Canon's New PTZ Camera, Camera Controller, and RF-Mount Cinema Lenses


Canon arrived at the International Broadcasting Convention with a slew of new professional camera gear, including the CN-R Cinema RF-Mount Prime Lens line, the CR-N100 4K PTZ Remote Camera in either black or white, and the RC-IP1000 remote Camera Controller. The advanced cine primes feature native RF-mounts, full communication, 8K support, and they cover full-frame sensors to bring cinema-quality imagery to your kit. Rev up your remote-controlled camera setup with the CR-N100 cameras for your 4K production with 20x optical zoom, tally, and precise movements, and they can be controlled remotely by the sophisticated RC-IP1000 controller.

CN-R RF-Mount Cine Lens Line

The full line of seven full-frame CN-R primes includes 14mm T3.1, 20mm T1.5, 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.3, 85mm T1.3, and 135mm T2.2 RF-mount lenses. These new primes feature native RF-mount communication while also remaining fully manual. The very fast T-stops provide shallow depth of field for cinematic bokeh, and their high-quality glass supports peripheral illumination, suppresses chromatic aberration, and offers distortion correction for a sharp, edge-to-edge image. When used on supported cameras, the lenses use a dual-pixel focus guide and can handle up to 8K with HDR.

Canon CN-R RF-Mount Cinema Lenses
Canon CN-R RF-Mount Cinema Lenses

The lenses share the same standard front diameter of 114mm to interchange them easily on your rig. They also have 300º of focus rotation, glow-in-the-dark markings, and each of them (except for the 14mm) features 105mm filter threads so you can also use the same filters on all of them. 

CR-N100 PTZ Camera

Canon has already proven that PTZ cameras are not just for conference rooms. The CR-N100 sports resolutions up to 4K30 and can slip right into your 4K broadcast, reality show, event, or digital film production with ease. The camera's lens features a 20x optical zoom and optical image stabilization, and the CMOS sensor supports advanced hybrid autofocus to keep your images sharp from wide or telephoto perspectives. It outputs up to 4K30 or 1080p60 video over HDMI or IP, and it also supports NDI|HX and SRT built right into the camera for wide streaming compatibility. It can also be used as a webcam for video conferencing and vlogging using its fast USB-C 3.0 output.

CR-N100 4K PTZ Cameras in White and Black
CR-N100 4K PTZ Cameras in White and Black

The movements are smooth and silent, thanks to an advanced drive mechanism, and its tally light on the front is handy for multi-camera setups. The camera is controlled remotely over IP with RCP controllers such as the RC-IP100 or the new RC-IP1000, and it also supports serial, Wi-Fi, and IR control. Other great features include a 3.5mm mic input to add external audio to your stream, it can support add-on applications such as auto-tracking, and it can be powered using a power supply or via PoE+ to save multiple cable runs.

RC-IP1000 Remote Camera Controller

A significant update of the RC-IP100, the advanced RC-IP1000 provides Canon XC remote control over IP of up to 200 Canon cameras such as the new CR-N100, and its expanded interface provides many additional controls. It can also support up to five cameras via Canon's NU serial protocol. The 7" touchscreen display is now flanked by 42 buttons, 14 dials, a zoom rocker, a joystick, and 66 LEDs to manage pan, tilt, and zoom movements, offering intuitive control to a single operator. The screen can show up to nine camera views, sets individual and group functions, and it can even display the camera's OSD menu with compatible models.

Canon RC-IP-100 Remote Camera Controller
Canon RC-IP-100 Remote Camera Controller

The controller supports up to 4K60 input via 12G-SDI from a variety of sources for output via HDMI to send to switchers or additional displays. It can be powered using a 4-pin power input, or like the CR-N100, it can be powered via PoE+ to save cable runs.

For more information about the new Canon PTZ camera, controller, and RF cine lens line, including additional features, specs, and highlights, be sure to check out the detailed product pages. Or drop us a line below, and we'll do our best to reply to your comments and questions.


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Oh boy green tint, now in RF mount.