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Canon Unveils VB-M50B Network PTZ Camera

Canon says the VB-M50B PTZ Network Camera can reproduce color video down to .04 lux and black and white video down to .002 lux, making it ideal for many applications where lighting may be limited, ranging from security and surveillance to webcasting

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today unveiled the VB-M50B, a high-performance network camera capable of capturing color accurate video even in low light environments. The VB-M50B PTZ Network Camera can reproduce color video down to .04 lux* and black and white video down to .002 lux*, making it ideal for many applications where lighting may be limited, ranging from security and surveillance to web casting.

Canon’s heritage in optical and imaging processing technologies has led to the development of this new network camera, which features several core elements working together to capture outstanding video. Among these are an advanced lens with a large aperture ratio ranging from F1.8 (W) to F2.4 (T) which allows more light to reach the camera’s sophisticated CMOS image sensor, and Canon’s powerful DIGIC DV III Image Processor which helps to provide crisp images with remarkable color accuracy, further helping to optimize the overall video quality.

“The demand for higher quality video from network cameras is growing considerably” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon has leveraged ongoing investments in research and development to engineer a compact, high-sensitivity network camera that will enable the capture of video with remarkable color and detail in situations with almost no light – making it appealing to professionals working in various industries.”

Long-Range Optical Zoom and Enhanced Digital Zoom

Among the VB-M50B’s outstanding features is a considerable long-range optical zoom capability made possible by the camera’s extended focal length. That functionality is backed by an Enhanced Digital Zoom function that can stream a lower resolution crop of the original high-resolution video, thereby achieving a similar level of video quality as with digital zoom - but at a lower resolution to help minimize costly bandwidth and storage space.

The VB-M50B offers a fast and precise Pan/Tilt mechanism (300°/sec Pan and Tilt speeds) which can be particularly beneficial to users who may establish up to 64 preset camera positions and schedule up to five preset tour routes, helping to eliminate the need for repeated manual adjustment of the pan/tilt/zoom positions.

The Canon Camera Management Tool (CCMT) allows users to manage most Canon Network Cameras** on a local network via a single screen. Configuration of the VB-M50B is also simplified via ONVIF Profile S and Profile G support for quick and easy configuration with many different video management software (VMS) solutions.

The simple setup and use offered by the VB-M50B is furthered by a Camera Viewer and a Mobile Viewer that provide easy access to the camera’s features and functionality from a variety of different compatible devices including PCs, mobile phones and tablets. A built-in SD Memory Card slot also supports SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards to provide a secondary means of saving live images and H.264 video. Additionally, the camera’s Variable Bit Rate Stabilization feature can help assure a more reliable network connection by automatically suppressing spikes in bandwidth.

To further enhance usability the VB-M50B also includes two features, Motion Adaptive Noise Reduction and Area-Specific Data Size Reduction (ADSR), which are both designed to help reduce data size while also helping to improve image quality.

The VB-M50B also offers multiple image enhancement features including a new Clear IR Mode – which activates an Infrared Bandpass Filter that allows only infrared light to pass through to the image sensor – further contributing to this model’s ability to capture outstanding image quality even in challenging environments.

Pricing, Availability and Warranty

The Canon VB-M50B PTZ Network Camera has a suggested list price of $3,4991 and is currently scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in April 2016. The VB-M50B is backed by the Canon Visual Communication Product Limited Warranty, and the Company's award-winning Professional Service & Support, which includes both an Advanced Warranty Service Exchange Program and a Service Loaner Program.

For more information about the VB-M50B PTZ Network Camera, or any of Canon's other high-performance Network Cameras, please visit:

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2015† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2015. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyoseiphilosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA.

† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

*Low light rating specifications based on: F1.8, shutter speed 1/30, smart shade adjustment off, 50IRE.

**CCMT excludes the management of VGA models.

1Availability, prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.