Canon’s new XU-80 remote control HD pan-tilt-zoom camera head

Canon’s new XU-80 remote control HD pan-tilt-zoom camera head is a versatile indoor/outdoor single-CMOS camera system. Its compact size, quiet operation and waterproof and dustproof construction make it ideal for a vast range of applications from outdoor event broadcasting to traffic monitoring to video conferencing.

The XU-80 follows in the footsteps of its successful brothers, the BU-46H (outdoor) and BU-51H (indoor) PTZ camera systems designed for higher end applications. As a ‘smaller brother’, it is optimized for both environments whilst providing economies of scale and incorporating the same control protocols as its siblings.

High quality HD images for multiple applications

The new Canon XU-80 has a single inch CMOS imaging sensor with 2.1 Megapixels. Utilizing a Canon 20x HD zoom, it captures superb, high quality images in full-HDTV format. Canon’s Dynamic Range Compensation feature allows for shooting in extremes of light by automatically correcting the video contrast.

The XU-80 is an ideal solution for broadcast applications. It utilizes HD-SDI output (the broadcast market standard) to relay quality images from a distance of up to 100 metres. With its single pre-set button option, the camera can pan and tilt while simultaneously zooming to give on-air movements comparable to manually operated cameras.

Built for outdoors, ideal for indoors

The Canon XU-80’s waterproof and dustproof design has an IP55 enclosure rating. It can be installed in challenging locations and is not affected by environmental conditions. The XU-80W version of the camera is for permanent outdoor locations and comes with servo ND filter and wiper unit. This version can be equipped with washer as an option.

A smooth, fast and precise movement is integral to this camera. In Normal Mode, it has a noise rating of NC≤30, ideal for quiet indoor environments. Where a higher speed is required, the pan-tilt mechanism can be accelerated by 50% in High Speed Mode.

The highly versatile, cost-effective, compact PTZ camera

Canon’s XU-80 weighs just 14.5 lbs (6.6Kg). With its handle (included), setup is almost effortless, it can also be mounted upright or inverted (ceiling mount). In either position, the picture image will automatically adjust when the tilt angle reaches 90°. For locally switchable output, users can select either 1080i or 720p HD to match their existing systems. Control can also be toggled between RS-232 and RS-422 making the camera extremely adaptable to new and existing multi-camera environments.

When shooting under low light conditions, the XU-80 gains extra brightness through its slow shutter function. Shooting at night or in near dark conditions is supported by the black and white mode without the IR cut filter.

As the transition to HD imaging continues to accelerate, video content creators are continually searching for remote-controlled PTZ HD camera systems that are turnkey and cost-effective. Systems that will provide unique visual perspectives combined with high image quality. With the new Canon XU-80, they now have a camera that meets all their requirements.



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