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A Closer Look at the $30,000 Canon Camera That Shoots ISO 4,500,000

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Back in July 2015, Canon announced the Canon ME20F-SH, a multi-purpose camera with a $30,000 price tag and a max ISO of 4.5 million. This 11-minute video is a closer look at the camera’s features and abilities.

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We’ve already shared some sample footage shot at ISO 4,560,000 with the new camera. Canon has yet another demonstration in the video above.

Canon’s Brent Ramsey starts out by standing in a completely dark studio room that’s lit only by a small tealight candle. At ISO 800 with the camera, the candle is clearly visible but you can’t see much else.

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At ISO 4,560,000, we can see Ramsey and all the details of the studio — all with the light being emitted from a single tiny candle.

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Here’s how much the ME20F-SH outperforms the $4,499 Canon C100 Mark II cinema camera in the same situation with a lower ISO:

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Ramsey goes on to say how the Canon ME20F-SH’s low light capabilities are due to the gigantic pixels on the sensor. Compared to the full frame sensor in the Canon 1D X DSLR, which has 18.1 megapixels, the Canon ME20F-SH only has 2.26 megapixels. However, each of those pixels is 7.5 times larger than the ones in the 1D X, and this allows the ME20F-SH to be much more sensitive in low light.

(via CanonUSA via CanonWatch)

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