Canon, known for producing outstanding images with accurate colors and natural skin tones using its still photo and pro video equipment, also offers a full range of PTZ cameras. These Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras offer exceptional 4K video imaging, smooth movement, and precision control for remote applications. See how Canon PTZ cameras can fulfill your broadcast, education, corporate, gaming, or house of worship (HOW) needs.
Essentially, PTZ systems enable you to reduce the number of operators you need to cover an event while still getting multicamera coverage, and to capture views that are not readily accessible to a hands-on operator due to safety concerns or space restrictions. They are also a boon for individual creators like vloggers or teachers who can create more dynamic content by switching between preset camera angles and moves.
A typical PTZ setup for a lecture or a corporate panel might consist of three cameras: one covering the active speaker, a second focused on the next speaker, and a third to capture audience reactions or input. Concerts, plays, sports, and other live events can benefit from the ability to preset shots using the memory functions of your PTZ cameras. See this Essential Components for Creating a PTZ Camera Environment article on the B&H Explora site for additional examples, including a wireless system option.
The feed from each camera, referred to as “ISO” (isolated), can be recorded to a compatible desktop or laptop computer, to a dedicated recorder, or to a combo recorder/monitor for archiving and/or editing later. When you throw a switcher into the mix, you can save on media and reduce your post-production time by recording just the program feed.
Newtek’s NDI (Network Device Interface) is a popular fast protocol used for PTZ control, PoE (power over Ethernet), and for transmitting broadcast-quality video over a single Ethernet cable. NDI|HX is a high-efficiency version of NDI that uses compression to create lower-bandwidth transmission. To learn more about the powers of NDI, read What You Need to Know About PTZ Camera Networking with NDI.
Available in Satin Black or Titanium White, the CR-N300 4K NDI PTZ camera with 20x zoom supports a wide range of streaming protocols, making it a perfect choice for creating and disseminating your video content. PoE+ compatibility, flexible streaming options including NDI|HX and multiple control choices ensure that the CR-N300 can anchor a new installation or fit seamlessly into your existing system. This UHD 4K30 camera is outfitted with a 1/2.3"-type sensor and features sharp focus thanks to a hybrid of contrast AF and phase-detection AF, even in lower light.
Step up to the 1" dual-pixel sensor CMOS CR-N500 Pro 4K NDI camera with 15x zoom in Satin Black or Titanium White for optimal visual quality, outstanding image stabilization, pro connectors, and reliable IP streaming at robust rates up to UHD 4K30. Dual-pixel CMOS AF blends imaging and phase-difference AF functions for fast focusing even while panning, tilting, or zooming. The CR-N500’s two Face Detection options (Face Priority and Face Only) maintain focus after your subject leaves the frame (eliminating “hunting” for focus) and enable you to toggle between detected faces. The 25.5 to 382.5mm optical zoom gets you as close to your subjects as you like and the 1.5-lux minimum illumination is ideal for concerts, clubs, and other dimly lit venues.
Two recent protocol updates offer even more options when working with the CR-N300 and the CR-N500: FreeD and SRT. FreeD uses metadata to integrate PTZ cameras into green screen, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) workflows. The popular Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) broadcast protocol uses encryption and “packet” re-transmission and recovery to ensure stable video transmission even when faced with unstable bit rates.
Optimized for broadcast use, the XU-81W HD PTZ Camera with Wiper offers Normal and High-Speed modes and simultaneous pan/tilt/zoom moves with the press of a button on the optional control panel. Video output options of 1080i or 720p and the choice of RS-232 or RS-422 control enable the XU-81 to fit seamlessly into new or existing workflows. A wiper and a motorized ND filter make it ideal for weather monitoring, arenas and outdoor event spaces, traffic reporting, and anywhere the elements might intrude on your video capture.
Rated IP65, the Titanium white CR-X300 Outdoor 4K PTZ Camera with 20x Zoom stands up to jets of water, condensation, and water spray, making it ideal for weather or traffic monitoring, maritime use, and water parks. This durable 4K camera uses a 20x optical zoom, 1/2.3"-type CMOS sensor, and a variable ND filter to capture crisp 6G-SDI video. It offers IP control and up to 4K30p streaming for a maximum of five PTZ cameras.
The white CR-X500 Outdoor 4K PTZ Camera with 15x Optical Zoom produces exceptional UHD 4K60p footage using a 1.0"-type sensor, dual DIGIC DV6 processors, and a 15x optical zoom. This IP55 water-resistant camera features fast dual-pixel autofocus and 12G-SDI connectivity that supports up to 4:2:2, 10-bit video. HDR and BT.2020 wide color gamut standards ensure that the CR-X500 sees into shadows and accommodates highlights. Advanced functions include slow panning down to 0.5˚/second and preset movements with individual PTZ speed parameters.
The basic components of a PTZ system consist of one or more compact cameras in a durable housing; cabling; a wall, ceiling, pole, or tripod mount; and a remote-control option. Control components range from a simple TV remote-like unit to tablet-based software to a joystick and button-based video switcher with multiple video and audio inputs and outputs. Advanced controls include features like a touchscreen panel and multi-view screens. Check out Building Your PTZ Camera Network to see workflows using multiple cameras, audio inputs components, and streaming software.
Use the Canon RC-IP100 Touchscreen PTZ Joystick Controller to control up to 100 PTZ cameras using your IP network and RS-422 or Canon XC protocols. In addition to a 7" touchscreen, the RC-IP100 controller interface features a joystick and six assignable physical buttons. Canon’s Remote Camera Control app for Windows 10 offers a compact, more portable solution for controlling up to 20 cameras using your PC or tablet. You can preview up to 9 cameras simultaneously using the onscreen display, create up to 100 presets, and assign functions using your keyboard.
The popular Blackmagic Design ATEM TV Studio Pro HD Live Production Switcher is an 8-input HD switcher offering mix effects, color correction, chroma-keying, graphics overlays, and more for a truly impressive multicamera look. Newtek’s renowned Tricaster series enables you to broadcast, stream, and record using its fast, low-latency Network Digital Interface (NDI) protocol with your existing equipment and the latest components. Newtek systems include the portable TriCaster Mini UHD 4K Bundle with Control Surface and the 16-channel TriCaster TC1 Pro with live call connections, virtual sets, and more. The more basic Roland Compact Multicamera bundle lets you switch, record, and stream using up to four cameras. View, switch, and record your content to 2.5" SSDs using the portable Atomos Shogun 7 HDR Pro Recorder-Switcher.
PTZ cameras are usually positioned in your space using wall or ceiling mounts like the A-SWD5CA2-CR Pendant Mount, Wall Mount Kit for CR-N500 Camera (Black), or the Pole Mount Kit for CR-N500. The Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 Aluminum Tripod is good for a stationary PTZ, while the Vinten PTZ HD Tripod & Dolly kit is handy for rolling a PTZ camera to various positions around your stage.