Canon's latest camera boasts ISO 4,000,000 setting, priced at a jaw-dropping $30,000

The Canon ME20F-SH with all the professional attachments connected to it during a demo.
The Canon ME20F-SH with all the professional attachments connected to it during a demo.ST PHOTO: TREVOR TAN
The video display showing the man in total darkness shot by Canon ME20F-SH.
The video display showing the man in total darkness shot by Canon ME20F-SH.ST PHOTO: TREVOR TAN
The man in the background and the scene after the lights are switched on.
The man in the background and the scene after the lights are switched on.ST PHOTO: TREVOR TAN

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.

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