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Canon Intros IP Security Camera for Low-Light Environments

Canon has unveiled an IP security camera that records video in low light conditions and captures at resolutions up to 1,280 x 960.

The new camera, the VB-M700F, uses a Digic Net image processor, a wide-angle lens, a 1.3 Megapixel sensor, and progressive scanning to record color video in areas with light levels as low as 0.018 lux and black and white video in areas with light levels as low as 0.001 lux. A night mode feature that adjusts digital gain and removes the camera's IR filter can be used to further enhance the quality of video recorded in areas with low levels of  ambient light.

The VB-M700F comes equipped with both a privacy mask function that blocks the view of sensitive locations and a video analytics feature that allows users to observe subtle movements and evidence of video tampering by detecting abandoned, moving, and removed objects.

Additional features include:

  • Support for power over Ethernet;
  • Integration with third-party security systems;
  • A motorized 3x optical zoom;
  • Automatic contrast adjustment;
  • Two-way audio: and
  • An SD memory card slot.

Available resolutions include 1,280 x 960, 640 x 480 (VGA), 320 x 240 (QVGA), and 160 x 120 (QQVGA).

For integration with third-party systems, the camera conforms to ONFIV version 1.2 standards and allows control or access to network settings, preset home settings, system parameters, and rebooting. Supported formats and control standards include WS-Discovery, WS-Security, Multicast, G.711 audio, JPEG video, and H.264 video.

The VB-M700F will be available in August for $979. Further information can be found at

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