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Canon Unveils XU-80 PTZ, HD Camera

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a producer of digital imaging solutions, introduces the XU-80 remote control pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) HD camera.

The XU-80 is a compact, integrated HD PTZ camera system that offers exceptional picture quality, fast pan-and-tilt action and a waterproof and dustproof design that makes it well suited for either outdoor or indoor use, Canon says.

As the worldwide transition to HD imaging continues to accelerate, a diverse range of video users—including television and Internet broadcasters, education, government facilities, cable networks, and businesses—are seeking cost-effective, remotely controllable PTZ HD camera systems to provide convenient high-quality widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio) image capture from practically any visual perspective, the company says.

Incorporating a CMOS HD 2.1 Megapixel imaging sensor, a Canon 20x HD zoom lens (with additional 12x digital zoom) for telephoto performance, and broadcast-grade features such as genlock input and HD-SDI output in a small design, the XU-80 HD PTZ camera is designed for use in outdoor sports and event broadcasting, weather and traffic POV camera installations, houses of worship, indoor event videography, venue I-mag (image magnification), education, homeland security, medical and many other applications, the company says.

“Today’s professional HD video users demand serious price-performance value, which is why Canon leveraged the success and economies of scale earned by its well-received BU-51H (indoor) and BU-46H (outdoor) HD PTZ camera systems to develop the cost-effective new XU-80,” says Larry Thorpe, Canon Professional Engineering & Solution division’s senior fellow. “The XU-80 incorporates the same open control protocol for flexible systemization options as its sibling products, along with widescreen HD imaging, great low-light performance, quiet operation, and several new features,” he said. “We anticipate major interest in the XU-80 from the many professional sectors needing a versatile and cost-effective remote-controlled HD PTZ camera.”