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Canon’s new ME20F-SH with an astounding 4 million+ ISO!

There is a lot of buzz on the internet right now around Canon’s new 4,000,000+ ISO camera, the ME20F-SH, especially since they just released new footage. But is it worth it?

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With an expected retail price of $30k, it can be hard to justify the cost for a specialized camera. Besides, most of us are not going to be shooting in complete darkness on our productions. However, if you are say chasing a loin (or a drunken bachelor on a reality show) into the bush, then the ability to crank the ISO to 102,000 and still get a usable shot is totally worth it. Here is the specs list from Canon:

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Canon ME20F-SH Specs Sheet

For me, as a videographer, I get excited about any new advancement in camera technology. To me, a camera is a tool. How it functions and its usefulness is up to me to decide. The Canon ME20F-SH is a incredibly specialized tool for extreme low light shooting, but with removable IR filters, it can also be used to create beautiful IR photography.

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With removable infrared (IR) fiters along with its high ISO capabilities, the Canon ME20F-SH camera can be used to capture unique, stylized video

 

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Removing the infrared (IR) filter can create an interesting effect on your video like this shot of a meadow on a summers day. Courtesy of Photo Dune.

 

So, if you are looking to shoot surveillance video or need that extra ISO bump on a run & gun set, then the ME20F-SH may be the right camera for you. However, for the just the one special shot, I would recommend renting it rather than purchasing outright.

For more: check out No Film School’s complete write up.