These Insanely Clean ISO 4 Million Canon ME20F-SH Low-Light Videos Will Make A7s Shooters Jealous

by Bret Hoy2 Comments

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.

It may not be the sexiest camera you’ve ever seen, but what the ME20F-SH brings to the table is incredibly impressive: A low-light sensor that will make even you Sony A7s purists double-take.

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. [bctt tweet=”Insane ISO 4 million video shot in total darkness from deck of aircraft carrier”]

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?

Related: New Canon ME20F-SH Cinema Kit Offers Versatility for Filming and Television Production

Facebook Posts from Greg McCreash

Via Greg McCreash FB post | July 28 at 9:37pm · Chesapeake, VA, United States

Here's one move of a launch with the Canon ME-20 camera

one move of a launch with the Canon ME-20 camera

Via Greg McCreash FB post |  July 28 at 9:11pm · Chesapeake, VA, United States

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.

another test on CVN-73

Via Greg McCreash FB Post | July 28 near Chesapeake, VA, United States

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.

Greg McCreash at CVN-73 underway

Canon ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera

Canon ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera

Canon ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera | Photo Credit: B&H

Via B&H:


  • 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)


  1. Hei…….36dB’s on that camera it’s the equivalent to 51200 ISO!

  2. and this plane carrier have a lot of light in the deck, check the very clear shadows of the peoples, and the 36db are 51200 ISO not 4000000 ISO; so for a US$20.000 HD only camera is not that impresive when you can have the same in 4K from a US$3500 camera like A7s + Shogun

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