Canon has announced a compact ‘multi-purpose’ professional video camera, built to shoot in ‘extremely low light’ using a top ISO in excess of 4 million.

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The Canon ME20F-SH is designed for specialist applications such as filming wildlife at night, surveillance and astronomy.

Featuring a full-frame 2.26-million-pixel CMOS imaging sensor, the ME20F-SH dispenses with the need for infrared illumination – shooting in colour, with reduced noise, according to Canon.

In a statement, Canon added: ‘The ability to install the camera in a semi-permanent location, with remote control operability, also means that for documentary and natural history filmmakers, long-term projects and events can be captured with minimum staffing.’

The ME20F-SH features a Canon EF mount with Cinema Lock (as found on the Canon EOS C500).

European prices and availability are yet to be confirmed.

Canon is yet to release a list of compatible lenses.

Key features, as listed by Canon:

· Ultra low-light performance at ISO 4 million
· High-quality full HD 1080p/1080i/720p output
· Flexible control with auto and custom settings

· Compatible with a wide range of EF lenses
· Remote control of camera settings and built-in ND and IR cut filters possible
· Small and lightweight for ease of integration