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Thread: Canon launches ME20F-SH camera with 4,000,000 ISO (ISO 40 lakh)

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    Default Canon launches ME20F-SH camera with 4,000,000 ISO (ISO 40 lakh)

    Canon launches camera with 4,000,000 ISO (ISO 40 lakh priced at around 30 lakhs rupees)
    Canon today announced the new ultra-high-sensitive ME20F-SH multi-purpose camera that can see in the dark. This camera will change wildlife filming forever.
    The following are the salient features.
    Resolution: Full HD
    Mount: EF mount
    ISO: 4,000,000 ie. 40 lakh ISO
    Frame rate: 1080 60p, 25p
    Sensor size: 35mm full frame CMOS
    Minimum subject illumination: 0.0005 lux (Theoretical value based on the following shooting conditions: color, no light accumulation, f/1.2, 30P, 50 IRE)
    Pixel size: 19 μm square (Canon 1D X has 6.94 μm pixel)
    Output terminals: 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI terminals
    Dimensions: 4 inchx4.5 inchx4.4 inch
    Weight: 1.1 kg
    Availability: December 2015
    Preorder price: $19,999 US Dollars at B&H http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/CA...DFF/d10-v1-t12

    Canon's First Ultra-High-Sensitivity Multi-Purpose Camera Features ISO Equivalent Of Over 4,000,000



    MELVILLE N.Y., July 30, 2015 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today has introduced the Company's first multi-purpose camera, the new ME20F-SH, which delivers exceptionally high sensitivity to capture Full HD video with a minimum subject illumination of less than 0.0005 lux1 (at maximum 75 dB gain setting, equivalent to an ISO sensitivity of over 4,000,000). Nighttime surveillance and security, cinematic production, reality television, and nature/wildlife documentaries are just some of the ME20F-SH's many possible usage applications. With the ability to capture color video in extreme low-light conditions and its simplistic and versatile design, the ME-20F-SH Multi-purpose Camera can be easily incorporated into existing infrastructures and systems to provide high-quality video capture even where subjects might not be seen with the naked eye.
    Canon's new multi-purpose camera employs an enhanced version of the 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor for Full HD video use that was originally developed by the Company in 20132. Its compact, modular body design allows easy custom configurations for diverse usage scenarios. While capturing video in extreme low-light conditions often requires the use of infrared illumination (a technique that only yields video in black and white), the ME20F-SH camera achieves impressive high-sensitivity performance enabling the capture of color Full HD video with reduced noise in low-light conditions without the need for infrared illumination.



    Ultra-High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor Enables Color Video Capture in Extreme Low-Light Conditions
    The ME20F-SH camera's CMOS sensor has pixels measuring 19 μm square3, which is more than 5.5 times the surface area of the pixels on the CMOS sensor featured in select top-of-the-line interchangeable lens cameras4. Furthermore, the sensor's pixels and readout circuitry make use of Canon proprietary technologies to achieve both reduced noise and exceptionally high sensitivity on subjects with a minimum illumination of less than 0.0005 lux. This multi-purpose camera allows users to discern subjects under even some of the dimmest lighting conditions, such as environments lit by artificial illumination or under a moonless night sky. Furthermore, similar to Canon's Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography cameras, the ME20F-SH camera includes Canon Log and Wide DR, which make possible a wide dynamic range, delivering high-image-quality video results across a range of illumination environments, from low- to brightly lit conditions.

    Canon's Diverse Interchangeable EF Lens Lineup Enables Wide Range of Imaging Possibilities

    The new ME20F-SH employs the same EF mount (Cinema Lock type) as Canon's SLR cameras and Cinema EOS System-series of professional digital cameras, allowing users to make use of the Company's extensive lineup of interchangeable EF lenses5. By letting users select the ideal lens based on their shooting or application requirements, taking into consideration such factors as angle of view and level of brightness, this multi-purpose camera facilitates a wide spectrum of imaging possibilities.



    Supports various standard video-recording interfaces
    Employing output-only 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI terminals, Canon's ME20F-SH camera enables users working on location to output video via a single cable to a variety of peripheral equipment, including external recorders and monitors. Equipped with a φ2.5mm stereo mini-jack and a round 8-pin jack for RS-422, the multipurpose camera is capable of connecting with Canon's RC-V100 Remote Controller (released in June 2014; sold separately)6. By allowing users to operate the camera or change settings from a remote location, the camera facilitates video capture from inaccessible locations as well as fixed-point surveillance. Furthermore, a φ3.5mm stereo mini-jack allows the camera to connect with an external microphone, enabling users working on location to output audio and video signals to connected peripheral equipment.
    The Canon ME20F-SH is expected to be available in December 2015 at a suggested retail price of $30,000.
    1 Compliant with the specification method for CCTV devices (TTR-4602B) issued by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA). Theoretical value based on the following shooting conditions: color, no light accumulation, f/1.2, 30P, 50 IRE
    3 1 μm (micrometer) equals one millionth of a meter
    4 19 μm pixel pitch (361 μm2 surface area) compared to 4.88 μm (23.81 μm2) of Nikon D810, 8.4 μm (70.56 μm2) of Sony Alpha ILCE-A7S, and 6.94 μm (48.16 μm2) of Canon EOS-1D X
    5 Details regarding supported EF-series interchangeable lenses are scheduled to be made available in mid-December 2015.
    6 The RC-V100 requires a firmware update when using the round 8-pin jack for RS-422. Details regarding the firmware are scheduled to be made available in mid-December 2015.
    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: 2

    1080P / 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 DC11-17V

    Terminal 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)
    Note: HDMI, the HDMI logo and the High-Definition Multimedia Interface are brands and registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing, LLC
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    Wow what a camera! but the price i can't think about it ever...

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    It is meant for a specialised application. The steep cost means that only people with clients linedup for those applications can place an order. Hopefully I can place an order if a few things materialise. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    However, one should know that this technology will trickle down to lower end cameras in the next 3-4 years.

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    Interestingly now B&H lists this camera at $19,999 US dollars. Earlier Canon had announced a price of 30,000 usd. So now I guess we can expect it in India at around 13 lakh rupees. At this price, it is easier to recoup the investment.

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    Nice to know that you have your eyes on it sir...and will also pray that those few things do materialise....if it didnt look so small I wud have asked you if you need an assistant to lug it along??

    Rgds
    Roopak

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    Roopak,
    Actually this is a speciality camera. If I buy this then it has to be used for wildlife projects with extreme low light applications. Won't be able to use it in corporate and other applications where they ask for 4K resolution. For the last three years I have been a full time filmmaker, so any equipment purchase has to bring in returns immediately, else have to acquire the art of using the begging bowl.

    Currently I am shooting for a project where I could have asked you to join me. However, the schedule has been erratic. Once my luggage with equipment was misplaced by Air India and I had to contact the Air India CMD's office and finally after 20 days they retrieved from Hong Kong. So it has been really hectic and erratic at best with lot of unnecessary excitement. Hopefully next time with better planning, I can call you. By the way, there are far heavier items like tripods which Mrudul is struggling to carry for longer distances.
    Cheers,
    Sabyasachi

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    I will start pumping weights right away....

    Rgds
    Roopak

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