Break out your wallet if you're looking for awesome cinematic images at insanely low to no light with Canon's new Cinema Kit for the Canon ME20F-SH.
Announced last fall, the ME20F-SH wasn't intended for cinema use – it was mainly for security and maybe animal observation in the wild at night, but Canon's seen the need for reality TV and cinema and has created a new Cinema Kit for the camera that will turn it into a filmmaking beast!
Only $31,000 and you can have one… what the heck, buy 2.
Hopefully we'll see this at NAB this week too.
New Canon ME20F-SH Cinema Kit Offers Versatility for Filming and Television Production
Via Canon Press:
ME20F-SH Cinema Kit Includes 10 Accessories to Ready the Camera for Cinematic Applications
MELVILLE N.Y., April 13, 2016 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the ME20F-SH Cinema Kit, which bundles the ME20F-SH Camera with 10 accessories to enhance the user operation and provide significant savingscompared to purchasing the accessories separately.The ME20F-SH camera's CMOS sensor has pixels measuring 19 μmsquare1, which is more than 5.5 times the surface area of the pixels on the CMOS sensor featured in select top-of-the-line interchangeable lens cameras2. Its large pixel size enables the ME20F-SH to deliver magnificent imagery in normal lighting conditions, while also possessing the high sensitivity to capture Full HD video in less than 0.0005 lux3 (at maximum 75 dB gain setting, equivalent to an ISO sensitivity of more than 4,000,000). Along with itsmodular body and compact size, the imagequality delivered by the ME20F-SH camera allows users to capture clear images in even the most demandingof applications including cinematic production, reality television, and nature/wildlife documentaries.
“We’ve been using the ME20F-SH camera to simulate military-grade night vision goggles and no other camera can simulate night vision goggles like this – it’s the only machine that could do what we needed,” said David Klein, ASC, cinematographer of The History Channel’s upcoming drama series SIX. “The camera takes sensitivity to a new level; its high end is not just noteworthy,it’s mind blowing. When we shoot with the ME20F-SH camera, nearly every light is turned off or knocked down to nothing, and the camera does the rest,” added Dominik Mainl, SIX’s First AC. “I know this camera is capable of over four million ISO, but we found a remarkable singular image around 600,000 ISO, where signal to noise ratio was suddenly irrelevant.”
Similar to Canon's Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography cameras, the ME20F-SH camera includes Canon Log and Wide DR, which make possible a wide dynamic range, delivering high-image-quality video results across a range of illumination environments, from low- to brightly lit conditions. The ME20F-SH employs the same EF mount (Cinema Lock type) as Canon's SLR cameras and Cinema EOS series of professional digital cameras, allowing users to make use of the Company's extensive lineup of interchangeable EF lenses from fisheye to super-telephoto.
The ME20F-SH kit accessory list includes the Atomos Shogun Flame external recorder, Zacuto mini baseplate, a SanDisk SSD pack, NogaArm, HDMI cable, additional battery, battery and cheese plate, D-Tap/D-Tap cable, XLR cable and a battery charger that can also be used as a power adapter. All of these accessories make the ME20F-SH Cinema Kit ready for film and TV production as well as documentary work across a number of genres.
“Since its introduction in 2015, the ME20F-SH camera has been an incredible tool for cinematic production,” noted Tim Smith, senior advisor, Film & TV Production, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “It produces phenomenal light sensitivity that enables incredibly clean images in standard lighting conditions, and remarkable color imagery up to ISO 4,000,000 even in extremely lowlight. This new CinemaKit empowers filmmakers to have a turnkey solution to shoot with minimal lighting equipment oradditional gear.”
The Canon ME20F-SH Cinema Kit is expected to be available in April 2016 at a suggested list price of $31,000.*For additional information about the camera and this new kit please visit: www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/details/cameras/multi-purpose-cameras/me20f-sh. Follow Canon throughout the NAB show on Instagram at @CanonUSA and Twitter at @CanonUSAproand visit Canon’sC4325Booth in the Center Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2015† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2016. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.
* Availability, prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
1 1 μm (micrometer) equals one millionth of a meter
3 Compliant with the specification method for CCTV devices (TTR-4602B) issued by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA). Theoretical value based on the following shooting conditions: color, no light accumulation, f/1.2, 30P, 50 IRE
ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera
Canon's new ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera features a newly designed Canon 2.2MP high sensitivity CMOS sensor helping users to shoot crisp, clean high definition full-color video in extreme low light conditions. The camera's versatile, rugged, modular design, combined with a 35mm full frame CMOS sensor with an equivalent sensitivity in excess of 4,000,000 ISO, make it ideal for a wide variety of markets. A remarkable example of Canon's innovative engineering, the camera can be used for television, cinema, nature and wildlife, documentary production, astronomy, military, security and law enforcement.
Learn more about the Canon ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera.
(cover photo credit: snap from Canon)
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