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Canon ME20F-SH Multi Purpose Camera

Canon ME20F-SH Multi Purpose Camera
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Canon's new ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera features a newly designed Canon 2.2MP high sensitivity CMOS sensor helping users to shoot crisp, clean high definition full-color video in extreme low light conditions. The camera's versatile, rugged, modular design, combined with a 35mm full frame CMOS sensor with an equivalent sensitivity in excess of 4,000,000 ISO, make it ideal for a wide variety of markets. A remarkable example of Canon's innovative engineering, the camera can be used for television, cinema, nature and wildlife, documentary production, astronomy, military, security and law enforcement.
Exceptional Low Light Performance

The ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera features a newly developed Canon full frame 35mm CMOS sensor with an equivalent sensitivity in excess of 4,000,000 ISO. Able to capture full color 1080p video up to 60fps, the ME20F-SH camera can be ideal for use in extreme low light environments.
This innovative 35mm full frame CMOS sensor has photosites measuring 19 micrometers square. The large photosites allow for exceptional low light performance, with a minimum subject illumination of 0.0005 or below (at maximum 75 dB gain).

Canon's DIGIC DV 4 image processor supports a dynamic range of 12 stops along with Wide DR and Canon Log gamma profiles, helping to minimize the loss of shadow detail, and overexposure of the high-brightness areas.

The camera allows users to capture subjects even under some of the most challenging low light conditions, making the ME20F-SH camera ideal for a wide range of nighttime and low light applications.
Versatile, Rugged Design

The ME20F-SH camera features a rugged, versatile box style design that allows the camera to be easily configured for a variety of professional applications. The camera design allows it to be combined with a wide range of accessories making it suitable for use in television, nature and wildlife, documentary production, security and law enforcement.
Full HD Video up to 60fps

Depending on the end user's needs, the ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera can produce video in full HD imaging at a full frame rate of up to 60 fps, with selectable frame rates of 59.94P / 59.94i / 50.00P / 50.00i / 29.97P / 25.00P / 23.98P.
Professional Connectivity

The ME20F-SH camera features industry standard connection terminals allowing the camera to be used in a wide range of applications from recorded content to live broadcast. By employing 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI output terminals, Canon's ME20F-SH can output audio/video to peripheral equipment including external recorders and monitors.

The camera is also equipped with Genlock input for camera switching in a multi-camera, live broadcast environment.

The Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller can be used to remotely control camera operation via either the supplied 2.5mm mini-jack or 8-pin jack for RS-422.

A 3.5mm stereo mini-jack allows the camera to connect with an external microphone.

Power can be provided through standard 12 volt, 4-pin XLR, as well as 2-pin connector for use in more permanent installations.

Compatible with EF-mount Lenses

The ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera is compatible with Canon's line of EF mount lenses. The camera comes equipped with a Canon locking EF mount, allowing the lens to be attached or removed without the need to rotate the lens barrel. This facilitates changing lenses in applications where multiple accessories are attached to the lens.

The front of the camera features a 12-pin lens terminal enabling power connectivity with EF mount CINE-SERVO lenses or 2/3" broadcast lenses with a third party adapter. Support for lens communication will be added in a future firmware update.
Additional Functions

Infrared Shooting
The ME20F-SH features an IR cut filter that can be removed for infrared shooting. During typical daylight shooting conditions, the IR cut filter is used to block unwanted IR light to help ensure color fidelity and reproduction. In extreme low light conditions, removing the cameras IR filter allows IR light to reach the camera's sensor, enhancing the camera's ability to identify objects within the scene. Uniquely, the IR functionality of the camera allows for color reproduction, increasing the ability to recognize and differentiate objects.


The removable IR cut filter is incorporated with the ND filter stack, allowing the IR cut filter to be activated in the same way as the camera's ND filters.


Built-In Density ND Filter
The ME20F-SH is also supplied with two built in neutral density filters, a 3-stop (ND1/8) and a 6-stop (ND1/64), allowing the operator more control over the amount of light hitting CMOS sensor.

Digital Teleconverter
The camera's built in 2x and 4x digital teleconverter will digitally double or quadruple the working distance of the equipped lens, providing extra reach when required and helps minimize the need to switch lenses- which could save time and adds versatility to help users capture essential content.

One-Shot AF
One-Shot AF assists in focusing adjustment with a dedicated button. Focus status can be confirmed on an external monitor.

Push Auto Iris
Push Auto Iris automatically adjusts the aperture of the lens to quickly and easily maintain proper exposure, even in situations where lighting changes frequently.
Image Sensor
35mm Full Frame CMOS (16:9 extract)
Total Pixels
Approx. 2.59M (2160 x 1200)
Effective Pixels
Approx. 2.26M (2000 x 1128)
1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720
Pixel Size
19um x 19um
Min. Sub. Illum.
0.0005 lux or less (at 75dB, F1.2, 1/30s, 50IRE)
Color Filter Array
RGB Bayer


Lens System

Canon EF Mount
Cinema Lock type
Canon EF Lenses
EF, EF-S & Cinema (EF) (compatible lenses to be confirmed)
Input Terminals

Black burst or Tri-level reference
φ3.5mm stereo mini jack (plug-in power mic supported)
Remote Control
Remote A: φ2.5mm stereo mini jack (Canon protocol)
Remote B: Circular 8-pin for RS-422 (Canon protocol)
Output Terminals

Terminal 1 (On screen display optional)
Terminal 2 (Clean out only)
Bit Depth: YCbCr422 10bits (effective bits: 8) 

Frame Rates:
1920 x 1080: 59.94P/59.94i/50P/50i/29.97P/25P/23.98P
1280 x 720: 59.94P/50P/29.97P/25P/23.98P

*Cannot set frame rate and output size separately by SDI and HDMI.
Terminal 1 (On screen display optional)
Bit Depth: RGB444, YCbCr422, YCbCr444 (effective bits: 8 for each format) 

Frame Rates:
1920 x 1080: 59.94P/59.94i/50P/50i/29.97P/25P/23.98P
1280 x 720: 59.94P/50P/29.97P/25P/23.98P

*Cannot set frame rate and output size separately by SDI and HDMI.
**640x480: 59.94P & 768x576: 50P will be output when connected with a monitor that support 480P and 576P inputs. Cannot be set from the menu and the on screen display will not show.
Exposure Modes

Auto Exposure (AE)
Iris, Gain, Shutter and ND filter operating together (Cannot set auto/manual separately)
AE shift/AE response selectable
AGC limit can be set from 36dB to Off/75dB (3-dB intervals)
Iris: 1/2 stops (push auto iris can be set to an assign button)
Gain: 0dB to 75dB @ 3-dB intervals (approx. ISO 4,560,000 equivalent at 75dB)
Shutter: 1/3 to 1/2000 (1/4 stops)
Image Control

Focus Control
Manual Focus (when used with RC-V100)
ONE SHOT AF (can be set to an assign button)
AWB (2,000K-15,000K), Daylight, Tungsten, Custom Set A, Custom Set B
Optical Filters
ND filters: 1/8 & 1/64 Built-in (auto or motorized manual)
IR cut filter: On/Off (motorized manual)
Digital Teleconverter
2x, 4x
Custom Picture Setting
EOS Standard, Wide DR, Canon Log, Custom 1-6
Other Functions
Auto black balance, color bar, test tone (interlocking with color bar), assign buttons, peripheral illumination correction, focus limit, crop for EF-S Lens, scan reverse, flicker reduction, noise reduction, time display, hour meter
Power Input

XLR 4-pin or terminal block 2-pin jack
DC +11V ~ +17V
Power Consumption Approx. 12W (body only)

Operating Temperature
Approx. 0 - 40 °C (32-104 °F)
4.0 x 4.6 x 4.4 in. (102 x 116 x 113mm)
Approx. 2.4 lbs. (1,100g)
Included in the Box
ME20F-SH, 2-pin DC Power Contact
Related Accessories
Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller, Canon EF Lenses

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