Canon Unveils Its First 1.3-Megapixel IP Security Cameras

All models feature 1.3-Megapixel CMOS image sensor, DIGIC NET image processing and simultaneous transmission of video up to 1280x960/30 fps.
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Canon U.S.A., Inc., a producer of digital imaging products, introduces its first 1.3-Megapixel Internet protocol (IP) security cameras, the company says in a written statement.

The new cameras are the VB-M40 pan/tilt/zoom network camera, with a 20x Genuine Canon zoom lens; the VB-M600VE fixed vandal-resistant IP66 rated outdoor network dome camera; and the VB-M600D fixed network dome camera.

All the cameras feature a 1.3-Megapixel CMOS image sensor, Canon DIGIC NET image processing, and simultaneous transmission of high-quality video up to 1280x960/30 fps in bandwidth-saving H.264 and Motion-JPEG. With sophisticated built-in video analytics to increase the effectiveness of video security monitoring, those cameras are ideal for transportation centers, educational institutions, medical facilities, sports arenas, museums and other public venues.

In addition, the cameras conform to the widely accepted Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) network-interoperability standard, the company says.

“Canon is committed to providing the security market with products that provide high-quality results,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager of the Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The addition of these new cameras will provide end-users with a host of new features and technologies helping to improve the overall security of a company’s primary assets, their merchandise and employees.”

Common to all new security cameras is the integration of advanced technologies designed to capture the high-resolution detail and color vital to obtaining crucial visual information for security purposes, even in low-light, the company says. Each camera features a Genuine Canon optical zoom lens and sophisticated Canon DIGIC NET image processor. Those proprietary components work together with a high-sensitivity CMOS sensor to enable the cameras to capture potentially crucial image detail in low-illumination environments down to at least .03 lux at f/1.6 and 1/8 sec. in color, and at least .001 lux at f/1.6 and 1/8 sec. in black and white.

In addition, sophisticated Canon image processing built into the VB-M40, VB-M600VE and VB-M600D IP security cameras enables “smart shade control,” which automatically adjusts the contrast between bright and dark areas of the image for optimum detail display, as well as a special “night mode” for increased low-light sensitivity as compared with previous Canon IP security camera models.

Video data-streaming options for Canon’s new 1.3-Megapixel IP security cameras include simultaneous transmission of H.264 and Motion-JPEG in resolutions of 1280x960, 640x480, and 320x240, the company says. Motion-JPEG can also be streamed at 160x120. All four Motion-JPEG resolutions can be streamed simultaneously at frame rates up to 30 fps. Only one H.264 resolution can be streamed at a time. All three cameras also feature a built-in “web viewer” function for remote video monitoring by authorized users on any web browser, including “smartphone” web browsers or leading third-party applications. The cameras ship with RM Lite, Canon’s free network video and recording software for up to four cameras (RM Lite provides Motion-JPEG at 5fps), Canon says.