Canon BU-50H HD PTZ Cameras Specifications,Features And Price.



Pan-Tilt Section:
Operation Angle
Panning: - 150 degrees to +150 degrees
Tilting: - 40 degrees to +40 degrees
Operation Speed
Panning: 0.3 - 30 degrees/sec
Tilting: 0.3 - 30 degrees/sec
Repeatability Within +/- 10 arc degrees
Mechanism Noise NC30 (below)
Power Source AC 100 - 240V 60W
Mass Approx. 24.2 lbs (11kg) approximately

Choreography of the Pan-Tilt-Zoom Actions
On Air moves Pan, Tilt, and Zoom can be simultaneously operated
Pan and Tilt movements are very smooth
Fast Pans and Tilts come to a smooth termination (under software control) with no judder or overshoot
Presets Duration of Shot Speeds is variable from 2 to 48 seconds
Programming the duration of one of the Pan/Tilt/Zoom moves is automatically transferred to the other two moves so all three terminate simultaneously

Imaging Section
Optical Imaging
Image Format Size: 1/3-inch
Lens focal range: 20x (4.5 - 90mm)
Maximum Aperture: F1.6
Focusing System: Auto or Manual
Lens Iris Control: Auto or Manual
Image Stabilization: Built into lens
HD Video
Camera Imager: Three 1/3-inch CCD
CCD Image Sampling Structure: 1440 (H) x 1080 (V)
Electronic Shutter Speed: 1/4, 1/15, 1/60, 1/100, 1/1000
Minimum Illumination (At F1.6): 0.4 Lux (100 IRE Luminance level (Under Gain-up + Slow Shutter)
Video Master Gain: Auto, 0dB, 6dB, 12dB, 18dB, 36dB
White Balance: Auto, Set

Video Interfaces Primary HD output is via the standardized HD SDI serial digital interface
A separate analog composite output is provided for monitoring the video content
An SDI alternative to the primary HD SDI can be set up on special request
Genlock A Genlock function is incorporated in the BU-50H to facilitate system synchronization
Phase adjustment Range: +/- 0.4H

Potential Applications
Concert Halls
House of Worship
Lecture Auditoriums
Teaching Hospitals
Corporate boardrooms
Trade Shows
Recording Studios
Legislative chambers


This integrated system mobilizes a number of technologies for which Canon is globally recognized: a high definition zoom lens with built-in image stabilization and auto-focus capability, a three-CCD HD video camera which is a specially repurposed version of the popular XH G1 professional HD system, and a Pan-Tilt mechanism born of Canon's long-standing mastery of robotic systems.

Outputs include the standardized HD-SDI uncompressed baseband HD serial digital interface (the primary output for recording or a live feed to an HD display, as well as a downconverted standard-definition composite NTSC that can be used for on-site video monitoring. While the BU-50H was designed as an HD system, for special alternative SD applications the camera can be set by a Canon service engineer to output a digital SDI (downconverted standard definition video) serial interface instead of the HD-SDI via a deep maintenance menu.

Converters are available from multiple vendors to enable worldwide connectivity via fiber optics for long-distance HD-SDI transmission, or a connection to the Canon Canobeam DT-150 HD wireless video transceiver (for transmission at distances of up to one kilometer).

Canon anticipates a wide range of uses for the BU-50H robotic remote-control camera system within many diverse market sectors. These will largely entail custom system design and custom installations. Recognizing the considerable breadth of applications and the multiplicity of associated system control requirements, Canon has adopted a selling strategy for the BU-50H that capitalizes on the expertise and experience of numerous established third parties specializing in the custom design of sophisticated A/V systems and their associated installation. Canon plans to make the BU-50H available to third parties as part of a total operational system solution that utilizes the third party's controllers. The control protocol developed for the BU-50H is totally open to all such partners who have an interest in working with Canon. It is Canon's plan to sell the BU-50H to these partners and they will work directly with the end-user assuming all responsibility for the sale, design, and installation of the final fully-functional system.
With a combined MSRP price tag of approximately $27,000 (BU-50: $19,000; TCC500: $8,000), this system is probably not for EVERY church looking for a robotic camera solution. But if yours is a ministry looking for a reliable, long-term, feature-rich, widescreen high-definition robotic camera solution, you owe it to yourself and your ministry to check out all the Canon BU-50H and Troll Systems TCC500 have to offer before swiping the plastic or clicking “Proceed to Checkout”. I really am not a big fan of product reviews which do not point out at least a couple of negative aspects or limitations of the products under review but I really do not have any significant negatives to highlight. This system comes with few compromises. It was designed to sit effectively in the mid-range for HD systems consisting of camera, lens and pan-tilt-zoom heads.

And let me summarize my impression of this system and burn up my remaining word count with the following absolutely true statement. For the past several years, whenever the question of the pros and cons of robotic video camera systems came up in my media ministry training seminars across the country, without fail, I would say, “One of the greatest limitations of robotic camera systems is that no remote control camera system can match the touch and precision of a human camera operator.”

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