Canon launched what it says is the world’s smallest 1080p HD powered PTZ dome camera at the Integrate Expo in Sydney. The camera is part of a new range of cameras which combine compact size and strong performance.

CANON’S new range of compact 1080p HD surveillance cameras has been developed specifically for anti-crime and operations surveillance purposes and are IEEE802.1X compliant. 

“The new range of network cameras is perfect for retail and commercial environments, office surveillance, building security and for operations management. said David Klineberg, general manager, Canon Specialised Imaging.

“The 4 new cameras are the result of Canon’s extensive research and investment into lens and imaging technology. These cameras feature our high-end Canon lenses in a miniature form providing excellent image quality and low-light performance, are very easy to install and offer a great set of advanced intelligent features.” 

A new function, Auto Smart Shade Control (Auto SSC) is also built-in to the whole range, and maintains image sharpness even when shadows are generated by backlight or other causes ensuring correct brightness of the entire image. Faces and other subject matter being viewed remain sharp and clearly visible even with bright light in the background.

“On the few occasions where we have been able to access pre-release models of the new full HD cameras, our customers have commented on their remarkably small size and amazing quality – these cameras are just larger than the palm of your hand,” says Klineberg.

“This range has been developed in response to market demands and offers superb image quality, usability, ease of installation and is the smallest size in its class. We are confident that this product will have a strong uptake with Australian retail and commercial customers,” he explains. 

All the cameras feature Canon-engineered D!GIC DVIII and D!GIC NET II processors used in Canon’s high-end cinema cameras, to enable the highest quality image capture and high speed image compression and network distribution. 

Canon’s D!GIC is implemented as an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) designed to perform high speed signal processing as well as the control operations in the product in which it has been incorporated. Over its numerous generations, D!GIC has evolved from a system involving a number of discrete integrated circuits to a single chip system, many of which are based around the ARM architecture platform of RISC processors. 

Since these processors are based around the ARM CPUs, custom firmware for these units has been developed to add features to Canon’s cameras. There’s also multi-streaming capability that allows footage to be watched in full HD live at the same time users are recording video in varying compressed formats at full HD or lower resolutions to extend recording capacity. 

Models in the Canon range

Canon’s VB-S30D (3.5 x PTZ dome) measures 120mm x 54mm. It features a 3.5x optical zoom with AF offering a horizontal wide angle view of 77.7 degrees. Low light performance is 0.95 lux in colour which is a creditably realistic claim from Canon. The camera has intelligent analytics functions including Moving Object detection, Abandoned Object detection, Removed Object detection, Camera Tampering detection, Passing detection and Volume detection. 

There’s also auto SSC that ensures automatic optimum image capturing of wide dynamic range scenes such as the back-lit object at an entrance, as well. This is a day/night camera with digital night mode with auto 
day/night switching function for further low light scene image capturing.
There’s PoE-compliance for easy and quick one-cable power supply, a microSD card slot, LAN terminal, I/O, audio terminal and conformance to ONVIF profile S support.  

Next comes the Canon VB-S31D (PT dome) and VB-S800D (fixed dome). These form a low-cost full HD dome series with high-image quality/low-light technologies and precision mechatronics technology packed in a compact body (120mm x 54mm). 

Key features of these 2 cameras include wide angle 95-degree bright F1.6 fixed focal length Canon lens. The low capability is 0.5 lux for colour video there’s the same analytic functionality – the ability to alarm/record on Moving Object detection, Abandoned Object detection, Removed Object detection, Camera Tampering detection, Passing detection and Volume detection. Other features include microSD card slot, LAN terminal, I/O, audio terminal, remote PT function (VB-S31D), wall-mount (VB-S800D) and ONVIF profile S support.  

Finally there’s the VB-900F fixed box camera. It’s a low-cost full HD camera equipped with high image quality/low light technologies. It has a wide angle 96-degree Bright F1.6 single focal Canon lens, offers 0.5 lux minimum scene illumination. This camera offers the same intelligent analytic functions and also has microSD card slot, LAN terminal, I/O, audio terminal and support for ONVIF profile S. 

 

“This range has been developed in response to market demands and offers superb image quality, usability, ease of installation and is the smallest size in its class”