First Look: Canon's VB-C10 Pan-Tilt-Zoom Network Camera

by SmallBusinessComputing Staff

Canon's new integrated camera lets users control the camera and monitor live video over the internet or LAN.

Wayne N. Kawamoto
Managing Editor, www.smallbusinesscomputing.com

Combining a compact, user controlled Pan/Tilt Zoom (PTZ) camera, with a network server, the all-in-one VB-C10 and the inverse-mounted version VB-C10R is designed to bring new capabilities to transmitting high-quality video over the Internet or LAN. Canon says that its new VB-C10 Network Camera will make it easy for users to perform remote observation, site surveillance, security monitoring and event webcasting. The VB-C10 features a 16X optical zoom lens and is designed to connect in minutes, and deliver up to 30 frames per second Motion-JPEG compression, while three capture sizes and five quality settings should allow users to tune the system to meet bandwidth requirements.

Canon says that initial configuration is a snap. Users only have to plug in the power cord and Ethernet cable, and run the IP Installer utility software from any PC on the network. Once on the network, a browser-based interface provides easy access to various settings, including: camera restrictions, preset viewing angles, image capture schedules and more.

The company claims that its VB-C10 delivers the highest pan-tilt-zoom operating range in its class: +/-100 degrees (VB-C10R +/- 170 degrees); tilting range -30 degrees to + 90 degrees (VB-C10R -90 degrees to + 10 degrees.) Other features include: transmitting real-time video to up to 20 viewers simultaneously, built-in Web and FTP Servers, a panorama image generator, and up to 8 preset camera positions for rapid viewing of important subjects and defining image archiving locations. With an image sensor of 410,000 pixels, a weight of 1.4 lbs (VB-C10), and a size of 4.4 x 5.4 x 5.6 in., the VB-C10 is small, lightweight and fast and may be mounted almost anywhere quickly and easily.

The VB-C10(R) also features image capture and storage capabilities, either schedule-based or sensor-activated, automatic retrieval of captured images using Canon's VBCollector software, sensor input and relay output terminals for security system operation and a data log. Optional monitoring software, WebView Livescope (optionally available in various versions) offers monitoring, customized viewer windows, panorama controls and simultaneous 4-camera display mode.

The new Canon VB-C10 will be available in mid May at authorized Canon dealers, with a MSRP of $1799.

This article was originally published on Wednesday May 1st 2002
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