SINGAPORE - The latest model of Canon's professional multi-purpose camera, launched today, can take pictures even in extreme darkness with a staggering sensitivity setting of ISO 4,000,000.
The ME20F-SH has an equally jaw-dropping price of $31,029 and that is just the body only.
Flagship DSLR cameras can only go up to a sensitivity setting of ISO 102,400. The video-oriented ME20F-SH is able to push traditional limits as it has a large light-receiving diodes, also called pixels, with its full-frame CMOS image sensor measuring 2.2-megapixel. Each pixel on its image sensor is 19 micron, around 7.5 times bigger than the pixel size of the image sensors found on full-frame DSLRs, such as the Canon EOS 1D X.
The huge pixel size allows the ME20F-SH to capture crisp high-definition full-colour videos, even in total darkness.
Targeted at cinematographers, the camera has plenty of ports, including HD-SDI. HDMI ports, a 2.5mm mini-jack, a 3.5mm jack for a stereo mic and an 8-pin RS-422 port for using Canon's remote controls.
The ME20F-SH will be available next month.