Who it’s perfect for: The COMPACT-SERVO zoom lens is ideal for indie and documentary filmmakers who need an easy-to-operate lens, as well as a wide range and full control over aperture, zoom, and focus. The ME20F-SH are great cameras to rent for niche, nighttime or low-light shoots, while the ME200S-SH is a better option for those on a budget.
The Vimeo take: The COMPACT-SERVO zoom lens is super cool. It’s parfocal, which means when you zoom in on a subject, find focus, and zoom back out, it will maintain that focus. The lens has a big range and uses Cine gears, but is fairly lightweight considering its size and feature set. We’re very happy Canon equipped the lens with a Servo zoom for finger-zoom control — just like our old camcorders!
The ME20F-SH is a little beast that can basically see in the dark with an ISO of four billion. This full-frame HD camera records to an external drive, and it’s small to boot, which means it’s easy to mount on a jib or crane … in outer space.
The ME200S-SH is kind of like the little sister to the ME20. Similar in size and body type, this camera has professional outputs like SDI for broadcast and high-quality video recording. This camera is not full frame, so the smaller sensor also means a smaller ISO. But it’s still super high compared to a lot of other similarly priced cameras.