Testing Canon's PTZ Camera (VB-C60)

Author: John Honovich, Published on Dec 27, 2009

While megapixel cameras are hot, PTZs remain an important part of video surveillance deployments. Probably the most frequently mentioned product of Canon is their 40x optical zoom, network PTZ camera - the VB-C60.

We tested the Canon VB-C60 PTZ with Exacq's exacqVision software. The VB-C60 is from Canon's Network Camera line [Read our overview of Canon's products for background and watch a live VB-C60 from a public webam.]

Key findings include:

  • Generally, clear, crisp images during the day
  • In low light (1 lux and under), color quality was almost as good as black and white but both had challenges under .5 lux
  • For surveillance applications, some 'webcam' configurations can be confusing and make troubleshooting difficult
  • For real time security monitoring, physical/mechanical limitations can be problematic

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