Tokyo-based Canon Inc. announced early this morning a camera that can be set to shoot at the equivalent of an ISO of 4,000,000 (!). The tiny gadget which has a rather retro styled look which can be pretty deceiving on its performance will sell for $30,000 in the U.S.
Canon ME20F-SH is virtually the only commercial camera to date that can shoot perfectly comprehensive footage in the dark. Security firms may be thrilled because the device’s night vision may help them better work during night shifts.
The new camera was dubbed “multi-purpose” by the company because it can be used to take photos and video footage. But professional photographers should not get over excited because ME20F-SH is only equipped with a 2 megapixel sensor which is more than enough for full HD video capture but quite weak from image capture. According to the maker, it can shoot 1920×1080 video at 30p, 24p, and 60p.
The videos would still be of high quality in dim light, the company claims. You can get HD footage with an illumination lower than 0.0005 lux, Canon wrote on its site. A night without a moon is about 0.0001 lux, while a full moon without clouds on the sky can provide from 0.3 to 1 lux, experts explained. In other words, the state-of-the-art gadget can see in the dark what the human eye can’t.
The company recommends the full-frame camera for outdoor video production, amateur movie making, documentaries in hard to reach locations such as caves, old churches, or other dimly lit locations, and surveillance. Its 35 mm CMOS sensor was first unveiled a couple of years ago and photographers were shocked to learn about its out-of-this-world ability of shooting in the dark.
The short clip below shows what the new camera can achieve in otherwise hard to capture moments by a traditional camera. What’s more, the high performance while shooting in complete darkness does not trigger a high image noise. The video shows what the CMOS sensor was able to achieve two years ago. Nevertheless, the new sensor is even sharper.
Japanese developers explained that that the secret to the camera’s exceptional night vision lies in the size of the pixels. They are nearly six times larger than those rendered by traditional lens cameras.
You can enhance the Canon camera with a wide range of EF lenses available on the company’s website. The official release date is slated for December 2015, so if your pockets are deep enough it may make the perfect Christmas gift.
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