Canon today introduced the multi-purpose camera named ME20F-SH specially dedicated to shoot video in low light conditions. Despite its sensor has a resolution of only 2.26-megapixel but it has a pixel measuring 19 microns – 5.5X larger than other high-end DSLR cameras, that makes the camera can capture in lights as low as 0.0005 lux equivalent to ISO 4,000,000, an extremely high figure in the world of cameras.
With a resolution of a 2.26-megapixel is sure no one spent more than $30,000 to buy this product. In contrast, Canon is targeting those who make films and television, for shooting in extremely dark environments that the human eye does not see anything but you can still use the camera to go back to high brightness and no affect the color quality, suitable for users who make video documentaries, reality television shows or night scene.
The Canon ME20F-SH comes with a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor, each pixel measures 19 microns, which is 7.5-times larger than the existing high-end Canon EOS 1Dx DSLR on the market. This allows the sensor can acquire more light, but due to limited resolution, it can only record the Full-HD 1080p video. On this point, Canon adds that they have limited the resolution to ensure the quality of the video output.
The multi-purpose camera is also support some of dedicated equipment such as a monitor or mic through a variety of ports like 2.5mm, 3.5mm, 3G/HD-SDI, HDMI ports and RS-422 port for remote controls. About the lens, the Canon ME20F-SH camera is compatible with EF and existing EF-S mount with full autofocus function. It also uses integrated ND filter and IR filter.
The Canon ME20F-SH priced at $30,000 for the camera body only, and available in December 2015 when the company also revealed the list of compatible lenses with this camera.