Canon CR-X500 Overview
If you’re working on a field or studio production with a need to shoot outdoors in the elements, and remotely controlled cameras with minimal operating crew is required, the white CR-X500 Outdoor 4K PTZ Camera with 15x Zoom from Canon will fit right into your multi-camera shoot, event, streaming broadcast, reality show, or digital video production. The CR-X500 is designed to be mounted in an outdoor location and provides IP55 water-resistant protection, preventing dust, dirt, water, and salt from damaging the camera lens and electronics.
The CR-X500 internals sport many resources of a high-resolution Canon camera or camcorder with features such as a 1″ dual-pixel CMOS sensor, the Canon DIG!C DV6 image processor, a wide dynamic range, minimum brightness of 3 lux, 15x zoom, 30x digital zoom in Full HD, and video output up to UHD 4K via its 12G-SDI connector. Other professional camera attributes of the CR-X500 include genlock support, HLG, and Canon Log 3 support as well as built-in ND filters with clear, 1/4, 1/16, and 1/64 options. It can perform smooth, precision pan movements with a speed range of 0.5 to 25° per second and tilt movements with a speed range of 0.3 to 20° per second. It features a very low environmental noise rating of NC-55 at under 10° per second.
The camera can utilize an external controller via RS-422 or Canon’s proprietary NU serial protocol using the optional RC-IP100 PTZ controller. There is also a built-in lens wiper so you don’t have to wipe off the lens yourself if it gets wet or dirty. There is also an AUX port on the back so you can add an optional washing unit.
1″ CMOS Sensor
The CR-X500 features a Canon 1″ 4K CMOS image sensor capable of UHD 4K video capture at 30p and up to 60p in Full HD, making the CR-X500 PTZ camera great for the remote and unobtrusive capture of professional productions.
The 1″ sensor allows for larger photosites compared to smaller-sized sensors found in other PTZ cameras, resulting in stunning images with less noise in low-light situations. The large sensor also exhibits a shallow depth of field at large apertures, producing blurred backgrounds in images, while Canon’s DPAF tracks and keeps subjects in sharp focus. The CR-X500’s DIG!C DV 6 imaging processor drives the high sensitivity (3 lux) and low-noise performance of the camera yielding amazing imagery in a variety of shooting conditions.
Canon DIG!C DV6 Processor
Dual-Pixel CMOS AF
4K 59.94P 4:2:2 10-Bit Output
Canon UHD 4K Lens
Built-In ND Filters
30x Zoom in HD with Advanced Zoom
Smooth and Responsive Pan and Tilt Performance
Canon Log 3 Support
Canon Log 3 is a gamma regarded for its latitude and flexibility with post-processing. It realizes a dynamic range (800% / 13-stop equivalent) while retaining the characteristics of the dark area and the proximity of 18% gray.
Log shooting is particularly effective for constantly shifting shooting sites such as unscripted productions and documentaries or sites with rapidly changing lighting conditions. Canon Log 3 is a gamma considering a simple grading by tightening the dark area to arrange the gradation, which retains the ease of use of Canon Log making the noise less visible.
Shooting in log allows the CR-X500 to more easily match the color and look of other cameras, especially those also shooting in log. This helps provide a more consistent look across the entire production.