Canon’s 'see-in-the-dark' camera, designed to be able to record full HD images at ISO 4,000,000, has been put on show at an event in Paris, France.

[Photo credit: © Andy Westlake]

The Canon ME20-FSH is an ultra-high-sensitivity 35mm full-frame sensor claimed to be capable of recording light levels as low as 0.0005 lux – levels almost imperceptible to the human eye.

Announcing its plans to develop the Cinema EOS System 8K camera, Canon said in a statement last month: ‘The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192×4,320-pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance even at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide colour gamut.

‘Additionally, featuring a body size that realises outstanding mobility and a design that delivers high levels of operability, along with an EF mount that offers compatibility with Canon’s extensive interchangeable EF lens line-up, the camera will support diverse shooting styles and means of visual expression.

‘Incorporating Canon image-processing technology, the ultra-high-resolution 8K reference display currently under development will achieve high brightness, high contrast (high dynamic range) and a wide colour gamut.’

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[Photo credit: © Andy Westlake]

Canon added: ‘Additionally, with a pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch, a level approaching the limit of human visibility, the display will make possible ultra-realistic imaging that enables the reproduction of subtle changes in light that were previously not possible. Furthermore, when used in combination with the Cinema EOS System 8K camera, the display will be capable of conveying truly impressive levels of visual expression.
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The ME20-FSH was on view at Canon Expo in Paris.

  • JB

    I think they mean high dynamic range for high contrast scenes.

  • mijami

    Why does the article say “high contrast (high dynamic range)” when the two properties are mutually exclusive?