Canon’s New Camera Can See in the Dark
Canon ad campaign used the slogan “See impossible.” Which is not wrong after reading the specs. It seems like their latest camera allows us to do just that — the ME20F-SH, a full-frame digital camera, boasts a staggering 4 million maximum ISO.
For the uninitiated: ISO is the level of sensitivity of your camera to available light. The lower the ISO value, the less sensitive to light. Conversely, a higher ISO value increases the sensitivity of your camera’s sensor in the darkness.
By comparison, the iPhone 6, which handles low light medium-well for a smartphone, has a maximum ISO of 1,600.
Film & Digital Times has a few more demo shots, but make sure to check these videos for an example of where low-light photography is headed. The camera used in both video clips is a Sony A7S, which has a max ISO value of 409,600 — the reigning champion until this new Canon starts shipping.
From the press release:
The ME20F-SH is ideal for use within specialist applications such as TV productions of nighttime wildlife, deep sea/cave exploration, astronomy and surveillance. The ability to install the camera in a semi-permanent location, with remote control operability also means that for documentary and natural history filmmakers, long term projects and events can be captured with minimum staffing.
The super-minimal, boxy design means it’ll be easier to get previously impossible shots in previously impossible places. Drones can zoom overhead in utter darkness. Underwater photography will dive to deeper places. No-light footage from nature documentaries won’t have the same noisiness.
The cost is estimated at $30,000 and delivery is expected by the end of this year.