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Exceptional Low Light Performance


The ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera features a newly developed Canon full frame 35mm CMOS sensor with an equivalent sensitivity in excess of 4,000,000 ISO. Able to capture full color 1080p video up to 60fps, the ME20F-SH camera can be ideal for use in extreme low light environments.

This innovative 35mm full frame CMOS sensor has photosites measuring 19 micrometers square. The large photosites allow for exceptional low light performance, with a minimum subject illumination of 0.0005 or below (at maximum 75 dB gain).


The information yielded from the 4K sensor is fully utilized to enable high-image-quality 2K (DCI)/Full HD recording (Over Sampling HD Processing) and to support multi-purpose production needs.

Canon's DIGIC DV 4 image processor supports a dynamic range of 12 stops along with Wide DR and Canon Log gamma profiles, helping to minimize the loss of shadow detail, and overexposure of the high-brightness areas.

The camera allows users to capture subjects even under some of the most challenging low light conditions, making the ME20F-SH camera ideal for a wide range of nighttime and low light applications.

Versatile, Rugged Design


The ME20F-SH camera features a rugged, versatile box style design that allows the camera to be easily configured for a variety of professional applications. The camera design allows it to be combined with a wide range of accessories making it suitable for use in television, nature and wildlife, documentary production, security and law enforcement.

Full HD Video up to 60 fps


Depending on the end user's needs, the ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera can produce video in full HD imaging at a full frame rate of up to 60 fps, with selectable frame rates of 59.94P / 59.94i / 50.00P / 50.00i / 29.97P / 25.00P / 23.98P.

Professional Connectivity


The ME20F-SH camera features industry standard connection terminals allowing the camera to be used in a wide range of applications from recorded content to live broadcast. By employing 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI output terminals, Canon's ME20F-SH can output audio/video to peripheral equipment including external recorders and monitors.

The camera is also equipped with Genlock input for camera switching in a multi-camera, live broadcast environment.

The Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller can be used to remotely control camera operation via either the supplied 2.5mm mini-jack or 8-pin jack for RS-422.

A 3.5mm stereo mini-jack allows the camera to connect with an external microphone.

Power can be provided through standard 12 volt, 4-pin XLR, as well as 2-pin connector for use in more permanent installations.

Compatible with EF-mount Lenses


The ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera is compatible with Canon's line of EF mount lenses. The camera comes equipped with a Canon locking EF mount, allowing the lens to be attached or removed without the need to rotate the lens barrel. This facilitates changing lenses in applications where multiple accessories are attached to the lens.

The front of the camera features a 12-pin lens terminal enabling power connectivity with EF mount CINE-SERVO lenses or 2/3" broadcast lenses with a third party adapter. Support for lens communication will be added in a future firmware update.

Additional Features


The ME20F-SH features an IR cut filter that can be removed for infrared shooting. During typical daylight shooting conditions, the IR cut filter is used to block unwanted IR light to help ensure color fidelity and reproduction. In extreme low light conditions, removing the cameras IR filter allows IR light to reach the camera's sensor, enhancing the camera's ability to identify objects within the scene. Uniquely, the IR functionality of the camera allows for color reproduction, increasing the ability to recognize and differentiate objects.

The removable IR cut filter is incorporated with the ND filter stack, allowing the IR cut filter to be activated in the same way as the camera's ND filters.

Built-In Density ND Filter


The ME20F-SH is also supplied with two built in neutral density filters, a 3-stop (ND1/8) and a 6-stop (ND1/64), allowing the operator more control over the amount of light hitting CMOS sensor.

Digital Teleconverter


The camera's built in 2x and 4x digital teleconverter will digitally double or quadruple the working distance of the equipped lens, providing extra reach when required and helps minimize the need to switch lenses- which could save time and adds versatility to help users capture essential content.

One-Shot AF


One-Shot AF assists in focusing adjustment with a dedicated button. Focus status can be confirmed on an external monitor.

Push Auto Iris


Push Auto Iris automatically adjusts the aperture of the lens to quickly and easily maintain proper exposure, even in situations where lighting changes frequently.

35mm Full Frame CMOS (16:9 extract)


Total Pixels
Approx. 2.59M (2160 x 1200)



Effective Pixels
Approx. 2.26M (2000 x 1128)



1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720



Pixel Size
19um x 19um



Min. Sub. Illum.
0.0005 lux or less (at 75dB, F1.2, 1/30s, 50IRE)



Color Filter Array
RGB Bayer


Canon EF Mount
Cinema Lock type


Canon EF Lenses
EF, EF-S & Cinema (EF) (compatible lenses to be confirmed)


Black burst or Tri-level reference

φ3.5mm stereo mini jack (plug-in power mic supported)

Remote Control
Remote A: φ2.5mm stereo mini jack (Canon protocol)
Remote B: Circular 8-pin for RS-422 (Canon protocol)
Terminal 1 (On screen display optional)
Terminal 2 (Clean out only)
Bit Depth: YCbCr422 10bits (effective bits: 8)

Frame Rates:
1920 x 1080: 59.94P/59.94i/50P/50i/29.97P/25P/23.98P
1280 x 720: 59.94P/50P/29.97P/25P/23.98P

*Cannot set frame rate and output size separately by SDI and HDMI.

Terminal 1 (On screen display optional)
Bit Depth: RGB444, YCbCr422, YCbCr444 (effective bits: 8 for each format)

Frame Rates:
1920 x 1080: 59.94P/59.94i/50P/50i/29.97P/25P/23.98P
1280 x 720: 59.94P/50P/29.97P/25P/23.98P

*Cannot set frame rate and output size separately by SDI and HDMI.
**640x480: 59.94P & 768x576: 50P will be output when connected with a monitor that support 480P and 576P inputs. Cannot be set from the menu and the on screen display will not show.
Auto Exposure (AE)
Iris, Gain, Shutter and ND filter operating together (Cannot set auto/manual separately)
AE shift/AE response selectable
AGC limit can be set from 36dB to Off/75dB (3-dB intervals)


Iris: 1/2 stops (push auto iris can be set to an assign button)
Gain: 0dB to 75dB @ 3-dB intervals (approx. ISO 4,560,000 equivalent at 75dB)
Shutter: 1/3 to 1/2000 (1/4 stops)


Focus Control
Manual Focus (when used with RC-V100)
ONE SHOT AF (can be set to an assign button)


AWB (2,000K-15,000K), Daylight, Tungsten, Custom Set A, Custom Set B



Optical Filters
ND filters: 1/8 & 1/64 Built-in (auto or motorized manual)
IR cut filter: On/Off (motorized manual)



Digital Teleconverter
2x, 4x



Custom Picture Setting
EOS Standard, Wide DR, Canon Log, Custom 1-6



Other Functions
Auto black balance, color bar, test tone (interlocking with color bar), assign buttons, peripheral illumination correction, focus limit, crop for EF-S Lens, scan reverse, flicker reduction, noise reduction, time display, hour meter


XLR 4-pin or terminal block 2-pin jack


DC +11V ~ +17V



Power Consumption Approx. 12W (body only)


Operating Temperature
Approx. 0 - 40 °C (32-104 °F)


4.0 x 4.6 x 4.4 in. (102 x 116 x 113mm)



Approx. 2.4 lbs. (1,100g)



Included in the Box
ME20F-SH, 2-pin DC Power Contact



Related Accessories
Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller, Canon EF Lenses





Case Studies

Making "Blue Jay" in Black and White

0.54 MB

White Papers

Canon Log Gamma Curves

0.81 MB

Advances in CMOS Image Sensors and Associated Processing

2.20 MB

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Experience the ME20F-SH

Experience the ME20F-SH Ultra-High-Sensitivity Multi-Purpose Camera with this introductory video.

Canon ME20F-SH Video Tutorial Series - Part 1, Camera Overview

Join Canon USA Technical Advisor Brent Ramsey as he gives an overview of the ME20F-SH multi-purpose camera.

Canon ME20F-SH Video Tutorial Series - Part 2, Menu Overview

Join Canon USA Technical Advisor Brent Ramsey as he gives a overview of the ME20F-SH multi-purpose camera’s menu system.

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Available Packages

Item Code: 0635C020

This package includes the ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera, Power Connector, Atomos Shogun External Recorder, Zacuto Mini Baseplate, SanDisk SSD Pack, Noga Arm, HDMI Cable, Battery Plate, Cheese Plate, Battery, D-Tap/XLR Cable, D-Tap/D-Tap Cable, XLR Cable and Battery Charger/Power Adapter.

ME20F-SH Cinema Package
ME20F-SH Cinema Package, includes accessories

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† Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.

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