Canon U.S.A. Inc. has a new network surveillance camera designed to frustrate attempts to destroy it. The new VB-C500VD, a fixed mini-doe network cam, packs features suiting it for any indoor location where mischief might be made, such as in shopping malls, educational institutions, businesses and banking environments.
Canon VB-C500VD Key to the design is Canon’s new Multi-Directional Shock Absorber, a four-spring mechanism designed to protect the camera by lessening the effects of impact from various angles.
The VB-C500VD also boasts a new vandal-resistant housing with tamper-proof screws. The housing is designed with a dome cover casing made of strong polycarbonate plastics, the body from tough alloyed aluminum and the base from heat-resistant polycarbonate and ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) mixture.
Other key features found on Canon’s new VB-C500VD include Canon optics, a high-sensitivity progressive-scan CCD, an advanced image processor and Canon’s powerful DIGIC NET processor.
The VB-C500VD offers 82-degree wide-angle lens with 2.4x optical zoom (manual) and 4x digital zoom (focal length = 2.6mm~6.2mm). The high-sensitivity progressive-scan CCD captures sharply defined, color accurate motion video in either Motion-JPEG (M-JPEG) or MPEG-4 for remote monitoring over IP.
The image processor provides Smart Shade Control, which automatically adjusts the contrast between bright and dark areas of an image for optimum detail display, and an Auto Day/Night function, allowing the camera to automatically switch between Day Mode and Digital Night Mode depending upon lighting conditions.
The camera will continue operating in color down to 0.2 lux (SSC on and 1/30 sec. shutter speed), which enables the camera to capture color differences even in the lowest-light conditions. When the camera switches to Digital Night Mode, the camera will automatically switch from color to monochrome video without interruption.
The DIGIC NET processor enables the camera to simultaneously stream M-JPEG and MPEG-4 video encoding and transmission in high-quality VGA (640x480) resolution at a full 30 frames per second. The camera allows the distribution of M-JPEG images in three sizes simultaneously: 640x480, 320x240 and 160x120. It offers support for up to 30 simultaneous users to access and view video images at the same time (10 users for MPEG-4). There is also a built-in Web Viewer, which allows for live monitoring on the Web.
The VB-C500VD also includes motion detection, audio input/output and a recording stream function.
It’s bundled with a license of Canon’s VK-Lite 2.2 network video monitoring and recording software, an application that enables the user to monitor, record and playback images from up to four cameras from a single screen (additional licenses are available for $99 each).
The suggested list price for the VB-C500VD is $999, with shipping to begin in mid-October
Canon Network Video Solutions www.usa.canon.com/ipsecuritycameras