Canon just revealed an amazing two-megapixel night vision camera that can capture photos in almost complete darkness. Yes, if you’re going to a pijama party and all the lights are turned off, you can pull out your newly purchased $30 grand camera and capture the moment.
Now, at least at first sight, this whole idea seems hilarious. Why would anybody purchase a 30 thousand dollar two-megapixel camera? Is it even worth the money? Apparently it is.
The Canon ME20F-SH promises to capture really accurate colors even if you take a picture in pure darkness. You can pretty much say that you bought yourself a night vision camera. It has a unique sensor with an ISO equivalency of 4 million. You read that correctly: 4 million.
The main reason why this camera is so special is because it’s designed with video-recording in mind rather than still pictures. The two-megapixel sensor generates a vast resolution of 1920×1080 and the video you capture can be recorded at 24p, 30p or even 60p. If you have any type of Cannon full-frame lenses, you can already consider them the perfect arsenal for this baby.
So how do we explain all this light-resolution for everybody to understand? It’s quite simple: you have a full-frame sensor that converts low resolution to massive photosites. If your camera can catch massive photosites, it can generate greater low-light performance. The two big pixels collect light more efficiently and the camera can capture an image without destroying it with a lot of noise.
The Canon ME20F-SH can record HD videos at very low light levels. Just to give you a few examples: a firefly can pretty much give your camera all the light it needs to film an HD scene in the darkness and some people experimented with sticks of burning incense as primary light source for an HD capture. So you can imagine how awesome the camera is.
Still, who is Canon aiming this camera towards? It’s not like there’s going to be a sale outburst of Canon ME20F-SH cameras tomorrow in which 30 million people will be piling up to buy it. Speculators believe that it’s directed towards independent film makers, or maybe explorers who venture into really dark places. There will probably be a few dedicated people who will buy it as well.
The truth is that if you’re looking for a very good camera that’s not going to cost millions of dollars, you might as well take a look at this one.
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