Canon U.S.A. Releases VB-M50B Surveillance Camera

The p/t/z camera is said to be ideal for applications where lighting is limited.

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Canon U.S.A. unveiled the VB-M50B, a high-performance network camera said to be capable of capturing color accurate video even in low light environments.

The VB-M50B Pan/Tilt/Zoom Network Camera can reproduce color video down to .04 lux and black and white video down to .002 lux, which the company says makes it ideal for applications where lighting may be limited, ranging from security and surveillance to Web casting.

The camera features a lens with a large aperture ratio ranging from F1.8 (W) to F2.4 (T) which allows more light to reach the camera’s CMOS image sensor. It also features Canon’s DIGIC DV III Image Processor, which the company says provides crisp images with color accuracy.

The VB-M50B has long-range optical zoom capability made possible by its extended focal length. That functionality is backed by an enhanced digital zoom function that can stream a lower resolution crop of the original high-resolution video, thereby achieving a similar level of video quality as with digital zoom, but at a lower resolution to minimize bandwidth and storage space.

The camera’s pan/tilt mechanism reaches a speed of 300° per pecond.

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