Canon meets growing demand for remote and live production with four Remote Camera System products

18th March 2021

As the perfect fusion of Canon’s Video Production and Network Camera technologies, Canon’s expanding line-up of Remote Camera Solutions offers production teams flexibility to unleash new video capabilities.

Auckland, NEW ZEALAND – 18 March 2021: Canon New Zealand today announces the launch of a new remote camera system which includes two new pan-tilt-zoom cameras (PTZ) – the CR-N500, and the CR-N300, – and the RC-IP100 controller , providing smaller scale, efficient production methods for New Zealand broadcast and production teams looking for indoor solutions. As Canon's first 4K Pan, Tilt and Zoom Remote Cameras, the CR-N500 and CR-N300 combine the high-quality video technology required for professional production which have been fostered through the company’s surveillance and network camera technologies for decades.

The CR-N500CR-N300 indoor PTZ cameras combine Canon’s advance imaging and network technologies to offer high-quality 4K UHD footage with various IP protocol compatibilities . The CR-N500 and CR-N300 indoor PTZ cameras feature the newly developed XC Protocol which realises a simple and efficient remote production workflow that controls Canon's video production devices and realises efficient shooting in a wide range of scenes by linking compatible products over a network. Along with the RC-IP100 hardware controller and Remote Camera Control Application, the new XC Protocol will enable other compatible Canon video products to work within the production system, helping content creators of all levels to customise their production system to suit their needs. Canon will also be releasing new firmware which makes the Cinema EOS range cameras compatible with this new remote production system, providing a flexible, end-to-end offering that meets the versatile video requirements of the remote production market.

Versatile IP compatibility

Combining Canon’s video and network technology into a seamless solution, the CR-N500 and CR-N300 enable IP streaming and operation for high-quality live productions. Both cameras support multiple protocols such as RTMP/RTMPS, NDI|HX , RTP/RTSP and Canon’s newly developed XC Protocol, enabling streaming direct to the selected Content Delivery Network for more efficient production. Further streamlining workflows, the CR-N500 employs Canon Log 3 and Wide DR modes to produce the best possible HDR results for both live streamed and recorded content ready for post-production. Designed to fit into existing workflows, these PTZ cameras offer a range of popular connectivity options. Both the CR-N500 and CR-N300 offer huge flexibility to support a broad range of use cases, with Power over Ethernet (PoE+), HDMI, 3G-SDI, and the CR-N300 offers an additional USB port.

Superior image quality

Meeting the demand for 4K, all of Canon’s new PTZ cameras incorporate Canon’s advanced imaging technology that achieves quality equivalent to Canon’s professional video products. The CR-N500 and CR-N300 are powered by a DIGIC DV6 processor to achieve stunning 4K UHD 30P at 4:2:2 10-bit. The CR-N500 is reinforced with 1.0 Type CMOS Sensors for impeccable, broadcast-quality video and Canon’s industry renowned Dual Pixel CMOS AF focusing system boasts accurate and quick focusing that is especially challenging in 4K production. The CR-N300 utilises a 1/2.3-Inch Type CMOS Sensor and the renowned Hybrid Auto Focus system, providing sharp and quick focus onto objects even in low-light, perfect for live-streaming in ambient conditions such as a lecture theatre.

Leveraging Canon’s high-quality optical technology, each of the new PTZ models retains a 4K optical resolution throughout the zoom to help production teams close the distance between the subject and viewers. The CR-N500 employs a 15x optical zoom and CR-N300 a 20x optical zoom, both with image stabilisation that delivers smooth, shake-free imagery from wide angle to telephoto.

Simple, yet precise control

The CR-N500 and CR-N300 are capable of high-precision control, thanks to the pan and tilt drive mechanism which moves at 0.1° /second increments and 0.2° /second increments respectively, enabling smooth operability at variable speeds to capture the perfect shot in any scenario. Canon’s versatile indoor PTZ models, the CR-N500 and CR-N300, are compatible with the RC-IP100 controller and the Remote Camera Control Application via IP and selected third-party controllers, for simple integration with existing set-ups.

The Remote Camera Control Application will be software for compatible Windows OS computers and tablet devices capable of controlling multiple Canon PTZ cameras on the IP network from a computer . The software control allows the image settings of the camera such as iris, white balance and gain, to be fine-tuned from a laptop keyboard.

Pricing and Availability

Canon’s PTZ range will be available via authorised local dealers with pricing set at dealer discretion.

  • The Canon CR-N500 will be available in early May 2021. For more information, click here:  CR-N500
  • The Canon CR-N300 will be available in late June 2021. For more information, click here: http://www.canon.co.nz/cameras/cr-n300
  • The Canon RC-IP100 will be available in late May 2021. For more information, click here: http://www.canon.co.nz/cameras/rc-ip100

For product demonstrations or sales enquiries, please contact your Canon Pro-Imaging Account Manager.

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