Canon’s New Camera Sees in the Dark, Costs $30,000

July 30, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Canon will ship a new camera in December that can record full color 1920×1080 video in low light environments with a minimum illumination of less than 0.0005 lux–conditions that would typically require an infrared camera to capture details.

The company is billing it as a “multi-purpose camera” that can tackle applications from cinematography, nature documentaries, surveillance and more.

The ME20F-SH uses a tweaked version of the company’s full frame CMOS sensor with 2.2-megapixels. According to Canon, the pixels that are 5.5 times larger than those in the company’s DSLRs to soak up more light. The pixels and readout circuitry have also been improved to reduce noise. 
The camera has an EF lens mount and records video using the same Canon Log and Wide DR formats found in the company’s cinema cameras. It features a 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI output, stereo mini-jack and a round 8-pin jack for RS-422. It can also be connected to Canon’s RC-V100 Remote Controller. Additional features include an ND and IR cut filter. 
It will set you back $30,000.