With its 20x optical zoom, Hybrid AF and comprehensive connectivity options, the CR-N100 is a particularly practical option for video specialists working in corporate environments, houses of worship or higher education.
"If the camera is positioned at the back of a large seminar room, a lecture hall or a church, then you'll need more zoom to capture the subject, which is where the CR-N100 delivers," says Matthew. "Our advanced Hybrid AF technology, which is also found on a number of our professional camcorders, uses Face Detection AF and Face Tracking to ensure quick and accurate focusing – even when the venue's lights are dimmed for a presentation or lecture."
Even though it's an entry-level PTZ camera, the CR-N100 is equipped with premium features such as high-quality 4K UHD 30p recording, NDI|HX support and compatibility with Auto Tracking. It's furnished with a wide array of connectivity options too, including an RS-422 Serial port, HDMI output and a UVC-compliant USB port that allows the CR-N100 to be connected to a computer and used as a standalone USB camera. A LAN port that supports PoE+ helps to simplify installation, offering a single-cable solution for power, control and streaming.
"It's a PTZ camera that satisfies a host of different applications, from video conferencing and keynote speeches to recording and livestreaming lectures," Matthew points out. "And it's designed to be easy to get up and running, be that through Canon's apps or via HDMI, USB or IP."
The CR-N100 even comes with four Scene modes – Portrait, Sports, Low Light and Spotlight – that make it easier for inexperienced operators to enhance the look of their video without having to adjust all the image quality settings individually.
The rapid increase in demand for streaming and remote viewing looks set to make PTZ cameras much more important, not just as remote-controlled capture devices but as part of a larger imaging ecosystem. Bringing Canon's strong background in optics and video capture into the design of its PTZ systems provides powerful solutions for almost every need, with superb quality imaging, exceptionally fine adjustment and built-in support for key streaming protocols.