Canon CR-N700 4K 60P 4:2:2 10-bit PTZ Targets Broadcasters

Brian Hallett recently posted an article on ProVideo Coalition reviewing the new Canon CR-N700 PTZ Camera. The Canon CR-N700 is a 4K PTZ camera with a 1.0-inch type CMOS sensor and 12G-SDI connectivity, designed for professional broadcast, studios and live event productions. It incorporates the intelligent AF from Canon's professional video cameras for precision focus across the entire pan, tilt, and zoom range and expands Canon's PTZ lineup for various productions and technical requirements. Additionally, a firmware update for the Canon CR-N500 and CR-N300 PTZ cameras is also being announced.

Canon CR-N700 Key Features:

  • 1.0-inch Type CMOS sensor with DIGIC DV7 Processor achieves 4K60P 4:2:2 10-bit
  • 15x Optical Zoom (30x Advanced Zoom)
  • Dual Pixel AF with iTR AF X
  • 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

Achieve Broadcast Quality, Easily

The Canon 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. It supports high-quality transmission, allowing content creators to stream 4K 60P over IP with PoE++ support, which allows for power, streaming and camera control over a single cable. It's perfect for remote and live broadcast productions. The CR-N700 has a high-performance lens with 15x optical zoom and 30x advanced zoom when shooting in Full HD. It also features Canon's renowned Image Stabilizer, which captures smooth and steady footage even from a distance. The camera also has a Night Mode, which allows operators to capture footage in near darkness thanks to a removable built-in IR cut filter. The CR-N700 is also 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, tracks 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

The Canon CR-N700 supports multiple protocols to integrate seamlessly with existing workflows. It is designed to fit into the diverse production ecosystems of broadcasters. The camera features SRT and NDI|HX 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 XF605 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 CR-N700 includes flexible connectivity options such as 12G-SDI and 3G-SDI, HDMI or IP, which allow the seamless transmission of 4K60P, for high-quality and consistent broadcasts. Additionally, the camera includes professional dual XLR audio inputs, Time code, and GEN-LOCK, for different production needs.

Enhanced Control

Canon's latest PTZ camera, the CR-N700, offers the same intuitive control as other models in the line. It features an advanced drive mechanism that enables movements as slow and precise as 0.1° per second, allowing operators to capture cinematic shots. The camera is compatible with both Canon's RC-IP100 controller and Remote Camera Control Application, as well as selected third-party controllers, which further simplifies integration with existing production setups. Additionally, the CR-N700 features a crop function that allows broadcasters to 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 separate feeds in HD resolutions. This feature is perfect for productions with limited PTZ cameras on site.

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.

Read the full article from ProVideo Coalition HERE

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