India, 16th May 2023 – Expanding its remote camera lineup, Canon India, one of the leading digital imaging solution companies, today announced the launch of its new indoor 4K remote PTZ camera, CR-N700. With exceptional connectivity and class-leading autofocus, the camera is designed to aid broadcasters with advanced video production and high image quality. Further, two innovative add-on applications, auto-tracking and auto-loop were also announced to complement the camera and further enhance productivity.
With the growing demand for content creation and live streaming requirements, Canon has been expanding its line-up of indoor remote PTZ camera systems to contribute to efficient production workflows, while rendering visually appealing experiences. Capable of delivering superb image quality, the CR-N700 supports high-quality video recording in 4K/60P/4: 2:2/10-bit format and enables HDR recording in either HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) or PQ (Perceptual Quantization) formats to fulfill varied production requirements. Leveraging Canon’s technology and expertise in developing professional video cameras, the CR-N700 also features a 15x zoom lens, 1.0-inch CMOS sensor, and DIGIC DV7 image processing engine among other features which enhance image quality.
The CR-N700 is particularly well-suited for professional video production, offering superior image quality and excellent support for broadcasting large-scale live events. In addition, it comes with enhanced human recognition features, including Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus, eye-detect AF, and head-detect AF. These features will equip the camera to identify and track fast-moving subjects with greater accuracy and clarity.
Besides, the two new innovative applications; Auto Tracking and Auto Loop, currently supporting the CR-N700 and over time, will expand to cover more compatible remote PTZ cameras from Canon’s line-up. These new consumer-centric features are designed to improve productivity and reduce workload and manpower for remote production, allowing operators to focus effectively on other tasks such as camera switching and content delivery. They are here to provide easy and versatile system setups without requiring additional equipment like servers or computers.
Speaking on the launch of the new product, Mr. Manabu Yamazaki, President & CEO, of Canon India said, “Our commitment to drive innovation and ensure a quality-first approach reflects in the most recent addition to our remote camera line-up. The new high-end 4K PTZ remote camera with auto-tracking and auto-loop features is poised to be the perfect choice for various industries, including broadcasters, rental houses, education, reality shows, and sports. With the CR-N700 launch alongside two new applications, we’re pushing the boundaries of video production even further, expanding our user base across multiple segments and solidifying our position as a leader in the industry. We look forward to the response from the consumers and endeavor to continue introducing marvels in line with industry trends.”
Superb Tracking powered by the Auto Tracking Application
The application enables the remote camera to automatically track speakers or other specified persons during commercial presentations, lectures, and events. With in-camera visual analysis, the system realises superb tracking capability, allowing shooting with excellent freedom of view, including full body, upper body, shoulders-up, and other viewpoints, while following the movement of subjects moving at speeds ranging from slow to brisk. In addition to the standard image capture of human figures typically required for broadcasting commercial events and lectures, the remote camera aided by its high-performance pan/tilt mechanism can capture the slow movement of subjects smoothly for quality video production. Furthermore, the application features a wide array of adjustment settings such as Composition, Tracking Sensitivity, and Priority Display Area.
Seamless operations enabled by the Auto Loop Application
It enables the remote camera to automatically repeat subtle pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) staging movements typically performed by operators during the broadcast of events such as sports competitions, and interviews, as well as in the production of TV commercials and movies. Between patrol and back-and-forth motions within specified locations, operators can adjust parameters such as Position Setting to determine the pause duration at each point, Route Setting to determine movement speed, and other operations including Preview and Start, which can be easily configured on the settings screen. Additionally, operators can adjust the acceleration and deceleration of movements as the motions begin and end via the Fade Mode, enabling the automated camera system to mimic professional camerawork.