Canon rolls out new megapixel IP camera

Camera feature video analytics, low-light imaging and ONVIF compliance

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., July 19, 2011 – Adding to its new line of 1.3-Megapixel IP security cameras, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, has introduced the VB-M700F fixed IP camera, providing outstanding image quality, built-in video analytics, conformance to the ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) interoperability standard and many other advanced features. Streamlined in appearance, the new model integrates sophisticated technologies derived from Canon’s world-famous digital camera and optical products. Applications for the camera include transportation centers, banks and ATM rooms, schools, retail stores, gaming establishments and many other 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," explained Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager of the Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "The VB-M700F integrates advanced on-board technologies developed to address the unique needs of both security-monitoring professionals and camera-installers alike."

Versatile Imaging

The Canon VB-M700F camera is able to capture high-resolution picture detail and color in a wide variety of lighting conditions. Equipped with a Genuine Canon 3x Optical zoom lens with a focal length of 2.8 to 8.4mm and 102.5 degree wide-angle of view, the VB-M700F camera’s 1.3-Megapixel CMOS sensor and proprietary Canon DIGIC NET image processor enables capture of potentially crucial image 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 & 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 special 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.

The Canon VB-M700F fixed IP Megapixel camera’s DIGIC NET image processor and H.264 Codec delivers both high-quality video and high compression rates, and allows for high-resolution video with low bandwidth utilization and low disk-space usage. This technology provides video data-streaming options that include simultaneous transmission of H.264 and Motion-JPEG in resolutions of 1280 x 960, 640 x 480, and 320 x 240. Motion-JPEG can also be streamed at 160 x 120.

Intelligence and Analytics

This camera provides on-board video analytics helping security professionals monitor large quantities of video content with moving, abandoned and removed-object detection. The analytics are designed to assist in identifying potentially crucial visual details in the video image along with attempts to tamper with the camera. Users of the camera can also adjust the shape and size of the detection area as well.
An added feature of the analytics is the monitoring of changes in the camera’s immediate environment such as abnormal sound levels in the vicinity of the camera’s installation location.

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