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Posted 03/17/21
Canon has never been one to sit out an opportunity to enter new markets, and during the past year, a need has manifested itself in the world for remotely controlled, networked cameras to create high-quality broadcast productions with minimal staff and crew over the Internet, from just about anywhere. To meet the requirements of the times, Canon has just announced a new line of 4K PTZ cameras, including the CR-N300 and CR-N500, as well as the new RC-IP100 PTZ camera joystick controller. Each camera fits the needs of specific production styles and features NDI|HX compatibility, high-resolution sensors, UHD 4K video capture, as well as a variety of remote control options for easy, remote pan/tilt/zoom operation. These cameras fall into a lower price range in comparison to other Canon and PTZ camera categories and specs, so they may be worth a side-by-side look. The CR-N500 will be the first to be released, with the more serious specs of the two cameras, to fit into applications that might have more cinematic requirements to match other Canon cinema cameras in your production, and you might need an additional remotely controlled camera to match your color and depth of field. The features include: Canon’s 1" CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus Canon’s DIGIC DV6 processor UHD 4K30 and 1080p60 video output via HDMI and 3G-SDI Built-in NDI|HX support Wide dynamic range Sensitivity to 1.5 lux Built-in ND filters Scene modes PoE+ for direct power Serial, IR, and IP (wired or Wi-Fi) control Professional gamma support, such as Canon Log3, to make post-production camera matching and color correction a breeze 15x zoom (25.5-382.5mm 35mm equivalent focal length) offers a highly adjustable field of view Genlock Dual XLR inputs and a mini mic input jack to fit right into a professional production The NDI|HX high-resolution/low-bandwidth compression is ideal to drop right into a professional NDI broadcast environment, with minimal configuration. The advantage of this is that many PTZ cameras on the market require a separate purchase for NDI functionality, but the license is included with these Canon PTZ cameras. If you are not using NDI, the camera can also stream over a LAN using RTP/RTMP/RTSP protocols. Another professional feature is the inclusion of built-in ND filters, mostly unheard of in today’s PTZ camera design, and the N500 includes 1/4, 1/16, and 1/64 filters. You can also power the camera via PoE+ so you can cut down on cabling on your existing PoE+ supported LAN. To remotely control the camera, you have several choices, including Canon’s IP/serial controller, IR, RS-422 serial, or via Wi-Fi using Canon’s freely downloadable camera control software. Up next is the  RC-IP100 camera joystick controller, which provides an easy way for a single operator to control multiple cameras. The controller’s bright 7" touchscreen, along with a precision joystick, provides the ability to control up to 100 PTZ cameras. It supports the Canon IP protocol, a proprietary IP protocol that allows you to create a fast, private network to control your cameras, or you can utilize RS-422 serial protocol to connect to the cameras. The controller features six customizable function buttons and stores up to 100 presets, and the joystick allows for fine control of pan, tilt, and zoom for smooth camera movements. The following table provides a spec comparison between the new PTZ cameras and Canon camcorders: CR-N300 PTZ XA40 Camcorder CR-N500 PTZ XF705 Camcorder Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS 1/2.3" CMOS 1" CMOS 1" CMOS Zoom 20x 20x 15x 15x Format UHD 4K30, 1080p60 UHD 4K30, 1080p60 UHD 4K30, 1080p60 UHD 4K60, 1080p60 Outputs USB, 3G-SDI, HDMI Mini-HDMI 3G-SDI, HDMI 12G-SDI, HDMI Control IP, IR, RS-422, UVC, Wi-Fi n/a IP, IR, R-422, Wi-Fi RS-422, Wi-Fi NDI|HX Yes, License Included n/a Yes, License Included n/a ND Filters n/a Optional on Lens Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 Gamma n/a n/a Wide DR, CLog3, HLG Wide DR, CLog3, HLG Inputs Audio Mini Jack Mini Jack + 2 x XLR Mini Jack + 2 x XLR Mini Jack + 2 x XLR Recording Output Only 2 x SD Slots Output Only 2 x SD Slots Power PoE+ Battery or DC PoE+ Battery or DC Genlock n/a n/a Yes Yes Last, and available in Q3 2021, is the CR-N300 PTZ camera that falls into a more accessible category, aimed at houses of worship, corporate conferencing, event spaces, broadcast, government, streaming, or documentary-style productions. It shares the same IR, RS-422, Wi-Fi, compatibility with Canon’s IP controller, DIGIC DV6 processor, wide dynamic range, NDI|HX support, PoE+, and scene modes as the CR-N500, but its features are focused on ease-of-use and affordability. The N300 features include: A 1/2.3" CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel AF Canon’s DIGIC DV6 processor Wide dynamic range 1.5 lux 20x optical zoom (29.3-601mm 35mm equivalent focal length) Support for UHD 4K30 and 1080p60 video capture NDI|HX support Scene modes PoE+ Serial, IR, and IP (wired or Wi-Fi) control In addition to IP, HDMI, and 3G-SDI outputs, it also features a USB Type-C output with UVC support so you can utilize it as a tethered webcam There are no XLR inputs, but it does feature microphone input using with a mini jack Both cameras will be available in Satin Black and Titanium White finishes, and they are compatible with the Canon camera control software that is free to download. It allows you to see a 9 x 9 live view grid of your cameras, control your camera, change settings on multiple cameras, view tally information, and load settings configurations from an external drive. It is compatible with Windows OS as well as USB joysticks. Be sure to check out the newest Canon PTZ offerings on the B&H Photo website to compare their specs and features side-by-side, and we’ll keep an eye out for their release dates. Are you excited by these new releases? Feel free to tell us why in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 03/18/19
Cinematographer Mark Raker gets his hands on Sigma’s FF high-speed prime focal lenses and pairs them with a Canon C700 shooting at 5.9K and a Sony A7S II shooting at 4K. With specs like a 95mm front diameter, 0.8 moduling, focus scales with 180-degree barrel rotation, and a rotational angle of 60 degrees for the iris ring, Raker shows how adding these lenses to your cinema collection will give you uncompromised versatility for any project you shoot. Check out more of our videos for great features and footage.   
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Posted 12/03/18
Doug Guerra, from B&H, reviews the Sigma 105mm T1.5 Cinema Lens, a fast lens that renders incredibly shallow depth of field, optimized for shooting up to 8K. Watch the video for more features and footage taken with this powerful lens. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
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