Canon Adds Networking to Multi-Purpose Camera Line-up

Canon has released a new low-light camera, the ME20F-SHN. The camera is a partner to the ME20F-SH, but adds Ethernet and an intergral web server for remote configuration and monitoring, plus recording via web browsers, mobile devices or other video management software. The camera has very good low-light sensitivity,and can capture subjects illuminated with less than 0.0005 lux

The Canon ME20F-SHN camera is equipped with a 2.26Mpxl full-frame 35mm CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV 4 processor. The camera delivers sharp, low noise, 1920x1080 colour video in extreme low light conditions. The sensor’s pixels and readout circuitry use Canon’s proprietary technologies to achieve both reduced noise and exceptionally high sensitivity. With a maximum ISO in excess of 4 million (+75db) the ME20F-SHN can capture subjects illuminated with less than 0.0005 lux. Even greater detail can be captured in low-light environments by removing the IR cut filter when shooting in infrared mode.

Featuring an EF mount with Cinema Lock, the ME20F-SHN is compatible with a broad range of lenses across the Canon line-up, including zooms, primes and selected Cine Servo lenses for greater control.

Network output

The integral server streams JPEG and AVC video up to 30fps, with lower rates for surrveillance applications that do not need full motion video. With PoE+ support, the data transmission via Ethernet and power supply are provided with a single LAN cable, which facilitates simple and rapid installation of the camera.

The camera also has 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs for local monitoring, with resolution of 1080 and 720 progressive and interlace.

The microSD card slot supports record and playback directly from a microSD card. For unmanned and cost-efficient surveillance, the 6 built-in video analytics functions and Alarm I/O interface enables automated recording and output to external devices triggered by video motion detection and alarm input.

The network camera offers Canon Log and Wide DR from the Custom Picture menu, which enables a wide dynamic range of up to 12 Stops (800%), delivering high-quality images across a range of lighting scenarios. The Custom Picture menu has been upgraded, with the addition of the Crisp Img function, which obtains sharp images in well-lit environments and low noise image under low light conditions.

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