Canon introduces three new megapixel IP security cameras

New cameras feature built-in analytics and are ONVIF-compliant


The VB-M600VE

Canon’s VB-M600VE vandal-resistant fixed network dome camera is housed in a clear polycarbonate dome mounted to an aluminum body; this unified enclosure has a dust and water-resistance rating of IP66, which can even protect against heavy water sprays from any angle. The enclosure can also absorb violent impacts. Inside the enclosure, the VB-M600VE lens is mounted in a damping mechanism to protect it against impacts. The camera is designed for use in areas that may be subject to abuse, such as correctional facilities, public transportation centers, shopping malls and schools. An optional heater allows the camera to be used in temperatures down to -22º F.

The VB-M600D

As with the VB-M600VE, this security camera features a unique Canon aspherical 3x optical zoom lens with an ultra-wide 101.2º angle of view, making it ideal for use in areas with severe space restrictions such as stairways, narrow halls, and elevators. Featuring the smallest lens in its class, its sophisticated optical formula and optimal lens coating technology enables it to produce high-quality sharp images with minimal distortion and flare. The VB-M600D is a versatile fixed network dome camera suited for many IP security applications.

Video Analytics

Several in-camera Intelligent Features are designed to assist in identifying potentially crucial details in the video captured by the new Canon VB-M40, VB-M600VE and VB-M600D IP security cameras. These Intelligent Features include abandoned, moving, and removed object detection. User-adjustable in terms of detection area, sensitivity and duration, these features can engage configured alarms and notification functions. In addition to video analytics, camera analytics include detection of sound levels and camera tampering to alert for abnormal events in the vicinity of these cameras’ installation locations.

Additional features shared by the new Canon VB-M40, VB-M600VE and VB-M600D IP security cameras include: a Privacy Mask function to block sensitive locations (such as ATM keypads or computer monitors) from the cameras’ view while still allowing for a full range of motion; a built-in SD Memory Card slot that allows still images to be saved to an SD/SDHC memory card during network outages; audio jacks for bi-directional sound communication between the camera and a computer-monitoring location; on-screen displays for date, time, and camera location; and secure data communication (HTTPS) support.

Installation Advantages

Canon’s VB-M40, VB-M600VE and VB-M600D IP security cameras were also designed with special features to facilitate convenient installation. All include ONVIF compliance and multiple power options (12V DC, 24V AC, and Power over Ethernet).

In addition, the models VB-M600VE and VB-M600D include a built-in motor that allows for changing the "pan/tilt/rotation" angle of both of these fixed cameras as well as their lens zoom and focus positions after installation. This can be done from dedicated PC software without removing the dome cover, which is an industry first.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon 1.3-Megapixel VB-M40 PTZ camera, VB-M600VE Vandal-Resistant Dome camera, and VB-M600D Indoor Fixed Dome camera have suggested retail prices of $1979, $1299 and $1059, respectively1. The VB-M40 PTZ camera is expected to ship in early May while the VB-M600VE and VB-M600D models are expected to ship in July.