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ME20F-SH: Full HD in virtual darkness with ISO 4 million and Infrared

ME20F-SH: Full HD in virtual darkness with ISO 4 million and Infrared

Compact and lightweight this innovative full-frame, Full HD video camera delivers ultra low light performance and infrared capability at unrivalled sensitivity, over ISO 4 million (+75dB), to open up a new world of creative shooting possibilities.

Who it is for?

Because of its ultra-high ISO and low light capabilities, the ME20F-SH will appeal to production companies looking for a small yet incredibly flexible camera that can be used to capture unique night time wildlife scenes or for deep sea/cave exploration. In addition, applications in astronomy and surveillance are also a possibility within the scientific and industrial sectors.

Key features

  • Ultra low-light performance at ISO 4 million
  • High quality Full HD 1080p/1080i/720p output
  • Flexible control with auto and custom settings
  • Compatible with a wide range of EF lenses*
  • Remote control of camera settings and built-in ND and IR cut filters possible
  • Small and lightweight for ease of integration

* A list of compatible lenses to be confirmed.


The ME20F-SH incorporates a newly developed, full-frame 35mm CMOS sensor with approx. 2.26MP for maximum light gathering ability. With an ISO of over 4 million (+75dB) the camera can capture ‘never before seen’ colour footage in almost complete darkness (0.0005 lux), plus additional support for infrared (IR) filming.


This unique camera can produce a Full HD 1080p/1080i/720p output that can be recorded to an external recorder. It offers support for high dynamic range with 12-stop Canon Log Gamma and Wide DR mode, plus reduced motion blur with support for frame rates up to 50p/59.94p for shooting slow-motion.


With extensive options for automatic functions for exposure via Iris and gain control, One-Shot AF and Auto WB the ME20F-SH gives control over your shooting settings. Choose from Custom Picture settings, including Canon Log and Wide DR. The wide ISO 800 to 4 million range lets filmmakers shoot from daylight to ‘starlight‘ conditions.


Remote operation of the built-in, electronically controlled ND filters (3-stop and 6-stop) and IR cut filter is possible via the Canon Remote Controller RC-V100.

The Remote Controller RC-V100 broadens the opportunities for operators, allowing users to access many in-camera functions and menus. Dedicated interfaces allow control of common settings such as iris, zoom (depending on lens) and white balance.


Featuring an EF mount with Cinema Lock the ME20F-SH will support a wide selection of compatible lenses across the Canon range, including zooms, primes and selected Canon Servo lenses* (with a 12-pin interface) for greater control and creative shooting opportunities.


The small, compact and lightweight ME20F-SH features extensive connection options for a monitor, output to an external recorder and remote control, including HDMI out, Genlock and two 3G/HD-SDI terminals. Remote control is possible via two sockets, including a 2.5mm jack for the Canon Remote Controller RC-V100.

* A list of compatible lenses to be confirmed.


Canon develops and manufactures its own sensors and has incorporated a specially developed, full-frame 35mm 2.26 Megapixel (effective) CMOS sensor in the ME20F-SH. With larger pixel sizes the sensor maximises light-gathering capabilities for enhanced sensitivity and reduced noise, achieving an unparalleled ISO 4 million.


The Custom Picture menu of the ME20F-SH offers the options of shooting Canon Log Gamma or Wide DR (as found in the Cinema EOS range), which provides a Dynamic Range of 12 stops (800%). Canon Log is a log format for realising a wide, 12-stop dynamic range close to negative film and enables the user to easily perform post-production processes, even in a desktop environment, for detailed adjustment of highlight and shadow, as well as broadening the range of colour grading. Wide DR Gamma produces smooth changes in brightness, seamless gradations, and reproduces clear skin tones with uniform colours; thus eliminating the need for post-production processes.


The DIGIC DV4 processor provides enhanced image reproduction, supplementing the strengths of the DIGIC DV family – such as smooth gradation and faithful colour reproduction – with support for recording at higher data rates. The sensor and processor work together with the RGB processing system to ensure reduction in both moiré and aliasing, resulting in cleaner, sharper images.

Technical product specifications are currently unavailable.