Canon rolls out new VB-C500 network dome camera

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

The Canon VB-C500VD’s powerful DIGIC NET processor enables the camera to simultaneously stream M-JPEG and MPEG-4 video encoding and transmission in high-quality VGA (640 x 480) resolution at a full 30 frames per second. M-JPEG offers higher image quality, while MPEG-4’s compression scheme offers lower bandwidth consumption and less storage space. The camera allows the distribution of M-JPEG images in three sizes simultaneously: 640 x 480, 320 x 240 and 160 x 120. The VB-C500VD offers support for up to 30 simultaneous users to access and view video images at the same time (10 users for MPEG-4). There is also a built-in Web Viewer, which allows for live monitoring on the Web without installing any software on to a computer.

Canon’s new VB-C500VD also includes Motion Detection, Audio Input/Output and a Recording Stream Function. To ensure only authorized users have access, the camera includes a IPv6 and IPsec Support (IP security), a set of protocols for securing IP communications by encrypting data streams while also securing the data flow to and from the camera.

The Canon VB-C500VD offers flexible installation options as it can be either ceiling or wall mounted, or set in a recessed mount*. For further convenience and ease of installation the VB-C500VD supports the IEEE 802.3af standard for Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology which allows both power and data to be carried over a single LAN cable when connected to a PoE hub/switch/midspan.

Version 2.2 Network Video Monitoring and Recording Software
In addition to the new VB-C500VD, Canon has also released Version 2.2 of its VK-64, VK-16, and VK-Lite Network Video Monitoring and Recording Software packages. These new versions offer full compatibility with all current Canon Network Cameras.

For even greater value, the VB-C500VD Vandal Resistant Fixed Mini-Dome Network Camera is bundled with a license of Canon’s VK-Lite 2.2 Network Video Monitoring & Recording Software, an application that enables the user to monitor, record and playback images from up to four cameras from a single screen (additional licenses are available for $99 each).

Pricing and Availability

The Canon VB-C500VD Vandal Resistant Fixed Mini-Dome Network Camera has a suggested list price of $999, and is scheduled to begin shipping in mid-October.**
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