Canon CR-N500 Professional 4K NDI PTZ Camera with 15x Zoom - Satin Black

  • 1" CMOS Sensor with Dual-Pixel AF
  • Capture up to UHD 4K30 / 1080p60 Video
  • HDMI, 3G-SDI & IP Video Output
  • Built-In NDI|HX Support, 15x Zoom, PoE+

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The Canon CR-N500 Professional 4K NDI PTZ Camera with 15x Zoom (Satin Black) suits environments where you're working on a field or studio production with high-end cameras that can benefit from remotely controlled cameras with minimal operating crew. The satin black Canon CR-N500 Professional 4K NDI PTZ Camera with 15x Zoom produces more accurate camera-matching than a traditional PTZ camera, and will fit right into your documentary shoot, event, streaming broadcast, reality show, or digital film production. The Canon CR-N500 is designed to fit right into an existing multi-camera shoot, matching the color depth and visual look with its professional sensor and features so that post production camera matching and color correction is made easy.

The CR-N500 sports many resources of a high-resolution Canon camera or camcorder with features such as a 1" dual-pixel CMOS sensor, the Canon DIG!C DV6 image processor, scene modes, face-tracking, 15x zoom, 20x digital zoom, dual XLR / 3.5mm microphone input, and video recording up to UHD 4K. The camera also includes NDI|HX support without requiring a separate license, allowing you to drop the camera into your existing NDI network with minimal configuration. Other professional camera attributes of the N500 include genlock support, Canon Log 3 support, and built-in ND filters with clear, 1/4, 1/16, and 1/64 options.

Where the PTZ camera diverges from the Canon camcorders is in its remote options such as control via IP, RS-422 serial, IR, or Wi-Fi as well as HDMI or 3G-SDI video output. It can perform smooth, precision pan, tilt, and zoom movements with a speed range of 0.2 to 300° per second. Mic-level audio can be input via dual XLR inputs or via a 3.5mm mini-jack, and then embedded in the HDMI and 3G-SDI outputs, in your NDI|HX stream, or in RTP/RTMP/RTSP streaming output.

1" CMOS Sensor

The CR-N500 features a Canon 1" 4K CMOS image sensor capable of UHD 4K video capture at 30p and up to 60p in Full HD, making the CR-N500 PTZ camera great for the remote and unobtrusive capture of professional productions.

Canon DIG!C DV6 Processor

The CR-N500 PTZ camera incorporates Canon's DIG!C DV 6 Image Processor, which is essential in providing high image quality, advanced performance, and convenient operability. This advanced core technology component provides the image-processing power and speed that enables features such as 4K UHD video acquisition and precise Hybrid AF.

Dual-Pixel CMOS AF

Dual-Pixel CMOS AF is Canon's breakthrough AF technology that uses a CMOS sensor with a structure that combines imaging and phase-difference AF functions. The Dual-Pixel CMOS AF determines the focusing position by the phase difference, which drives the focusing lens smoothly and enables quick focusing. The AF tracking capability is effective even during zooming, panning, or tilting. On the other hand, with conventional contrast AF method, used by other cameras, the focusing position is determined by the contrast (difference of brightness). Therefore, the focusing lens may move slightly back and forth around the focusing position, which could cause delay when focusing.

Dual-Pixel Focus Guide

Utilizing information from Dual-Pixel CMOS AF, Dual-Pixel Focus Guide helps achieve precise focus by displaying focus assist information on the screen. It employs a truly and innovative user interface that helps enable the user to see if they are focused in front of or behind the subject through visual observation, and allows quick and accurate manual focus to be achieved. This helps simplify the focusing process when shooting in 4K UHD, which requires strict focus accuracy.

Face Detection and Tracking

The CR-N500 has multiple focus modes that aid the operator when confirming focus. When set to on, the Face Detection and Tracking can track the face of a subject when they are within a frame. Furthermore, there are two Face Detection options (Face Priority and Face Only). Face Priority will track a face within the scene; when a face is no longer within the scene, the camera will continue to focus within the predefined focus area. In the same way, the Face Only function will track the detected face within the scene; if the face is no longer within the scene, the camera will maintain its focus position without tracking for new objects. If more than one face is detected within a scene, the operator can toggle between detected faces. Both modes are useful when following a subject, allowing the operator to focus on composition while the camera handles focus.

Canon UHD 4K Lens

The CR-N500 features a 15x optical zoom lens and exhibits a wide viewing angle of 73° (horizontal). At the wide end, the 25.5mm (35mm equivalent) lens is capable of capturing extensive scenes in tight shooting spaces such as indoor events for cinematic wide shots. The camera utilizes aspheric lens elements to achieve 4K image quality while minimizing various aberrations over the entire zoom range.

Built-In ND Filters

Easily change the look of the image capture by utilizing a neutral-density filter. The CR-N500 is equipped with a built-in ND filter mechanism that allows the user to select from three densities: 1/4, 1/16, and 1/64. With the built-in ND filter, users can achieve rich video expression by controlling aperture values.

Optical-Shift Stabilisation

The lens structure of the CR-N500 enables real-time responsiveness in a three-dimensional space, supporting optical image stabilization, which helps keep the image capture stable by minimizing vibration.

Oversampling HD Processing

The full HD recording (oversampling HD processing) takes full advantage of the image information acquired by the 4K sensor to generate beautiful high-definition, full HD video. This helps content creators produce stunningly detailed FHD video when utilizing the CR-N500.

Smooth and Responsive Pan and Tilt Performance

The CR-N500 is equipped with the PT drive mechanism that can change the pan/tilt speed in incremental steps. This allows the operator to set the speed to desired preference to allow for smooth PT movement. The CR-N500 exhibits a variable pan and tilt speed of 0.1 to 100°/second.

Canon Log 3 Support

Canon Log 3 is a gamma regarded for its latitude and flexibility with post-processing. It realizes a dynamic range (800% / 13-STOP equivalent) while retaining the characteristics of the dark area and the proximity of 18% grey.

IP Multi-Stream Support

The CR-N500 can simultaneously distribute video to multiple protocols via IP. Simultaneous distribution is also known as multi-stream, and the CR-N500 can distribute a total of three video streams simultaneously. Furthermore, if the HDMI/SDI video output is 30 fps or less, the CR-N500 can distribute two video streams, 4K H.264 and 360p H.264, at the same time. Such IP multi-streams contribute to parallel workflows where the same video is used simultaneously in remote environments.

RTMP Streaming Protocol Supported

The CR-N500 is capable of streaming video and audio using RTMP (Real-Time Messaging Protocol). Even high-quality/large-capacity video/audio files, such as broadcast programs, are played at the same time as distribution without waiting for the completion of download. For example, by using a live streaming service, the viewer's direct access to the distribution URL set on the camera will stream the "current video" captured by the camera. With the RTMP streaming distribution, multiple viewers can watch the program at the same time, even in a remote environment.

NDI|HX Live Video Production Support Protocol

The CR-N500 supports the NDI (Network Device Interface) protocol that is well-established in the field of video production and broadcasting as the supporting RTP (Real-Time Transport Protocol). The NDI protocol has been developed and led by NewTek as a protocol that supports the workflow of live video production over an IP network. By constructing a system that uses NDI protocol-compatible devices and tools, it is possible to use video and audio resources on the network, including live video from cameras. As a result, a "live video production" workflow is created.


Image Sensor
Image Sensor1-Chip 1" CMOS Sensor
Sensor ResolutionActual: 13.4 Megapixel
Effective: 8.29 Megapixel (3840 x 2160)
Gain6 to 33 dB
Minimum Illumination1.5 Lux
White Balance Range2000 to 15,000K
Shutter Speed1/3 to 1/2000 sec
Max Digital Zoom20x
Built-In ND FilterMechanical Filter Wheel with Clear, 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
Optical Zoom Ratio15x
Focal Length8.3 to 124.5mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length25.5 to 382.5mm
Field of ViewHorizontal: 5.7 to 73°
Vertical: 3.2 to 45.2°
Maximum Aperturef/2.8 to 4.5
Minimum Focusing DistanceWide: 0.4" / 1.0 cm
Telephoto: 23.6" / 60.0 cm
Image StabilizationOptical
Focus ControlAutofocus
Manual Focus
Video Output
Broadcast System CompatibilityNTSC, PAL
Output FormatsHDMI: 3840 x 2160p at 23.98, 25, 29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps
1920 x 1080i at 50, 59.94 fps
1280 x 720p at 50, 59.94 fps
SDI: 1920 x 1080p at 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps
1920 x 1080i at 50, 59.94 fps
1280 x 720p at 50, 59.94 fps
RJ45: 3840 x 2160p at 29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p at 29.97, 59.94 fps
1280 x 720p at 29.97, 59.94 fps
640 x 360p at 29.97, 59.94 fps
Embedded AudioHDMI/SDI
IP StreamingRTMP, RTP, RTSP: 1080p, 720p, 360p at 29.97p, 59.94p, 60p
IP Multi-Stream SupportSimultaneous
RTMP, RTP, RTSP: 1080p, 720p, 360p at 29.97p, 59.94p
Presets100 via IP, VISCA
Move SpeedPan: 0.1 to 100°/sec
Tilt: 0.21 to 100°/sec
Movement RangePan: 340° (-170 to 170°)
Tilt: 130° (-30 to 90°)
Tally LightYes
Supported Control ProtocolsCanon XC
Video Output Connectors1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Female
1 x HDMI Type A Female
1 x RJ45 (HX / NDI) Female
Audio I/O2 x 3-Pin XLR Mic Level Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Mic Level Input
Control Interface1 x RJ45 (RS-422, VISCA) Input
Other I/O1 x USB Type-A Input
1 x BNC (Genlock) Input/Output
PoE SupportPoE+ 802.3at
Power Connectors1 x Barrel / Coaxial (24 VDC)
Power ConsumptionPoE: 19.6 W
Power Supply: 24 VDC 18.6 W
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Operating Humidity10 to 90%
Storage Humidity10 to 90%
Dimensions10.59 x 8.19 x 7.87" / 26.9 x 20.8 x 19.99 cm (Excluding Protrusions)
Weight9 lb / 4.1kgs

What's In The Box

  • Canon CR-N500 Professional 4K NDI PTZ Camera with 15x Zoom (Satin Black)
  • IR Remote Control
  • Remote Battery
  • Safety Wire
  • Safety Wire with Screw
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cable
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty

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