“Canon’s CR-X500 is a fully waterproof, remote-control, high-end, large-chip camcorder that has a built-inwiper to clear off raindrops”
NEW TECH Canon’s RC-100P remote controller (left) and its software (above) are new, as is the CR-X500 (right), rivalling Panasonic’s PTZ offering (far right)
Canon might be the PTZ market’s newest entrant, but there is already competition from Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Marshall, BirdDog and Datavideo. Panasonic’s AW-UE150 is typical of high-end models and, at launch, was the first 4K/60p PTZ camera from a major manufacturer. Costing £11,712/$9995, it boasts a one-inch sensor, 12G-SDI, Optical Fibre and IP connections for control, plus an optical 20x zoom. Slightly cheaper is the AW-UE100 at £7170/$7295, outputting 4K/60p via its 12G-SDI connection. Its high bandwidth transmits 4K at up to 250Mbps, or FHD at 100Mbps for low-latency live video via a single LAN cable. Panasonic’s AW-RP60 controls up to 200 cameras over IP and costs £2023/$2295. Kit like this might not have the sexy cache of an Arri Alexa, but could open newmarkets for a forward-thinking production company.
Both 500-class models use a 15x optical zoom, while the flagship model extends to 30x when used in HD. The CR-N300 has a 20x optical zoom, and all lenses are equipped with image stabilisation. The RC-IP100 hardware controller maintains up to 100 PTZ cameras at once, dealing with focus, white-balance and shutter speed, plus pan, tilt and zoom. Both the RC-IP100 and the Remote Camera Control app can control up to 100 pre-set positions, as well as the trace function setting, where ten camera movements can be predetermined in a rehearsal – the sequence is initiated at the touch of a button. The latter is a software for computers and tablet devices, capable of controlling 20 Canon PTZ cameras, with up to nine shown as a preview on the user interface. A camera’s image settings – such as iris, white-balance and gain – can be fine- tuned from a laptop keyboard.
simple and efficient remote production workflow. To go with them, Canon has also launched the RC-IP100 hardware controller (£2049/$1999) and a free Remote Camera Control app. The new XC Protocol enables other compatible Canon video cameras to be used in the same production system. The CR-N500 has Canon Log 3 and Wide DR, producing HDR results for recorded content and live streams, a 1.0-type CMOS sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The CR-N500 and CR-N300 are compatible with Power over Ethernet (PoE+), HDMI, 3G-SDI, and the CR-N300 offers an additional USB port. The flagship CR-X500 has a 12G-SDI connection, achieving 4K up to 60p with a single cable. It’s powered by a Digic DV6 processor, and records 4K up to 30p in 4:2:2 10-bit. The CR-N300 has a smaller, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, plus the less advanced Hybrid AF system.
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