Canon rolls out new VB-C500 network dome camera

New camera features multi-directional shock absorber, vandal resistant housing with tamper proof screws

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 9, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the new Vandal Resistant Fixed Mini-Dome Network Camera, the VB-C500VD. Built for indoor use, the innovative Canon VB-C500VD is designed with special advanced features to make it ideally suited for any location where a fixed indoor security camera is needed and may be susceptible to vandalism or tampering, such as in shopping malls, educational institutions, businesses and banking environments.

Paramount to the design of this camera is Canon’s new Multi-Directional Shock Absorber, a four-spring mechanism designed to protect the camera by lessening the effects of impact from various angles. If the dome is subjected to a blunt force, the four suspension springs shift the lens’ moveable base in the direction of the momentum to catch and displace the force of impact. In addition to this highly developed feature, the Canon VB-C500VD also boasts a new vandal resistant housing with tamper-proof screws. The housing is designed with a dome cover casing made of strong polycarbonate plastics, the body from tough alloyed aluminum and the base from heat-resistant polycarbonate and ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) mixture. These resistant materials help reduce the possibility of both external damage to the housing and internal damage to the camera. The tamper-proof screws were specially shaped to fasten the dome cover casing to the base providing an added level of security since their drive design prevents removal with ordinary screw drivers, effectively minimizing damage from wrongful acts.

“Having a remote security system to protect a business or school is a necessity in today’s world,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager of the Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “With the addition of the vandal resistant mini-dome, users can be confident that the security system will provide superb video quality while also being resistant to vandalism as well.”

Other key features found on Canon’s new VB-C500VD Vandal Resistant Fixed Mini-Dome Network Camera include Genuine Canon Optics, a high-sensitivity progressive-scan CCD, an advanced image processor and Canon’s powerful DIGIC NET processor.

The VB-C500VD offers an impressive 82-degree wide-angle lens with 2.4x optical zoom (manual) and 4x digital zoom (focal length = 2.6mm~6.2mm). The high-sensitivity progressive-scan CCD captures sharply defined, color accurate motion video in either Motion-JPEG (M-JPEG) or MPEG-4 for remote monitoring over IP. The advanced Canon image processor provides Smart Shade Control, which automatically adjusts the contrast between bright and dark areas of an image for optimum detail display, and an Auto Day/Night function, allowing the camera to automatically switch between Day Mode and Digital Night Mode depending upon lighting conditions. A key benefit the VB-C500VD offers is that the camera will continue operating in color down to 0.2 lux (SSC on and 1/30 sec. shutter speed), which enables the camera to capture color differences even in the lowest-light conditions. This is especially critical for security and surveillance monitoring applications where color accuracy can be crucial in making positive identification. When the camera switches to Digital Night Mode, the camera will automatically switch from color to monochrome video without interruption (other cameras may require the removal of an IR cut filter).

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