Canon Europe has announced the launch of a new remote camera system which includes three new pan-tilt-zoom cameras – the CR-N500, CR-N300 and CR-X500 – and the RC-IP100 controller.

The CR-N500, CR-N300 indoor PTZ cameras and the CR-X500 outdoor camera offer 4K UHD footage with various IP protocol compatibilities, including the newly developed XC Protocol, that realises a simple and efficient remote production workflow.

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. Canon will be releasing new firmware which makes the Cinema EOS range cameras compatible with this new remote production system.

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 – which is standard in Canon’s cameras –  enabling streaming direct to the selected Content Delivery Network. For outdoor shooting, the CR-X500 boasts IP55 Water and Dust proof rating, remote control capability over serial communication and an inbuilt wiper.

The new PTZ cameras offer a range of popular connectivity options. Both the CR-N500 and CR-N300 offer Power over Ethernet (PoE+), HDMI, 3G-SDI, and the CR-N300 offers an additional USB port. The CR-X500 uses a high-quality 12G-SDI connection to achieve 4K UHD up to 60P with a single cable.

The CR-N500 and CR-N300 are powered by a DIGIC DV6 processor to achieve 4K UHD 30P at 4:2:2 10-bit; while the CR-X500  leverages Dual DIGIC DV6 processors to capture up to 4K UHD 60p, also at 4:2:2 10-bit. The CR-N500 and CR-X500 are reinforced with 1.0 Type CMOS Sensors and Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF focusing system. The CR-N300 utilises a 1/2.3-Inch Type CMOS Sensor and the 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.

Each of the models retains a 4K optical resolution throughout the zoom. The CR-N500 and CR-X500 employ a 15x optical zoom and CR-N300 a 20x optical zoom, all with image stabilisation. The CR-X500 also features an additional 30x advanced zoom when the camera is capturing in Full HD.

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. Canon’s 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. The CR-X500 is also compatible with the RC-IP100 controller via Serial Connection.

The RC-IP100 hardware controller can control 100 PTZ cameras at once from a single operator. Offering enhanced control over a number of settings including, focus, white balance and shutter speed, it also features a multi-function joystick and professional zoom rocker for incremental movement of the camera and smooth transition between wide and tele zoom. Both the RC-IP100 and the Remote Camera Control Application can control up to 100 pre-set positions, as well as the trace function setting, where 10 camera movements can be pre-determined in a rehearsal and then the sequence initiated with just the touch of a button.


The CR-N500 retails at £5,399.99.

The CR-N300 retails at £2,699.99.

The RC-IP100 retails at £2,050.92.

The CR-X500 retails at £23,750.00.


Jon Creamer

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