ISO 4 million? Really? That’s got to have a ton of noise right? Think again.
When we’re discussing cameras, we usually talk about the cameras and bodies that have been made for creative cinematography or photography.
Assuming that most of the people that are reading this are creatives at heart is a safe bet, I imagine. That being said, sometimes, the biggest jumps in technology come outside of the creative fields. Nowhere is this clearer than with the Canon ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera.
There hasn’t been a lot of footage released from this cameras of yet, but Greg McCreash posted this ISO 4 Million (that’s 4,000,000!) nighttime ME20F-SH footage to his Facebook and it’s amazing.Insane ISO 4 million video shot in total darkness from deck of aircraft carrier Click To Tweet
At first glance, you might not notice what’s so impressive about this camera. It’s not the most gorgeous footage, for sure. But when you look at the immensely high dB, you begin to look at the footage a bit differently. For me, the most impressive part of this isn’t just the low-light though. It’s that somehow, exposing for the pitch black ocean doesn’t absolutely blowout the deck of the ship and all of the individual points of light. Whether that's dynamic range, or some clever post-processing I don't know. What I do know is that regardless of which it was, that speaks highly for the Canon ME20F-SH.
Do you think that Canon might implement similar low-light technology on their new cameras?
Facebook Posts from Greg McCreash
Here's one move of a launch with the Canon ME-20 camera
Here is another test we did on CVN-73. This sample show that there is no radar interference when shooting video. We all know what a problem this is when shooting video on the flight deck. This sample shows how well the EOS 1Dx mkII works.
David Carlson from Canon and I visited CVN-73 underway last week to do some testing with new Canon cameras. This is footage of the new ME-20 camera. 4 million ISO. This video was shot at 1130 at night. The dB is not cranked all the way up. From the JBD's forward it was pitch black to the naked eye. Just a little sample of Canon technology.
Canon ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera
- Up to 4 Million ISO & 12 Stops DR
- Full Frame 35mm CMOS Sensor
- Canon DIGIC DV 4
- Full HD up to 60p
- HD/3G-SDI & HDMI Connectors
- Canon Locking Cinema EF Lens Mount
Featuring an astonishing four million ISO rating, the Canon ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera captures video at up to 1920 x 1080p 60 and supports both NTSC and PAL broadcast frame rates. The camera incorporates a full frame 35mm-sized sensor with approximately 2.26 million pixels. This results in a pixel that is about 7.5 x larger than the pixels on optional Canon Full-frame DSLR cameras, which provides for camera's notable ISO rating.
Learn more about the Canon ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera at B&H.
(cover photo credit: snap from Facebook video)