Canon Unveils New $30K Camera That Shoots at ISO Four Million
The general perception among photographers about Canon is that it’s no longer an innovative company given its serious lack of creativity in terms of sensor technology. But that is going to change now as the Japan-based optical products company is ready to break the ground once again with the release of their new ME20F-SH.
Canon claims the new interchangeable-lens camera is capable of pushing its ISO rating over 4,000,000. The ME20F-SH packs a 35mm-sized full-frame CMOS sensor with pixels arranged over a 19 μm square. That makes the pixels roughly 5.5-times the size of those found in other high-end DSLRs.
With that much pixels on the sensor, the camera becomes highly sensitive even in situations with a minimum illumination of less than 0.0005 lux. To put that in perspective, full moon on a clear night is about 0.27 to 1.0 lux, and 0.0001 lux is a moonless, overcast night.
So, basically, it can shoot in seriously dark areas and capture details of things that are not visible to the human eye.
It weights approximately 1.1 kg (body only) and has Canon’s proprietary mount type as used in Canon’s SLR and EOS lines, making it easy for users to pick out the right lens for the right occasion.
Design-wise, the ME20F-SH looks more like an odd black box than a camera. That shape, however, encases loads of features. The front of the camera has a cinema locking style EF mount, while the back is home to an array of video interfaces, including 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI, 2.5 mm stereo mini-jack, and a round 8-pin RS-422 jack.
Canon says the ME20F-SH is a muti-purpose camera and can be used for almost anything, especially nature and wildlife documentaries, night sky footage, night-time surveillance, cinematic production, and reality TV.
The Canon ME-20F-SH is set to hit the market in December and will cost a whopping $30,000.