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Friday, September 9, 2022

Canon announced expensive 4K Broadcast PTZ camera

MELVILLE, NY, September 7, 2022 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the launch of the CR-N700i – a 4K 60P 4:2:2 10-bit PTZ camera with a 1.0-inch Type CMOS Sensor and 12G-SDI connectivity, designed for professional broadcast, studios, and live event productions. Building on Canon’s broadcast heritage, the CR-N700 incorporates the intelligent AF from Canon’s popular professional video cameras, such as the EOS C70 and XF605, for precision focus across the entire pan, tilt and zoom range. With a host of powerful features, this launch expands Canon’s PTZ line-up, offering a PTZ camera for various types of productions and technical requirements. Additionally, Canon is announcing the availability of a firmware update for the Canon CR-N500 and CR-N300 PTZ cameras.

Achieve Broadcast Quality, Easily

To meet the current demands of broadcasters, the CR-N700 features a 1.0-inch Type CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV7 processor to deliver superb 4K UHD 60P 4:2:2 10-bit imagery for truly immersive content. Capable of high-quality transmission, Canon’s newest PTZ camera allows content creators to stream 4K 60P over IP with PoE++ support that allows for power, streaming, and camera control over a single cable – perfect for remote and live broadcast productions. 

The impeccable image quality is also the result of the high-performance lens, which has a 15x optical zoom and a 30x advanced zoom when shooting in Full HD. When coupled with Canon’s renowned Image Stabilizer, broadcasters can capture smooth, steady footage even from a distance. This can be ideal for shooting reality TV shows or even sports when camera operators want to discreetly zoom in on the action. The CR-N700 also features a Night Mode, allowing operators to capture footage in near darkness thanks to a removable built-in IR cut filter. Along with the HDR formats in PQ or HLG, broadcasters can capture virtually uncompromised footage in various lighting environments.

Breaking new ground for Canon’s line-up of PTZ cameras, the CR-N700 is equipped with fast, intelligent and extremely accurate focusing thanks to Canon’s proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology with advanced EOS iTR AF X. This deep learning autofocus locks onto a subject’s head, to track them as they move and even when they turn their face away. Eye Detection AF locks onto the subject’s pupil for even greater precision, while the Face Priority AF allows operators to prioritize a specific individual. This can be ideal for scenarios where it is imperative to stay locked onto the anchor throughout.

Superb Connectivity, Simple Workflows

As with Canon’s entire range of PTZ cameras, the CR-N700 supports multiple protocols to integrate with existing workflows seamlessly. Designed to fit into the diverse production ecosystems of broadcasters, the CR-N700 features SRT and NDI|HXii protocols for high-quality 4K video streams, while FreeD enables integration with virtual productions. Broadcasters can easily create multi-camera setups that meet their needs with these protocols, and with Canon’s XC protocol, it is possible to integrate the CR-N700 alongside other Canon Cinema EOS cameras such as the EOS C500 Mark II, EOS C300 Mark III, or professional camcorders including the XF605iii for a truly versatile setup. It’s even possible to match other Canon cameras’ look with Canon Log 3 and Wide Dynamic Range picture settings.

The flexible connectivity options include 12G-SDI and 3G-SDI, HDMI or IP, which allow the seamless transmission of 4K60P, for high-quality, consistent broadcasts. The CR-N700 also includes professional dual XLR audio inputs, Time code, and GEN-LOCK, for different production needs.

Enhanced control

Canon’s latest PTZ camera offers the same intuitive control as other models in the line. The advanced drive mechanism enables movements as slow and precise as 0.1° per second, meaning operators can capture cinematic shots. Compatible with both Canon’s RC-IP100 controller and Remote Camera Control Application, as well as selected third-party controllers, this further simplifies integration with existing production setups. With the CR-N700’s crop function, broadcasters can take two separate feeds from a single PTZ camera. They can select up to two regions of interest within the 4K frame and output them as a separate feeds in HD resolutions. This feature is perfect for productions with limited PTZ cameras on site.

Canon CR-N700 Key Features :

  • Dual Pixel AF with iTR AF X
  • 1.0-inch Type CMOS sensor with DIGIC DV7 Processor achieves 4K60P 4:2:2 10-bit
  • 15x Optical Zoom (30x Advanced Zoom)
  • Multiple protocols including NDI|HX, SRT, FreeD, RTMP(S), RTP, RTSP, Standard communication protocol & Canon XC Protocol
  • Enhanced connectivity with 12G-SDI, 3G-SDI, and HDMI output

Canon CR-N500 and CR-N300 PTZ Camera Firmware Update

The new firmware update for the Canon CR-N500 and CR-N300 PTZ cameras adds SRT and FreeD protocols. SRT protocol is a widely used video transmission protocol for live broadcasts that provides both low latency and error correction for smooth video over public internet connections. FreeD protocol is also a widely used protocol for transmitting camera positioning information, allowing the camera to be used in virtual applications such as virtual studio systems. Both protocols are supported by the CR-N700, and are now available on the CR-N300 and CR-N500 with firmware version 1.2.0 that is currently available for download.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon CR-N700 PTZ is scheduled to be available in December 2022 for an estimated retail price of $9,699.00.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Canon announced five affordable and powerful 4K Camcorders

MELVILLE, NY, September 7, 2022– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions announced the launch of four professional camcorders – the XA65, XA60, XA75, and XA70 – alongside the VIXIA HF G70 camcorder. The new camcorders are suited to a wide range of uses, including documentary, corporate events, and education. Capable of capturing amazing 4K quality content and HD UVC Streaming via USB-Ci, with advanced autofocus and face detection functionality, these models offer excellent performance. All of them enable MP4 and On-Screen Display (OSD) recording, while the four professional camcorders feature XF-AVC recording to support broadcast applications. Additionally, Canon has announced a firmware update for the XF605 camcorder.

High-Quality 4K Capture

With Canon’s line-up of compact camcorders, content creators can easily capture stunning 4K footage in multiple scenarios. Powered with the DIGIC DV6 image processor and leveraging the 1/2.3-inch type CMOS sensor and 1.0-inch type CMOS sensor, respectively, the XA65/XA60 and XA75/XA70 are capable of shooting 4K UHD and Full HD images using oversampling for superb HD quality, making them perfect for a wide range of shooting scenarios. When coupled with Canon’s intelligent optical design, these camcorders offer impressive zoom functionality in a lightweight body. Achieving a 35mm equivalent focal length, the XA65/XA60 offer a 20x optical zoom and the XA75/XA70 a 15x zoom. All professional models support 40x digital zoom, which extends to 800x in the XA65/XA60 and 600x in the XA75/XA70. These models are also designed to improve operability with a new, large 3.5 inch Touch Panel LCD Monitor and high-resolution Ocular EVF with impeccable video capabilities.

Precision Focus, Steady Footage

With Canon’s precision AF systems, the XA65/XA60 and XA75/XA70 help content creators lock onto their subjects and easily follow the action. Featuring Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the XA75/XA70 models are capable of fast and accurate focusing, which couples with the Dual Pixel focus guide to help make manually focusing on a subject easy. The XA65/XA60 line-up employs an advanced Hybrid AF system for precise focusing even in low light situations. All offer adjustable focusing speeds for either fast or smooth AF, which can also be controlled via the 3.5 inch LCD display, enabling operators to easily set the focus by touching a single AF point. For excellent accuracy and convenience, especially in busy environments where operators need to keep a subject in shot, Face Detection AF and Face Tracking are available. All feature manual focus, which can be set either by the focus/zoom ring, or the control ring on the lens of the XA75/XA70. Employing 5-axis image stabilization, these models capture steady, virtually shake-free footage.

Versatile Recording Formats

Featuring a range of flexible recording options, the XA65/XA60 and XA75/XA70 can seamlessly fit into multiple professional workflows. With a host of specialist recording options, including Slow and Fast Motion, on-screen display recording, which embeds the date and time into the video image, and an infrared mode to capture footage in the dark, these camcorders can be used for a wide range of use cases. They can also be easily integrated into a multi-camera setup thanks to the custom picture menu, allowing users to color match footage with other Canon cameras. For professional sound capture, the XA65/XA60 and XA75/XA70 have two XLR audio inputs and 4-channel linear PCM to set the recording level and input sensitivity.

New to the XA and VIXIA Series of camcorders, OSD recording embeds date, time, timecode and other data into your original camera files, effectively “time stamping” the information into each frame of video, a requirement for legal and law enforcement videographers.

Enhanced Connectivity Options

Canon’s new professional camcorders offer a range of connectivity options to enable simple and fast transmission of high-resolution video. The XA65/XA60 and XA75/XA70 can stream HD video in UVC via USB-Ci through a compatible PC – great for education or houses of worship which increasingly offer both in-person and virtual services. All models feature HDMI output and simultaneous backup and relay recording via dual SD cards, with the XA65 and XA75 offering an additional 3G-SDI output.

Unlock Your Inner Filmmaker

Designed for aspiring filmmakers and documentarians, the VIXIA HF G70 is a multi-functional camcorder delivering professional capabilities in an easy-to-use form factor so they can shoot like a pro. Utilizing a 1/2.3-inch type CMOS sensor and high-quality 20x Zoom lens, this camcorder captures 4K UHD video in MP4 and oversampled HD footage for impeccable video resolution. HDMI and USB-C output enable users to turn the VIXIA HF G70 into a web camera for high-quality video calls and sharing content online. Additional scene modes are also available, including night mode, on-screen display recording, and audio scene mode, which adds sound recording that is tuned to the shooting environment.

XF605 Firmware Update

Canon has also added a firmware update for the XF605 camcorder in response to feedback and requests from users. The firmware v1.0.1.1 offers greater efficiency for broadcasters, and more versatile shooting options for content creators using the XF605 – a professional broadcast camera designed for solo shooters.

To meet the growing demand for remote and live production, this latest firmware update adds Canon’s XC protocol, enabling the XF605 to work alongside other compatible Canon products within a multi-camera system. Combining the excellent performance of the camera with advanced network technologies, broadcasters can seamlessly integrate the XF605 into their setup and control the ISO, aperture, Custom Picture, and AF of all cameras from a single point. The v1.0.1.1 firmware also introduces a new 4K Intra 60P/50P recording option alongside XF-AVC Intra 410Mbps, creating a lightweight, high-quality codec that helps to minimize storage costs.

Powered by Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF, users can now enjoy the benefit of Face and Eye Detection AF and tracking in both fast and slow-motion shooting, perfect for capturing fast-paced action. For even more options, the firmware now also adds support for vertical shooting – a feature first seen in the EOS C70. This feature is great for digital signage, where content creators need to capture 4K content in a portrait format. For simple operation in vertical shooting mode, the monitor and on-screen menu change orientation.

A camcorder designed for single operators and streamlined crews, such as on-the-ground broadcasting, the v1.0.1.1 firmware gives operators the ability to monitor all four audio channels in the on-screen meter display. Users can now select assignable button 11 as the record button – ideal for those shooting on a tripod or in a vertical orientation. Also added is a feature that retains the selected shooting mode while switching from standard to Slow and Fast shooting.

Responding to feedback from customers and end users and the broader adoption of multi-camera setups for live and remote production, this firmware levels up the performance of the XF605 and enables it to be easily integrated into multi-camera setup.

The Canon XF605 firmware update v1.0.1.1 is currently available for download.

Canon XA75/XA70 Key Features :

  • 1.0-inch type CMOS Sensor and DIGIC DV6 Processor for 4K UHD recording
  • 15x optical zoom with 40x digital zoom
  • DUAL Pixel CMOS AF and face tracking
  • OSD Recording
  • Dual XLR audio input with 4ch audio recording.
  • Infra-Red Shooting Support
  • USB Video Class (UVC) Supporti
  • 3G-SDI (XA75 only) and HDMI output

Canon XA65/XA60 Key Features :

  • 1/2.3-inch type CMOS Sensor and DIGIC DV6 Processor for 4K UHD recording
  • 20x optical zoom with 40x digital zoom
  • OSD Recording
  • Dual XLR audio input with 4ch audio recording.
  • Infra-Red Shooting Support
  • USB Video Class (UVC) Supporti
  • 3G-SDI (XA65 only) and HDMI Output
  • Canon VIXIA HF G70 Key Features:
  • 4K UHD 1/2.3-inch type CMOS sensor
  • High Quality 20x Zoom Lens
  • OSD Recording
  • USB-C Output for Streaming
  • Hybrid AF
  • Oversampled HD Processing

Price & Availability

The Canon XA75 and XA70 professional camcorders are both scheduled to be available in November 2022 for an estimated retail price of $2,999.00 and $2,499.00 respectively. 

The Canon XA65 and XA60 professional camcorders are both scheduled to be available in October 2022 for an estimated retail price of $2,299.00 and $1,799.00 respectively.

The Canon VIXIA HF G70 prosumer camcorder is scheduled to be available in October 2022 for an estimated retail price of $1,249.00.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

New Broadcast and Filmmaking products announced by Canon

MELVILLE, NY, September 7, 2022 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today strengthened its cinema and broadcast offering, in line with user needs, with a suite of products. This includes the CINE-SERVO 15-120mm T2.95-3.95 EF/PL (CN8x15 IAS S), Canon’s latest 8K CINE-SERVO lens for a broad range of productions; the EU-V3, a modular expansion unit for the EOS C500 Mark II and EOS C300 Mark III cameras; a Cinema EOS firmware update; and the DP-V2730[i], a 27-inch 4K professional reference display that may seamlessly fit into workflows of broadcasters and filmmakers.

Capture the World Cinematically - CINE-SERVO 15-120mm T2.95-3.95 EF/PL CN8x15 IAS S

With a superb combination of focal range, compact size, and lightweight, the CINE-SERVO 15-120mm T2.95-3.95 EF/PL (CN8x15 IAS S) supports Super 35mm and Full-Frame[ii] sensor cameras, making it ideal for a range of cinema and broadcast productions. With its versatile focal range from a wide 15mm, up to an impressive telephoto range of 120mm, the lens can further extend up to 180mm via the built-in 1.5x extender. To support future productions, 8K optical performance can be maintained across the full focal length, providing consistently high image quality across the entire frame.

The CINE-SERVO 15-120mm T2.95-3.95 EF/PL (CN8x15 IAS S) features Canon’s renowned warm color science, matching the existing range of Canon’s cinema lenses – and an 11-blade aperture, producing a beautiful, round bokeh. Offering outstanding optical performance – and breathtaking image quality for HDR, 4K, and 8K productions – the lens supports EF mount communication and advanced metadata capture with support for Cooke /i Technology™. The PL mount version of the lens is also the first Canon CINE-SERVO lens to enable both ZEISS eXtended Data™ (XD) communication and Cooke /i Technology™. Featuring the same 16-bit encoder found in Canon’s broadcast and existing CINE-SERVO lenses, which provides accurate lens position, zoom, focus, and iris metadata, the information and communication functions between the lens and camera are paramount for VFX, virtual, and cinema productions.

The high-end CINE-SERVO 15-120mm T2.95-3.95 EF/PL (CN8x15 IAS S) is available in both EF and PL mount, featuring a powerful and detachable servo motor drive unit. This adds to the versatility of the lens as it allows for live production and documentary-friendly Studio and Field- operation. The drive unit’s ergonomic hand grip and zoom rocker make on-the-go, shoulder/ENG-style shooting easy. With the drive unit’s two 20-pin ports for attaching zoom and focus controls and a third 20-pin that provides 16-bit encoded metadata for virtual systems, the lens also fits nicely into a tripod-mounted studio-style configuration.

EU-V3 : Modular Expansion Unit for Live Production, Compatible with The EOS C500 Mark II and EOS C300 Mark III Cameras

With the increased move towards large format sensor cameras for broadcast, events, and live sports production – providing viewers with a unique perspective when watching their favorite teams play – Canon has listened to user requirements with the EU-V3 expansion module for both the EOS C500 Mark II and EOS C300 Mark III. Building on both cameras’ modular design, it expands and supports specific functionality for multi-camera and live productions.

For studio and live production use, the EU-V3 has a 4-pin XLR DC power input for constant power to both the expansion module and the camera body – no need for external batteries to power the devices.

The EU-V3 also offers an SDI return video feature, allowing real-time monitoring of a live broadcast feed from a production switcher. The return output destination can be selected from the VIDEO, EVF-V50, MON/HDMI, and SDI-OUT terminals. The EU-V3 also enables Tally support to alert the camera operator and the subject being captured. Both SDI Return video and Tally functions are essential for informing camera operators and their subjects of when their camera feed is live and the current status of the production.

The lens focus position can also be displayed on-screen when using the EU-V3 – with compatible broadcast and CINE-SERVO lenses via 12-pin serial communication. The Focus Position Meter, which users can choose to display along the top or right side of the screen, allows users to register multiple focus positions on a distance scale and highlights when the focus is achieved during manual operation – such as when selecting the finish line for a race.

The EU-V3 can be combined with the CINE-SERVO 15-120mm T2.95-3.95 EF/PL (CN8x15 IAS S) lens on the EOS C500 Mark II and EOS C300 Mark III cameras.

Cinema EOS Firmware : Expanding Horizons

A new Cinema EOS Firmware update is being introduced to strengthen the capabilities for the live production market for both the EOS C500 Mark II and EOS C300 Mark III cameras – enabling both cameras to be used within live environments and multiple workflows. Key updates include :

  • Implementing XC protocol: integration into multi-camera solutions, supporting direct control via RC-IP100 remote camera controller (sold separately) and ethernet connections.
  • Strengthening of AF features: 120p / 100p AF support, alongside face detection during Slow and Fast Shooting Mode.
  • Audio 4ch display: the audio level display will show all four audio channels when this mode is selected.
  • New accessory and lens support: allowing the EOS C500 Mark II and EOS C300 Mark III camera to work perfectly with both the CINE-SERVO 15-120mm T2.95-3.95 EF/PL (CN8x15 IAS S) lens and EU-V3, as well as support for the Flex Zoom series of lenses.

DP-V2730 : 4K HDR Display For The New Generation

An advanced professional 4K HDR monitor, the DP-V2730, has a 4K UHD display engine and 1,000 cd/m² full-screen peak brightness, with Canon’s local dimming technology giving an ultra-low black level of 0.001 cd/m². A great option for both filmmakers and broadcasters, the DP-V2730 has a 27-inch screen that achieves high brightness with minimal noise, which is ideal for both on-set and post-production environments, and meets Dolby Vision certification standards and EBU TECH3320 user requirements[iii]. 

The DP-V2730 features a suite of award-winning monitoring tools such as a waveform monitor, histogram, frame luminance monitor, RGB parade, and much more – all driven by Canon’s latest processing platform. The display is a great companion for broadcast and filmmaking, delivering high-end 4K HDR performance for on-set video villages, on-location production facilities, and is ideal for virtual post-production editing, VFX, and color grading.

The DP-V2730 has an HDMI input and 12G-SDI terminals (4x Inputs and 5x Outputs) capable of delivering 4K60P 4:2:2 10-bit or 4K30P 4:4:4 12-bit signals, ideal for seamless integration into multiple workflows. The DP-V2730 can also easily be linked to a compatible computer, tablet, or smartphone plus multiple Canon Displays (via a LAN connection) with the Remote Control Web UI. This touch-optimized interface provides live image viewing, detailed signal information and direct control over inputs, monitoring tools, and settings. A paid license is required to activate this feature. Users can also access 4-way SDI input switching via a paid upgrade that supports various workflows, such as sending an output feed to a director’s monitor, external recorder, or live streaming solution.

Canon CINE-SERVO 15-120mm T2.95-3.95 EF/PL (CN8x15 IAS S) Key Features :

  • Wide angle 15-120mm, with 8x magnification
  • High-quality optics for HDR, 8K and 4K capture
  • Built-in 1.5x extender – providing reach up to 180mm
  • Full frame sensor coverage (with 1.5x extender engaged)
  • Modular design with a removable drive unit
  • Interchangeable lens mount from EF to PF
  • First CINE-SERVO lens to support ZEISS extended Data (XD)

Canon EU-V3 Key Features :

  • Constant DC IN power – no need for external batteries
  • Return SDI Signal Input
  • Remote B (RS-422)
  • Ethernet
  • Tally Signal Support (XC Protocol)
  • V-mount battery plate (with D-TAP)
  • 12-pin Lens Terminal
  • DC OUT 12V-2A

Canon Cinema EOS Firmware Update :

  • XC protocol support
  • 120p / 100p AF support
  • Face detection during Slow and Fast Mode Shooting
  • Audio 4ch display
  • Flex Zoom Series and CN8x15 IAS-S E1/P1 lens support

Canon DP-V2730 Key Features :

  • 27” 4K UHD HDR Display
  • 1000 cd/m2 brightness and 0.001 cd/m2 black levels
  • Award-winning monitoring tools
  • Achieves Dolby Vision certification standards and EBU TECH3220 user requirements.
  • 12G-SDI and HDMI connectivity

Pricing and Availability

The CINE-SERVO 15-120mm T2.95-3.95 EF/PL (CN8x15 IAS S) cinema lens and EU-V3 accessory are scheduled to be available in November and December 2022 for an estimated retail price of $30,999.00 and $2,999.00 respectively.

The Canon Cinema EOS Firmware Update is scheduled to be available in October 2022 free of charge.

The Canon DP-V2730 reference display is scheduled to be available in March 2023 for an estimated retail price of $18,999.00.