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introduced Tuesday a fixed IP 1.3-megapixel security cameras, offering built-in video analytics and conformance to the Open Video Network Interface Forum (ONVIF) interoperability standard.
Model VB-M700F (shipping in August at a $979 suggested retail) features a streamlined appearance, and integrates a number advanced image technologies carried over from its digital camera division to support strong image quality.
Canon said the device is targeted at placement in transportation centers, banks and ATM rooms, schools, retail stores, gaming establishments and similar IP security-video environments.
"The security camera market is rapidly growing, and Canon has developed a range of megapixel security cameras combining superb image quality, Intelligent Features and innovations maximizing the proven advantages of video over IP for remote monitoring," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, Canon U.S.A. imaging technologies and communications group executive VP and general manager. "The VB-M700F integrates advanced on-board technologies developed to address the unique needs of both security-monitoring professionals and camera-installers alike."
The VB-M700F will record high-resolution picture detail and color in a wide variety of lighting conditions. It includes a Canon 3x optical zoom lens with a focal length of 2.8 to 8.4mm and 102.5 degree wide-angle of view.
The 1.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon Digic Net image processor enables reproduces high detail in low-illumination environments down to 0.018 lux at f/1.2 and 1/8 sec. in color and 0.001 lux at f/1.2 and 1/8 sec. in black and white.
Proprietary Canon image-processing features built into the VB-M700F include Smart Shade Control, which automatically adjusts the contrast between bright and dark image areas for optimum detail display, as well as a Night Mode that increases sensitivity by removing an IR cut filter and adjusting digital gain.
This increased sensitivity can be crucial for obtaining key visual information in low-light environments, Canon said.
The Digic Net image processor and H.264 video compression codec enable high-resolution video, low bandwidth utilization and low disk space usage.
Video data-streaming options include simultaneous transmission of H.264 and Motion-JPEG in resolutions of 1280 by 960, 640 by 480, and 320 by 240. Motion-JPEG also can be streamed at 160 by 120.
On-board video analytics enable security professionals to monitor large quantities of video content with moving, abandoned and removed-object detection.
These can be helpful in identifying potentially crucial visual details in the video image along with attempts to tamper with the camera, Canon said.
Users of the camera can also adjust the shape and size of the detection area as well.
An added analytics feature is monitoring changes in the camera's immediate environment such as abnormal sound levels in the vicinity of the camera's installation location.
Additional user-adjustable features include a Privacy Mask function that can be set to block sensitive locations, such as ATM keypads or computer monitors, from the camera's view.
Other features include a built-in SD Memory Card slot that allows still images to be saved to an SD/SDHC memory card during network outages.
Support for SSL (HTTPS) is included for secure data communication between the camera and monitoring PCs.