Gates releases housing for Canon ME20 low light camera

Gates Underwater Products has announced the release of their housing for the Canon ME20F-SH low light camera. It is integrated with the Transvision StarliteHD OLED monitor in the Gates Starlite ST5 housing. The system is designed to offer the ability to capture low light scenes using natural lighting underwater like coral spawning, natural bioluminescence and predator activity at night.

The Gates ME20 housing si available for purchase and hire now.

Press release

Gates Underwater Products announces the ME20 Housing

Exploring frontiers in the underwater realm, the new Gates ME20 Housing pairs ultra-low light technology with Gates’ legendary reliability.

Poway, CA – 3 August 2016 – Gates Underwater Products – home of the world’s most reliable underwater housings – today announces an original new underwater housing, the ME20. The Gates ME20 Housing system is designed to push the boundaries of underwater motion imaging, revealing natural bioluminescence, moonlit reefs, dark caves and other light challenged scenes without the aid of additional, artificial lighting. Such breakthrough imaging is enabled by the Canon ME20F-SH multi-purpose camera, capable of incredible low light performance up to 4 million ISO. Recognizing this potential, the Gates ME20 Housing and the Canon ME20F-SH camera system has already seen field action on high profile, blue chip productions planned for release in 2017.

The Canon ME20F-SH camera provides astounding low-light performance, giving filmmakers the ability to see images with as little as 0.0005 lux illuminating the scene,” noted Larry Thorpe, senior fellow, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Together with the new ME20 underwater housing from Gates, filmmakers will now have the ability to capture stunning HDTV footage at sea depths that sunlight doesn’t reach.”

The Gates ME20 system is integrated with the Starlite ST5, a small and highly capable external monitor housing for the Transvideo StarliteHD OLED monitor. Together the ST5 and StarliteHD give the user a 5” high resolution display, H.264 proxies recorded to SD cards, and ultra light weight. Integrated into the housing is space for an external recorder like the Convergent Design Gemini. As the ME20 is a semi- custom design, adaptations for other recorders and applications can be accommodated.

Consistent with other cinema housings, the Gates ME20 includes many recognizable features:

The ME20 Housing is the latest addition to Gates professional line of underwater rigs known for ‘bulletproof’ reliability, seasoned pro features, precision underwater optics, legendary factory direct support, and industry leading 2 year renewable warranty. Durable, reliable, dependable – the hallmark of Gates since 1969.

About Gates:

Since 1969, Gates Underwater Products has produced the world’s most reliable underwater imaging systems. Using ‘bulletproof” machined aluminum, 100% mechanical controls, time-proven design methods, and state-of-the-art manufacturing, Gates housings are built to satisfy the most demanding applications. Commercial divers, imaging professionals, marine researchers, salvage operators and military personnel all turn to Gates for the same reason: our “bulletproof” housings produce results 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. That’s why they say: Don’t take a Chance….Take a Gates!

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2015† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2016. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact pr@cusa.canon.com.

† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

About Transvideo:

Since 1985, Transvideo has designed and manufactured LCD flat-panel monitors, video-assist accessories, format converters, wireless video-transmission systems for HD and SD, and camera accessories for Film and Digital Cinematography, S3D stereography, and HDTV.

Through constant Research & Development, Transvideo has an unmatched expertise in professional displays, and is a pioneer of 3D Stereography with its 3DView monitor, a unique toolbox for Digital Stereographers.

Currently exporting from its French headquarters throughout the five continents, Transvideo is supported by a network of distributors and agents.

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