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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 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.