Canon’s first ultra-high-sensitivity multi-purpose camera captures high quality videos effortlessly in extreme low-light situations

Canon’s first ultra-high-sensitivity multi-purpose camera captures high quality videos effortlessly
in extreme low-light situations
New ME20F-SH multi-purpose camera delivers Full HD videos with eye-opening clarity at 0.0005 lux illumination (ISO 4,000,000+ equivalent)

SINGAPORE, April 27, 2016 — Canon today announced its first multi-purpose camera, the ME20F-SH. This high-sensitivity camera is capable of delivering exceptional imaging performance when capturing Full HD video, even with a subject illumination of less than 0.0005 lux[1] (near pitch dark). This is made possible with its impressive gain setting[2] of up to 75 dB, and an ISO sensitivity of over 4 million.
Canon’s multi-purpose camera employs an enhanced version of the 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor for Full HD video usage that was developed by the company in 2013[3]. While capturing videos in low-light conditions often require the use of infrared illumination – a technique that only yields video in black and white, the ME20F-SH achieves impressive low-light performance retaining Full HD videos in colour with reduced noise in low-light conditions without the need for infrared illumination. This makes the ME20F-SH uniquely suited for situations such as shooting wildlife documentaries or surveillance. By enabling video capture in low-light scenarios under which subjects are difficult to discern with the naked eye, the ME20F-SH makes image capture possible even in challenging environments.
"The ME20F-SH is a game changer with its unrivalled ISO sensitivity of over 4 million, capable of capturing full colour HD footage of scenes too dark for the naked eye to discern. This spells limitless possibilities for users who require top-of-the-range equipment to capture high quality professional footage in environments with minimum illumination, such as wildlife documentaries or underwater videography.” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore.
Ultra-sensitive CMOS sensor enhances colour video capture in low-light conditions
The ME20F-SH’s CMOS sensor has pixels measuring 19 μm square[4], which is more than 7.5 times the surface area of the pixels on the CMOS sensor featured in Canon’s top-of-the-line EOS-1D X (released in June 2012), and other digital SLR cameras. The sensor’s pixels and readout circuitry uses Canon proprietary technologies to achieve reduced noise, enabling it to detect subjects illuminated at less than 0.0005 lux[5].
Similar to Canon’s Cinema EOS System professional digital cinematography cameras, the ME20F-SH is equipped with Canon Log and Wide DR gamma, enabling it to deliver excellent image quality videos consistently, across a range of lighting situation.
Diverse imaging possibilities with Canon’s interchangeable EF lenses
The ME20F-SH employs the same EF mount (Cinema Lock type) as Canon’s digital SLR cameras and Cinema EOS System-series professional digital cinematography cameras. With its ability to use any of the company’s extensive line-up of interchangeable EF lenses, the ME20F-SH can cater to a wide range of imaging possibilities.
Compatible with professional video-recording interfaces
Employing output-only 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI terminals, ME20F-SH enables users working remotely to output videos via a single cable to a range of peripheral equipment, such as external recorders and monitors.
Equipped with a φ2.5 mm stereo mini- jack and a round 8-pin jack for RS-422, this multi-purpose camera is capable of connecting with Canon’s RC-V100 Remote Controller (released in June 2014; sold separately)[6]. Users can thereby operate or alter camera settings from a remote location, capture videos from inaccessible locations, or conduct fixed-point surveillance easily. The φ3.5 mm stereo mini-jack allows the camera to connect with an external microphone, to enable users to output audio and video signals to connected peripheral on location.
Pricing and availability
The Canon ME20F-SH will be available from May 2016 at a recommended retail price of $31,029.
Product specifications
Image sensor
35 mm 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 4 million)
Lens mount
Canon EF mount (Cinema Lock type)
Optical filters
ND filter with 2 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
Canon Log, Wide DR, etc.
Video output terminals
BNC jack (output only)
Terminal count: 2
1080P / 1080i / 720P
HDMI[7] connector (output only)
Genlock terminal
BNC jack (input only)
Remote terminal
φ2.5 mm stereo mini-mini-jack (Canon-proprietary protocol)
Round 8-pin jack (for RS-422, Canon-proprietary protocol)
Microphone terminal
φ3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
One-shot AF
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
0 degrees C to 40 degrees C
Body dimensions
Approx. 102 mm (w) x 116 mm (h) x 113 mm (d) (excluding protrusions)
Approx. 1.1 kg (body only)

[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: colour, no light accumulation, f/1.2, 30P, 50 IRE
[2] Gain represents the level that the output signal from a pixel has been amplified, measured in decibels (dB). Increases in gain value enable image capture in darker conditions
[3] For more information, please refer to the press release announced on March 4, 2013, available on the Canon Global website:
[4] 1 μm (micrometer) equals one millionth of a meter
[5] (E.G.) Environments lit by artificial illumination or under a moonless night sky
[6] The RC-V100 requires a firmware update when using the round 8-pin jack for RS-422
[7] HDMI, the HDMI logo and the High-Definition Multimedia Interface are brands and registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing, LLCT

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