At the broadcasting fair IBC 2022, which ended a week ago, Canon introduced the 4K PTZ Camera: CR-N700. The remote-controlled Canon PTZ cameras are permanently installed in a room (studio, press conference room, sports hall, training room, church, etc.) for regular recordings/transmissions but are also set up temporarily at larger events.
They are remotely controlled from a control room and can be panned, tilted, and zoomed, as indicated by the designation as PTZ cameras (pan, tilt, zoom). Incidentally, PTZ cameras are also used in outdoor areas such as sports stadiums, for which Canon offers weatherproof PTZ models such as the CR-X300 presented in December 2021.
The new Canon CR-N700 is a PTZ camera that delivers images in 4K@60p at 4:2:2 in 10 bits and offers professional 12G-SDI connectivity for image sharing. It is designed for broadcasters, studios, and live events, the camera builds on Canon’s broadcast heritage.
The camera PTZ has integrated 15x zoom with intelligent autofocus, which can also be found in professional cine cameras such as the small EOS C70 and the video camcorder XF605. This AF enables precise focusing over the entire pan, tilt, and zoom range. With a host of powerful features, this launch expands Canon’s PTZ product range.
To meet the current high demands of broadcasters, the CR-N700 comes with a 1.0-type CMOS sensor and a DIGIC DV7 processor, which produces exceptional 4K UHD 60p 4:2:2 10-bit picture quality for impressive content delivery.
The lens also comes with the renowned Canon image stabilizer. That ensures smooth and even image material, even from a distance. It is ideal for recording reality TV shows or even at sporting events, in which the action is discreetly zoomed in on. The CR-N700 also has a night mode that allows shooting in near total darkness thanks to the built-in IR cut filter. Together with the HDR formats PQ or HLG, this allows you to record uncompromisingly excellent film material in any ambient light.
Canon-developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology with the advanced EOS iTR AF X is deep-learning autofocus that recognizes and tracks the subject’s head as it moves – even when the face is turned away. Eye AF focuses on the subject’s pupil for even more precise results, while Face-Priority AF gives priority to a person.
Like the entire range of Canon PTZ cameras, the CR-N700 also supports various transmission protocols and can be seamlessly integrated into existing workflows. It features SRT and NDI|HXi protocols for high-quality 4K video streams, while FreeD ensures integration with virtual productions.
Flexible connectivity options include 12G-SDI and 3G-SDI, HDMI, or IP (PoE++) enabling seamless transmission of 4K60p for high-quality, consistent transmissions. The CR-N700 also features two professional XLR audio inputs and GEN-LOCK for a variety of production needs.
Canon CR-N700 price and release date
The Canon CR-N700 PTZ remote camera is already available to pre-order on Bhphotovideo.com and Adorama.com at $9,699 and will be available from December 2022.
Earlier this month, Sony introduced the FR7, a new full-frame PTZ camera system of the Cinema Line family. It has built-in ND filters, S-Log3 support, fast proprietary hybrid autofocus, and state-of-the-art video capture capabilities – up to 4K at 120 fps, which may even look a little redundant for broadcasts to the network.
The Sony FR7 full frame PTZ camera system is now available to pre-order on the Bhphotovideo.com store for $9,699, or you can also book the camera with a 28-135mm zoom lens kit for $12,199.