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?
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:
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.
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.