Shooting a video in low light can be very tricky and frustrating no matter how capable of a camera you’re using, you have to make adequate arrangements for lighting to ensure that the video comes out just the way you like it. Canon wants to rid you of those worries though, it has developed a new camera that sees much better in the dark than you do, it can shoot full HD color footage even if it’s almost completely dark.
Now before you flame me for forgetting that there are solutions that employ infrared night vision and that this isn’t particularly groundbreaking, well it is, because the camera doesn’t use any infrared night vision tricks.
The Canon MH20F-SH features a full-frame sensor with 2.26 megapixels, don’t be fooled by the meager resolution because each pixel is quite large, about 19 microns which is 7.5x larger than pixels you’ll find in high-end DSLR cameras like the Canon 1Dx.
Larger pixels capture larger amounts of light and thus the MS20F-SH is quite capable of capturing full HD video in color even in near darkness. To top it off the camera reaches up to 4,000,000 ISO while recording color video in full HD at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second.
Canon has not yet released sample footage from the camera so it’s unclear what it really looks like in real life but the company does point out that this camera is more suited for “industrial” use such as wildlife documentaries and night surveillance than getting your camping experience on tape.
The company hasn’t revealed yet when this 4 x 4 x 4 inch camera is going to go on sale, but when it does, it will cost a whopping $30,000.