Canon Australia recently announced the expansion of its remote camera system line-up, with the launch of the CR-X300 – a small, robust PTZ camera. Joining Canon’s current range of PTZ cameras, which includes the CR-N500, CR-N300 and CR-X500, the CR-X300 offers high-quality 4K video output and various IP protocol compatibilities to address the continued demand for remote production. With simple operation and a number of connectivity options, the CR-X300 streamlines remote production workflows. The camera has a durable body that meets IP65 dust-proof and water-resistant standards, helping to protect against the elements and therefore making it perfect for outdoor environments, particularly where budgets and space are restricted.
4K Image Quality in Varied Lighting
Meeting the demand for professional 4K video products, the CR-X300 is equipped with Canon’s advanced imaging technology. Powered by Canon’s DIGIC DV6 processor, it produces stunning 4K UHD up to 30P at 4:2:2 10-bit. Combining a ½.3-Inch Type CMOS sensor with Canon’s renowned Hybrid Autofocus system, the CR-X300 is capable of fast and precise focus on subjects even in low-light. With a removable IR Cut Filter to enhance IR performance, this model is perfect for shooting in very low light conditions such as for reality TV or wildlife at night. Employing Canon’s advanced optical technology, the CR-X300 features a stabilised 20x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 at its widest setting, further enhancing image quality in low-light settings. With a built-in, graduated type ND filter, giving several options with a maximum setting of ⅛ ND, this camera functions equally well in brighter environments – such as when shooting in broad daylight.
Versatile Streaming Options
The Canon PTZ line-up has compatibility with a range of protocols for video transmission, camera control and 4K video streaming over IP, and the CR-X300 is no different. Employing Canon’s network technology this PTZ camera supports multiple protocols, including RTMP/RTMPS, NDI|HX, RTP/RTSP Standard Communication Protocol as well as Canon’s newly developed XC Protocol – enabling streaming direct to the selected content delivery network for more efficient production. The XC Protocol offers the added benefit of enabling other Canon PTZ cameras and camcorders, such as those from the Canon Cinema EOS range, to be used within the same production system as the CR-X300. The CR-X300 also features a range of connectivity options including power over ethernet (PoE++), HDMI and 6G-SDI. This enables the camera to easily fit in to existing production systems and seamlessly integrate with existing workflows.
Enhanced Control, Simple Operation
The CR-X300 uses a sophisticated pan and tilt drive mechanism, which moves at a variable speed of 0.3°/second to 60°/second, enabling the camera operator to smoothly follow the action. This powerful outdoor camera is compatible with Canon’s recently launched RC-IP100 controller and the Remote Camera Control Application via IP, as well as selected third-party controllers – giving operators the freedom to choose a set up that works for them. Featuring similar custom picture setting options to the CR-N300, the CR-X300 can colour match with other Canon Cameras from the Cinema EOS or XF/XA range, while settings are optimised for specific shooting conditions such as sport, portrait, low light and spotlight.
Robust Yet Compact Design
The CR-X300 is designed to meet the growing demand for video distribution in outdoor markets – whether live or pre-recorded – such as sporting events or theme parks. While many PTZ cameras rely on outdoor housing, the CR-X300 has a durable body that meets IP65 dust-proof and water-resistant standards, a weather resistant paint finish and an in-built wiper to ensure clear video, even in rainy conditions. The rugged build of this camera can stand up to wind speeds of 60 m/s in and temperature ranges between -15°C to 40°C. Weighing approximately 7kg and with a convenient handle, the CR-X300 is a highly compact and portable model great for shooting on the move.
CR-X300 key features:
- 4K 30p UHD and 60p FHD resolution video.
- ½.3 inch-type CMOS sensor.
- 20x optical zoom and 20x digital zoom.
- Hybrid autofocus and IS.
- Various IP streaming and control protocols including NDI|HX1, RTMP/RTMPS, RTP/RTSP Standard Communication Protocol, Canon XC Protocol.
- Water resistant and dustproof to IP65 standards IR Mode.
- HDMI / 6G-SDI / PoE++.
- Graduated Type ND Filter.