Canon announced an 4,000,000 ISO Camera

Canon ME20F-SH

Yes, you read it correct! Canon has announced its new multi-purpose camera – the Canon ME20F-SH which has the ability to shoot full HD videos with almost no available light. How is this possible? Well, it is possible as this power-packed camera by Canon can go up to 4,000,000 ISO.

Canon 4000000 iso camera

As claimed by Canon, the ME20F-SH can shoot video when the available light on the subject is as less than 0.0005 lux.

This 4,000,000 ISO beast comes with EF-mount, which means all the Canon EF and EF-S lenses can be mounted on Canon ME20F-SH enabling the autofocus functionality. As the manufacturer brand says, this camera can be used to shoot reality TV shows, wildlife and nature documentaries and cinematic productions.

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The Canon ME20F-SH comes with a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor of 2.26 megapixels, which is far less when compared to most of the full frame camera sensors by Canon that supports more than 20 megapixels. This uniquely designed image sensor was first announced by Canon in the year 2013 and it made news all over the photography community.

Let’s understand this – the less number of pixels placed on a sensor, the larger the pixels can be. So, the larger the pixels get, the more the amount of light they can gather within them. This helps the sensor to go to a number as high as 4,000,000 ISO.

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You can control the camera functions on an external monitor using its joystick and the buttons mounted on the rear side of the camera.

Let’s have a look at the specs of the 4,000,000 ISO camera:

Product name ME20F-SH Multi-purpose Camera
Image sensor 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor (single), effective pixel count: approx. 2.26 million pixels
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: 21080P / 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 DC11-17VTerminal block 2-pin jack DC11-17V
Operating temperature 32 degrees F (0 degrees C) to 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)
Body dimensions Approx. 4 inches (102mm) (w) x 4.5 inches (116mm) (h) x 4.4 inches (113mm) (d) (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg) (body only)


Now let’s talk about some serious business. A 4,000,000 ISO camera by Canon would obviously not come with a cheap price tag. If you are planning to grab the Canon ME20F-SH, be ready to shed $30,000 from your pocket. 🙂

Do let us know your views on the Canon ME20F-SH, in the comments below.

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