Canon CR-N300 Overview
If you have a professional production that requires remotely controlled cameras with minimal crew and a high-resolution output, the satin black CR-N300 4K NDI PTZ Camera with 20x Zoom from Canon will fit right into your house of worship, corporate conference room, government application, courtroom, broadcast streaming production, event space, or even add an extra camera to your documentary shoot. The CR-N300 sports many features of a Canon camcorder such as a 1/2.3″ dual-pixel CMOS sensor, Hybrid AF, the Canon DIG!C DV6 image processor, scene modes, 20x optical zoom, 20x digital zoom, microphone input, and video capture and output up to UHD 4K. The camera also includes NDI|HX support without requiring a separate license, allowing you to drop the camera into your existing NDI network with minimal configuration.
Where the PTZ camera diverges from the camcorders is in its remote resources such as control via IP, RS-422 serial, IR, or Wi-Fi as well as HDMI, 3G-SDI, and USB Type-C video outputs, and compatibility with the Canon RC-IP100 IP PTZ remote controller. It can perform smooth, precision pan, tilt, and zoom movements with a speed range of 0.2 to 300° per second. Mic-level audio can be input via a 3.5mm mini-jack, and then embedded in the HDMI and 3G-SDI outputs, or in your NDI stream, RTP/RTMP/RTSP multi-stream, or USB output. The USB Type-C port allows the camera to be used as a webcam and also supports UVC control data, so you can control the camera using Canon’s camera control software.
The camera can also be powered using PoE+ (Power-over-Ethernet) using its LAN port, so it can fit right into your existing PoE+ network without requiring the use of local power to save cabling. The camera supports a wide dynamic range, brightness of 1.5 lux, and its lens features a 35mm equivalent focal length of 29.3 to 601mm.
The camera can utilize an external controller via RS-422/VISCA or Canon’s proprietary XC IP protocol on a private, secure LAN, using the optional RC-IP100 PTZ controller. Or, if you’d prefer to use Canon’s camera control software, the free-to-download application can work on Windows OS, so you can control all the camera functions from a laptop or tablet. The software provides a 9×9 live view, control of up to 100 cameras, settings loading and configuration, and tally functions. An IR remote and an AC adapter are included.
1/2.3″ CMOS Dual-Pixel Sensor
Canon DIG!C DV6 Processor
Canon 4K UHD Lens
Over Sampling HD Processing
Smooth & Responsive Pan and Tilt Performance
Four Scene Modes for Impressive Video
The CR-N300 features Scene Modes that offer four preset shooting modes suitable for the desired application.
There are four types of Scene Modes:
- Portrait mode—exhibits a blurred background while subject is in sharp focus
- Sports mode—enhances capture of moving objects
- Low-Light mode—enhances capture of bright images, even in dark places
- Spotlight mode—enhances capture of beautiful images of spotlighted objects
By selecting a Scene Mode, capture can be performed without having to adjust multiple settings within the Camera menu which aids a speedy setup and configuration allowing the operator to start shooting with impressive image expression.
Webcam via USB Connection
The CR-N300 supports USB in addition to IP, SDI, and HDMI. It is equipped with the specifications of UVC (Video: USB Video Class Ver. 1.1) and UAC (Audio: USB Audio Class Ver. 1.0) which are the connection standard of USB cameras and computers. This allows video and audio output by connecting to a compatible USB device.
In addition, driver settings are not required for connection to a computer. It can also be used as a webcam by connecting to a computer with a web conferencing application installed. The CR-N300 delivers up to full HD 1920 x 1080 video for high-quality web conferencing.
Easy Integration into IP Streaming
IP Multi-Stream Support
RTMP Streaming Protocol Supported
NDI|HX Live Video Production Support Protocol
Standard VISCA Protocol
The CR-N300 supports the standard VISCA protocol to remotely control the camera via IP. When connecting a VISCA protocol-compatible remote controller to the camera over IP or serial RS-422, the camera can be operated remotely and shooting settings can be adjusted by utilizing the remote controller.
The standard VISCA protocol is widely used in video production, broadcasting, and many other markets. The CR-N300 supports the standard VISCA protocol that is regarded as an industry standard and is suitable for operation within existing workflows.
Support for Canon XC protocol
Various Interfaces Supported for Multiple Environments
3.5mm Mini Jack
One Person Operation
All New Design
Equipped with Tally Lamps
Wireless Remote Controls Supported
Easy-to-Use Settings Page and Discovery Tool
Remote Camera Control Application
The Remote Camera Control Application can be utilized to control the CR-N300. The Remote Camera Control Application is a Windows application for centralized control ofmultiple cameras. It is possible to operate up to nine cameras and display videos at the same time, achieving a “multi-camera operation”.
At a video production or broadcasting site, an operator can select a camera from the videos displayed on the “Connected Camera List”, within the application and operate it from the “Camera Control Area” in the control panel of the software. The software is included and can be installed immediately without having to prepare a hardware controller in advance making it easy to use for the operator while creating an effective one-person operation.