Canon recently announced the release of four new Full-HD-resolution Network Security Cameras: the PTZ Minidome VB-S30D, PT Minidome VB-S31D, Fixed Minidome VB-S800D, and Fixed Box VB-S900F.
The new, ultra-compact S series joins Canon’s existing M series megapixel and H series Full HD models. The four new cameras are designed for indoor environments that require sensitive monitoring of specific areas or objects, such as the retail, education, commercial and hospitality sectors.
System integrators can install the latest Full-HD cameras as part of an existing or new security set-up.
With high sensitivity CMOS sensors, fast wide-angle lenses, and dual DIGIC processors, the S series offers the perfect combination of Full-HD resolution, detailed image quality, wide-angle view and excellent low-light performance.
Rather than just depending on one imaging processor to do everything, the S series features two processors — DIGIC DV III and DIGIC NET II — which means all capturing, processing, encoding, and transmitting is performed seamlessly.
The S series offers class-leading, low-light performance, even in difficult lighting conditions — Canon’s latest cameras truly are day and night, all-round operators.
New playback direct utility
While the S series retains the same processing architecture (DIGIC DV III and DIGIC NET II) as Canon’s 2012 network security cameras, internal programming has been re-engineered to deliver multiple H.264 and/or MJPEG streams in HD or lower resolutions.
In addition to multi-streaming, the cameras can also perform simultaneous streaming. The full range supports edge recording on MicroSD cards (up to 64GB) and features a new utility that can playback directly from the MicroSD card without content being downloaded to a PC first.
Julian Rutland, Product Strategy and Planning Director of Projector/Network Security Cameras, Canon Europe, explains:
Our new, ultra-compact series of network security cameras demonstrates Canon’s expertise and heritage in producing high-quality image processing technology. Our security partners and system integrators are asking us for smarter network camera technology; systems that help their customers tighten security and minimise risk.
Based on this feedback, we decided to offer the same comprehensive set of in-built analytics on the new compact series as already available on our high-end security cameras.
Market-leading in-built analytics
A market leading set of in-built analytics that sense movement, abandoned and removed objects, and camera tampering, as well as detecting changes in volume, makes the S series an ideal choice for a range of applications.
Normally, changes in light conditions interrupt analytics, but Canon’s latest range automatically resets within 20 seconds of detecting a significant change in brightness levels. This ensures minimal interruption to any running analytics.
Unique and powerful combination of technologies
Benefiting from a 70-year heritage in imaging technology, Canon’s Network Security Cameras feature a variety of advanced lens designs and leading-edge functionality. A selection of unique features provide detailed, high-quality images in a wide range of applications.
Class-leading, low-light performance
Considering the importance of recognition ability to surveillance cameras, noise reduction (NR) control, and colour reproduction have been particularly enhanced in Canon’s latest network cameras. The S series now strikes a balance between noise, resolution, and color reproduction, while color is visible even in low-light conditions with excellent minimum luminance. The minimum subject illumination is further improved by activating Smart Shade Control/Auto SSC.
SSC (Smart Shade Control) is an extremely important security function that maintains image sharpness when shadows are generated by backlight or other causes. This function is further improved with Auto SSC, which applies histogram analysis to shooting conditions such as backlight scenes and automatically selects an optimum exposure level.
Lens design and wide-angle views
Thanks to Canon’s peerless optical technology, the lenses featured in Canon Network Security Cameras deliver more light to the cameras’ sensors — achieving brighter and better defined images. By optimally arranging high-quality aspherical lenses, a superior lens configuration is achieved that delivers low distortion and wide angle of views in a very compact size.
Intelligent Functions aid operators in identifying alarming situations by analysing differences between various areas. It is possible to use up to 15 functions in parallel on one camera.
A choice of six Intelligent Functions includes Moving Object Detection, Abandoned Object Detection, Removed Object Detection, Camera Tampering Detection, Passing Detection, and Volume Detection.
Detected activity can be set to activate recording, uploading of images to a server, or sending an email notification. By using an SD card, you can back up recorded videos where cables have been cut or the network has gone down.
Integration and support
All cameras are simple to install and supported by an extensive three-year Swap Warranty program1. Compatible with major third-party solutions and ONVIF v2.2 and Profile S compliant, the new cameras will be available from February 2014.
Possible legends for images
The PTZ Minidome VB-S30D features a stunning 3.5x optical zoom, improved Smart Shade Control (SSC), and a high sensitivity Canon CMOS sensor.
The VB-S900F compact Fixed Box camera delivers exceptional Full-HD video quality with enhanced protection.
1Applicable in EU18 countries, Norway, and Switzerland.
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