and somewhat compact design. At 4 Million at ISO, Canon instantly making it a prime option for people who need to capture footage in super-dark settings, and the company believes its ME20F-SH is also great for production companies making films, reality TV and documentaries.

Here comes, the ME20F-SH’s full-frame 35mm CMOS sensor is what makes it special (and quite expensive). Making this possible is a 2.26 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor, and the resolution might seem low, the sensor is as big as on a DSLR, which apprently means the pixel size is 19μm square, which is more than 5.5 times the surface area of EOS-1D X sensor pixel, allowing it to capture way more light.


The ME20F-SH can evidently record videos in 1080p resolution up to 60fps, has Canon Log and Wide DR modes for a flatter profile and wider dynamic range while shooting, EF mount for Canon’s EF lenses support, built-in neutral density and IR filters that can be disabled, 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI outputs to connect to an external monitor or recorders. Also adds Canon’s proprietary 2.5mm stereo mini-jack and round 8-pin RS-422 jack for remote terminal, 3.5mm stereo microphone jack, and 4-pin XLR DC11-17V power output. Still got a microSD card slot solely for firmware upgrades and these will let you pair video- and audio-monitoring accessories to the camera.

The Canon ME20F-SH will be available to purchase in December 2015 for a suggested retail price. Goes on sale at $30,000, and it should be, because the camera will ideal for those recording in extremely low-light situations, aka near-darkness,  such as for night time wildlife shooting, or astrophotography, and other scenarios where light would be a luxury.

Note: The ME20F-SH does have an EF mount and thus won’t require all-new lenses to do its magic.