In a surprise move, Canon today announced a stronger commitment to PTZ cameras and three new PTZ models. The background to this is the currently strongly growing market for remote-controlled video productions for live streaming.
The CR-N500 and CR-N300 PTZ cameras are suitable for use indoors.
The CR-X500, on the other hand, was developed specifically for outdoor use. Canon is also introducing its own XC protocol for controlling the cameras. In the future, this protocol will even be available for the Cinema EOS cameras via a firmware update.
The CR-N500 and CR-N300 also support practically all existing protocols such as RTMP/RTMPS, NDI|HX 2 or RTP/RTSP. Both cameras allow streaming directly to a selected content delivery network for more efficient production. Only the larger CR-N500 supports Canon Log 3 / Wide DR modes to enable HDR workflows in live streams.
Both cameras support Power over Ethernet (PoE+), HDMI and 3G SDI. The CR-N300 also offers an additional USB interface. CR-N500 and CR-N300 are based on a DIGIC DV6 processor and achieve a maximum of 4K UHD 30p with 4:2:2 10-bit.
CR-N500 and CR-X500 have 1.0-inch type CMOS sensors with Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The CR-N300 also has Dual Pixel CMOS AF, but with a 1/2.3-inch type CMOS sensor. The CR-N500 and CR-X500 have a 15x optical zoom and the CR-N300 has a 20x optical zoom. The CR-X500 has an additional 30x Advanced Zoom when shooting in FullHD. All cameras are equipped with image stabilisation.
On the CR-N500 and CR-N300, the pan and tilt drive can be adjusted in steps of
0.1°/second. This is achieved via the new RC-IP100 remote control and the Remote Camera Control Application via IP. Or with many compatible third-party controllers.
The CR-X500 for outdoor use, on the other hand, is on a different track with its specifications: it has a robust, waterproof and dustproof housing (protection class IP55) and even a windscreen wiper. It is not remote-controlled via LAN, but primarily via a serial interface.
The video signal travels here via a 12G-SDI interface, which on this model even enables 4K UHD with up to 60p via a single cable. Thanks to two DIGIC DV6 processors, even 4:2:2
The RC-IP100 remote control was also newly introduced as a control centre, with which up to 100 PTZ cameras can be controlled simultaneously. It offers direct control over settings such as focus, white balance and exposure time. It also features a multi-function joystick and a professional zoom rocker for incremental camera movement and smooth transition between wide-angle and telephoto zoom.
Up to 100 preset positions can be recalled via both the RC-IP100 and the Remote Camera Control Application. This also includes the setting of the trace function, where up to ten camera movement sequences are taught in order to be able to "run" them as a sequence with only one keystroke.
All announced products should be available in spring 2021. Canon has not yet communicated the exact price.
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