Canon BU-45H Remote Control Robotic Pan-Tilt Camera

Canon Updated: 2008-07-29 RSS
Canon BU-45H Remote Control Robotic Pan-Tilt Camera

As video transitions to widescreen 16:9 HD (high definition) in every sector of television technology, demand has increased for a versatile and cost effective HD pan-tilt camera for specialized applications.These applications include POV (point-of-view) cameras for traffic and weather monitoring, houses of worship, legislative chambers, high-resolution outdoor security installations, remote-controlled Web cameras, and more. Responding to this demand, Canon has introduced the new BU-45H remote-control robotic pan-tilt HD 16:9 camera system at NAB 2008. The product leverages Canon's global leadership in advanced optics, camera pan-tilt control technologies, and video imaging.

The successor to Canon's highly successful standard-definition NU-700N remote-control robotic pan-tilt camera, the economical new BU-45H remote control robotic pan-tilt HD 16:9 camera features a Canon HD camera equipped with three 1/3-inch (1,670,000-pixel) CCDs, a Genuine Canon HD zoom lens with 20X optical zoom ratio (4.5 - 90mm), and a remote-control ND (neutral density) filter. In addition to providing exceptional controllability and smooth pan-tilt motion, the BU-45H remote-control robotic pan-tilt HD 16:9 camera also offers such advanced features as a Canon Auto Focus function and Canon's sophisticated Image Stabilizer technology.

Canon recognized the need for a cost-effective, high-definition robotic camera system in a rugged outdoor housing. The BU-45H remote-control robotic pan-tilt HD camera combines Canon's sophisticated pan-tilt technologies with its world-renowned optical and HD camera technologies to produce an economical, turn-key solution that is completely designed and manufactured by Canon.

The Canon BU-45H remote-control robotic pan-tilt HD camera, which is powered by 12V DC current, also provides genlock input for video system synchronization. Outputs include HD-SDI and SD-SDI with embedded audio or standard-definition composite NTSC. The BU-45H remote-control robotic pan-tilt HD camera can output HD-SDI and NTSC simultaneously for high-definition recording and standard-definition monitoring at the same time.

The BU-45H remote-control robotic pan-tilt HD camera is capable of panning 340 degrees and tilting 80 degrees (30 degrees up, 50 down). Its outdoor pan-tilt head and weatherproof housing are designed for operation from -15 to +40 degrees Celsius (5 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit). The BU-45H remote-control robotic pan-tilt HD camera's housing also meets the IP-45 specifications for dust- and water-proof efficiency, and it has a “windshield-wiper” blade to keep its lens port clear. The total weight of the pan-tilt system, camera and housing is 17 kg. (approx. 37 lbs.).

The Canon BU-45H remote-control robotic pan-tilt HD camera's control protocol is non-proprietary and open; users or system integrators can interface the camera with their own control system or that of third-party providers to create a robotic control system. The BU-45H remote-control robotic pan-tilt HD camera can be operated in automatic mode or all of its main features can be controlled manually as well. Short and long-distance control systems interface via RS-422 connections. Optional third-party E/O (electrical-to-optical) converters are available from multiple vendors to enable worldwide connectivity via fiber optics or a connection to the Canon Canobeam DT-150 HD wireless video transceiver for transmission at distances of up to one kilometer.